This retreat focuses on clearing the physical and emotional body of shame, guilt and fear related to sexuality and authenticity. The deeper transformation comes from reconnecting to your personal power, exploring sexuality is a fast path to encountering our own power challenges and gifts.
This is done through multiple pathways using the best of the ancient temple arts including Tantra, Taoist and Shamanic traditions and adding to this more modern day NLP, bioenergetics, guided visualization, emotional release, Kundalini activation, energy tracking, conscious touch and consent skills. The list above are just a few of the practices we use to dive deep into the inner realms. The inner masculine and inner feminine archetypes are explored because when they are fully integrated a door opens to a deeper knowing of the Self as whole and complete.
A note on Masculine & Feminine
Please don’t perceive that our use of the terms masculine and feminine is an indicator that ISTA operates from place of duality and gender separation. We do not, far from it we realise that we are all masculine and feminine regardless of our physical form. We use this terminology as it is an effective model for understanding the different energies or qualities that each if us is made up of. They do not translate to men and women or male and female.
Unique to ISTA
Three skilled Temple Arts Faculty all international teachers in their own right will share, inspire, guide and support you to bring light to the shadows where our power awaits to be reclaimed. You will receive information, guidance and lots of experiential practice around self love, boundaries and consent, emotional release, voice dialogue, neurological reprogramming, Orgasmic Yoga, learning to work with shamanic energy, owning one’s desires and the ability to manifest, accessing and speaking from your contra-sexual self (i.e gender opposite), conscious communication, Transformational Shamanic Breathwork, ancient temple arts rituals of healing/initiation and a powerful sexual clearing and activation processes.
Supportive Group Process
This event unfolds within a powerful group process based on safety, trust, unconditional love, intimacy and acceptance of what is arising. By the end of this event, you will feel more in touch with your body, more aliveness and presence, more aware of your patterns and have some skills as to how to change them, more awareness of your emotions and how to hold them, lighter and perhaps more relaxed. You will be more in touch with effortless flow of life, no matter what it looks like.
I know it is transformational?
Thousands of people have gone through this training worldwide, the individuals cover a wide age range from 18 to 80, varied backgrounds, all sexual orientations, those who are gender fluid or trans, differing professions from students, artists, surgeons, people from many different religions, races and nationalities. As this weeklong is a journey through life's core experiences and wounds, it is universal. It touches and can affect individuals of any age, background, race etc, if you choose to allow and if you are open to receive the wisdom and gifts.
A Note - Lead Faculty Elaine Young
"My personal journey is the reason I facilitate these trainings, for me they are by far the most effective weeklong personal transformational experience I have encountered. I want to share the possibility of living from a place of authenticity, sovereignty, soul purpose, freedom, love and power with as many people as I can. ‘ All our journeys are different … your life may not in any way resemble mine, that’s reality. We are all a unique product of our souls, family, genetics and environment but many of us are hurting, stuck, disconnected, in denial, lack satisfaction with life, feeling lost, trapped, confused or somehow knowing we are not fully honouring our true deeper being that wants to live fully with authenticity, presence and passion.’
ISTA Level 1 is a container that will allow, invite and offer you...
Whatever you life situation is to stop, feel and take a look at yourself in a whole new way. This is an opportunity to wake up to your life.
It will invite you to take risks, meet and explore your edges in a safe container.
Provide you with essential life skills we all should have received as teenagers.
Provide a space for you to see, show and live from the you that lies beneath the mask. You will see more clearly where you are operating from ego, belief patterns of others and society.
It will show you where your inner masculine and inner feminine are immature, unhealthy or where they are at war and it will guide you to bring them back towards union, love and integration. This is huge!
It will invite you to reconnect to, master and to learn to love your emotional body and heart power, as well as your physical self.
It will show you your glorious energy being and share skills as to how to dance with this energy body alongside your physical body.
It will encourage you and show you how to seek wisdom from your body and heart, instead of your mind.
Provide powerful opportunities for healing core wounds.
Remember how to love yourself, to feel the healing power of pleasure and it will offer you ways to expand your sexuality and orgasmic potential.
Allow you to see and deeply understand that sexuality and spirituality are one.
Offer you opportunities for deep healing around lost love, sexuality, grief, self love and mother and father wounds.
To shine a light on places where culture, religion and society has kept us from expressing who we really are.
Take part in powerful rituals that can bring deep healing and power reclamation.
It will ask you to consider what your life might look like, if it was not controlled by societies expectations, ego, family, fear, shame and guilt?
It will plead with you to know what it truly is to be a sovereign being.
Who attends the Intensive?
Some people take this training for their own personal evolution, to gain a deeper self-connection and to enrich their relationships and empower their lives. Others are interested in exploring how it will add to their own professional life, whatever that may be, and some are interested in the professions of Sacred Sexual Practitioner or Sexuality Educator.
Attendees include those from the various spiritual paths and the sexual paths of celibacy, monogamy, and polyamory.
Couples, individuals and relationship groups of any formation are welcome, as are individuals of any sexual orientation and gender identity. The greater mix of prior experiences the richer the training! If it is your truth, it is possible to complete the entire training/experience without touching another person.
I ask you this question: Are you ready to jump off the edge?
We are so often at the precipice of something we have wanted to do, embody or achieve....and we remain at the proverbial cafe, sipping tea, peering over the edge looking at the unknown water below, searching with our mind for the answers. Of course, the mind has no real answers. And so we are afraid. We may let our feet leave the ground, but more often than not we return to our comfort zone...because we are too afraid to feel the pain...really feel it all the way...and enter the gateway of new possibilities. What if you could jump when your being, your heart, your spirit knew it was time to change? In this training you will come to a point where you can choose, completely and resolutely, without reservation, to fling yourself off the rock.....and transform your life. What's your edge? Are you ready to jump? What's getting in your way? To find out….come and do this training. It will take you to your edge, expand you and change your life forever.
What do I need to know?
No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary and people with previous experience are welcomed.
What will I have to do?
Nudity and intimate touch are optional parts of this training. The cornerstone of this work is about consent, developing healthy boundaries and communication. You are always at choice and the facilitators will help you navigate what is authentic for you.
"This is an individual process that happens in a group environment and a level of ability to be self responsible is needed to navigate the spiritual sexual shamanic space. ISTA is a mystery school and approaches trauma from the shamanic perspective of connecting with the body and soul. We recommend that if there is known deep seated trauma, individuals seek one on one sessions and get the ok from their therapist before entering the group process."
The ISTA facilitators are looking forward to meeting you in Love, Power, and Freedom.
The ISTA facilitators are looking forward to meeting you in Love, Power, and Freedom.
Raffaello Manacorda is an international Tantra teacher and practitioner. He has been practicing Tantra for more than 15 years
and has undergone intensive training in several styles of Yoga.
After completing an MA in Philosophy, Raffaello decided to spend more than twelve years living in alternative communities and experimenting with radically alternative lifestyles. It was in these wild years that he first encountered Tantra, the "rebel way to Spirit". This encounter developed into a life-long practice, first on a solo journey,
then studying Tantra and Yoga in some of the best worldwide schools.
Raffaello serves as lead faculty in ISTA, the International School of Temple Arts, and teaches and lectures worldwide.
He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Wisdom Studies with Ubiquity University (California).
Raffaello is the co-creator of the ISTA Practitioner Training (PT),
ISTA’s program for coaches and practitioners in the field of conscious sexuality.
Briana was born under the full moon in the Midwest of the United States as the youngest daughter of a high priestess.
She grew up eavesdropping on the creation of rituals and ceremonies of the sacred. She talked to plants and animals and listened deeply to their messages. Years later, fleeing the Midwest, she found wisdom in the mountains and forests of Colorado, New Hampshire, Washington and living abroad in Japan and throughout South America.
In that time, she absorbed the ways of the elders, and began to craft her connection back to the mother (earth) and womb medicine through movement, prayer, and shamanic practice.
Beginning her career in social services and education, leading to non-profit management, Briana wove the thread of a desire to serve throughout each step along her path. She sees all of her past career as energy work, supporting individuals and groups to find their own power to heal. With degrees in Sociology, a focus on ‘Race, Culture, Power,’ and Sexual Behavior, as well as a Natural Resources, focusing on sustainability, Briana brings humility of leadership and objectivity to board rooms, corporate offices,
private sessions with couples, and family mediating alike.
Briana can most often be felt in her ecstatic joy, grinning ear to ear, channeling her maiden that loves to jump in puddles, and her priestess who gathers the energy and sends it whirling to create alchemy in all around. Her happy place is in facilitation,
and workshop creation has been a constant for the past 15 years.
She is the co-founder of Sacred Sexuality Rising, a lead trainer for Intuitive Tantra, speaker and facilitator for The Ohio State University on the topic of sacred sexuality, and Executive Director of the Columbus Coalition for Sexuality.
She believes that deep and radical love, coupled with ownership and self-responsibility
will shift the trajectory of humans on the planet.
CLARA GOMEZ SANTOS
Clara is an Intimacy & Empowerment guide, speaker, women’s mentor and international facilitator of transformative processes.
Her lifelong passion for exploring the mysteries of consciousness and soul-body integration led her to undertake 5 years training apprenticing with world authorities in the fields of Tantra, Shamanism, Shadow Work, Dakini Codes and Esoteric Psychology.
In 2014 she began her journey with ISTA deepening her relationship with the Temple Arts.
She has supported thousands on their path of integration and self empowerment through retreats, ceremonies, online programs, private sessions, interactive lectures and trainings spanning Asia, Middle East, Latin America, USA and Europe.
Clara is a natural facilitator of ceremonial spaces where Eros and Spirit are alchemised for prayer, healing and transformation. She brings a strong component of authenticity and permission anchored in intentionality and self-responsibility.
As a Dakini she guides seekers who long to reconnect with their bodies,
raw life force and creative essence through conscious activation of erotic and emotional energy.
She’s devoted to supporting the emergence of mystery schools, temple culture and soul technology on the planet.
She is faculty at ISTA - International School of Temple Arts - and council member at
Shamballa School for soul initiation and Highden Mystery School in New Zealand.
Clara is the creator of “The Man Within” a 30-day online immersion supporting women to understand,
cultivate and embody the mature aspects of their masculine energy.
The program has quickly gained international praise with over 200 women taking part in its first year.