Yogaloft Brugge

Workshop with Christopher Wallis (author of Tantra Illuminated)
6-7-8 October 2017 in Ghent

Friday session 7 pm -9 pm
Explore the overarching themes in the 2,500 year history of the integrative psycho-physical discipline of self-actualization known as yoga. Discover which practices are consistently associated with the word yoga over the millennia, the various definitions given to the word in the original Sanskrit sources, and most importantly of all, what all forms of yoga have in common.

Saturday morning 10 am -12:30 pm
What is Yoga? The Ancient and Modern Practices
Yoga is a living tradition arising from the ancient meditative disciplines of India, yet has forgotten much of its own history. There is a new wave of work by scholars who are also practitioners whose goals are to reintegrate some of what has been forgotten, clarify the roots of many ideas and practices that are around today, and chart clearly the varied landscape of Indian spiritual thought. This is not simply a retrospective exercise but is done with a view to how these practices can contribute to our lives today. This workshop, packed with “aha” moments, will help you understand where yoga came from and where it’s going.

Saturday afternoon 2 pm-4:30 pm
Tantra Illuminated: The Original Teachings and Practices of the Ancient Tradition
Though Tantrik philosophy was deeply influential on all the Indian religions, especially the spiritual path of Yoga, “Tantra” is a much-misunderstood concept today. Going back to the original sources, we discover that the roots of this tradition possess some of the most effective teachings and technologies for human transformation, and these offerings are particularly relevant for our time. As teachers and practitioners of yoga, these powerful teachings and practices can creates shifts and openings on the deepest levels of our being, clarify the sources of suffering and bliss in our lives, and leading us to illuminating insights that more fully connect us with our true nature.

Sunday 10am-12:30pm
Seven Steps to Walk the Path of Yoga
There are so many yoga traditions, spiritual teachings, and forms of practice that it can be overwhelming. How to make sense of it all? Drawing on 25 years of experience and study, this workshop presents the key essential features that make the journey of yoga successful and joyous. The seven stages of the path and the seven indispensable practices will be clearly presented, with immediately actionable information. This engaging and surprisingly entertaining workshop will inspire your spiritual journey like no other.

Sunday afternoon 2 pm -4:30 pm
What is Awakening? Actualize the Goal of Yoga
All the ancient masters of yoga without exception say that this practice has a purpose: full awakening to our real nature and radical freedom from all mind-created suffering. So why is there so little discussion of that goal and how we can realistically attain it? This provocative workshop will present powerful teachings from the yoga traditions that clarify the nature of the path, the goal, and the obstacles along the way.  When these become clear, our road suddenly seems shorter, we see that we have what it takes to walk it, and our whole life in energized by that conviction. Join us for uncensored straight talk about the ups, downs, and apparent shadows of the journey. Lecture, Q&A, and meditation.


Christopher Wallis

Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, was introduced  to Indian spirituality at the age of seven and initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling.

Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of the Mattamayura Institute. His teachers, mentors, and gurus, in chronological order, include: Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru and mūla-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and Classical Yoga); Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit); Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication); Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Dharmabodhi Sarasvati (Tantrik Yoga); and Adyashanti (Meditation). Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition.

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Practical info

Friday 6th of October 2017
evening session from 7pm-9pm 

Saturday 7th of October 2017
morning session: 10am- 12:30 pm
afternoon session: 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday 8th of October 2017
morning session: 10am- 12:30 pm
afternoon session: 2 pm – 4:30 pm

1 session: € 45
2 sessions: € 80
3 sessions: € 115
4 sessions: € 150
5 sessions: € 180


Herbatheek -Lov’d
Aaigemstraat 10a
9000 Ghent
Studio is located in walking distance, only 2 minutes, from Ghent St Pieters trainstation

Book your spot by registering online ( and transferring your registration fee to:
Fintro Bank
IBAN: BE76 1430 7656 1595
Naam: Joachim Meire
Bank: Fintro
Message: your name + Tantra + your sessions