Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience – Level 1

Highland Lake Cove, Flat Rock, NC

ISTA – Flat Rock, North Carolina, USA – Nov 12-18, 2018

If you are ready to radically transform your life, this experiential 7-day event is for you.

ISTA’s Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience (SSSeX) is open to all who are called. ISTA is an immersive and deep dive into the core of what it takes to be a whole and embodied being. Many of us are longing for a more authentic way of belonging in the world, a way that doesn’t compromise our truth yet allows us to experience love and connection with others. If you are open to receiving wisdom from a part of yourself you may never have encountered before, welcome home. Our call is universal

Thousands of people on 5 continents have attended the ISTA training over the past 10 years. Our participants have been radically changed for the better as they uncover reactive patterns and transform them into conscious ways of being.

The immersive ISTA experience focuses on clearing the physical and emotional body of shame, guilt and fear related to sexuality and authenticity. We accomplish this through multiple pathways of healing: guided visualizations, emotional release exercises, shamanic initiations, energy tracking, and conscious, sacred touch. We also utilize modern therapeutic tools like NLP, NVC, consent training and gestalt dialoguing. These are just a few of the practices used to dive deep into the inner realms of your shadow world.

During your ISTA training, you will learn to integrate your masculine and inner feminine archetypes, leaving you with a deeper knowing of the Self as whole and complete.

ISTA trainings unfold within a powerful group process based on unconditional love, intimacy and radical acceptance of what is arising in each moment. By the end of your ISTA training, you will feel more open, relaxed and present. You will be able to drop into the effortless flow of life, no matter what it looks like.

No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary to attend this retreat. This event is about expanding beyond your comfort zone, while discovering and honoring your healthy boundaries.

Nudity as well as intimate (& sacred) touch will occur during your ISTA training. You are always at choice in how you participate, and the facilitators will help you navigate what is authentic for you. If it is your truth, you can participate fully without ever removing a piece of clothing or touching another person. Individuals and couples of any sexual preference, gender orientation or relationship definition are welcome to attend.

Love is your birthright.

You do not need to earn it or prove yourself, you just need to live it.

If you are ready to radically enliven your sexuality, and dive deep into the heart of your wild erotic nature, then join us for one of the most powerful experiences you’ll ever have. Through a beautiful synthesis of neurological re-wiring, ancient tantric practice, and shamanism, we will activate the powerful life force that is already dwelling inside your body.

This training is right for you if you are ready and willing to:

  • Claim your erotic birthright to passion and pleasure
  • Release fear, guilt and shame around sexuality
  • Learn incredible tools and wisdom that will enable you to use creative energy for regeneration, manifestation and spiritual transformation

This course is open to all who are called. Experience is not required. ISTA is an immersive and deep dive into the core of what it takes to be a whole and embodied being. Many of us are longing for a more authentic way of belonging in the world, a way that doesn’t compromise our truth yet allows us to experience love and connection with others. If you are open to receiving wisdom from a part of yourself you may never have encountered before, welcome home. Our call is universal.


ISTA trainings are individual journeys that happen in a group environment. We are not psychotherapists, and this training is not professional therapy. Your ability to be self-responsible will be required in order to navigate the spiritual, sexual and shamanic space that ISTA provides. ISTA is a mystery school, and approaches trauma from the shamanic perspective of connecting with the body and soul. We are not psychotherapists, and our trainings are not professional therapy. We recommend that if there is known, deep seated trauma, you speak with your therapist before entering our group process.


Pricing below includes 3 home-cooked meals per day, and co-lodging with other participants at the Highland Lake Cove, and the cost of the training itself. Scroll down for lodging details.

You may reserve your spot in the training by making a deposit of $500 or by paying your tuition in full. Your balance will be due October 29th.

Early Bird: $1795 ($256/day)
until September 15

Standard Tuition: $1995 ($285/day)
after Sept 15

Repeat attendees: $1395 ($199/day)
after 9/15: $1595

Youth, 18-24 years: partial scholarships available
application required, contact August for details

Assistants: $1200 ($171/day)
application required, contact August for details

Financial Hardship Scholarships

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for people in challenging financial situations. If you find yourself called to this work, but you are dealing with financial constraints, please contact August directly, explaining your circumstances, and we will consider a partial scholarship based on your needs.

Click here to begin your registration. Once this is complete, please send your payment to medicinewheelevents@gmail.com. Sending your payment as “friends and family” is helpful to us, as it alleviates some expenses.

Paypal offers free 6 month financing

If you would like to take advantage of this, send an email to medicinewheelevents@gmail.com, and we’ll send you an invoice that will give you access to their financing program.

You will also be sent a participation form after your registration. On this form, you will begin to inquire into your life, and how you can most effectively utilize the ISTA training for your own purposes. We ask that you complete this form within a week of your registration.

For training information or questions, please contact August Coyote at medicinewheelevents@gmail.com or contact her on Facebook.


You tuition includes co-lodging at the Highland Lake Cove retreat center in Flat Rock, NC. in glamping cabins. From their website:

“If your version of “camping” includes the luxury of beds with linens, electricity, and A/C, our brand new artsy cabins right on the island in our 30-acre lake are just the thing for you. While some locations may make you feel like you’re in a tree house with views of the water through the canopy, what they all share is an attention to detail and a beautiful natural setting.”

Co-lodging means you’ll most likely have a twin bed in a shared room. If you are a single person attending, you will be matched randomly with someone of the same gender identification. If you are attending with your beloved, and want to share a bed with them, please let us know. If you would like to book your own personal queen or king bed in private room, there will be an extra $300 fee. Please note that request when you register.

The SSSEX Training includes:

  • Ritual
  • Breath-work
  • Group Process
  • Active Meditation
  • Emotional Release
  • Hands-On-Healing
  • Guided Visualisations
  • Subtle Energy Processes
  • Conscious Communication

For the purpose of:

  • Realizing that you are love & freedom embodied
  • Integrating your inner masculine & feminine
  • Increasing multidimensional awareness
  • Letting go of past dramas and traumas
  • Expanding your capacity for pleasure
  • Celebrating a sex positive community
  • Transforming your shadow into an ally
  • Defining & honouring your healthy boundaries
  • This is only a partial list of what you may experience.


Laurie Handlers

Laurie Handlers

Lead Facilitator
Frank Mondeose

Frank Mondeose

Co Facilitator
Karam Satyam Duc Minh

Karam Satyam Duc Minh

Co Facilitator

This journey has been an amazing experience that really shifted the way I feel about myself. Learning to integrate the male and female part within myself and see everybody else as both parts gives me a new way to approach others. After the training I really feel the way to honour and stand up for myself, while remaining on touch with physical and emotional body and the sweetness within it. what a journey, what a change, I don’t even want to go back to the way before Thanks for providing this beautiful journey with its deep insights and enormous skills.

There are no stories I can tell to describe this journey. Imagine you are an ocean with deep waters full of terrifying creatures. You close your eyes and jump in all the way to the bottom. As you come up through the ocean you encounter all these scary things and realize that they aren’t what you thought they were. You hold your breath and trust you will make it through. When you emerge from the depths you realize a beautiful, powerful creature awaits you. And that creature is you.

I am very grateful for all the different processes I went through this week, each one was profoundly transformative, the team provided me the loving safe space to let go of some very old and deep wounds.

ISTA training is of an essential nature. It takes the journey of a human experience into the perspective of healthy empowered being, it offers tools that allow you to heal your body and emotions and therefore enables participants to claim their birth right to truly live life.

ISTA offered me an opportunity and a space to shake up free up and escape into a reality of truth and honesty. It’s a journey I took with abundance of teachers that showed me the way into myself, the real me, my real body, my true pleasure. It made me find ways to beat the fears and illusions awake and realise they are there, it it poured for me a pavement to walk steady on, towards the encounter with myself. ISTA took me with many other and put us in a container, shook that container up again and again, and let us find what was shed, and what was left in each and every one of us. I am now stepping, aware, present and brave towards the most important change that will ever happen to me.

If you feel a call in your heart to attend this training then go for it… yes, your mind will come up with all kinds of struggles and fears.. but still trust your heart and go for it. It is not just another seminar that fills you with information, but it will touch you deeply within your very soul and then the healing takes place.. a healing from the source, such a sacred place… take the chance and do it for yourself .. for your life!

There are boundless lessons to take with me from this experience, but perhaps the most precious for me in this moment was to witness the creation of Sacred Space; space where all is held sacred and safe; space without judgement; space made from love. I truly feel that I can carry this with me and recreate it anywhere I want or need. Thank you!