Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience – Level 1
Highland Lake Cove, Flat Rock, NC
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.
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:
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
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.
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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.
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.