Perhaps more than any other wisdom path, Tantra embodies spirituality in action, spirituality as sacred service to the other, to the world. Robert Beer, the colorblind British painter of vibrant Tibetan thankas, once remarked that Tantra “has a universal appeal and application that transcends culture, religion, and race.” It is this deeply universal nature of Tantric nondualism that will be accessed and emphasized in this course led by world-renowned author and sacred activist Andrew Harvey and scholar/practitioner Ramesh Bjonnes. Together, they will unveil how the nondual spirituality of Tantra and its transcendental embrace of Shiva/Shakti wisdom can inform and inspire our lives to help heal this broken yet beautiful world. Tantra instructs us that this planet of ours, this Gaia, is conscious and sacred. Tantra also instructs us to embrace both meditation and action, both enstasy and ecstasy, and thus deep-dive into an inspired activism guided by divine love and the embrace of all beings. Using Tantric philosophy and practice as inspiration, in this course you will learn the basic concepts of Harvey’s sacred activism fused with the dynamic spirit of Tantra and how you can turn them into practical tools for personal and planetary change.
Andrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed writer, poet, translator and mystical teacher. He is the author of over 40 books, including Son of Man, The Hope, Way of Passion, Turn Me to Gold and Savage Grace with Carolyn Baker. He has taught all over the world, given over 20 courses for the Shift Network and is the founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism.
Ramesh Bjonnes is the co-founder and Director of the Prama Wellness Center, a retreat center specializing in yoga and Ayurveda in the spirit that a balanced lifestyle is our best medicine. Ramesh is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He lived in India and Nepal for several years in the 1980s learning directly from the traditional teachers of Tantric yoga. He studied yoga therapy in India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and yoga detox therapy in the Philippines. He is the author of four books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House). Ramesh lives and practices with his wife in an eco-village in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Websites: www.rameshbjonnes.com & www.prama.orgÊ