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WHAT IS TANTRA… AND HOW DO I START?

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In this week’s blog, professional dancer/choreographer and Temple Dance Facilitator for Eliyah, Erin Fowler, shares her recent experiences at the Spain Living Tantra Retreat where she and 24 other souls met for a magical week of self-discovery, expression and connection. You can see more of Erin’s work at www.erinfowlerprojects.com.

Just over a week ago, myself and a group of 24 phenomenally inspiring humans met nervously, and very excitedly, at the stunning Hidden Paradise Resort in the beautiful mountains of southern Spain to begin a journey inwards to the self. In those 7 days we made strong heartfelt connections and went deep into learn about ourselves.

I have been learning from and working with the Eliyah Tantra School for a little over 3 years now and it has been a deep, challenging and ultimately life changing journey. I am a very different person from where I was three years ago, and Tantra is responsible for a lot of that.

Most people in my hometown of Adelaide know me as an artist – a dancer and musician – and a business woman who co-founded a successful arts organisation and studio called The Mill for 7 years.

My “spiritual” journey has always been a lot more private and something that I have struggled to confidently articulate for fear of being seen as too “hippy dippy” or a bit weird. But now, at 31, I am ready to combine my two worlds – that of self-development and spiritual practice and that of the arts world. It feels important to me that they merge, as both are equally important to me and together, represent the work I am passionate to bring into the world.

When I mention Tantra or people ask me what it means I realise that the first thing to address is the perception that Tantra is just about crazy long sex sessions, or the Karma Sutra. These certainly can be parts of Tantra but are not the whole picture. Tantra is about coming into the body to listen closely to what it has to say, and about living and embracing a full life.

The Living Tantra Retreat is structured around the 7 chakras or energy centres of the body, moving from the base or Root Chakra, all the way up to the Crown at the top of the head. So, as I share my experiences, day by day, of the Spain Living Tantra Retreat, I will also share in this blog what Tantra means to me and how it might relate to your life. There are also links at the bottom of the page to the next Eliyah Tantra Retreat in Bali in March of next year.

 

DAY ONE: The Root Chakra // Safety & Surrender

Tantra helps us to embrace all parts of life. It encourages us to look inwards to all that we ignore, repress, avoid or distract ourselves from. To live Tantra is to live all colours of life – the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the sadness.

 

On day one, we explored the root chakra, the source of safety and security in the body. It is also where a lot of our more challenging, dense emotions such as anger, rage, grief and fear lie. As children, we are often told to supress these emotions in place of the more acceptable ones like happiness and contentment. But the more we suppress these emotions over time and into adulthood, the more they persist until, like a pressure cooker, we find ourselves lashing out in anger, falling into deep depression or, in my case, having regular panic attacks as our body tries to communicate to us that something isn’t right. Expressing the stored emotions in my body is still a challenge for me, but witnessing 25 humans courageously face their grief, anger and fear during the Living Tantra Retreat, inspires and supports me in my own healing journey. If you find your emotions often get the better of you, if you don’t understand your extreme emotional reactions, or if, like me, you find you “just don’t get angry” then Tantra can be an amazing way to get in touch with these emotions so they no longer control you. Through this first day, I discovered how much I seek and rely on external validation to feel valid and okay in this world, and that my need to please others often drives me to act in ways and do things that I don’t actually want to do.  

 

DAY TWO: The Sacral Chakra // Healthy Sexuality & Embracing Pleasure

Tantra is the only philosophical and spiritual practice that includes, rather supresses sexuality. It provides a much-needed education on all parts of sexuality.

Why would we ignore one of the most important parts of the human experience in our spiritual practice? Tantra isn’t just about sex, but sexuality and owning one’s shame, one’s desires and boundaries and learning how to effectively communicate these to a lover is important work in developing a healthy relationship to sexuality. For me, this was certainly the reason I was initially drawn to Tantra. The way the mainstream world approaches sexuality never sat right with me. Like many others, I felt pressure to be sexual way before I was ready and have worked through a lot of shame that was planted by school teachers and society from an early age. I also felt frustrated that I couldn’t find examples of sexual interaction in mainstream media that gave sex the reverence I felt it deserved. Not in a Christian “no sex before marriage” or prudish way (not that there’s anything wrong with that, if you choose that either), but in an acknowledgement of the energy exchange that exists when two beings merge bodies. I believe this reverence can be present in both a one-night stand and a long-term relationship, but the reverence for the act of creation was something that was missing in my sexual education, that Tantra was able to provide.

On day two of the Living Tantra Retreat we learned how to own our sexual energy, how to develop a relationship with our own sexual energy before engaging with another, and how to create a sense of sacredness around it, using pleasure and sexuality to connect with something deeper than ourselves.

For me, the releasing of sexual shame is one of the most significant healings that Tantra has provided. To think that I can now get up in front of a room full of people and talk about sexuality is something I never would have dreamed would be possible. And yet, liberating people from the constrictive and harmful sexual ideas our culture currently promotes is something I am incredibly passionate about. For me, there is no question that our society’s suppression of healthy conversation and education about sexuality, pleasure, consent and communication is one of the reasons we still have so much sexual abuse and harm in our society. At these retreats, you can feel the human yearning we all have for connection and safety, and Tantra is one of the most profound ways you can learn to do this.

 

DAY 3: The Solar Plexus // Ignite your Power

Tantra teaches us to be completely responsible for our emotions rather than projecting them onto others. It offers a process that forces us to stop reacting from our inner child, to face our subconscious shadows and wounds, and to become responsible, self-accountable humans.

Day 3 of the Living Tantra retreat saw us going even deeper into our subconscious wounding and emotional triggers. There are undeniable virtues of the spiritual practices of tolerance, compassion, patience and forgiveness, but, in my experience, until you can truly understand and release your subconscious beliefs, desires and fears, then you will continue to react with charge anytime someone behaves in a way that triggers you. Most people either react to triggers with anger and irritation – resulting in guilt and shame afterwards, or go into victim or self-pity mode, resulting in feeling sorry for yourself, inaction and the belief that the world is against you. I certainly do both of these things at times.

Facing your shadows is uncomfortable but transformative work. For me, I had to understand that my extreme jealousy of other’s success, while sometimes motivating, was a result of me not allowing myself to truly step into the fullness of my being and do what makes me most happy. By gradually shifting my life towards my dreams, my jealousy is a lot less strong. I also learned that my family members (who are usually our greatest triggers) were usually just reflecting back parts of me that I didn’t want to look at, such as my impatience with others, my discomfort in speaking up or my sharp tongue. When I react at their behaviour, I now look at what part of me also behaves that way.

Holding each other in our shadows was a powerful experience. Facing our extreme fears and desires, together, created safety and profound shifts in all of our beings.

 

Day 4: The Heart Chakra // Relationship Tantra

Tantra teaches us the importance of cultivating a healthy relationship within ourselves (Inner Union) before we create romantic relationship with another (Sacred Union). It reminds us that our longest relationship is with ourselves, and that in order to love another fully we must first love ourselves, in all our beauty and in all our pain.

Relationship Tantra is one of the other areas that people are most drawn to with Tantra. Most human beings yearn for harmony and passion in their romantic relationships and yet, after the honeymoon period, all of the traits we’ve tried to hide from our new lover, slowly rise to the surface, as do theirs and we can find it incredibly painful to suddenly be in conflict with the person we fell in love with. As someone who struggled to even enter a committed romantic relationship until my late 20s, I learned a lot about myself in relationships through Tantra.

One of the main concepts of Relationship Tantra is that of polarity. That all of us have a masculine and feminine side and that this can be dominantly expressed by one or the other in a partnership. Women tend to be polarised in their feminine energy and men tend to be polarised in their masculine energy. Women tend to lean into love seeking closeness, heart connection and relationship whereas men tend to lean into freedom with their purpose and direction leading the way. Obviously both sexes can exist in both energies, and in non-binary individuals, these can be more closely balanced – but being able to understand these two energies within yourself can be incredibly useful in understanding your relationship dynamic.

Through Tantra I began to better understand my tendencies towards Love Avoidance. Like many modern business women, I spent most of my time in my masculine energies, and this meant I was often attracted to men who had more prominent feminine energies and who leaned more into ‘Love Addiction.’ But not only did this Love Avoidance mean I ran away from love regularly (and very well), it also meant that I stayed in my masculine energies and this almost killed me. That may sound overly dramatic, but I was in extreme burn out for two years, with anxiety and panic attacks riddling my body on a daily basis. I did everything I could do ignore it, but eventually my body forced me to listen and this year has been a journey of forming a stronger relationship with my feminine – allowing her to lead and tell me when she is tired, nourishing my body and trying to quieten my masculine which always wants to forge ahead with the next project. It has also been a lesson in opening my heart, communicating my boundaries and being brave in love.

 

Day 5: The Throat Chakra // Mastery & Purpose

Tantra helps us to discover our true purpose in life and to have the courage and vision to put our dreams into action. It takes us from the patriarchal, masculine ways of viewing work and success and encourages us to deeply listen to our feminine intuition, creativity and divine inspiration. To follow her into a place that allows work to be nourishing, invigorating, authentic and deeply trusting in the universe.

On Day 5 we were given passionate and powerful teachings from Chantelle and Aaron about finding your true purpose in life. This requires deep listening to the deeper parts of your being, and a rejection of the current masculine ideas of success such as “you have to be busy to succeed”, “you must work incredibly hard to make money” or “success takes big sacrifice.”

For me, this day was one of the most powerful of the retreat. As a type-A achiever most of my life, I still find it incredibly hard to trust that slowing down, going within and listening to my body is as important as getting through the to-do list, starting new projects and replying instantly to every message, email and call.

Even though I am coming out of one of my life’s biggest lessons – extreme burn out – the conditioned voices in my head that I have to be working incredibly hard every day in order to be successful is still very much wired into my being. Some days I am successful in quietening that voice, and other days it consumes me and before I know it, I am doing 5 things at once, rushing around and writing emails with a tight chest. I know intellectually that this doesn’t lead to good and efficient work, but damn it’s hard.

However, I know deep in my being, that shifting from a masculine driven work style to a feminine one is the most important thing I can do for myself at this stage in my life. For me, it is a choice between living the life that is expected of you and choosing something more for yourself. It’s about choosing to speak your truth, even when it’s scary, choosing to commit to your passion, even if the path is unknown and jumping off the metaphorical cliff, even when you don’t know where you will land.

For the past 6 years I have used social media, Netflix, and overworking, saying yes to every opportunity, to disconnect from my tired body and numb out. I used these things to avoid listening to my body that was trying to tell me I was on the wrong path. But I don’t want to do that anymore.

You know that feeling when you are doing something that lights you up, that feels so good that even working gives you energy? I want more of that! I want to feel alive, even when I am working. This takes discipline to say no to the things that aren’t in alignment and letting go of the need for validation from the external world. It’s about working smartly and taking regular breaks out in nature or moving your body – doing things that increase your feel-good hormones. It’s about defining your own values rather than living by those set by your parents or society and knowing that you have your own back. It’s about stepping into your purpose with mastery, allowing the feminine to dance through you while your masculine leads you forwards with clarity and discipline.

 

Day 6: The Third Eye Chakra // Mystical Awakening

Tantra allows us to slow down and come into a place of deep listening to the universe. To access the mystical parts of human existence – and to find a way to integrate a spiritual practice into the everyday experience of being a human in the modern world. It pays homage to ancient traditions and allows you to find a practice that works for you. It’s about remembering your true essence and oneness with the universe, allowing you to access greater depths of reverence, gratitude and vision.

Third Eye Chakra day saw us begin with the practice of Kirtan – the Indian practice of singing repetitive mantras or sacred sayings as a way to demonstrate your gratitude to the divine. For me, accessing these spaces of reverence and devotion allows me to step outside of myself and whatever day to day things are consuming my mind, and come into a place of remembering. It’s like when you avoid going to sleep early at night, but as soon as you finally surrender and allow your eyes to close, there is an overwhelming sense of peace and relief. Using voice, meditation, ritual, movement or anything that allows you to come out of the mind and into the body is a great way to access the third eye.

For me, sharing this blog with my wider community is one way to commit to and own the importance of a spiritual practice in my life. As a performer and artist, the theatre has always been one of the most sacred places for me. When people gather in dark theatres to share in the human experience through artistic expression, that, to me, is divine. It is a ritual with set behaviours and expectations, as well as the mystery and surrender to the unknown. For me, a spiritual life consists of honouring the things we might otherwise ignore. Taking time to express thanks for all the good things in our life and asking for the courage and strength to face the challenges with integrity.

 

Day 7: The Crown Chakra // Awake in the Dream

 

On the final morning of the retreat we came together to celebrate the journey we had shared together. We acknowledged and celebrated the revelations, shifts and self-reflection within ourselves as well as that of our new brothers and sisters. To do this journey alone is incredibly difficult, and I am so grateful for the beings that came to share this week, knowing that we now share a deep bond and are there for each other as we disperse into the world again.

For me, I am always surprised at how little it takes to feel deep connections with other humans. As someone who is always a little shy and cautious meeting new people, I am reminded of how much being open, vulnerable, honest and loving can fast track building strong relationships. I am also reminded that however alone or unique I feel when going through challenges, that actually, we all share the yearning for deep connection, to be seen for who we truly are to have the freedom to express that in the world.

The week was filled with nourishing food, beautiful nature, magical ceremonies that allowed us to deeply experience the teachings of the day and plenty of laughter. I am incredibly grateful to the Eliyah Tantra School for sharing this work and to each of the beings that joined us in Spain.

In summary, Tantra provides a map for navigating the human experience. Whilst it can be confronting and challenging at times, Tantra is a spiritual and life practice that helps you to feel more pleasure, to communicate your fears and desires with clarity, to own your wounds, and to develop stronger relationships where you can show up in true authenticity with another. It allows you to share your unique essence in the world powerfully, to develop a spiritual practice that works for you and be alive in the world in the fullest possible way. Who wouldn’t want that?

I am looking forward to sharing Living Tantra with my community back in Adelaide when I return home from my travels at the end of this year. If you are interested in coming along to some info sessions, attending a work shop or having a private 1:1 session, please email me, hello@erinfowlerprojects.com where you can also sign up to my mailing list. You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Love, Erin

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Eliyah Temple Dance Facilitator

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If you are interested in joining us for the next Eliyah Living Tantra Retreat in Bali in March 2020, then check out the link here.

Much more than a spiritual vacation, Living Tantra is an opportunity for rapid transformation in your relationship with Yourself, your Beloved and with Spirit.  Designed to move you closer to the most authentic Self you can be, this retreat helps you integrate Tantra into all aspects of the human experience, with each day dedicated to working with one of the 7 chakras.

Whilst spiritual traditions have generally aimed to achieve God-realization through transcending the physical world, Living Tantra is based on the understanding that every experience we have in this human life is an invitation to meet, realize and embrace our own Divinity. You will be shown the path to INNER Union; the realisation that all you are seeking – love, safety, connection, happiness, desire and confidence – is within you, so that OUTER Union with a beloved is all the richer. 

For any questions, please contact: Tara Meegan (Eliyah Event Manager) // Email: info@embodiedawakeningacademy.com 

Erin Fowler

Erin Fowler

Erin is immersed in the feminine arts. She is an award winning dancer/choreographer and musician and her creative work includes the internationally toured solo dance work FEMME which explores femininity and the pressures of being a woman in the modern age and, the environmental dance film GAIA (www.gaiadancefilm.com) in which she embodies Gaia, the earth goddess. She teaches embodied movement to actors at a tertiary level and has studied Daoist martial arts in Wudangshan, China on numerous occasions. Her holistic work includes teaching Qoya as well as facilitating women's circles, mother blessings and other sacred gatherings. Her theatrical background invites a sense of richness and creativity in the spaces she holds. She also works closely with the Eliyah Tantra School in Australia and is the Temple Dance Facilitator for many of their retreats.

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Code Of Conduct

Embodied Awakening Academy believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, caste, or social class, among other identifying characteristics.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant, student, teacher, contractor and Academy team member behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all persons involved with the Academy to help us realize a safe and positive environment for everyone.

Expected Behavior:

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your fellow participants. Alert the Academy Support Team if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you help to create this learning space and make it your own.

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any participant.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual content; deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate contact and/or communication, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated by any person involved in the Academy.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a person engages in unacceptable behavior, the Academy may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from our platforms and programs without warning or refund.

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify the Academy Support Team as soon as possible.

You can do this via email training@embodiedawakeningacademy.com

Respectful Communication

In addition, we reserve the right to delete any comments on our websites, training platforms or social media accounts which are rude, offensive or which we deem to be unacceptable. Please stick to respectful communication.

Grievance Procedure

If you feel that there is any problem with our services, or you experience an incident of concern, please let us know within 7 days. We are keen to understand what has gone wrong if you are unhappy so that we can address your concerns and try to find a mutually acceptable solution.

You can do this via email training@embodiedawakeningacademy.com

Dispute Resolution

If you or we have any concerns arising out of these terms or your participation in one of our trainings, we agree that we shall communicate with the intention of making a genuine effort to seek a win/win solution and resolve any dispute by negotiation and discussion.

Please send an email to training@embodiedawakeningacademy.com to begin the process.

If we are unable to resolve a dispute by negotiation and discussion within 14 days, we agree to proceed to mediation with the assistance of an independent accredited mediator, seeking online dispute resolution or mediation by telephone. 

 The mediator is to be appointed by agreement between us or, failing agreement within 21 days of the negotiation period ending, the person initiating the dispute will seek the appointment of a dispute resolution professional.

 We agree to share all the costs of mediation equally between us.

We agree that neither of us will commence legal action until, in the opinion of the independent mediator, the potential for negotiation and mediation have been exhausted, except where urgent interlocutory relief such as an injunction is required.

Mutual Non-disparagement

Everyone participating in our Training or using our services undertakes that they will not publicly or privately disparage us or anyone associated with us, and will act in good faith to refrain from any conduct or communication which might reasonably be expected to interfere with our business or personal interests. We make a reciprocal promise to you.

 Any negative public discussion or comments made about us will be considered defamatory, negative, or otherwise damaging, and will be the subject of compensation in any mediation or litigation claim.

Prior Medical Condition Responsibility And Waiver

Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and training support staff are there to support you and provide you with a premium Training experience. Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff are not to be relied on in place of your current health care professional or medical doctor while participating in the Training.

On choosing to enrol in a Training you assume personal responsibility to manage your current physical or mental health condition while engaging in the Training. Full disclosure of your current medical situation including but not limited to all relevant treatments and medications to Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff prior to the Training and any changes occurring during the Training period must be communicated.

Revisions And Errata

The materials appearing on the Academy’s website and learning platforms may include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. The Academy does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. The Academy may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. The Academy does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

Right To Make Changes

The Academy may revise these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice. By using this website and/or learning platform, you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions.

Governing Law

Any claim relating to the Academy’s website shall be governed by the laws of the Academy Owner’s home jurisdiction without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which the Academy collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a “Student”) of the Academy. This Privacy Policy applies to the Academy and all Courses offered by the Academy.

Personal identification information:

We may collect personal identification information from Students in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Students enroll in the Academy or a Course within the Academy, subscribe to a newsletter, and in connection with other activities, services, features, or resources we make available in our Academy. Students may visit the Academy anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Students only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Students can refuse to supply personal identification information but doing so may prevent them from engaging in certain Academy related activities.

How we use collected information:

The Academy may collect and use Students’ personal identification information for the following purposes:

  • To improve customer service. Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • To personalize user experience. We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Students as a group use the services and resources provided in our Academy.

To send periodic emails.  We may use Student email addresses to send Students information and updates pertaining to their order. Student email addresses may also be used to respond to Student inquiries, questions, or other requests

Sharing your personal information:

We do not sell, trade, or rent Student personal identification information to others.

Third party websites:

Student may find advertising or other content in our Academy that link to the websites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these websites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Academy. In addition, these websites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These websites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Student, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Changes to this Privacy Policy:

The Academy has the discretion to update this Privacy Policy at any time. We encourage Students to frequently check this page for any changes. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this Privacy Policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms:

By enrolling in the Academy, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not enrol in the Academy. Your continued enrolment in the Academy following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Tantra Practitioner Training Payment Plan Terms, Conditions & Schedule

By agreeing to the Payment Plan Terms, Conditions and Schedule, you are agreeing to pay the training fee in 4 equal instalments (your total fee amount divided by 4).

The first payment acts as a deposit that secures your place in the training, and the following 3 payments occur every 3 months from the date of payment, for a total of 9 months.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Payment #1 (deposit payment): This payment will be charged immediately on purchase, any time prior to the program commencing to secure the client’s place in the program.  Program commences on 1st March.  
Payment #2: Three months days from initial payment date
Payment #3: Six months days from initial payment date
Payment #4: Nine months days from initial payment date

The following terms and conditions apply to this purchase:

‘The Owing Party’ refers to the client purchasing the training.

‘The Owed Party’ refers to Embodied Awakening Academy LLC.

1. Reasonable Belief

The Owing Party reasonably believes it can pay the Owed Party without further interruption.

2. Method of Payment

Payments shall be made to the Owed Party via automatic debit from the card that the Owing Party provides details for at the time of initial purchase via the Embodied Awakening Academy website.

It is the Owing Party’s responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient funds available in anticipation of each future charge. If they need to change their card details, it is their responsibility to contact the Embodied Awakening Academy at least seven (7) days before a payment is due.

3. No Refund Policy

This deposit and the payment plan is non-refundable. If you change your mind or withdraw for any reason, you are still obliged to continue to meet your payments, meaning you must complete your payment plan in full and you will not be given a refund of any kind.

4. Remaining Payments, Failures & Notifications

Remaining payments will be automatically deducted from the Owing Party’s credit card details, as entered at deposit purchase. Whilst the Owing Party cannot cancel or delete their credit card details as it is linked to their subscription, they can add an alternate payment method (i.e., update credit card details) in the payment system via their user dashboard.

In the event that the Owing Party fails to make any payments in accordance with the Payment Plan by the due date, the payment system will retry the payment five times, at the following intervals:

  • 12 hours after initial failure
  • 1 day after initial failure
  • 2 days after initial failure
  • 4 days after initial failure
  • 7 days after initial failure

After all attempts have been exhausted, the Order Status will change from pending to cancelled, and the Payment Plan/Subscription Status will change from pending to on-hold.  The Owing Parties’ access to the online training will then be paused indefinitely.

In the event that the Owing Party anticipates that they cannot make a payment by a payment due date, it is their responsibility to contact the Owed Party. These payment terms are absolute and final, however we also take a compassionate approach, so if there is a legitimate emergency requiring you to renegotiate a payment due date, please contact our team and this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis (training@embodiedawakeningacademy.com).

5. No Modification Unless in Writing

No modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless in writing and agreed upon by both Parties. 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

GENERAL WAIVER

This Event (workshop/course/retreat) is for educational purposes only. The Embodied Awakening Academy (EAA) and our subsidiaries, owners, principals, directors, executives, employees, staff, or agents are not mental health professionals, licensed medical practitioners, doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, or other professionally licensed health care providers or professionals. The material related to the Event will not treat or diagnose any disease, illness, or ailment and if you should experience any such issues you should seek the advice and examination of your registered physician or practitioner as determined by your own judgement.

You understand the educational materials related to the Event is not a substitute for health care or medical advice of any kind. You understand and agree that you are fully responsible for your mental well-being, including your mental and physical choices and decisions.

You agree to seek medical advice as determined by your own judgement before taking any action in connection to the information provided or discontinuing use of any medications as prescribed by your medical practitioner. We shall in no event be held liable to any party for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising directly or indirectly from any use of this material.

You acknowledge that during this Event you participate voluntarily in any and all activities arranged by the organisers, and insofar as legally permissible, surrender your right to any cause of action against Embodied Awakening Academy arising from any loss or damage to person, financial loss or property that occurs during the Event.

LIMIT OF LIABILITY

Embodied Awakening Academy does not accept any liability of whatever nature, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, for the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of third-party providers over whom Embodied Awakening Academy has no direct control. Under circumstances where liability cannot be excluded, such liability is limited to the value of the purchased travel arrangements. Embodied Awakening Academy does not accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise for any injury, damage, loss (including consequential loss), delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or any other event which is beyond our control and which is not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part.

CANCELLATION POLICY

1) COVID-19

With regards to Covid-19, if you are unable to travel due to government enforced travel restrictions, border closures or quarantine enforcement, we will happily allow you to transfer your ticket to another of our events (within a year) or use the credit for online courses, which will incur a $120 USD administration fee. If you choose to cancel your ticket, then you forfeit your deposit amount.

  1.  10 days or more prior to event start date: full transfer of ticket price to another EAA event within 12 months of retreat start date
  2.  under 10 days out from event start date: you will forfeit your deposit and the rest of your ticket amount paid will be transferred to another event of your choosing, within 12 months of retreat start date

2) IF EMBODIED AWAKENING ACADEMY (EAA) CANCELS AN EVENT:

While we will endeavour to never cancel an event, if Embodied Awakening Academy cancels an event, or changes a scheduled event date, due to circumstances within our direct control, then you are entitled to:

  • A transfer of your full event payment amount, as credit towards either a scheduled or a future event within three (3) years of the original event date, subject to availability of tickets. Or,
  • You may request a full refund of the ticket amount received into our account, minus any transfer fees.  While we will try to minimize transfers fees to the best of our ability, refund transfer fees will be borne by the customer where applicable

3) IF EAA IS FORCED TO CANCEL AN EVENT DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL:

While we will endeavour to never cancel an event, if Embodied Awakening Academy is forced to cancel or change a scheduled event date due, for any reasons or circumstance outside of our control, including but not limited to: acts of God (e.g. volcanic eruption, extreme weather events, viral pandemic), war, terrorism, change of laws and regulations, political and/or social unrest, then you are entitled to:
  • A transfer of your full event payment amount (minus a $80 USD administration fee) will be transferred as credit towards either a scheduled or a future event within three (3) years of the original event date, subject to availability of tickets. Or,
  • You may request a refund of your applicable payment/s, minus the non-refundable deposit, without exception. Full price tickets include the non-refundable deposit as outlined in the event description.  The non-refundable deposit is retained to pay for non-retrievable costs to which Embodied Awakening Academy has committed in anticipation of your event.

In all cases, Embodied Awakening Academy is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled event such as other accommodation, airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with your attendance.

The responsibility to recover the non-refundable deposit from your insurance company is entirely yours, and we strongly suggest obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that includes event cancellation upon purchasing tickets to this event.

Tickets that are transferred to a future event are subject to the Terms & Conditions outlined in the new event that is being attended, once registration is complete.  Until then, the current event terms and conditions remain applicable.

4) If a participant decides to cancel their attendance at an EAA event, for any reason whatsoever

RESIDENTIAL RETREAT: Deposits are strictly non-refundable.  Full price tickets include the non-refundable deposit as outlined in the retreat description.

If forty-five (45) days or more prior to the event start date you are unable to attend the event, for whatever reason, you may receive a refund of the amount paid to date, minus the non-refundable deposit, provided you notify the Embodied Awakening Academy (info@embodiedawakeningacademy.com) at least forty-five (45) days prior to the start of the event date.

If under forty-five (45) days out from the event start date you are unable to attend the event, for whatever reason, you will forfeit your deposit and any funds already paid and are NOT eligible for a transfer of enrolment to another event or product.  Non-arrival will also incur the full amount of the booking.

We are financially responsible for our events, so we ask you to respect that we cannot make any exceptions to this agreement.

PAYMENT PLANS

Once a payment plan is entered into, the amount owing is to be paid in full by the date specified by the Event Manger (via email and ticket invoice).  If part way through your payment plan, or at the end of the payment plan, you cannot make the event, the EMBODIED AWAKENING ACADEMY CANCELLATION POLICY is applicable.

REFUSAL OF ENTRY

Embodied Awakening Academy reserve the right to refuse a ticket holder admission to the event or to evict that person from the event if the person is intoxicated, disruptive, aggressive, offensive, harassing and/or threatening any staff or other participants.

PASSPORT & VISA

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities is your sole responsibility.

All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return.

TRANSPORT TO AND FROM EVENT

Transport to and from the event is your responsibility to organise and pay, and to ensure that you arrive before the event starts, and that you have sufficient time to get to the airport after the event closes.  Event start and finish times are given in the event description.

INSURANCE

Personal Travel and Health Insurance is advised and is your responsibility to ensure that you purchase suitable comprehensive travel/holiday and protection insurance with a reputable insurance company, that is suitable to your needs to cover any unforeseen circumstances of your non-travel to or attendance of the event in case interstate or overseas travel is required.

THIRD PARTIES

Embodied Awakening Academy holds no responsibility for the actions or omissions of third parties or independent contractors, including in the event that they modify the nature of a service on an Event as compared with the advertised nature of the service.

PRIOR MEDICAL CONDITION RESPONSIBILITY AND WAIVER

Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and event support staff are there to support you and provide you with a premium event experience. Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff are not to be relied on in place of your current health care professional or medical doctor while attending the event.

On choosing to attend an event you assume personal responsibility to manage your current physical or mental health condition while attending the event. Full disclosure of your current medical situation including but not limited to all relevant treatments and medications to Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff prior to the event and any changes occurring during the event period must be communicated. While during the event, if you require emergency medical attention in relation to your current medical condition Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff will work with you to facilitate and locate a suitable health care professional.

If you’re situation requires consistent medical or health care support, please arrange this prior to arrival with a local health care professional to support you while attending the event, or choose to attend the event with your chosen health care professional from country of origin.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Note: If you do not wish to be personally filmed or photographed during the event you must communicate this to the trainers on arrival and we will refrain from using any identifiable images or videos of your person on our media platforms and digital content.

I hereby grant to Embodied Awakening Academy the absolute and irrevocable right and unrestricted permission to use photographic portraits / images / videos in which I feature that are taken during the course of the Event to use / republish / copyright, etc. for commercial use in association with Embodied Awakening Academy business.  I hereby release and discharge Embodied Awakening Academy from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the photographs and video footage, including without limitation any and all claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

EVENT CONDITIONS

  • I understand that this Event is about exploring and expanding my consciousness. I understand that my participation is voluntary, and I am able to not partake in any exercises that are contrary to my values and beliefs. It is my responsibility to choose not to participate.
  • I agree that any of the teachers, session givers, organisers, support team and fellow participants are not responsible for any physical or mental issues that may arise from my participation
  • I will wholly and truthfully declare all of my current and previous health conditions before arriving to the event and am registering into this event as someone who is mentally, emotionally & physically fit to participate (all this information will be held in utmost privacy and will not be disclosed to anybody outside of Embodied Awakening Academy Support Staff as required)
  • I understand that if I purchase an Under 21’s ticket (if applicable), I may be asked to provide evidence of my age such as a driver’s licence or passport
  • I understand that throughout this Event I may undergo activities that impact me emotionally, mentally and physically and it is my responsibility to seek adequate care and support should I need it
  • I understand if I need support beyond the Facilitators and Support Team to contact a Crisis Care Centre such as Lifeline on 13 11 14 and seek adequate help and support from a trained professional.
  • I will not take drugs during this event (prescription okay)
  • I understand the Event Outline, as described in the Event Description, may differ depending on what Participants need, as a whole, as Embodied Awakening Academy values intuition above all modalities.