ISTA Level 1 –The Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience

This training is aimed at men and women who are dedicated to the ongoing practice of evolving consciousness and embodying bliss, and who desire to support others on this path. Central to this are presence, personal empowerment, emotional intelligence, sexual wholeness, and a lifestyle which honours the interconnectedness of all things. Acknowledging and embracing one’s shadow (un-integrated psychological material) is the cornerstone of this work.

Spiritual…Sexual….Shamanic …each of these three areas alone carry enormous charge for shadow and misuse of power as well as potential for liberation, freedom, love and joy. Together, integrated, we begin to see what it means to be awake, empowered, in community and in service as love in the world. This is a powerful immersion experience that awakens the healthy masculine and feminine energies and brings them into sacred relationship in the heart of each participant. It gives a taste of how life can be when the life force is flowing, and we are free to be authentic in the way we live and love.

The Level 1 SSSEx Training Uses:

 Group Process
 Active Meditation
 Emotional Release
 Guided Visualizations
 Subtle Energy Processes
 Conscious Communication


 Realize that you are love & freedom embodied
 Integrate your inner masculine & feminine
 Increase multidimensional awareness
 Let go of past dramas and traumas
 Expand your capacity for pleasure
 Celebrate sex positive community
 Transform the shadow into an ally
 Honor your healthy boundaries

This is only a partial list of what you may experience

ISTA Founder, Baba Dez Nichols, discusses the training in this video:
This week provides the essential teachings and experiences that restore to us the type of education we should have had around our sexuality, our emotions and our relationships with the masculine and feminine. This provides for the experience of being truly alive and integrated. 
You will receive guidance and hands on experience in the areas of: emotional release, voice dialogue, neurological reprogramming, conscious communication, rituals of initiation, energy tracking and a powerful sexual clearing and activation processes.
It is a challenge to fully describe what is inherently an experiential shamanic journey so we invite you to read the testimonials and watch videos of facilitators to get a better sense of this week and whether it is your heart’s desire to join us. Senior ISTA Faculty Bruce Lyon, speaks into this decision.

 One question: Are you ready to jump off the edge?

So often, we stand at the precipice of something we have wanted to do, embody or achieve. Yet, we remain at the proverbial ‘cafe on the edge’ talking about how we are going to jump soon, sipping tea, peering over the edge looking at the unknown water below, the mind frantically searching for answers to its own endless questions. Of course, the mind has no real answers. And so we are afraid. We are afraid to leave our comfort zone. And then? We distract ourselves with our habits – anything to suppress the intensity of our longing for fuller self-expression. And so we block ourselves from entering the gateway of new possibilities.

Who would you be and what would your life look like if you always jumped into the mystery when your being, your heart, your spirit knew it was time to take a leap? In this training you will come to a point where you can choose, completely and resolutely, to courageously step beyond the edge of your known patterns … surrender control and transform your life.

What’s your edge? Are you ready to jump? What’s getting in your way? To find out … we invite you to the Level 1 experience where a transformational container will support you to take that step into the unknown. Join a group of other spiritual warriors, standing at the edge alongside you, ready to expand and empower themselves.  Change your life forever.

What does the SSSEx Intensive Involve?

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 creative 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 visualisations, emotional release, Kundalini activation, energy tracking, conscious touch and consent skills.

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. This changes all of our relating.

ISTA Faculty, Chantelle, addressing the Australian ISTA Sexuality & Consciousness Conference in 2015 and how this training differs from other self-development workshops. 
Testimonial video of participants finishing the ISTA Level 1 in Guatemala 2015

Who takes this Intensive?

Thousands of people on 5 continents have benefited hugely from this training over the past 10 years. 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!

Want to hear from more participants?

Upcoming Level 1 Trainings in Latin America:

ISTA Level 1 is a container for:

  • Embodying and integration of mature Masculine and Feminine polarities
  • Owning our Humanity, one’s desires and the ability to manifest
  • Clearing Emotional Blocks, embracing and channelling all emotional energy
  • Anchoring, Grounding and Sustaining Healing Change
  • Healing Religious and Social Dogma around Sexuality, Control, Fear, and Suspicion around Pleasure
  • Getting out of Judgment and back to Love
  • Empathic Listening and Touch
  • Creating and Holding Sacred Space with Ritual and Ceremony
  • Boundary Identification and Healing
  • Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse
  • Healing Fear, Jealousy and Competition
  • Healing Father/Mother wounds
  • Healing relationship heartaches

and much more…

Images of ISTA groups from around the planet. Facilitators are supported by a team of apprentices and experienced assistants to ensure participants always have access to support.

What do I need to know?

No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary. Those with  previous experience are welcomed. All who feel called are invited to join this growing international tribe. 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.

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. If it is your truth, it is possible to complete the entire training without touching another person.

A note on Masculine & Feminine

Please do not perceive that our use of the terms masculine and feminine is an indicator that ISTA operates from a place of duality and gender separation. We recognise that we all contain masculine and feminine aspects 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.

Three skilled Temple Arts Faculty will share a variety of experiential practices around self love and speaking from your contra-sexual self. 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 however you experience it, your needs and desires and your creative power to walk your sovereign path.

This revolutionary Life empowerment course supports us to masterfully direct our primal and sexual nature so that we more deeply embody a fully integrated, respectful and vibrant relationship with ourselves and others.

The ISTA facilitators look forward to meeting you in Love, Power, and Freedom.