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Healthy Sexuality, Fulfilling Relationships


By Niyaso Carter

About the Sacred Loving workshops and the Body, Heart, and Soul Training – designed for fostering intimacy and sexual healing, as well as for those looking to become a tantra coach.


Despite all the exposure sex has in the media these days, it still remains a topic of mystery and confusion. How do we define healthy sexuality?

Personally, I find the answer is not at all easy. But just for fun and to give you some food for thought, I’d like to draw you a picture. A sexually healthy being, to me, is someone who:

  • experiences their own body as a pleasurable place to be
  • can receive touch and enjoy it
  • knows what touch they like and what touch they don’t like
  • communicates their needs & desires clearly and effortlessly
  • is honest about whether they’re enjoying a fulfilling sex life, because they trust & listen to themselves
  • has the ability to choose a partner or partners with whom they find fulfillment and growth within the matters of love and sex
  • can sustain such relationships
  • knows how to enjoy themselves alone
  • lives fully with others
  • transforms their sexual energy into any creative act they wish
  • finds lovemaking, when they choose to engage in it:
    • pleasurable and fulfilling most of the time
    • ecstatically inspiring and deeply moving at least some of the time

Often when I tell people about the work that I do, they react skeptically and find it hard to believe there are workshops available where people learn about sexuality in a way that has integrity. This skepticism is very valid in a world where there’s so much confusion, disappointment, and abusiveness around love and sexuality.

It is no small task to create a workshop that is at the same time profoundly opening and completely safe. Paul, myself, and our team are continuously fine-tuning how we present structures and processes – making them safer and more effective. We have come a long way since we first started presenting sexuality workshops as the Body, Heart & Soul Education 12 years ago.

We create the context in which the participants are invited to play, honoring their needs and boundaries and giving them the opportunity to learn and practice healthier ways of relating and loving. Learning in this way is truly empowering. Sometimes when I think of how my work is most simply described I’d say it’s my job to help people learn to enjoy themselves more, to help women and men awaken their passion and pleasure and rediscover their joy and open to love; and if they already enjoy these qualities in their life, to expand their capacity for them.

This sounds pretty trivial but it really isn’t at all. Because on this journey of finding your happiness, joy and pleasure everything that’s in the way will present itself for healing and transforming and that is no small endeavor. We all have our places of darkness; my own journey for example has brought me to my knees a many many times over the years. But in the process it’s opened me and it’s also given me first hand experience and training in trauma and recovery work. It’s challenged me to look at the work that I do from yet another perspective and I was pleased to discover that it is good and the changes I’ve made because of my experiences feel like a natural evolution rather than a change of direction. So these journeys we make into the underworld always reveal themselves as a blessing in the end.

Today, there is a tremendous need for programs that teach congruently in the area of sexuality. Especially considering statistics showing that every third woman and every tenth man in Western society has experienced some form of sexual abuse or molestation by the time they are 18. Not to mention the moderate to severe wounding incurred by the “normal” sexually repressive upbringing most of us have had. And things are not really getting any better in the world at large.

People often ask if we teach Tantra. In our programs, we teach techniques and offer rituals, some of which are derived from ancient practices. Some workshops teach techniques for spiritual sexuality, generally termed Tantra workshops. They can be quite valuable, but rarely do these workshops address issues like the need to learn about boundaries or how to negotiate the different feelings that come up when energetic opening happens. It is simply not their focus. Yet it’s often the sexually wounded, whether they are consciously aware of it or not, who seek out these Tantra groups because they promise what these people so rightly long for: sensual sexual fulfillment, intimacy, and love.

Then there is the self-help and recovery movement, with books on codependence, sex addiction, and abuse healing and the twelve-step groups, which provide crucial information and support. They are very good at describing symptoms and explaining them. Which is an important first step to help people stop their self-destructive behaviors. Unfortunately, they devote little time to the how to’s of finding your passion and joy again. Not to have the wrong kind of sex is good, but it’s not enough. Finding good support can be pretty hard for those looking for help with their pain and finding joy again. No matter how much we talk about ecstasy, unconditional love, and honoring ourselves, it is the trial and error of real-life learning that makes a difference. To do this learning in a safe, informative setting is invaluable.

What we have created in the Sacred Loving workshops and the training is a comprehensive program bringing together the teachings, learnings, and rituals so often held separate in society, where spirituality, psychology, and biology are taught in fragmented compartments, rather than as interrelated aspects of life. Our workshops are safe and fun, and they really work. I invite you to come play, heal, and transform with us.


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