David Cates is a tantra teacher ... sort of. (That's actually the first thing we get into in the interview: defining terms.)
What that means for YOU, whether bodyworker or yoga teacher or curious bodymind looking to apply what we talk about here on the show into your life, is a deep inquiry about: the 2nd chakra/sacrum/sexual-creative center of the body, healing sexual trauma of many shapes and sizes, what we can learn from observing the natural world and, in many ways the thing I found the most useful, just hearing David's take as a long-time teacher of an art, a practice, that keeps evolving on its own terms.
What is tantra — according to this teacher who's been at this for a long time? at 29m 58s in
A few other highlights from the interview (which starts at 11m 38s):
After going through a radical shift, do you need time to "re-enter" the normal world? (15m 44s)
To really digest big change, what's the better format: retreat or day-to-day work? (17m 20s)
Where are we potentially headed, as a collective, in terms of healing from sexual traumas? (26m 07s)
Learning about the body, how we unfold, from a creek (33m)
Advanced Perceptual Training (David, we've got to trademark this! ;)) and Spiritual Oneness (34m 08s)
Where we can start (37m 30s)
The New Age Pickup Artist (half in jest), and the Dojo of Dating (43m 25s)
Starting with the dense body, leading to the emotional body (52m 10s)
One place to start: cuddle parties (1h 01m 55s)
Sexual "healers" as potential sexual parasites, i.e. gurus gone wrong (1h 02m 42s)
Hope you enjoy, as always!
The Radiance Sutras, on amazon
David's interview with Garrison Cohen, "Looking for You: Activating the Animal Body"
The website of Peter Levine (also check out his many books)
Tim Ferriss' podcast (I didn't take the time to find that little snippet I'd referenced, as it was mentioned in passing in some show and I have no idea which; apologies)