My name is Mark (Daka) Ray, and I am a Certified Tantra Educator / Daka, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master. I have been married for over 35 years with three adult children. Tantra completely changed my life. It brought me from a very dark time to living an incredible life filled with love and joy. My wish is to share the sacred practices of Tantra with all who wish to find their wholeness, their peace, their pleasure, in living a fully expressed life, mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and sexually.
My first experience with Tantra was here in Tucson, where my wife and I attended a Meetup entitled Slow Sex with Jenny Ferry, who told me I was a natural healer, and that got me started. I studied Tantra here in Tucson for about nine months, then attended the ISTA conference in Sedona, where my spiritual awakening happened. I spent four days immersed in learning Tantra, and crying my eyes out from all the emotional releases I was experiencing. Letting go of the past traumas, most of which I was not even aware. This created within me a sense of lightness and joy I did not think was possible. During the conference, in one of the latter workshops, they asked us “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” The first thing in my head was an image of me at the podium, leading workshops at the conference. I knew that this transformation out of darkness and into joy was something I had to share with everyone. So, I decided to give up on trying to control every little aspect of my life and opened up to the divine flow in life and see where it would take me. Soon thereafter I changed jobs, changed cities, and was privileged to have a mentor-ship in Santa Fe, NM with Julianne Parkinson ( love her to life!) I then attended Tantrapalooza where my sexual awakening happened, bringing a wholeness to me I had not known before. I have since attended the Source School of Tantra Yoga and earned my certification as a Tantra Educator / Daka, and continue to attend workshops and conferences around the country. Everyone is my teacher. I practice energetic somatic healing and teach Tantra Yoga classes across the Southwest in Tucson, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and San Diego.
I recently moved back to Tucson to continue along my path of doing the healing work and teaching. During the sacred Tantra healings, I create a safe space of safety, trust, love and compassion for someone to relax, open up and move through and release those emotional scars, blocks, and barriers they have created within themselves, and are holding them back from living the life they want. By creating and holding that space for people to become clear, and rediscover their true self and their sexuality, they learn to love themselves again and in turn empower every other aspect of their life.