Stage 1 in Holland

20th – 26th August 2021. Meeuwenveen, Holland


Stage 1 – the Initiation

The Awaken as Love Initiation is a journey open to everyone – it begins with a choice to go on an adventure that will expand you beyond the boundaries of your current existence. What will it bring to you? More awareness, more love, more inclusion, more juice to your life and more depth if you allow it.

This first stage is called “Initiation” because if you choose this then all your experiences up til now have led you to this point and you are obviously ready to step into a wider reality – in doing so you enter fresh and new, open to discovering more.

As you step into this journey you will encounter maps that help you understand the larger world and your place in it (this is beyond your imagination), tools which help you to play more fully in this world, embodied experiences which help you to anchor a new reality and finally ongoing resources which help to integrate and incorporate this into your life.


What is this Training?

Your Instructors

During this course you will be held by 3 of the Awaken as Love faculty (and a full team of assistants) – they each come from different backgrounds but all are inspired to facilitate the evolution of humanity.

James Stevenson

Founder & Lead Instructor

James’s passion is to help call forth our human potential and our soul. His weave brings together more than 20 years of experience in techniques, practices, and information from the cutting edge of Neuroscience, Tantra, Biodanza, Shamanic & Energy Work, Integral theory, and Taoist practices to create a spirituality that is rooted in the body. His evolutionary approach is to work on all lines, levels, states, and parts of ourselves in bringing forth our fullest potential.

His work in meditation and tantra work draws on many different traditions and paths he has studied from Kashmir Shaivism, Baul mysticism, Advaita Vedanta, Vajrayana Buddhism, Integral systems, and Neo-tantra. His shamanic work includes being Vision Quest rites of passage guide, holding Sweatlodge Ceremonies as well as Sacred Cacao Rituals. He has been dancing Biodanza since 2003 and now works as a teacher and a didactic teacher (qualified to teach other teachers in Biodanza Schools).

Afke Lotus Reijenga


Afke is the blueprint for authentic pleasure. She loves to play, flirt and seduce. Wherever she goes she creates a vortex of love, joy, truth and light. Afke is renowned for her vivid and joyful style of yoga. Praised for the way that she brings back sacred sexuality into society. She fuses joy, love and depth. Started her international career as a model, movie-star and muse. Meanwhile, she studied, Taoistic arts, healing love, sexual kung fu and jade egg practice, conscious breath, NLP and hypnosis.

Now works as a sacred sexuality coach, organises wild woman trainings and is a facilitator at yoga and tantra events. Afke loves to empower woman and men to find their own wildness and to guide them to more pleasure and self love. During the last year her work went more online, where she created quite a following and she has been teaching at major festivals like: ISTA, One World Tantra, Shadows and Light festival. Next to love and eros as a healing medicine, she loves to work with plant medicine as a way to connect to love and the divine. Check Afke on Insta:

Sjoerd Den Daas


Sjoerd is on an ever going quest of living a life of freedom and experiencing love. He facilitates tantra workshops and temple nights. Creating a place where you feel safe to explore the self. To reveal all the layers and getting closer to the core of your being.

He brings men together and holds space while leading men circles. He helps them to connect in brotherhood with open talks about sexuality. A place where all is welcome, but nothing has to happen. To open up to love. This is a place to be open, where is discussed which usually won’t be discussed with others, where all of the man is invited to be brought to the table.

And Sjoerd is doing 1-1 intimate sessions, to free your lifeforce energy. Supported by an ever ongoing journey of discovering his own truth. Sjoerd is not a therapist, neither a tantric guru, but open, honest and curious to discover the truth about life.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein


In fact it is not the next level of consciousness but the one after that which integrates the previous ones which will facilitate real change.


What will I get from this training?

This certificated course will give you practical tools, maps and experiences to be able to embody a deeper understanding. These will include:


Tantra Techniques

How can the energy of the raw animal self be raised into higher consciousness, and how can this consciousness descend into the body and manifest world? Really this is a deep intimacy with yourself, with a partner and even throughout a group.

Embodiment practices

It’s one thing to understand with the mind, and something completely different to have a knowing that comes from a deep experiencing of wisdom through the body. Being able to manifest inate creativity into the reality is a skill.

System Reboot

We will be resetting the experiences and patterns in the nervous system of the body. These have framed your experience of this world since birth. Imagine how your life could be filled with more ease, clarity and pleasure!


Shamanic Initiations

We will be perfoming ceremonies that take you outside of the normal sequence of time and anchor in soul peices that have been waiting for this moment.

Integral Maps

As we learn these maps –  the whole picture is revealed and we suddenly start to understand where pieces that you were partially aware of fit inside a larger picture of reality.

Wisdom Transmission

Through transmission we will be awakening our higher centres of knowing, expanding into a new operating system and accessing novelty from the cosmos.


How can this advance me working in these areas?


There are a few ways in which this training will support you in your journey as a guide, teacher or practitioner. It is an accredited course from Awaken As Love – you will recieve a certificate on completion and you can state that you have completed this training on your personal biographies.

You will also be eligible to attend the next levels – Deepening & Radicalization to eventually become an Awaken as Love Facilitator.

In addition you will be gaining direct tools that you can then use in your own workshops and practices as well as a deeper understanding about how to work with groups – and meeting a larger international network of practitioners and teachers to create and stay in on-going connection. We routinely give opportunities to Awaken as Love graduates to be part of the festivals we create.



Some of Areas Covered in this Training Are:

  • Tantric Bodywork
  • Individual Partnered Tantra Meditations
  • Archetypal Group Rituals
  • Inner Masculine & Inner Feminine Aspects
  • Character armour.
  • De-armouring
  • Integral Maps
  • The 4 Dimensions of Reality.
  • States of Consciousness
  • Stages of Consciousness
  • Lines of Development
  • Typological Mapping
  • Experience of Theory U
  • Shadow & Spiritual Bypassing
  • Gifts of the Wound
  • Difference between Ego and Identity
  • Identity & Regression.
  • Group Dynamics
  • Teachings of the 4 Shields
  • Shamanic Medicine Walk
  • Mindfullness and Heartfullness
  • Satori Experiences


Practical Information for Stage 1 – the Initiation

Dates: The training runs from the 20th – 26th August 2021.

Venue: Meeuwenveen Accommodations, Meeuwenveenweg 1-3, 7971 PK Havelte, Netherlands.

Training Cost: Super Earlybird price of just 650, Normal price is 850 (excluding Food & Accommodation)

Special Offer: Book both this Training and the Holland Tantra Festival together to get 10% discount off the training!



The Venue

The venue for the training and tantra festival (beforehand) is at a Meeuwenveen which has offered a space for groups to work towards raising awareness, meaningfulness and self-fulfilment for more than twenty years. Set bordering on the estate of het Uffelter Binnenveld it is one of the most charming conservation areas of the Drenthe landscape. With spacious workshop rooms for the daytime activities, sumptuous love lounges and outdoor fires for the evening your day will naturally flow to what’s right for you.

The accommodations options at the venue include indoor twin shared rooms or camping.

It has an incredible group room with wooden floors and large spacious garden with terrace for outdoor sessions as well as a fire pit on the spacious terrace and a wood-fired hot tub and sauna (8 persons). The surrounding nature is part of the course here.



3 Meals a day are inclusive of the accommodation price and fully vegetarian although we do consume dairy products and eggs. We use organic vegetables, pulses/legumes, grains and oils as often as possible. If you have special dietary needs then please mention this in the additional information area of the booking form so we can accommodate your needs as best as possible. Coffees and teas area available throughout the day.


Indoor Rooms – €450 per person

The indoor rooms are stylish and accommodation 2-3 people. They are good sized rooms of various sizes. Communal hot showers are located near the rooms as well as numerous bathrooms. You can bring your own bedding or hire it for €10 for the week. 3 meals a day are included in this option


Camping – €410 per person

For those who like to be close to nature, you are welcome to camp in the beautiful grounds with your own tent and bedding – with full access to the bathrooms and hot showers inside. 3 meals a day are included in this option.