Tantra 1

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Tantra, Level I

Mondays, July 10th – Oct 9th, 2023
8:30 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time

Over 1500 years ago, a tidal wave of transformative practices swept across Asia, completely remaking the spirituality of the time. Based in a magical worldview, these practices involved harnessing and transmuting of life energies, the integration of opposites, powerful visualizations, breath control, and more—all to ignite a direct, experiential union with the divine.

This new way of working, called Tantra, became the main form of many religions—including Buddhism and Hinduism, Jainism—for a thousand years. Now you can come explore the wisdom of Tantra in this comprehensive, non-denominational 12-week course on Tantric philosophy, practices, and experience.

Taught by Michael Taft, a teacher with decades of experience in Tantric practice, the course is an exploration of the ancient wisdom of Tantra that transcends religious boundaries; encompassing Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Learn powerful meditation techniques, explore the energy of sacred mantras and pranayama, experience the transformative practice of mandala visualization, and more.

Open only to Michael Taft’s students from the Vast Sky Mind and Reversing the Stack courses, Tantra I will be an intensive, advanced, challenging, and ultimately enlivening journey into the depths of your nondual meditation practice.

In Tantra I, You Will Learn:

  • How Tantric and nondual practices work together to facilitate and stabilize awakening
  • Methods of visualization meditation
  • The radical, goddess-based vision of the Tantric worldview
  • How to turn discomfort, disease, disgust, and despair into powerful awakening
  • To deeply engage with Michael Taft’s specific Mandala meditation
  • How to do the most important Tantric practices
  • What mantras are and how to use them—including bijas, or “seed syllables”
  • The history and background of Tantra, where it came from and how it spread
  • Several powerful pranayama (breath control) practices that greatly deepen meditation
  • Working with chakras and the human energy system
  • A system of meditation that you can stick with

Like the Vast Sky Mind courses, this is a live online course that takes place on Zoom. Video of the class may be watched for up to a week after class. Class will meet once a week for 90 minutes. During each class, Michael will teach on that week’s topic, take live questions from the group, and lead a guided practice. In addition, students are encouraged to join a “practice pod”—a group of others students from the course—to study, share, bring up questions, and support each other’s practice throughout the class and moving forward. There are also supplemental readings and a Discord server with various channels to help deepen your practice and understanding.


  • Successful completion of VSM1, VSM2, or being a current or former student in Reversing the Stack
  • Commitment to meditate for 30 minutes daily, every day, for the entire three months
  • Complete all assigned course materials, such as readings and videos
  • Attend each class
  • Attend practice “pod” meetings outside of class
  • Strong desire to learn, understand, and practice Tantric practices and nondual meditation

Note: Tantra doesn’t mean “sacred sexuality,” and we will not be doing any sexual practices in this course.

Recent Students of Michael’s Vast Sky Mind Course Say:

Michael’s ability to elicit the experience he is talking about is kind of magical. On several occasions in class, I had a direct experience of vast spacious awareness as he described it. Huge gratitude!~ CR

Through the course, I have a deeper understanding of why I meditate. I’m not as reactionary to things that used to send me through the roof, and I spend less time scrolling mindlessly on my phone. I’m often happy just to sit and enjoy the moment during times when I’d otherwise be looking for something to distract me.~ Tyson N.

If you are serious about deepening your meditation and being in the world in a more spacious way, this is the course for you.~Heather M

This is a fantastic course for anyone that considers themselves to be an intermediate level meditator. Michael provides a clear overview of how and why to meditate using nondual techniques and is building a community of practitioners that can work with each other in this area without secrecy or long preliminaries.~ David M.

This course was not only beneficial in more ways than I anticipated, but it was also great fun! Michael’s teaching style is open, fresh, and approachable. If you are looking to deepen your practice, expand your experience, clarify your understanding of multiple techniques, and apply that knowledge to your life, this is fantastic system in which to do so. Thank you Michael many times over!~ Beau

Mondays, July 10th – Oct 9th, 2023
8:30 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time



This is the standard fee for the course. Appropriate for most students.


This tier allows you to support other students to afford the course via a Scholarship.

The Supporting students generously choose to help support the Scholarship students. If you can afford this option, please consider helping out. Thank you.


A specially reduced rate for students who cannot afford the Basic level at this time.

There are a limited number of scholarships available, so please only choose this option if you really and sincerely need financial support.

Got questions? You can ask them on the DeconstructU Discord server on the #courses-events channel.