Lectures and Workshops
Classes are suitable for all relationship styles, configurations and gender identities. Singles are welcome, unless otherwise specified. Class times range from one hour lecture/book signing to 1 1/2 - 3 hour workshops to all day intensives and weekends.
To request a printed media kit, access to Patricia & Mark's audio clips and television appearances, or to book them for a media appearance, interview, college lecture, or workshop, please email info@TantraPM.com.
Patricia and Mark have lectured and given workshops at the following venues (partial list):
- Smitten Kitten, Minneapolis
- Aquarius Books, Kansas City, Mo.
- Pathways Books, St. Louis, Mo.
- Drew University, Madison, NJ
- Sugar, Baltimore
- Black Phoenix, Philadelphia
- Passional, Philadelphia
- SUNY, New Paltz, NY
- Young Presidents Organization, NYC
- AASECT Forum - DC
- Midnite Oasis - NJ
- Sexy Spirits - NYC
- Dom/Sub Friends - NYC
- Babeland, NYC
- Bodhi Tree, LA
- Something Yoga, Boca Raton, CA
- East West Book, College Park, CA
- Yoga Fuzion, La Jolla, CA
- One Taste, SF
- Awakenings, Katonah, NY
- Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie, NY
- Metro Event Planners, NYC
- Mirabai, Woodstock, NY
- Inspired Books, Kingston, NY
- Alternative Books, Kingston, NY
- Inside Out Yoga Center, VA
- Tantra Group, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- London Festival of Tantra (Keynote Speakers)
- Winter Solstice, NJ
- Sacred Sexuality Round-Up, NYC
- Akasha Con, Poughkeepsie
- Dark Odyssey, MD
- Winter Fire, Washington DC
- Loving More, East Coast Conference
- Free Spirit Gathering, Beltane, MD
- Sacred Space, MD
- Take A Bite Out of the Apple, Niagara Falls, Canada
- Virginia Festival of the Book, VA
- Red Hot Philly, PA
- Hedonism II
- Rooftop Resort, Hollywood, Fl.
- Introduction to Tantra - Lecture 45 minutes, extended version, up to 2 hours
Tantra uses sexual energy for consciousness expansion.
Join us for an honest discussion in which we will dispel some of the popular myths surrounding this ancient tradition. You will learn that elements of Tantric philosophy and practice can be easily applied to our modern lives in ways that do more than simply improve our sex lives.
- Ananda Nidra: Tantric Meditation for the Modern World - Workshop 2 hours
In this two-hour workshop we will introduce you to some core principles of Tantric meditation and several different meditative approaches involving the senses. According to the Vijnanabhairava Tantra, a classic seventh- or eighth-centuryTantric text, the state that lies on the border between sleep and wakefulness is a profoundly mystical one. We will show you how to reach this state by rotating your consciousness through the body and then take you through a more complex rotation of consciousness, followed by a series of pleasurable sense memories. It is said that 45 minutes of this meditation is equivalent to more than three hours of sleep. You will emerge relaxed, refreshed, and energized.
- Pleasure as Spiritual Practice - Workshop 1 1/2, extended version, up to 3 hours
Most spiritual traditions -- both Eastern and Western -- take a dim view of pleasure. In Tantra, however, pleasure can be used as a tool for spiritual growth. Consciousness is the key to transforming mundane pleasure into something more profound. In this workshop, we will explore both the theory and practice of bringing consciousness to pleasurable experience and help you begin exploring your pleasure more fully and intentionally.
- Relationship as Spiritual Practice - Lecture 1 1/2 to 2 hours
We've been taught to define love as "profound interest." In this workshop, we will explore some elements of successful relating and provide practical tools for sustaining your connection, while cultivating a sense of reverence, regardless of relationship style and sexual praxis. A simple shift in consciousness is all it takes when the going gets tough, and consciously maintaining an attitude of interest in your partner will make the good times even better.
- Aghora Tantra - Lecture 1 1/2 hours
"By that which one falls, by that shall one rise." Aghora means "without fear." In this workshop we will discuss some of the more extreme Tantric practices in which social and personal boundaries are consciously crossed for the purpose of spiritual evolution. Tantra recognizes that one pathway to opening up higher consciousness is through shocking the system. Practices such as piercing, meditation in cremation grounds, and imbibing of mind altering substances are traditionally practiced. Along with these traditional rituals, we will discuss ways in which the Aghoric approach can adapted and employed in modern, Western society. We will also discuss the often misunderstood fierce aspects of the deities, Kali and Shiva
- Tantric Erogenous Zones - Workshop 45 minutes - extended version, up to 1 1/2 hours
In Tantric sexual practice, it is important to prolong the excitement phase. The Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions have long recognized specific zones of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, and some schools of Tantra (particularly in South India) have developed a systematic approach to the stimulation of these zones in order to produce high states of arousal. This system was introduced to the West by Dr. Jonn Mumford in 1976 and is still little known. In this workshop, we will introduce you to to these zones and the basic principles for working with them systematically.
- Chakras and Sexuality - Workshop 2 hours
The basic aspects of the classical Tantric Chakra system are familiar to many, but some of the lesser- known components can be the most powerful, if you know how to utilize them. Each Chakra contains hidden keys to sensual exploration. In this workshop, you will learn techniques for unleashing the power of the Chakras.
- Principles of Sex Magic - Workshop 3 hours
Tantra and Western Sex Magic have many elements in common. The magical and alchemical aspects of the Tantric path are not widely discussed and are sometimes frowned upon as unspiritual. Tantra is not only a tool for the expansion of consciousness; Tantric practices can be used to effect change in both the inner and outer worlds, and this class will give you some basic techniques for doing so.
Autoerotic Mysticism: Conscious self-pleasuring is a powerful technique both as a form of meditation and as a magical tool. You will learn to use masturbation to effect changes in yourself and your environment or simply to improve your emotional state. Discover a simple, straightforward and practical approach to Sex Magic. The principles of Autoerotic Mysticism can be used in the context of any form of sexual activity. We will explain both the theory and practice of Autoerotic Mysticism.
Perfume Magic: Sexual scents and their magical power.
- Elements of the Tantric Maithuna - Lecture 1 1/2 hours
Tantric Sexual ritual is a physical re-enactment of Tantric metaphysics – the view that the universe itself (which is comprised of five elements) is a concrete manifestation of the ongoing sexual union between Shiva and Shakti. It is also an enactment of a process that is taking place internally, the union of the male and female elements that exist within each and every one of us. By bringing awareness to these processes, the very things that make life possible, by removing them from the realm of the reflexive and mechanical, we can transform acts that are perceived as ordinary into acts that are imbued with meaning and sacredness. In this workshop, we will examine the theory and practice of Tantric sexual ritual, also known as the Maithuna, Panchamakara. or 5-M (for the five elements) ceremony.
I would like to thank the two of you for giving us one of the best nights of our lives...After you left, we could not stop talking about everything we learned and about the two of you. This morning a lot of my friends called me inquiring last night and all I said was that it was unbelievable.
- JB, New York, about an introductory class for a group of women.