Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Call for Presentations
Second Annual African Conference for Sexuality and Consciousness Educators
Kalk Bay, Cape Town
3 - 5 December 2010

Following the highly successful first Annual African Conference for Sexuality and Consciousness Conference in Johannesburg last year, we are inviting you to present at the next conference, which will be in Cape Town this December.

Conference Focus

The focus of this conference is on sexuality as a vehicle for consciousness. This is an educators' conference. It is aimed at all who teach, work, heal and facilitate in the areas of sexuality and consciousness. The conference is also for those who aspire to become facilitators in these areas. Whereas some participants may be working directly with sexuality in their professions, others may be working more widely with consciousness, including consciousness in sexuality. Both the conference and the training will be valuable for serious students of consciousness even if they are not educators as such.

The theme for this year's conference is Embracing Arousal - Personal Growth and Planetary Union. For more details on the conference, see the conference website http://sexualityconsciousness.com and http://sedonatemple.com/2010-africa-conference.php

Who will be there?

Here are some of the professions that we will be inviting:
• Tantrikas, dakas and dakinis from African, Western and Eastern traditions
• Massage therapists
• Sangomas and shamanic teachers
• Sexologists working with consciousness
• Councilors
• Physiotherapists, psychologists, lecturers and other professionals who work with sexuality and consciousness
• Artists and filmmakers
• Meditation teachers
• Large group process facilitators
• Body consciousness practitioners, including kinesiologists, body talk practitioners, cranio-sacral therapists, NLP practitioners
• Sex workers wanting to work with consciousness
• Yoga teachers

Conference Aim

This conference is a forum to discuss and share the wisdom on Sexuality and Consciousness that arises from African soil, and to have African insights be met by the perspectives of practitioners from other continents. While we aim to have a strong and diverse range of professionals from Africa at the conference, we will also have professionals from other continents participating and contributing to the discussion. This discussion facilitates new learning, as well as an invaluable opportunity for practitioners to stand back and reflect on our practices. Last year's conference was a rich networking event, as well as a welcoming space for those who wish to become educators in the fields of Sexuality an Consciousness.

The organizers

This conference is jointly organized by a team of people from the International School of Temple Arts (sedonatemple.org) and the Advait Tantraschool of South Africa (tantraschool.co.za). BabaDez Nichols (babadez.com) heads the international team. Dez is an internationally known teacher of sacred sexual shamanic healing work. He arranges conferences such as this one across the globe. He is a published author and film producer. Shakti Malan (shakti.co.za and totalitytherapy.com) heads the African team. She is professional Dakini or conscious sexuality teacher. She is based in Cape Town and teaches internationally. Shakti holds a Ph.D.(UCT) in Social Anthropology.

What does it cost?

First Time Attendee - prior to Sept. 1st $150 = approximately 1,100 ZAR
First Time Attendee - prior to Oct. 1st $175 = approximately 1,286 ZAR
First Time Attendee - prior to Nov. 1st $200 = approximately 1,470 ZAR
First Time Attendee - prior to Nov. 15th $225 = approximately 1,654 ZAR
First Time Attendee - Nov. 15th or later $250 = approximately 1,830 ZAR
Repeat Attendee or Presenter -prior to Sept. 1st $125 = approx. 920 ZAR
or New Presenter $150 = approximately 1,100 ZAR


To book and for the conference, contact Sharon Devantier at sharon@advaittantra.com. Payment can be done at http://sedonatemple.com/2010-africa-conference.php. South Africans who wish to pay by local EFT, can contact Sharon to get banking details.

Call for Presentation Proposals

You are invited to present an abstract for a presentation at the conference. For the abstract, please provide the following:

• Paper title
• Your name and a photo of you
• Brief biography
• 1 - 3 paragraph description of the aims and focus of your paper
• Time needed for presentation (maximum 45 minutes)

The conference organizers will consider all abstracts and reserve the right to select papers that are most suitable for this event.
A sound system and microphone will be provided; all other audiovisual equipment that presenters may need should be brought along by them.

Proposals are expected before or by 1 October 2010. Please send your proposal to Shakti at shakti@shakti.co.za before this date to ensure that it will be considered for this conference. If you can send your proposal earlier, that would be appreciated.

Post-Conference Educators Training

There are a few training events after the conference. As events are priced to accommodate Africans, it works out really inexpensive for visitors from elsewhere.

BabaDez and Shakti will be running a post-conference Educators Training in Cape Town from 6 - 11 December. For details, see http://www.sedonatemple.com/2010-africa-training.php. To book for the training, contact Sharon Devantier at sharon@advaittantra.com

Rahasya and Shakti are running a Tantric Training Intensive in the Cederberg 13 - 18 December. For details, see http://www.events.tantraschool.co.za/2010/08/tantric-training-into-depths-13-18.html. To book for the training, contact Shakti at shakti@shakti.co.za