The Vigyan Bhairav Tantra Retreat (A Tantra Meditation Retreat), led by Ma Ananda Sarita and Anahata, is held annually in Dharamsala, India, and has been running since 2006.
Ma Ananda Sarita
Ma Ananda Sarita is author of the books, Divine Sexuality and Tantric Love, both of which have been translated into many languages. She has created two online Tantra courses and several Tantra Meditation CDs.
Sarita has been teaching Tantra, Holistic Healing and Meditation since 1990 in many parts of the world. At the age of 17 she was initiated into Neo Sannyas in India, with Osho, and remained in his community for 26 years diving deeply into personal transformation.
Sarita was one of Osho’s mediums during his Energy Darshan and now offers Sannyas Celebration and Energy Darshan as an integral part of her work. The love and bliss she has experienced through her years of Tantra meditation, radiates around her. She is a channel of compassionate wisdom for the evolution of consciousness.
Her healing skills include: Colour Light Therapy, Tachyon, Ito Thermie, Ayurvedic Massage, Kashmiri Tantra Massage, Taoist Tantra Massage, Angelic Reiki, Counselling, Rainbow Healing, & Hypnosis for Healing.
Sarita offers a Tantra Teacher’s Training, Tantra Mystic Massage Training, Empowered Woman Training and Empowered Woman Teacher Training and 7 levels of Tantra for couples, as well as numerous other shorter Tantra groups. She works together with her Kaula Team who also teach throughout the world.
Swami Anahata is a gifted, intuitive, passionate teacher of Tantra. He designs and delivers programs that guide people towards discovering and living their fullest potential.
He has dedicated the past 20 years to his own growth and self-discovery through Tantra and other holistic practices. His current work fuses practical learning with spiritual practice and is firmly grounded in the teachings of Osho.
Anahata blends Eastern mysticism and Western therapy in a way that makes his message universally accessible. His magnetic presence is compelling evidence of his ability to channel his own energy: physical, emotional and sexual, and is an inspiration to those who wish to become masters of their own. He inspires trust and his heightened awareness ignites a fire of awakening in his students. His programs are designed for individuals, couples or just men.
Swami Anahata is a trusted specialist. His sound knowledge and mastery of tantric rituals, methods and philosophy is infused by his warmth, his natural charisma, his gift for communication and essential understanding of what makes us human.
What is Vigyan Bhairav tantra?
During the Tantra Meditation Retreat we practice Tantra methods taken from the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, a 5000 year old scripture comprised of 112 methods for the expansion of consciousness.
The Vigyan Bhairav Tantra Is a key scriptural document of Kashmir Shaivism. The format of this wisdom teaching is offered as a conversation between Lord Shiva and his Beloved Paravati. She asks questions about Life, Love, Meditation and Transcendence and he answers. Each one of his 112 answers is in Sutra form and each answer offers a method of Tantra Meditation.
Through the practice of the methods, the innate wisdom of the person practicing the method will emerge from within, like a bubbling spring. The beauty and poetic rendition of these timeless methods is awe inspiring and it is a supreme joy to dive into them and discover the immediacy of positive transformation.
Devi Asks Shiva:
“O Shiva, what is your reality?
What is this wonder filled universe?
What constitutes seed?
Who centers the universal wheel?
What is this life beyond form pervading forms?
How may we enter it fully,
above space and time, names and descriptions?
Let my doubts be cleared!”
(From the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra)
The 112 methods given by Shiva to his consort Parvati are linked to 12 facets of life, and the ones we work with are:
- Love & relating
- Purification & Healing
- Body, Breath & Movement
- Devotion & Knowledge
- Silent Meditation & Witnessing
- Subtle Energy Fields
- Elevation to Higher Consciousness
- Sex, Birth & Death
- Playfulness & Wonder
- The Transcendental (Bindu)
The retreat is offered once per year. Each year, for three consecutive years, we offer one third of the 112 methods. This means, over a three-year period, you have the opportunity of experiencing all of the sublime methods offered in the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. There is no sequential order to follow however, and no requirement to participate in all three. It is your choice.
Explore the 112 methods for the expansion of consciousness
What to expect
Activities designed for both couples and singles.
Misconceptions about Tantra
Many people have misconceptions about Tantra believing it is all about nudity, sexuality and orgiastic practices. In actual fact, Tantra is a path to Enlightenment, which brings loving awareness to all that we are through methods of Tantric meditation. In this group there will be no requirement for nudity and no intimate sexual interaction.
An Opportunity to Receive Osho Sannyas
There will be a Sannyas Initiation ceremony at some point during the group. This is another regular occurrence at Osho Nisarga and has also been incorporated into the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra Retreat. In this ceremony some group members may wish to be initiated into Osho sannyas, which includes receiving a new name and a mala with a locket with Osho’s picture. This is an entirely optional experience and is open to anyone who loves Osho’s work and vision and is ready to make the jump into a new way of being. Group participants are invited to attend the ceremony, even if they are not interested in receiving sannyas, simply to share in the overflowing joy and celebration of the event.
In the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra Retreat, we are working with the 112 methods from the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. The methods work with breath awareness, senses, silent meditation, kundalini energy, chakras, devotion, emotions, dance, sexual energy, subtle energy, nature and awareness in daily life. As we work through these exquisite teachings in a group setting, we are blessed by the meeting of both ancient and modern wisdom. We learn to open ourselves to the multifaceted diamond of our being by bringing loving awareness to all that we are.
There are phases of silence in the retreat as well as periods of group sharing where any concerns around each person’s inner process can be aired and much healing can happen.
Tantra is a life approach which honours and respects all aspects of the human being, whether this be sexuality, love or spirituality. In light of this, we will be opening up and bringing consciousness to these qualities.
One of the meanings of the word Tantra is: ‘transforming poison into nectar.’ This retreat offers the opportunity to transform our misconceptions, our fears, our judgements, and to open the flow of aliveness, love and bliss.
The build-up, refinement and transformation of 12 facets of life force energy during this retreat invite an orgasmic awareness of one’s full sensual being. Within each facet, we offer several enlightening Tantra methods aligned with that particular life principle.
Within a few days, you may sense an on-going ecstatic connection between body and soul, matter and spirit. It is a rare opportunity to explore these powerful Tantra methods, in a highly supportive environment. In this way, we distil the nectar of our inner being to its ultimate potency.
By participating in this retreat, you are offered a unique opportunity to understand the true essence of Tantra; a path for discovering enlightenment in each and every aspect of human life experience.
The venue for the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra Retreat is Osho Nisarga near to Dharamsala in Northern India. Nestled amidst a lush green natural environment, with a scenic backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. Ecological in concept and design, and already functioning as a new model of Osho’s holistic vision of life, Osho Nisarga is established as a true 21st century oasis. In response to a growing demand from seekers from all over the world, it has been developed independently as a non-profit center and is built on a solid foundation of many years of experience in international commune management.
This is a Meditation Centre dedicated to the work of the Indian Mystic and Tantra Master, Osho. It was created because Osho himself wanted a centre in the Himalayas. Osho Nisarga is designed to create an energy field for all seekers to gather together in the voyage of self-discovery. It is an invitation to experience Osho’s Buddhafield.
“For me personally, it is a great blessing to offer this course in Osho Nisarga. I feel Osho’s presence so profoundly there. It is a homecoming. Having lived half my life in India and half my life in the west, I love the opportunity of bringing eastern and western people together in this group. It is so beautiful to discover the flowering which happens for people as a result of this meeting. I experience Indian people helping western people to move from the head into the heart, and western people helping Indians to open up to affectionate playfulness.”
Are you an Indian resident?
for everyone else ....
A fee of £450 (Pounds Sterling) is payable to the Tantra Shop to cover the costs involved in offering this retreat. A contribution for food and accommodation at Osho Nisarga is also required. Information about this contribution is available from Supragya. The booking procedure is a 4 step process.
You need to fill out the Registration Form
When you have been notified that your application has been accepted , you’ll need to submit a deposit of £100 (Pounds Sterling) or the full amount of £450 (Pounds Sterling) to Tantra Shop UK.
(you will be informed about different methods of payment available)
After deposit is payed, you’ll have to contact Osho Nisarga to reserve your accommodation (this will ONLY BE POSSIBLE AFTER completing Steps 1 and 2).
Make travel arrangements. Please see our FAQ section for instructions on how to get there.
Osho Nisarga requests that everyone wears maroon clothing during the group. Participants are also asked to wear white robes during the evening meditation. Since during the day it will be sunny and warm but in the early morning and evenings it will be cold you are advised to bring white and maroon shawls, cardigans, sweaters, jackets, leg warmers and socks. These can all be purchased locally at reasonable prices. Please wear white socks to protect the marble floor at Osho Nisarga.
Most frequent questions and answers
Osho Nisarga is set near an Indian village and has several near neighbours. Many of its staff members are drawn from the local community and will inevitably feedback anything unusual which happens in Osho Nisarga in the form of gossip.
Yes, as Tantra originates in India, the mother country, which has given birth to meditation, and this being a meditation retreat we would like all participants to respect the culture of India. Public displays of sexual attraction and nudity are not part of the culture here. Therefore, group participants are asked to act with awareness and sensitivity at all times (and particularly in public areas) to ensure that the excellent relationship between Osho Nisarga and its surrounding community is further enhanced.
The Dharamsala region has moderate climate round the year, with many sunny days throughout even the chilliest weeks of January and February, as well as through the rainy weeks of July and August.
As an escape from the hot season in the plains, or from the humidity of the monsoons, Osho Nisarga is an ideal place to immerse yourself in the silence of the Himalayas any time of the year.
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Most people arrive from Delhi as it is a major national and international hub. Depending on your route, the distance from Delhi to Osho Nisarga by road is between 525 Km to 580 Km, or between 325 Miles to 360 Miles.
There are night buses from Delhi to Dharamsala by Himachal Tourism Development Corp (HTDC), by Bedi Travels, and Volvo. For online bookings please visit: www.hp.gov.in/hrtctickets/ Coming by bus to Dharamsala, it is convenient to get down at Chetru – 6 Km or 3.7 Miles before Dharamsala for easy access to Osho Nisarga. From there catch a taxi or another bus to reach us. You may also get down at Gaggal and order a taxi.
Regular daily and night train services run from New Delhi and old Delhi railway stations to Pathankot as well as Pathankot Cantt, which is another railway station in Pathankot. After arriving at Pathankot or Pathankot Cantt, you may either order yourself a taxi, which takes about 2 hours of travelling time, or else you may catch a bus to Dharamsala.
Air India and Spice Jet offer flights between Delhi and Dharamsala. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, 7 Km or 4.3 Miles from Osho Nisarga.
From Pathankot, Pathankot Cantt railway station, or from the airport, you may book a taxi in advance to Osho Nisarga by telephoning for the taxi services of Mr Praveen at 09418142830.
The area is famous for its trekking tours that are a wonderful way to explore the mountains. Motorbikes can be hired and there are many beautiful roads leading through small villages and towards the incredible views around Triund, right at the snow line, as well as places such as Dharmakot and Bhagsu-Nag.
There is a rich cultural life in the area with some lovely temples dating from the early medieval period.
Nearby is McLeod Ganj, a former British hill station and now famous for the Tibetan Government in exile and the palace of the Dalai Lama. There has been a strong Tibetan Buddhist presence in these mountains for several decades, which complements the peaceful meditative atmosphere.
Among other well-known meditation centers in the region are the Karmapa’s Norbuglinka monastery, the Vipassana center, and Tushita meditation center. All these areas are replete with traditional Buddhist temples, rich Tibetan art and larger than life Buddha statues.
The Chinmaya Mission Ashram called Tapovan is also located nearby. The prayers that are held in the evenings in His Samadhi have a strong meditative energy with Sanskrit-chanting coupled with a marvelous view of the mountains.
About 80 Kms or 49.6 Miles away, lies Bir Valley, one of the most beautiful regions of Kangra and a world-famous destination for paragliding.