The Gift of PUJA: Adoration PLUS Dance w/ Monique Viraja & Peter

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How would you like to step into a world of acceptance, a world where ALL of you is utterly and radically welcomed?
How would it feel to be completely held, and have your deepest humanity plus your greatest divinity given a space to dance and to merge in sweet union?

Monique Darling, Viraja Prema, and Peter Petersen shall combine their years of devoted practice and teachings in the areas of acceptance, adoration, unconditional love (first of yourself, which then showers on all in your field), and sensuality/embodiment, Giving yourself full permission of Heaven on earth in THIS moment, in THIS body.

Feel free to bring roses, chocolate, sacred elements for our altar and/or anything else you wish to adore and worship Gods and Goddesses with!

This will be a Puja that includes Tantric principles. A Puja is a prayer. In Tantra a prayer is a way of honoring and adoring the divine that dwells within each of us.

This evening’s Puja is dedicated to everyone. In fact, participants will not know whether they will be in the giving or receiving role until they arrive. The evening will start off with an introduction to some of the esoteric practices of Tantra to give us a context for the Puja. Then we will switch gears and actually engage in this heartening practice. We will use movement, sound and the five elements, all given to us with ample instruction, enriching each experience throughout the ceremony. You may find yourself turning inwards and becoming aware of abundant love and innate beauty that is part of your being.

In a Tantra Puja, participants in the giving role have the opportunity to express their unconditional love and adoration towards women and men alike. This ceremony opens people's hearts in a way that allows them to see the inner beauty and the Divine within us all. The participants in the giving role will be instructed in performing an ancient ritual, which is simple in form yet very powerful in practice. As the participants in the receiving role accept the offerings and adoration, they in turn connect with unconditional love and reflect that adoration back to the givers with their presence. Taking part in these Pujas is a very powerful way to reconnect and relate with the feminine and masculine. It is through the practice of unconditional loving that we find that any emptiness or longing we feel within us can be filled with a simple act of giving.

This ancient ritual is thousands of years old. It was brought to life by Tantrikas who implemented the religious and spiritual practices of Yogis and sages into the Art of Adoration, the practice of breathing life and awareness through the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) in offering to the divine within every living being. We will offer fire, incense, roses, water, chocolate and more in adoration and worship of our divine Goddesses.

Women, Devis, though not required, you are welcome to dress for the evening – perhaps adorn yourself with jewelry you feel most happy in, or wear the scarf you love that you can’t wear to work. It is your evening; indulge yourself as you wish, but please be comfortable.

Men, Shiva, though not required, you are welcome to dress for the evening too. Think of the times the goddesses in your lives had asked you to dress a certain way for their pleasure – well, this may be an opportunity to do just that, but please be comfortable.


We will finish the adoration ceremony with an evening fillled with dance and further deepening into falling in love with oneself through the eyes of others.

Love Exchange for this one-of-a-kind evening: $50 (this event is limited to 30 participants)

Testimonial from a recent attendee...

"The Gift of Puja

He painted tears down my cheeks and I wept, he showered me in rose petals and I giggled, he held fire in his hands and helped me extinguish my fears. He traced the lines of my face with a rose, teased my lips with dark chocolate, bowed his head to cherish my feet. He touched me without touching me.

We fell in love over and over and over again, every moment discovering and revealing new aspects of ourselves, learning each other more deeply, receiving each other's vulnerability with openhearted adoration. I fell in love with my self through him, met my inner goddess in his gaze, saw my worthiness reflected in his irises.

He took my darkness and my insecurities and anxieties and gave me a dance in return, one just for me and filled with playfulness and joy and devotion. I cradled my hands against my expanding heart until it burst with laughter and when his dance concluded I clung to him and cried my gratitude.

In the stillness, under the stars, caressed by the ocean breeze, love rooted us down. Lifted us up. Ran energetically through our bodies. Overflowed into all that surrounded us. Connected us with all beings in our presence and beyond, whose love flowed back into us.

Rooting us down deeper. Lifting us up higher.

We were loved. Loving. Beloved.

We were Love.
We were."

About Your Facilitators:

Monique Darling, Author of 'Beyond Cuddle Party' workshop facilitator extraordinaire has led over 1,000 workshops in the past 5 years. She is the founder of Juicy Enlightenment an organization dedicated to empowering people who are questioning the assumptions of how their life should be and to offering tools for self expression that create trust, inner knowing and wisdom to enjoy the life they have. Monique has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s as well as various radio shows, podcasts and magazines across the USA. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. Her primary purpose is helping folks bring out their vulnerability, energetic embodiment and fearless relating.She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties. Learn more about Monique by going to juicyenlightenment.com or track her whereabouts at whereintheworldismoniquedarling.com

Peter Petersen has been teaching qigong for 16 years and has been a certified massage therapist for the last 14. Peter has been teaching in health clubs, hospitals, retirement villas, and several different wellness/spa resorts in Mexico and the United States, such as Rancho La Puerta, Mayacamas Ranch, and Present Moment Retreat. Peter is also a personal wellness coach. This Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into their “now” to increase their present moment awareness of their behaviors, and find simple solutions to problematic habits such as: eating, moving, negative thinking, and sleeping. The result of this tool box of healthy information is that clients become their own health advocate and regain a sense of stability, peace, and well-being into their everyday lives.
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