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EVERYTHING SACRED: FROM SQUIRT TO YURT C H R I ST I N E B O RC H I S A DA N I S H CHOREOGRAPHER, DA N C E R , S I N G E R , S O N G RW R I T E R , S P I R I T U A L M I DW I F E A N D L I G H T WA R R I O R LIVING AS A CO N T E M P O R A RY N O M A D.

TEN OUT OF TENZIN Almost 50 years ago Tenzin Choeygal was around four years old and, alongside his parents, fled their homeland Tibet, becoming refugees overnight and today one of the world’s most uplifting talented music composers and singers. He will be in the Byron Shire next Friday night with the Tashi Lhunpo monks raising support for the 100s of displaced children of Nepal, Tibet and India Himalayas. Are all Tibetans nomads? Not all Tibetans are nomads but at this time they must feel like nomads wondering around the globe waiting to return home to Tibet. If home is a place then always one wants to be back in Tibet. Where is home for you? Where my music is and where I am in the moment. Right now Australia is my home and my family and my music are here. How big is your footprint? Living in exile, we fled to Nepal for a few years, living in the vast desert of Upper Mustang then most of childhood was in Dharamsala in an orphanage while my parents stayed in Upper Mustang where my father passed away early on and my mother more recently. I am travelling always with music and travelling with amazingly talented warmhearted artists around the globe. I’ve had the joy of creating music with Philip Glass and Patti Smith among many international artists and I look forward to meeting with Amir Paiss, Elena Williams, Alexa, Rachel, and Kevin James next Friday. What has changed for you? Technology is the most significant change. Many monks now have mobile phones but I used my first phone and made a call only in mid-90s, as we grew up very simply in Nepal and India, off grid. Which words from HH Dalai Lama 14th really affect your life? "If you can help somebody then help them; if you can’t then don’t harm them." What inspires you? Life itself inspires me to be as joyous as possible, and this is how I feel when I sing. What do you value most? Compassion is the most important for me. How does a monk child live? Similarly to an Australian child, only they study a few languages as well as the Tibetan texts and their days are longer. Any messages for young ones? Compassion for the children is all I wish, no words of wisdom. They are smart enough to know their own life; they have the global knowledge in their palm. I am not teaching anything. I want for them to be global citizens and they can find their own individual paths. And as a parent you can only give them encouragement. Friday evening 5.30pm Mullumbimby Civic Hall For Tibet with Love with dinner, cakes and refreshments being served and a great lineup. Welcome to country will begin at 6.30pm sharp. It is a family-friendly event. BYO cushion and water. There will be seating provided too. All smaller children are requested to bring small activities to play and a parent. TBC puppet show. One hundred per cent fundraiser for refugee children of Himalayas. Tickets on sale at Amore Mullumbimby and on the door until sold out. Entry donations: $25 Adult; $20 Concession; or $49 for the family. Children under 13 free.

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She lives in a yurt on the island of Mon in Denmark, sharing her Life Art inside the nomadic project Drommesalen.

outside of themselves, so I wanted to create a space where women took full control of themselves.

I have to interview her for the Taste of Love, Australia’s biggest tantra festival. It’s 7pm here. I’ve just finished getting dinner, the kids are in the other room. I should inform you, I don’t do tantra. I do tantrums.

‘This work is not aiming at coming to ejaculate – it’s not a goaloriented workshop. This is about connecting with the sacred waters we carry, cleaning out ancestral wounds. In the line of wounds we carry in our spirit, the collective conditioning in our spirit, and having a loving juicy time together, celebrating our sexuality, inspiring each other in the freedom. I believe it is possible for all women to ejaculate, but what stops them is fear, loss of control.’

It’s 9am for Christine, whom I guess I am skyping directly from the yurt. The difference in our lives doesn’t escape me. Mine domestic, where I am in the service to the often-mundane needs of others, answering questions such as ‘What’s for dinner’, not ‘What does it all mean?’ Christine is the service of the divine, strolling on her shamanic pathway. If I had a shamanic pathway I’d be complaining I had to sweep it.

I’m scared just thinking about it. But now I’m wondering what happens. Could a woman like me do something like this?

Borch is persuasive. ‘I am convinced that the field of women to women is huge, beyond what we can imagine, and I see that it is very healing and very nourishing when you create a space I’ll admit it, I am intrigued. One of Borch’s presentations is ‘Sacred where women are allowed to be intimate with each other. Often what holds women back is other women, in order for our female Squirting’. evolution to expand in order to break this pain of conditioning I can’t not interview someone about that, although I’m not even that is also on the male body. We need to find tools so we can quite sure what to ask, and if I’m really honest, I’m a bit nervous. allow ourselves to be the full expression of our power, and find I am a comedian, I hide behind humour. Squirting is funny to our individual magic in order for our planet Earth to heal.’ me; I know for Borch it’s going to be serious. Her time in the Amazon left her with a sense of deep connection I’m not quite prepared for how intense Borch is. She really gets about the relationship we have with nature reflecting our own in. Our 20-minute Skype extends to an hour. At just 31 she’s negative relationship with self. gone in deep, exploring sexuality in Berlin and studying plant ‘We are in the body, we are the earth, everything that the earth shamanism with indigenous tribes of Huni Kuin Yawanawa in is going through mirrors the relationship women have with their the Amazon Forest. For a 48-year-old mother of five living in a own bodies – in the end it’s the same force…’ nice suburban six-bedroom house in Mullumbimby, talking to So what actually happens at the Sacred Squirting workshop? a yurt-dwelling light warrior is intimidating. And seductive. You ‘Normally I first speak about the scientific proof so to speak. can’t help but feel that this young woman has found the key There’s not a lot of information out there, and I speak in terms to something ancient. And frankly, it terrifies the middle-class of anatomy and how sexual expression is moving through your cushions right out from under me. I don’t tell her I spent $150 on a cushion today. Because that’s how body and what I know about body, and I teach you what I sense in my own body, and I listen to what the force is opening in my shallow I am. I get the feeling she doesn’t give a shit about the body and I speak to that, and I go into somatic body work and material realm. And I can’t help but feel she’s seen the cushion. massage, and I open a space where women explore themselves She looks through me. touching themselves and then I demonstrate… and then I hold I’m not wrong, she even admits she can do it. a space for women to explore themselves and then I guide through music. I support with hands-on work where I can see ‘I developed this ability to sense into other beings, human and non-human, and this whole fertile field that lies there appeared. that it’s needed; in order for the flow to move, we are working with flow. I work the same with group as I do with individuals. I came to Berlin as a dancer, experiencing creative sexuality from eros to tantric breath, and I was diving very deep; and I open gates in the body – I am about unblocking what needs to at the same time I started sharing my own study and what I unblock in order for the flow to move through you.’ understood, and my spiritual door opened.’ The Skype finishes. I’m surprised by how interesting I found Shit. Now I’m really nervous. But more intrigued. I’ve spent my Borch. How magnetic she is. I serve dinner. I wash up. Then I life closing open doors. How does a nice girl end up in a room notice something… my door is open. teaching women how to squirt? It takes me until morning to shut it… ‘Its not an easy path to take and also I encountered my own Christine will be conducting Sacred Squirting on Saturday 21 conditioning – my own darkness – and I knew if I had to grow January at 5pm and on Friday 20 she facilities Infinite Contact. further, and if I was also opening to shamanic work that I am moving energies and so I started studying plant energy as well. I Leading up to the Taste of Love events she will be joined by Ron live between sexuality, shamanism and choreography. For me it van Twuiver from the Netherlands to present Ecstatic Tantric Dance at the Blue Lotus Dance Studio in Byron. $25 per ticket is the dance of life.’ and FREE for Taste of Love ticket holders. As for Squirting, well it’s more than meets, or even hits, the eye. I While she is here, Christine is also offering private sessions: think this. I don’t say it. But I think I just wrote it. christineborch.com. ‘We have two hours. The sacred squirting came from a wish to For ticket and program information for Taste of Love, go to create a space for women to encounter themselves first and tasteoflove.com.au. foremost. I saw that women kept projecting their sexuality

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