Queer Tantra & Sacred Sexuality Festival

Edit: I made a facebook group for people who might be interested in this, check it out and join here

Hello lovely people! First of all I guess I should apologise for the recent inaction, life gets in the way and all that.

Last summer I went to the tantra festival at Osho Leela in Dorset, UK. I had a good time there, but I found myself constantly reminded of the fact that I was different from everyone there, and that I didn’t fit into the overriding model of the world. I was constantly pushing buttons and challenging people simply by being in the space and being myself, which, while ok once in a while, gets bloody exhausting after a while. Thankfully I had come with a queer gang, which made it possible for me to enjoy what I could and retreat when I needed to. I have been interested in working with sacred sexuality for a long time, but I have been put off trainings and workshops because of the heterocentricism and binary nature of the majority of tantra. In the last couple of years I have found a way in, primarily through ecstatic BDSM at Sacred Pleasures and the Queer Rites events. I have met many wonderful people who feel the same way as I do and are creating communities and events where people can explore the potential of sexuality and connection without assumptions of heterosexuality and binary gender identities.

This has got me thinking about how awesome it would be to create a queer tantra and sacred sexuality festival, two or three days long with workshops and rituals created by  established teachers and workshop leaders working with queer folk, and also with space for people to bring their own magic. I would like this to be an initial call out to see if people would be interested in such a thing, and more importantly if there are other people who would like to help make it happen! (I have some experience of organising events but not anything on this scale and definitely not on my own). As far as I know nothing like this has ever happened before, and I feel sure that there would be a lot of people who would be very excited about an event like this. Realistically I think it would happen in 2014, and I think that gives enough time for it to percolate and come together.

Edited to add: I would like this to be an inclusive rather than exclusive space, and heterosexual, binary identified people would indeed be welcome, these things just wouldn’t be assumed.

If you would be interested in this, either organising or attending, please comment below!

(I have it set so I need to approve any comments posted, so if you don’t want your comment to be public you can say so, and include your email address if you want me to get back to you)

Much love to you all, and happy equinox!

Blazingsun xx

LoveSpirit gathering: celebrating spiritual & sexual diversity

By Shokti Lovestar

Join LoveSpirit on 24th September 2011 – a gathering of 400 people celebrating and exploring lgbtiq spirituality – at the University of London Union, tickets & more information  available on www.lovespirit.org

My awakening to spirituality came at the age of 30 – suddenly I became aware of energy flows and non-physical realities existing around me.  My curiosity became insatiable as I plunged into exploring spiritual wisdom and practice both ancient and modern.  I soon saw certain common threads underlying, and to my eyes uniting, all religious and magical paths – commonalities such as awareness of a unified consciousness giving rise to all existence, the power and centrality of love in this creation, and the crucial relationship we humans have with the natural world.  I saw religious debates over creator gods, moral codes etc as distractions that block us off from these unified points of existence, keep us separated, and of course subjugated, by those who would hold on to the reins of power in this world.

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