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The International School of Temple Arts (ISTA)
Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience Level 1 & Level 2.
ISTA is committed to 
raising consciousness & sexuality education across the globe

through the technology of accelerated evolution

in order to support the emergence of the modern Temple Arts around the world.


The most ignored, denied, misunderstood or bypassed area of spiritual exploration

is the territory around sex and emotion.


ISTA's trainings are life-changing seminars promoting
the deep healing of our core wounds and our connection to
our source of our sexuality and primal nature.


These workshops are for all people of any sexual orientation or gender identity,
whether monogamous, polyamorous or celibate.


All adults are welcome.
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Level 1 :Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience, SSSEx



Would you like to address the issues that are still blocking you and to access more of your personal power?


Do you have the courage to face what are sometimes referred to as your 'wounded dragons'?


Are you completely without fear, guilt or shame?


These feelings can be strong inhibitors to our essential life force. The subliminal and overt messages we received culturally and in childhood around our sexuality and also our spirituality, around what is sacred can affect our ability to be intimate. Truly intimate.


Do you choose innapropriate partners again and again? Why is that? Or have you opted out of the game altogether?

Would you simply like more profound intimacy within an existing relationship?

Are you fully available emotionally, physically, spiritually and sexually?

Do you want an increased sense of authentic and sacred intimacy in your life?

Do you long to be fully met?




Three faculty from ISTA 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, 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.



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




Shamanic traditions


guided visualization

emotional release
orgasmic breathing

Kundalini activation

energy tracking

conscious touch

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.



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.

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• 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 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 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.


• To 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.


• 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.



The SSSEx, The Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience will be held at Sesseljuhús, Sólheimar í Grimsnes, Iceland. It is one hour drive from Reykjavik. We arrange transport from Reykjavik the same day. We will stay in dubble rooms and welcome you to dive into your own amazing process in this amazing country.




Iceland is an amazing country with nature presence. Welcome to experience hot water, pure fresh air, water coming up, falling down, forces beyond our control. Warm welcome to this gift to yourself.


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- Co facilitator, Level 1


Makatu is a master of ceremonies. 

Sharing his love through music, dance, sacred ceremonies, and transformative events, he creates spaces for people to connect and manifest magic in.

Makatu is the CEO of, an emerging app for the conscious community. 

He's also the producer of various festivals (such as ISTA Israel & Berlin, ISTA online, Heartbeat, Dance Temple, Ecstatic Festival), as well as the founder of Initiation Temple, a movement to support young adults on their soul journeys.

He is an ISTA apprentice and graduate of Highden Temple. 

Makatu is entirely devoted to serving the growing field of humans awakening into love, freedom, and power.

- Lead facilitator, Level 1

Raffaello Manacorda is an international Tantra teacher and Daka (sacred sexuality 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.


- Co facilitator, Level 1


Ria is an Author & Relationship Coach. She has helped CEOs and business leaders around the world 10x their sex lives and intimate relationships. She is committed to getting her clients results and uses a multidisciplinary approach to her work including evolutionary psychology, NLP, hypnotherapy, and sexual shamanic healing that activates conscious embodiment. Ria earned her Master's degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and founded her private coaching practice.

Ria began her ISTA journey in the deep jungles of Hawaii in 2016, where she found immediate resonance and a true calling to raise sexual consciousness across the globe. In 2019, Ria organized and seeded the first ISTA training in Japan. She is born and raised in Japan to a Japanese Buddhist father and a Jewish American mother.

She has straddled multiple worlds and dimensions from a young age. She travels worldwide to deepen her temple practices with a passion for bringing the kundalini magic home sweet home in San Diego, CA, where she currently resides.




The Level 2 training deepens the experience of level 1, allows for more hands on practise with some of the tools and techniques taught and provides a alchemical container for transformation through group practise, ritual and meditation. Level 1 (SSSEx) begins its work once the decision is made that this is the way we actually want to live and not just a peak experience on a workshop. Level 2 however, guides the participant through a series of self – initiations that say goodbye to old patterns of relating and anchor the identity in the deep self that is already free, inherently loving and dynamically creative in the world.



  • You are curious about who you are beyond the personal.

  • You live in the spiritual world and are on some level afraid to BE HERE

  • You have forgotten you are an infinite being and need reminding that you are in fact pure limitless potentiality itself

  • You long for a deep real and authentic connection with your divinity and wish to connect to and share who you are from that space.

  • You struggle with the blood and guts of life and want to die to all that is causing you pain in your life.

  • This training is only for those who are ready to burn in the fire of their own love. It is not for the faint of heart. It is for those who can no longer live a lie and want to truly die for love.




Three highly skilled Temple Arts faculty from around the world will teach, share, inspire, guide and bring light to the darkness in a serene and private retreat location.



  • The Shamanic initiation – it´s core is death and rebirth. This overcomes the fear of death in the base chakra and also sets the shaman apart from the tribe in order to serve the tribe in a special way. It is an essential component to the integration of sexual and spiritual worlds because it results in the transcendence of ego and the dedication of ones awakened powers to the collective. The result is Power.

  • The Sexual Initiation – The rituals of self-pleasure and sacred spot in Level 1 awaken a deeper relationship with our sexual energies. In Level 2 we explore the unification of our masculine and feminine, conscious penetration and sacred union. The result is Love.

  • The Spiritual Initiation – Meditation training and essential identity inquiry open us into our primordial awareness and provide a taste of sunyata or the void experience. An overnight invocatory temple combined with a personal vision quest where each individual has an opportunity for deeper levels of their being to be contacted, honoured and integrated. The result is Presence.



- Co facilitator, Level 2

A lead facilitaor in ISTA is also a performer,dancer,singer, a Watsu’er and a teacher of sacred love relationships. Her work is focused on enlivening women and men to live love at their great power, using methods of movement, ritual and theater. In the last years she became passionate about the healing of woman of their shame around their sexuality and moon time, helping  them to uncover their inner sacred jewel.

Dawn is an American living part time in America- NYC , having lived primarily in Israel for the past 11 years and teaching internationally. Prior to that she was living in NYC for years where she was a professional actress and performer. She earned her B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Maine; where she continued to work deeply with nature and its wisdom. In NYC  she co founded several performing troupes- Body Temple(a unique holistic night club extravaganza), and Mad Woman of the Woods theatre company. Over the years her studying took her through many different paths studying with Gloria maddox theatre as a means of personal development, expression, and professionalism.

Dawn studied extensively the Five Rhythms work of Gabrielle Roth,and learned with she and Jonathan Horan for many years 18 years in total. She was in a priestessing apprenticeship in  a women’s mystery school with ALisa Starkweather.Also an  influential teacher along the path was that of  Arkan ; a native Peruvain adopted lakota medicine man.


She was training extensively, and was inspired by the teachings of David Deida. Dawn delved into extended trainings of Marshal Rosenberg and non violent communication, as well as expanding her work of healing in the water of watsu and water dance-water creature that she is.She finished a Pelvic Heart Integration training with Deborah Taj Anapol.She was also teaching in the kohennet training program in America of Hebrew priestessing.

She is the co-founder of KabaLove – The school of Love in Kabala (c)  Along with a  beloved Ohad she teaches the way of sacred relationships and spiritual growth internationally. It would be a fib to say that her relationship is anything short of an amazing living laboratory of love, freedom, and exponential growth. She also is in love with her snake-a red tail boa kunda(lini) who accompanies her on her healing work.

Dawn has  coordinated the trainings/conferences in israel for the past 5 years here bringing this work to the land and people which now is having a resounding impact.

She feels that the work of ISTA  and the trainings,has brought to her life some of the most fully integrated humans working tirelessly in their vision to elevate the human spirit and rid the body, and psyche of the shame, guilt,and fear. She is elated and humbled to work with a group of dedicated visionaries, and honored to be on teaching staff. She sees her community growing, shifting and opening around her, as well as herself. There is healing happening on so many levels- learning to heal the split within our own being, and embracing our masculine loving our feminine ,or visa versa. She is so loving sharing this work with people.

She is most often in the states ,and frequently in Israel but is available for personal sessions and teaching wherever the need and spirit invites her.

Currently she has been immersed in creating a collaborative mythological, interactive, ritual theatre piece, including electronic dance music. 



- Lead facilitator, Level 2


“Sexuality is a secret gate to the Divine realms that is still unrecognised by most of humanity. In ancient Temples, sexuality was practiced as a key to open portals into other dimensions, but this knowledge was mostly forgotten. Sacred Sexuality is a living temple, where we can offer our egos on the altar, expand our consciousness, download visions, create magic, heal traumas and surrender deeply to Love itself”.   

Pele, a lead faculty in ISTA, has been teaching Kabbalah, Sacred Sexuality and Conscious Relating for more than 30 years. His life partner Dawn Cherie is a lead faculty in ISTA as well and many times they lead workshops together.

Coming from a background of being a traditional Kabbalist Rabbi in Jerusalem, as well as an academic scholar and a community leader he is well known as one of the most influencing and radical spiritual teachers in Israel.

Pele is the author of the historical fiction "Kedesha - A timeless tale of a Love Priestess", a page turner that exposes the hidden conspiracy in ancient Jerusalem that had lead to the destruction of the Goddess Temples and formation of monotheistic text based religions.

He also wrote a book about Lilith – the Wild-Dark Feminine Force, a revolutionary research on the sacred aspect of Lilith, which holds the secrets of healing human sexuality. In another book he explores the erotic concepts behind the ancient Temple of Jerusalem and the way this knowledge was used for meditations in the ancient Jewish mystery school of the Merkava.

Before joining ISTA Pele was heading “Neviah – the Hebraic Academy of Universal Spirit” in Tel Aviv. Pele and Dawn are life partners since 2002 and co-founders of KabaLove — the school of Love in Kabbala.

Pele is an artist, photographer and a song writer. His first album “Something out of Chaos” includes the Tantric song Mikdash that is dedicated to Yoni-Gazing rituals. His second album“Cosmic Snake” includes the songs “Captain Crazy” (lyrics by Bruce Lyon) and the infamous “Cosmic Snake”. 

Pele is the co-founder of the Ashram of Love in Malta


"Unlike most spiritual schools ISTA's work is not about "enlightenment". One can say it is more about "endarkenment" but really it is about Realisation. Reality is not "light" and not "dark". It hold the light and the dark as two poles of a spectrum that we need to know how to play our love music on, like the full range of a piano. There is a big distortion happening when spiritual people demonise the dark and long only for the light. They usually end up ignoring their lower chakras, or try to sublimate them into the light. But there is a uniq spiritual power that lies in the Dark aspects of this reality. Dark is not bad or evil, nor it is shadowy by definition. The Dark is a deep and uniq vibration that can be sacred, and with this Sacred Dark we work in the Level 2.

So "hallo Darkness my old friend" - we will come to meet with you again in the dark long winter of Iceland (by the fire place and with a hot tub and geothermical waters.)"

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- Co facilitator, Level 2


Eugene Hedlund is founder of The School of Tribal Tantra and a Certified 5 Rhythms® teacher based from the US and now based in Sweden. He leads workshops and trainings in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

He founded The School of Tribal Tantra as a gateway to accelerate those who are ready to step into their mastery. Eugene's core passion is to use these tools and gifts in an integrated way which best serves each student. 

More info videos about Tribal Tantra and Eugene Hedlund at:

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'I am constantly inspired and re-inspired by the invitation to share in sacred circles all over the world, where seekers gather to open their hearts and invite others to do the same. In the end we are so much more alike than different. I am not here to offer anything new, but to help us remember something old, something true, something that has always been...that you are complete. You are enough. You are worthy of loving and being loved. Globally, we share the same yearning heart, the same desire to simply be seen as we are and feel accepted. Together we can support each other on this simple, but profound journey. The world is yearning for a Tantra Tribe to lead the way back home to love. May we all find our way home.'