LEVEL 2 of the Ireland Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience (SSSEx) weeklong training/retreat comes to the Emerald Isle in for the first time 2014.
Prerequisite: Completion of one or more ISTA SSSEx Level 1 trainings.
Ireland's Level 2 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 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.
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.
* The Shamanic initiation - its 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.
Three highly skilled Temple Arts faculty from around the world will teach, share, inspire, guide and bring light to the darkness in a beautiful lakeside retreat location.
* Bruce Lyon (New Zealand)
* Janine McDonald (Australia)
* Ohad Ezrahi (Israel)
The Ireland Level 2 SSSEx is not so much a training that provides tools and techniques but an experience that transforms the self working with those tools and techniques. It is a calling forth of the presence, power and love in the essential divinity of each person. This is the source of the healing power of the spiritual, sexual shaman and it is what forms the core of the unique gift each of us has to offer the world.
Tuition price *includes* the use of all facilities, residency, and healthful, delicious gourmet meals over the course of seven days.
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"A large magnetic attraction pulled me to the first Irish ISTA training, like the kind of pull the moon has on me when I'm trying to sleep but feel drawn to howl outside instead. I had been resisting it with all my rational might. 'I don't need it, I'm doing the work already, I can't afford it' but all the time my belly was screaming at me to go, my intuition was telling me I was just meant to be there...Was there any fibre of my being that came home after the week wishing that I had stayed home? No. Not a cell in my body, not a whisper of breath regrets flying into that particular flame. I found not only the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of my life, but a whole new portal that opened up through it. My expectations were surpassed a hundred fold throughout the Training. And I'm so grateful."
- T., Ireland training
"An incredible opportunity. It was a deeply, powerfully transformational week for me... both personally and professionally. This second time just went deeper into Love. Again I met so many beautiful souls, some of which are very dear friends now. It's not just what get from a week like this; it's what you take to it too, and the gift of seeing that reflected back to you is priceless."
- L., Ireland training
"Alleluia Mama! Give thanks to those demons that were lovingly exorcised in the healing theatre of our collective Shame. The combined Alchemy we created as a group with the lovingly held container and guidance of the teachers achieved nothing short of a miracle; it has irrevocably induced the return of the Snakes to Irish soil. From this point onwards nothing can ever be the same."
- S., Ireland training
"Am so in awe. The depth of this work continues to unfold. I'm reminded to get out of my own way and to allow it all to flow. Truly beautiful and awe inspiring. Words fail to express the depth of connection and the explosion in my heart. Thank you"
- B., Ireland training
"The power and depth of this training continues to unfold in myself profoundly…presence has finally dawned here and this presence shows me how to hold all of myself through the various inner and outer manifestations. I feel steady and grounded, life has begun to flow as a continuous self-nourishment. Big love and deeply heartfelt thank you to all of the trainers, in whom I feel absolute trust. I very much look forward to my next training"
- A., Ireland training
"The ISTA experience has been a deeply healing and transformational journey for me. Not only did we learn to honor our boundaries and creating safe spaces for healing our wounds, we were also guided to take one hundred percent responsibility for our emotional well-being by learning shamanic tools for release and renewal. The whole training aims at empowering people by giving them tools to reclaim their ease, love and power, no matter what the outer circumstances may represent. I highly recommend this training to anyone who is genuinely devoted to transformation, wholeness and healing to unfold on all levels."
- N., Ireland training
"The ISTA retreat was phenomenal. I was amazed by some of the things that came up for me - things that I never realized I was holding on to on any level at all. I'd been having a sense for some time that I was going to have a breakthrough in my own process and the retreat has been a huge part of that. I'm truly in awe of the process we went through during our week together and excited for the future."
- A, Ireland training
"I feel so full it feels like the maiden voyage all over again...young warrior/warrioress ..girl becoming woman..boy becoming man.. learning how to stalk myself .. how to hunt .. how to fight for what is rightfully mine..my sovereignty..my heart feels soft and open, beating strong behind a permeable breast plate...this shared experience has bequeathed me a sword of light, a suit of arms and a black stallion to ride out into the shadows and illuminate my path."
- S., Ireland training
"ISTA level 1 Round 3 was no less amazing, humbling and profound than my first two forays into the spiritual sexual shamanic practitioners experience/training. I continue to be surprised at the brave souls who show up to explore themselves and the concept of their own freedom and self expression. The beautiful mix of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, professions and beliefs make for a unique experience every time. Every human being should gift themselves this space for openness and acceptance. There is nothing to fear in this space, except your fear itself. There is nothing to be lost and everything to be gained. The container created by the facilitators is always safe and strong .. while allowing any chaos that needs to or wants to emerge. The participants in turn are open, accepting and loving towards one another while learning the lessons to be had from the powerful mirrors they meet. Level 1 offers the opportunity to examine your life relationships to family, lovers and yourself. It invites an examination of our inner shadow and beauty. It shines a light up to say 'come back to yourself remember and be whole'. Embrace your inner child, your sexual self, your joyful self, your sadness, your grief and your shadow. Question your programming, conditioning and your ego. All you need to bring is your presence and willingness."
- E., Ireland training
'I did this training exactly 2 years ago and repeated it last year. Although I’ve been practicing and teaching Tantra for years, I still got a lot out of it, even the 2nd time around. It is really is good for people who wants to explore their sexuality and for practitioners who want to deepen their offerings.
Although very profound and transformative, don't worry about it being "too much". The space is held beautifully - strong and nurturing. It unfolds gradually and naturally towards the more intimate practices, and at any moment it's possible to pause and step outside if it's too much for you.
I deeply recommend anyone who is even remotely interested to give this training a try. I'm happy I did.'
- E., Sweden
"This training was a portal into sacred sexuality...I am extremely grateful for the amount of abundance this has created in my life...It has given me a platform for an ongoing freedom which has enriched my life beyond my wildest dreams."
- G, Ireland
"These people are actually embodying what all the others are only talking about...This is the deepest, purest, most profound work of its kind I know of. Gentle, yet powerful and compelling...whole, present, real."
- R, Ireland
"I have been through some of the best therapeutic programs available on the planet and my experience with [ISTA] leaves no close second place. I am really sold on it being great and look forward to going deeper with it."
“I cannot recommend it highly enough! It's a powerful experience and a rare opportunity for folk to step into their power and address old wounds which hold us back from living with joy and freedom. There is nothing else which gives this opportunity for self-empowerment and growth. It addresses core issues around sexuality which are integral to our whole being. It's well-structured, professionally managed, and hugely transformational”
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Bruce Lyon made this short video to introduce people to this unique Irish week of transformation:
Ohad Ezrahi explaining the power of Consciousness, Spirit, Sexuality, and the integration of Shadow:
Here, ISTA teacher Robert Silber describes the week right after teaching one of these retreats recently:
Baba Dez shares the importance of every adult human reclaiming their birthright of Love, Freedom, and Power.
A longer interview here where Dez goes into more depth about the the work and training.
Janine McDonald giving us a feel for some of the places we will go during our time together.
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