Are you ready to take your spiritual path beyond asana and off the mat? Are you ready to join a community of dedicated practitioners enjoying the f**k out of their lives, even while they deal with their sh*t?

Join Kara-Leah for a 6 day deep dive into a trauma-informed approach to the yogic path that is influenced primarily by Kara-Leah's journey and the Tantrik teachings of Trika Shaivism. April 17 - 22, 2023 in Christchurch, New Zealand with a free talk on Sunday April 16.

  • Realize the Self

    Who are you? Really? Underneath it all? Discover how to use your direct experience to investigate the nature of who and what you are. This isn't something you learn, but something you discover, feel and know. This is the process of self-realization and is the foundation for this path.

  • Resolve your Shit

    When we don't have the capacity to fully feel whatever is happening to us, imprints and residues are stored in our energetic, mental/emotional and physical bodies. Learn practices that support the digestion and dissolving of this conditioning so that you experience yourself as integrated and whole again.

  • Rejoice in Daily Life

    We often think that WHEN that happens, THEN I'll feel this. We operate from a place of conditioned joy - dependent upon circumstances. This path emphasises practices and tools to recognise and access the inherent joy available to us in every moment, no matter what is happening.

  • Learn View Teachings

    These are the most critical aspect of any spiritual path, and often the most overlooked. Learn HOW to perceive reality and the nature of Self in order to maximise the potential of realizing directly WHO you are, whilst also resolving trauma and patterns. Learn the difference between Absolute View and Relative View and how to navigate life skilfully through application of View.

  • Receive Practices

    Students will learn a variety of Practices including Ucchāra Practice, Orientation to Awareness, Open-Eyed Meditation, Deep Listening, Shiva/Shakti Embodiment, The Equality of All Phenomena and More. Recordings of these practices will be supplied to all students. Students will also learn the difference between formal and integrated practice, and how to create the conditions for daily practice.

  • Join a Community

    Join a nationwide (global!) community of practitioners supporting each other to self-realise, resolve shit and rejoice in the beauty of daily householder life. Our community connects via weekly online events, plus at in-person events and via the Telegram messaging app. Community members support each other to 'do the work', show up to practice, and celebrate the wins.

The Three Upāya • With a Focus on The Empowered Means

Upāya are the 'means to liberation', or the way in which we practice. On this Immersion we will learn about all three main upāya with a focus on The Empowered Means. This framework will take you beyond asana and help you bring all aspects of your life on to the path, in a skilful manner. That's where the gold lies!

  • Ānava-upāya • The Individual Means

    This is the 'starting point' for most practitioners - those practices which work directly with the body, and can be observed. For example asana and pranayama. Most Western practitioners are familiar with these practices.

  • Śākta-upāya • The Empowered Means

    This is where practitioners start to work with purifying their mental and emotional constructs of reality and the self. It's about discerning what is true, and not true, and cultivating wisdom. This is about working directly with the heart-mind using cognition and awareness.

  • Śāmbhava-upāya • The Divine Means

    This is the most subtle of the Three Upāya - there are no practices as such at this level, but rather an ability to orientate to life from moment to moment in a way that leads to direct realization of truth. This begins to unfold naturally as one experiences the fruits of the other two upāya.

Immersion Schedule & Curriculum

Every day includes practices, teachings, and discussion on application of the teachings, focusing on whatever is arising in students' current life experiences.

  • Venue & Schedule

    Our venue is Evolve Studios in Syndham, Christchurch. There is plenty of free parking, and cafes close by for lunch. Please note, this schedule is subject to change. Start and end times will be confirmed closer to the day. || Monday - Friday • 8 am - 4:30 pm with a break for lunch || Saturday • 8 am - 1 pm || The Evening Programme runs on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday • 7 pm - 10 pm. There will also be a public Satsang on Sunday April 16 from 7:30pm

  • Evening Progamme

    The evening programme is an important part of the Immersion and includes Games Night and Movie Night. These experiences are designed to support the integration of the View Teachings and material within a social setting. There is also a Fire Ceremony on the final night that supports the process which has been initiated over the course of the week.

  • Transmission & Individual Process

    Kara-Leah's teaching methodology emphasises transmission and relationship. Her teaching instructions are based on what's applicable for THAT particular student, in that particular moment. There is an emphasis on every student 'checking in' each day, and sharing what's coming up for them. Based on this, Kara-Leah makes specific suggestions, and supports students to devour, digest and dissolve patterns.

Choose Your Pricing Option • Early Early Bird until December 21

Please choose your preferred pricing option. All purchases are made through Stripe, and instalment plans are automatically set up for a monthly payment.

  • $995.00

    Early Early Bird Pricing • BEFORE December 21

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  • 3 x $500.00

    Instalments x 3 • Full Price

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  • $1,395.00

    Full Price

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  • $795.00

    Returning Graduates

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  • $1,195.00

    Early Bird • Before Feb 28

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  • 3 x $435.00

    Instalments x 3 • Early Bird

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🔱 FAQs 🔱

Please read carefully, particularly the refund policy

  • Do I need to be a Yoga Teacher to attend?

    No, you don’t need to be a yoga teacher. This Immersion is suitable for anyone interested in the spiritual path - whether you're a complete beginner, or have been practicing for twenty years.

  • Do I receive any teaching materials?

    All sessions are recorded, except for the student check-ins. Those audios are made available via The Toolbox dashboard after the event. All written material is included in the Toolbox course too.

  • What is your refund policy?

    If you cancel within 7 days of the event for any reason, all fees are forfeited. If you cancel within four weeks and seven days of the event for whatever reason, 75% of the total fee paid is refundable. If you cancel more than four weeks before the event, all fees are refundable except for a $100 admin fee. Should the event be cancelled by Kara-Leah Grant, all fees will be refunded back to participants. In the event of a postponement, all participants can choose whether to receive a full refund or transfer to another event. Kara-Leah reserves the right to make exceptions to this policy for extenuating circumstances.

  • Tantra is about sex right?

    Nope, it’s not. Tantra is is a path of self-realization or liberation. Tantra is inclusive of all aspects of living, including working, parenting, relationships and sex. And there were (VERY complex) rituals aimed at merging with unity consciousness that included sexual practices. However, this has nothing to do with modern sexual techniques, or conscious sexuality, which is often (erroneously) taught under the name of Tantra. Suffice it to say, there won’t be any sex in this Immersion. But people do often report that their sex lives improve from doing these practices.

  • Can I pay in instalments?

    Yes, there are a variety of instalment plans available - choose the one that works for your budget.

  • Do you offer scholarships?

    In very rare circumstances, and usually to people who have already been contributing to the community.

  • Can I email you my questions?

    Yes, you can! Use the email link under my bio below.

Who is Kara-Leah?

Kara-Leah Grant

Kara-Leah is a much-loved Direct Realization Teacher and writer. Her path began with yoga in the late 1990s, and she started teaching in 2006. She trained with Shiva Rea, and completed her 200HR TT with Shiva in 2011. Kara-Leah has impacted millions of people over the last decade through her articles, books, videos and teaching. She practices and teaches an integrated householder path of spirituality that has emerged from her decades of practice, study and self-study. This path is now primarily influenced by Trika Shaivism. Kara-Leah's path focuses on realising the self, resolving trauma and patterns, and rejoicing in daily life. She believes in growing community from this foundation in such a way that everybody is supported to thrive. She lives in Thames, with her teenage son, and is the author of three books.

What People Say

Testimonials from Direct Realization Teaching Graduates

I Am No Longer Afraid To Be Fully Me

Kylie Harris, New Zealand

"I have found a deeper appreciation for life and all of the emotions we experience, all of the ups and downs. Rather than avoiding or suppressing the sadness or grief I have let myself fully feel into it. If I feel fear or anxiety I let myself fully embrace it and get curious about what is behind it. I also feel like more of me is coming out. I am no longer afraid to be fully me and I feel much more love and acceptance for all of me."

A Practical Application for Aligning with Reality in an Accessible Way

Andrea Villarrubia, Mexico

"If you are seeking practical, real-life tools, practices, and teachings for spiritual awakening, you will find them with Kara-Leah. She has organized essential teachings from Classical Tantric Yoga along with her own embodied learnings and process, honed from years of experiential practice. The result is a practical application for aligning with reality in an accessible way, whatever your personal path in this lifetime."

The Integration I've Found Has Been Amazing

April Waldman

"I am so grateful to Kara Leah for her guidance, presence, and teachings. I have been studying Kashmir Shaivism for about a decade but never got very far because it never made sense. The integration I've found through my work with Kara-Leah has been amazing. There is an ease in motherhood, my relationship with my husband, my work, my health, and a deep acceptance and gratitude of life. The grace that has opened from aligning with these teachings is so beautiful and profound. You truly don't want to miss this opportunity."

I Have Finally Come Home

Monique Macfarlane, New Zealand

Forty days ago, I stepped on to a Direct Realisation Tantra Immersion with Kara-Leah. Rooted in the classical path, my world was, blown open. The foundation that was built inside me, through those transformational six days, and the time since then, has given me an overflowing abundance of strength, power, compassion, peace, processing capabilities and most of all has allowed me to flourish... in the truth that I am love. I have finally come home."

Tuning into Essence Nature

Tania Lavcanski, Australia

"Learning Tantrik teachings has shifted things for me that were stuck. Having had lived experience with C-PTSD, I found it difficult to integrate all the philosophy I studied and practices I did on the mat into my daily life. Tantrik practices have shifted this immensely for me. I am finding myself integrating practice into life, tuning into Essence Nature, and allowing myself to fully feel every experience."

Welcome Material

When you sign up, you get access via The Toolbox to all the information about the Immersion. Course handouts & audio files will live here too.

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    Welcome!

    • Our Venue • Evolve Studios, Christchurch

    • Recommend Tantra Reading • My Favourite Tantrik Books + Key Tantrik Texts

    • The Schedule • April 17 - 22, 2023 + April 16 Public Talk

    • What to Expect & What to Bring

    • Cancellation & Refund Policy

What is Trika Shaivism?

Kara-Leah does not teach Trika Shaivism - she teaches people. She teaches HOW to orientate to and walk the spiritual path. But Trika Shaivism is the lineage in which she practices and studies, and so she often draws on the frameworks and view teachings of this lineage in her teaching work. If you're specifically interested in learning Trika Shaivism, Kara-Leah suggests studying directly with one of her teachers, named below. Trika Shaivism is one of the lineages of traditional Tantra and it's often referred to as a Direct Realization Tradition. Practitioners are supported to directly experience the nature of reality and the self through their own senses. There's nothing to "believe", there's no dogma, and the emphasis is on practice and engaging with all of life through the View teachings offered by the lineage. Trika Shaivism is a convergence of a number of lineages, including Krama, Kaula, Trika and Pratyabhijña. Kara-Leah was first introduced to these teachings and practices by Shiva Rea and Christopher Tompkins in 2010. She has since gone on to study with Christopher Wallis and Harshada. She was initiated by Christopher Tompkins into Ucchāra Practice in 2010, and in July 2021 completed 1000 Days in a row of this practice.