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Sacred Saturdays Presents:

Awaken Shakti,
Embody Shiva...

A Very Special Evening
Devoted to Celebrating & Exploring
Feminine Power & Masculine Strength

With Michael Pooley & Sofiah Thom

When: Saturday, October 7th | 7:00pm – 10:30pm
: Pacific Cultural Center,
1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, CA.
: $25/person. No registration, no experience required. Please arrive at 6:45 pm for entry into the Mystic Temple.

Join us for this very special Sacred Saturday - a deep, powerful, and profound initiation into the divine nature of our feminine and masculine essence. As you enter our sacred space, you'll be welcomed by temple guardians (priestesses and priests) and invited to surrender into a celebration of the senses… enveloped by the sounds of didgeridoo, drums, tibetan bowls and bells; immersed in the exploration of taste, touch, and smell; and enchanted by the sight of ancient temple dancers and performers.

Then, Michael Pooley and Sofiah Thom will lead us in an evening devoted to Awakening Shakti & Embodying Shiva… where we'll explore the dynamic relationship between feminine energy (Shakti) and masculine consciousness (Shiva). Using movement, dialog, breath, meditation, and energy work, women will be invited to Awaken Shakti – to access and celebrate the creativity, grace, and power that is their divine feminine essence. Men will be invited to Embody Shiva – to cultivate and celebrate the presence, purpose, and strength that is their divine masculine essence. Together, we'll honor the sacred union of Shiva & Shakti, and practice seeing and honoring the Divine in ourselves and others – giving permission to manifest this divinity in our personal lifes, our relationships, and everyday living.

Singles, couples, partners… all are welcome! No experience required.We look forward to seeing you there!

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Volunteers Needed to Create Sacred Space
We're always in need of volunteers to help set up and/or take down the sacred space we create for each Sacred Saturday event. Of course, volunteers get to attend the evening for free, often join us afterwards for a late meal, and will be invited to an annual Tantric Gratitude Party. To volunteer, please call (831) 457-6535 or email

Sofiah Thom is a teacher, healer, dancer, singer, yogi, dakini, and modern day priestess who brings a rich and diverse range of experience and tools to her life's work. Sofiah offers classes and private sessions in Embodying Shakti for Women, Somatic Counseling & Expressive Healing Arts, Temple Dance, and Body Awareness/Integrative Touch. She has a degree in Dance Therapy from Naropa University, studied Expressive Healing Arts and ritual performance at Tamalpa Institute, danced with the London-based Limon Company, and studied fire dance, yoga and Odissi Temple Dance in India. Sofiah is also a CMT from Alive and Well Institute for Conscious Body Work. For more information, visit

Michael Pooley is co-founder of The Art of Ecstatic Love and a Certified SkyDancing Tantra Teacher®. He offers fun, practical workshops and classes, monthly community events, and private sessions focused on cultivating intenton, awareness, and joy in relationships and in everyday life. Michael's work and teachings embody the tantric approach to ecstatic living, conscious loving, sexual healing, and sacred sexuality. Michael is licensed and empowered by Margot Anand (world-renowned Tantra master and best-selling author) to teach her SkyDancing Tantra® methods and techniques for healing and transformation. He has been facilitating SkyDancing Tantra programs for over six years, co-teaches with and assists Margot across the United States, and will be co-teaching the year-long Professional Facilitators Training & SkyDancing Tantra Teacher Certification Program, which begins in September.

What Are Sacred Saturdays?
Held the first Saturday of each month, Sacred Saturdays offer an evening of sacred ritual and community celebration, drawing from various traditions such as Tantra, meditation, yoga, Sufism, Buddhism, Native American, dance, chant, and other paths to help us connect with ourselves and others with presence, compassion, and awareness. Each evening is dedicated to celebrating your highest self while recognizing the divine in each other through breath, movement, energy work, music, guided visualization, and conscious communication. Practices may be done alone, with a partner, or as part of the whole group. We strive to create a safe, respectful, and comfortable environment for those coming alone, as a couple, or in groups; those coming for the first time; and for those who want to join a community of like-minded people dedicated to cultivating and sharing the sacredness and joy of life. All are welcome. No experience required, feel free to just drop in.

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The Art of Ecstatic Love
Michael Pooley, Certified SkyDancing Tantra Teacher®
P.O. Box 66307, Scotts Valley, CA 95067-6307
Phone: (408) 309-0962 | Email:

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