Hi there, I’m Martina Hughes. Thanks for visiting the Tantric Blossoming website – it’s always a delight to meet new people who are exploring a tantric journey. It’s been an incredible path for me and I feel very blessed now to be sharing it with others.
Let me tell you a little about myself…
My passion and life’s work is creating spaces where men and women can experience deeper meaningful connections with their unique essence and also with their intimate partner, friends, family and community. I do this through facilitating sessions, workshops, retreats and trainings based on Tantra and Sacred Sexuality as this has been my own greatest catalyst for transformation.
I feel inspired to support people in knowing who they are, being able to live in alignment with their inner being and to restore the masculine and feminine polarity in our world.
Even as a child I loved to sit with people and understand what was going on in their lives, to support them to share, to hear what was happening in their hearts. I knew that I had a gift for listening from a place of support and openness and from that grew my desire for working with people intimately. But I obviously wasn’t ready to take that step: a few twists and turns as a teenager led me to become a chartered accountant. After almost 10 years of chartered accounting and a party girl lifestyle, one day I suddenly woke up to the deeply shocking realisation that I was using career, partying, friends, food, shopping – everything – in a futile attempt to fill a ‘hole’ inside me.
That inner pain became the catalyst to return home to myself, to find peace in being me, to enjoy rather than run from myself. The urge to work closely with people was re-awakened; but, I knew that I needed to do my own inner work before I could truly offer my gifts to others. Transformation came through reading inspirational books, moving away from my home town of Launceston, breathwork sessions, meditation, exercising, adopting a healthy lifestyle, living in London, studying shiatsu and energetic healing, taking 6 months to travel the world, and then returning to Sydney to undertake an intensive training in breathwork and rebirthing.
All of this allowed me to slow down, to know myself, to make peace with my life experiences to date and to align my deepest heartfelt values with my actions in life. Still, there was something missing and I was searching for how to bring home the last disconnected pieces of myself. And then I discovered Tantra.
Ahh, such bliss and contentment……
I knew that my feminine had been underplayed throughout my life, but I hadn’t been able to work out how to bring her home. And then I dropped inside of myself so deeply that I found her and I realised that my tenderness, my receptivity and lovingness, my intuition and beauty were to be shared, rather than locked away inside as they had been for many years. With the gift of Tantra, my life transformed forever, I knew that having come home to myself in this way, there was no way out, that I could be at peace with all the feelings and experiences that move through me, that I could trust myself and feel safe in my body and enjoy incredible pleasure.
And so with the discovery of Tantra and coming home to myself, I also discovered my life’s work.
Tantra has been and continues to be my greatest teacher – for me, tantra is about all of life – the way I eat, the way I treat my body, the way I meditate, the way I relate to friends and family, the way I connect with my intimate partner as well as how I experience my sexual energy.
It’s been an amazing journey and I love how clients inspire me to continue expanding in creativity to find new ways to share what I have received. I look forward to having the opportunity to share these gifts with you.
Thank you for a wonderful retreat. The course was professionally organized, well structured and ran well. The food was delicious and nutritious and I felt well satisfied with the servings. Speaking from my heart ... You opened up my eyes to see how I was connecting with both men and women. My masculine man was dormant and has now re-awakened. I feel so energized as a sexual masculine man again. I'm finding it easier to stay centred, and to feel grounded in my unique male energy. I felt that my body and mind was cleansed and allowed to start fresh again. The workshops with the women and how to read their bodies and to allow space, was very insightful and powerful and has already been put into positive practice. Thank you for creating the space for a group of courageous men to challenge life and grow.
The workshop gave me the opportunity to see some of my fears around sexuality and to move through them. To see the masculine and feminine archetypes in my consciousness was very enlightening. It has been wonderful to spend time in my body, to notice how I am really feeling, amongst my busy ‘doing’ life. Thank you!
Feeling so grateful for the opportunity you've provided me with which to grow into my being. I have now attended three Tantric Nights and each one has been incredibly healing, rejuvenating and gratifying where I found a space to meet my need for intimacy. The expertise of all facilitators has made it an enriching and safe experience which I will recommend to others who are also drawn.
My story: I found Martina accidentally on facebook whilst I was researching Australian tantra communities, and I was immediately drawn to her because of a deep feeling of trust and purity that combined with huge respect for her fully embodied feminine essence.
I was working with her for six months in monthly skype sessions where she supported me to refocus my attention from the outside world to myself, so I could fully relax and express my fears, my personal story and everything that makes me feel small and not enough. We were working on my childhood sexual traumas, which enabled me to see how my victim behavior was based on low self-worth and trying to satisfy my partner’s needs without being able to express my own needs.
The time spent with her was so transformative for me and I highly recommend working with her.
Thank you, Martina, for being a wonderful example of an empowered woman who is not only gentle and protective, but speaks her truth in the most loving way possible."
I just wanted say thanks for the session on Friday afternoon. Its made me think more about where I am heading in my life and talking with you reminded me of what is truly important.
I wanted to take this time to thank you for the amazing influence and inspiration you have had on my life to get me to this stage where I can commence a new life of service. You were my first introduction to tantra. I have so much gratitude for your presence in my life. Your presence, the space you hold, your wonderful shining heart and your professional integrity are such gifts to the world.
Thank you so much for creating such an incredible space at the Spirituality Meets Sexuality (SMS) Retreat. You have opened my heart and eyes to a more authentic place. The challenging, yet beautiful experiences and connections I had at the SMS will be with me for a very long time. You helped me to open up to new places within myself that allow me to be more connected with myself, those around me and to the richness of life. I think differently, I feel different, I am different... in a delicious, beautiful way. You all were able to guide me to accept and embrace my Mars and Venus, my spirituality and sexuality and start to understand the importance of each in my life. I am conscious of how I now act and feel differently. My connections with people are more open. My conversations with myself are more honest. Thank you so much. This is just the beginning and I'm excited about the journey ahead. Thank you from all of my heart.
It was lovely to meet you yesterday via Skype - I found the session extremely useful, and I'm so relieved that you can make sense of what is going on - it has got a lot moving inside, both in my feelings and in my thoughts. Thank you also for such a marvellous summary of our discussion, the issues it highlighted, and the exercises for homework. I'm truly looking forward to this journey, it's such a relief to be finally breaking down chains from the past, and at last growing and moving forwards.
Great content and well presented. Very experiential. I have a real sense of growth and understanding.
A big Thank You to you, Martina, and your team. I started attending your events only this year and they have helped me a great deal by helping me alleviate the negativity permeating my life. You have made me a lifelong convert and fan of Tantric Blossoming and I will continue to attend as many events as possible, for I would like to continue my personal growth under your caring, kind and divine tutelage. Hopefully in time, I too can blossom. Once more, my undying gratitude towards you and your team for helping me rediscover of all that is good and beautiful in this life. So see you in 2014.