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ISTA SSSex (Level 1)

21 - 27 September 2019, with Rex Rafiq, Stephanie Phillips, Shachar Caspi 

Can you imagine what it would be like to live at your optimal, efficient, vibrant, connected, and integrated state?

As integrated beings, we see what it means to be awake, empowered in community, and in service as Love in the world.

This fall, our 7 days european shamanic sexual SSSEX level 1 retreat with full lodging is for those seeking life changes deep into their heart's yearnings and wounds. It will guide you into loving freedom. It will allow you, through clear consciousness, the integration of all aspects of our Being; body, mind, sexuality, spirit and emotions. You will reconnect with your personal power by clearing the physical and emotional shame, guilt and fear related to your sexuality and authenticity.

Spiritual, Sexual and Shamanic. Each carry enormous potential for liberation, freedom, love and joy. But they can also have a dark side and represent a misuse of power. A skilled team from Temple Arts Faculty will guide and support you to bring light to the shadows where your power awaits to be reclaimed. You will receive information, guidance and practice around self love, consent, boundaries, emotional release and voice dialogue. The retreat will also focus on neurological reprogramming, shamanic tools, owning one’s desires, the ability to manifest and accessing and speaking from your contra-sexual self (i.e gender opposite). You will learn about conscious communication, ancient rituals of healing/initiation and powerful sexual clearing/activation processes.

This intensive ISTA SSSEX retreat is a well-designed and well-honed program. You will be within a powerful group process based on safety, trust, unconditional love, intimacy and acceptance of what is happening. By the end of the week, you will feel more in touch with your body, as well as more aliveness and presence. You will be more aware of your patterns and how to change them, of your emotions and how to hold them. You will feel lighter and more relaxed. You will be in touch with the effortless flow of life.

Watch the video to learn more about the training:


The level 1 is a safe place for:

- A moment to stop, feel and take a look at yourself in a whole new way, whatever your life situation may be. This is a chance to wake up to your life.

- An invitation to take risks, meet people and explore your limits.

- Life skills we all should have learned as teenagers.

- Seeing, showing and living from the self that lies beneath the mask. You will see where you are operating from ego and belief patterns coming from others or society.

- Seeing where your inner masculine and inner feminine could be immature, ill or feuding. It will guide you to bring your both sides back towards union, love and integration. This is huge!

- An invitation to reconnect and love your emotional body and heart power, as well as your physical self.

- A perception of your Energy Being, allowing you to dance with this energy body along with your physical body.

- Seek wisdom from your body and heart, not your mind.

- A powerful chance to heal deep wounds.


- Learning how to love yourself, feeling the healing power of pleasure, with ways to expand your sexuality and orgasmic potential.

- The deep knowledge that sexuality and spirituality are one.

- The chance deeply heal wounds around lost love, grief, sexuality, self love as well as mother / father trauma.

- An understanding of how culture, religion and society has kept you from expressing who you really are.


- Mighty rituals that bring deep healing and power reclamation.

- A chance to consider what your life might be, if it was not controlled by society’s expectations, ego, family, shame, fear and guilt.

- The awareness of what it truly is to be a sovereign being.


Life's core experiences and wounds are universal. They affect individuals of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and race. Thousands of people from 5 continents have been at ISTA trainings. They have been radically changed for the better by uncovering reactive wounds and patterns, changing them into conscious ways of being. People of all ages are welcome to our european retreat, from 18 to 100, couples and individuals, all backgrounds and professions, gender identities, sexual orientations and paths, religions, races and nationalities.

Some people undergo the training for their own personal evolution, to gain a deeper self-connection, empower their lives and enrich their relationships. Others are interested in exploring how it will add to their own professional life . Some are interested in the professions of Sacred Sexual Practitioner or Sexuality Educator. The greater blend of prior experiences the richer the training.


This is an individual process that happens in a group environment. A level of ability to be self responsible is needed to navigate the spiritual sexual shamanic space. ISTA is a mystery school, it approaches trauma from the shamanic perspective of connecting with the body and soul. We recommend that if there is known deep seated trauma, individuals should seek one on one sessions and get the ok from their therapist before entering the group process.

No previous knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary to attend. Those with prior experiences are warmly welcomed, as they add to the power of the field.


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 free to choose, and the facilitators will help you handle what is authentic for you. If it is your truth, it is possible to complete the entire training experience without touching another person or taking your clothes off.



We are so often at the precipice of something we have wanted to do, embody or achieve. Butwe remain at the proverbial edge of the cliff, peering over the side, looking at the unknown below, searching with our mind for the answers. The mind has no real answers. And so we are afraid. We may let our feet leave the ground, but more often than not we return to our comfort zone, because we are too afraid to feel the pain, and enter the gateway of new possibilities. What if you could jump when your being, your heart and your spirit knew it was time to change? In this training you will come to a point where you can choose, completely, resolutely and without reservation, to fling yourself off the rock.....and transform your life.

What's your edge? Are you ready to jump? What's getting in your way? To find out….come and do this training. It will take you to your edge, expand you and change your life forever.


This will be Portugal's third event of Ista's work and we have been listening to the land and waters of a very special part of the country. It is a powerful area of Europe which attracts many people from all over the world who are researching on relationship community and peace work (such as the ashram of spiritual master Mooji, and the Tamera healing Biotope). We have chosen a land that is reborn and flourishing after a storm of fire several years ago, with a 4 private lakes, and a beautiful wild nature. Awakeland - Nestled between the mountains and sea in the Monchique mountains Awakeland is a 21 hectare property with four lakes dedicated to an awakening of the soul into the nature of being. It is easily assessable from the major airports in Portugal. Our group room is a Dome which will allow us to stay connected to the nature while working indoors. Working inside a sacred geometry structure will support the portal of transformation of the training.  Access to the lakes is available for your enjoyment and refreshing moments.

You may choose between different accommodation types to find the right way for you to relax and dive deep in a way that supports your budget, from double rooms to gorgeous glamping in tipi's and bell tents. The land is being taken care of by earth guardians joining permaculture, biodynamic agriculture and eco water systems that are supporting the transcendent vibration of the earth. People from all over the planet are coming to Awake to meditate with the open nature. Three yummy well nourishing vegetarian meals will be served to support your well-being.  

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


Deva Ashik at Awakeland
supported by Andrew, Email: love@awakeland.pt

Andrew is here to support any questions leading up to the training.


Regular €1750

Portuguese residents and Youngsters (18-24 years) get 250€ off price
Combined Level 1 & Level 2 €3300

Repeaters €1300
Assistants €1000 (please fill out a request form on our website)
Scholarships available, please send an Email to the Leah Foundation

*only one discount per person*

Pricing includes tuition, accommodation in a triple room or double bell tent, delicious meals, taxes, and all course materials during the event. Tuition excludes any incurred costs getting to and away from the venue. Pay a deposit of €400 + 3% booking fee to secure your place, and pay the rest of your investment is due 60 days after the deposit is paid.

Payment plans are available upon request. Send an email to love@awakeland.pt for further details.

Your all-around experience of the transformational training will be supported by the wonderful detoxifying vegetarian food lovingly prepared by our own kitchen team (you will also have plenty of vegan options) - you are in for a vibrant, healthy & nutritious treat! Please inform us when completing the registration form of any specific dietary requirements.

Accommodation in triple rooms or double Bell tent is included in the cost. Let us know if you would like either of these alternative accommodation options. You can upgrade to a Double room by paying 120€ in addition. Single room by request only.


1.) Pay your €400 deposit or the full fee via the website - click 'Book Now' below

2.) Complete the registration form - ISTA Level 1 - 21-27th Sept 2019 Participant Form



All prices shown are per person. If you want stay with a partner or friend, please tell us when you buy the ticket.

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A native New Zealander with a global heart, Rex Rafiq has been leading transformational programmes with men and women for 25 years. Founder of Essentially Men, www.essentiallymen.net the ground breaking mens work of Aotearoa New Zealand, co-founder of the Heart Politics Gatherings and author of Fatherless Sons (Harper Collins) and On Their Own (Finch) he is trained in group work, psychodrama, expressive therapies, co counselling and has a masters in Social Ecology. His experience has been honed from working extensively with groups in all kinds of settings from the wilderness to corporations, prisons to ashrams, and anywhere in the community people are showing up for wisdom. Over his life he has explored diverse mystery traditions, shamanistic practices and spiritual enquiry. His outer world expressions have been diverse - from a young hunter living in the wilderness, to activism, street theatre, trainer, community catalyst and group leadership. He has a solid reputation for leading potent rites of passage and known for his wise and playful style and ability to hold people with love while they shed their skin.

Rex has stopped trying to improve himself... instead he has turned to loving the life force that is living him, which includes embodying the joy and transformative power of sexuality. He has moved into teaching with ISTA because his delight is to share community with kindred souls on this journey of loving life and he is drawn to contribute to the powerful transmission and embodied teachings that are evolving here.  


Inspiration, Alchemy, Transformation

Stephanie initiates groups with Tantric and shamanic practices, pattern reframing and emotional release work. This is the one place where your arousal and sexual power is welcome and celebrated, as an integral part of your transformation. She GOES there, to awaken a higher resonance and your open-hearted power! She applies modalities of self awareness including Mindfulness, Gestalt therapy, movement meditation, dance expression, humanistic psychology, NLP, shadow work, conscious sexuality and the healing arts.

No map, no compass

Stephanie's led people on the stage, in the boardroom, at the retreat, down the mountain and from the podium. She's held people through their baptism of fire, through the shedding and the chaos, and journeyed with them to the safe haven on the other side.

Her bodywork mastery was honed from private practice in Remedial massage, Polarity therapy, Reiki, de-armouring, and Reflexology. Her Shamanic Dakini emerged after an accident disabled her hand, and her path descended into journeying with shadow.

From tutus to tantra

Her background is Classical / Contemporary Dance, a Bachelor of Education, the Fitness industry, the Health and Wellness sector, executive coaching, and crafting transformational mentoring programs through the nineties and noughties.

Bringing back orgasmic flow

In recent years Stephanie has facilitated Tantra workshops and training intensives, retreats and courses across Australia and beyond, in the field of sexuality and consciousness.  Her accumulated resources are shared in her Body Whisperer Experience courses. She's been called on for space clearing rituals, full moon ceremonies, business forums and inner-child healings. Seekers consistently describe her as a gifted energetic bodyworker. She's been a facilitator and faculty with ISTA since 2015.

A teacher of sacred sexuality, Daka and guide for esoteric exploration and meditation, Shachar was trained around the world with ISTA (International Schools of Temple Arts). In 2010 he founded the organization "Less is More" which teaches businesses and organizations how to streamline thought processes and increase focus and productivity.  

Shachar went on to create a coffee chain in the Balkans. Realizing that he was not discovering the answers he searched for, he went on a journey to discover who he really is. In 2010, Shachar travelled to Guatemala where he spent 2 years studying at The Pyramids Del Ka, an Egyptian mystery school specializing in lucid dreaming, meditation, and Kabbalah studies.  During this exploration he experienced long periods of isolation and undertook intensive silent retreats of 40 and x days where he discovered the importance of direct connection to our life force.


Shachar invites you to expand your consciousness and tread the authentic heart's path that exists in each of us. Experience how to connect our Kundalini (sexual energy, Shakti) with the Cosmos (presence, Shiva) in our heart space, releasing old patterns that do not serve us and connecting to our essence that dwells beyond our stories. Find the simplicity and beauty that awaits in the now