What does the SSSEx Level 1 Intensive Involve?

This powerful 7 day retreat is a revolutionary training for life and love, and is for everyone who desires to take their personal empowerment to another level and to deepen their abilities of Self Mastery. 

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

This training 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 your 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, safe sex, ethics, boundaries and consent skills. These are some of the practices we use to dive deep into the inner realms.

We explore the inner masculine and inner feminine archetypes because, when they are fully integrated in you, a door opens to a deeper knowledge 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 a place of duality and gender separation. We do not. Far from it. We realize 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 of us are made of. They do not translate to men and women, or male and female.

Unique to ISTA 

Three skilled ISTA Faculty members, all international teachers in their own right, will share, inspire, guide and support you to bring light to the shadows where your 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 your 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 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 alive and present, more aware of your patterns and have some skills to help change them, more awareness of your emotions and how to hold them, lighter and perhaps more relaxed. You will be more in touch with the effortless flow of life, no matter what it looks like.

A Note from Lead Faculty Elaine Young 

“My personal journey is the reason I facilitate these pieces of training, 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 honoring our true deeper being that wants to live fully with authenticity.”

Senior ISTA Faculty Bruce Lyon speaks about healing the soul – body divide, and the heart-calling to join this training.

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.

Who is this training for?

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, when they embody more of their power. And some are interested in the professions of Sacred Sexual Practitioner or Sexuality Educator.

Attendees include those from the various spiritual and sexual paths of celibacy, monogamy, and polyamory. 

Couples, individuals and related 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!

What do I need to know?

No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary, and people with previous experience are welcome.

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. This event is about expanding beyond your comfort zone, while honoring your healthy boundaries. If it is your truth, it is possible to complete the entire training/experience without touching another person. You are always at choice and the facilitators will help you navigate what is authentic for you.

Important Note for all participants

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-to-one sessions and get the ok from their therapist before entering the group process.


ISTA Faculty, Chantelle, addressing the Australian ISTA Sexuality & Consciousness Conference in 2015 and how this training differs from other self-development workshops. 


The Level 1 SSSEx Training Uses:


  • Ritual
  • Breathwork
  • Group Process
  • Active Meditation
  • Emotional Release
  • Hands-On-Healing
  • Guided Visualizations
  • Subtle Energy Processes
  • Conscious Communication

You will learn to:


  • 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
  • Honour your healthy boundaries

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


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