What is Tantra?
How does TantraNova differ from traditional Tantra?
What is the difference between Tantra and Western approaches to love and intimacy?
How did you come to Tantra and then founding the TantraNova Institute?
Freddy Zental was raised in a tantric household. His parents created a sexually free and dignified environment that allowed him to have an open and naturally healthy relationship to his sexuality. He continued studying and practicing Tantra throughout his adulthood. He also co-lead tantric workshops at the Institute for Creative Living in Los Angeles, San Fransisco and Hawaii. Elsbeth was born in Germany and brought up with a sense of freedom around the body until she entered puberty.Then she frequently experienced that split between pleasure and sacredness – or the dichotomy between sexuality and spirituality. Both of which exist in most cultures. Introduced to the Tao of Sex in her early 30’s, she was fascinated by the possibility of sustaining and integrating sexual energy. And this allowed for a deeper connection between herself and her lovers at that time.
In the summer of 2001, Freddy Zental and Elsbeth joined as beloveds, life companions and business partners. Shortly thereafter they founded the TantraNova Institute. It all came from their commitment to creating a transformational, tantric community that contributes to the wholeness and harmony of all people. Ultimately expanding peace in the world. They are dedicated to the generation of sexual-spiritual harmony that brings unification in being with oneself and others. The TantraNova Institute is headquartered in Chicago, IL. Elsbeth and Freddy Zental lead their Intimacy and Love workshops and retreats throughout the United States, Germany and Australia.
What do you mean by “integrating sexuality with spirituality” and the term “sacred sexuality?”
Do the principles of Tantra apply to all sexual and relational preferences?
What if the spice has gone out of the relationship? Can TantraNova help?
How can women benefit from the TantraNova approach?
Women can benefit in profound ways by going to deeper levels in the exploration of the Divine Feminine. And it is this Divity that provides healing for the woman. Some aspects of our Being can be accessed linguistically while others only energetically/physically because of the nature of pre-linguistic experience. Our spiritual Being is sourced by our sexual energy that is primordial and life giving.
However, in our culture sexual energy is often misunderstood, misused or suppressed. The sense of wholeness and sacred union within oneself and with another occurs when sexual and spiritual energies are integrated. Once integrated they then must flow in a harmonious dance. Our work assists women in the integration of their sexual-spiritual Being as well as their feminine with their masculine nature. This allows for healing of old wounds or residual memories that constrict her feminine energy from flowing freely. This in turn creates aliveness and vitality in her body, relationship and life.