ISTA Guatemala Level 1

14.03.2020 - 20.03.2020
8am - 10pm daily
Villa Sumaya
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala / Google Map
Organizer(s): Gareth Pickering
Speaker/Facilitator: Araminta Barbour | Niten Dhyan | Stephanie Phillips

Your time for Transformation is NOW!

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Step into the next level of your evolution. Reclaim the sacredness of your embodiment and creative life force. Unlock the potency of your human technology. Join an international tribe prioritising embodied spirituality, authenticity, and the transformational power of love.

In 2020 The International School of Temple Arts will be hosting its transformative Level 1 intensive residential retreats at one of the world’s most majestic destinations Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. 

Why ISTA Guatemala? 

This powerful training provides the essential teachings and experiences that restore to us our full human technology. It gives us the type of education we should have had around our sexuality, our emotions and our relationships with the masculine and feminine energies within.

Expand your capacity for intimacy, release the past and discover how to be a conscious co-creator of your life experience. Learn powerful tools and gain life-changing insights that will enable you to use your creative energy for Dynamic Manifestation, Self Love and Lasting Spiritual Transformation.

Spiritual. Sexual. Shamanic. Each of these three areas carries enormous charge for shadow and misuse of power as well as the potential for liberation, freedom, love and joy. Together, integrated, we begin to see what it means to be awake, empowered, in community and in service as love in the world.



The training runs for seven days beginning with embodiment practices, followed by full days of rituals and experiences.

Activities include hands-on practice and coaching around the use and implementation of seven powerful tools including emotional release, aspecting, voice dialogue, neurological reprogramming, an exploration into ethics and boundaries and introduction of rituals of initiation.

This revolutionary life empowerment course also supports you to masterfully direct your primal and sexual nature so that they can more deeply embody a fully integrated, respectful and vibrant relationship with yourself, others and align with the life web.

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.

ISTA Level 1 is a safe container that will allow, invite and offer you:

• The opportunity to stop, feel and take a look at yourself in a whole new way, whatever your life situation may be. This is an opportunity to wake up to your life.

• An invitation to take risks, meet and explore your edges while honouring your healthy boundaries.

• Essential life skills we all should have received as teenagers.

• 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 and belief patterns of others and society.

• A view into where your inner masculine and inner feminine may be immature, unhealthy or at war. It will guide you to bring them back towards union, love and integration. This is huge!

• An invitation to reconnect to and learn to love your emotional body and heart power…as well as your physical body.

• Awareness of yourself as an  Energy Being, with skills that allow you to dance with this energy body alongside your physical body.

• The ability to harness wisdom from your body and heart, instead of only your mind.

• Powerful opportunities for healing core wounds.

• A reminder of how to love yourself, to feel the healing power of pleasure, with ways to expand your sexuality and orgasmic potential.

• The deep understanding that sexuality and spirituality are one.

• Opportunities for deep healing around lost love, sexuality, grief, self-love and mother and father wounds.

• A spotlight on how culture, religion and society have kept us from expressing who we really are.

• Powerful rituals that bring deep healing and power reclamation.

• An opportunity to consider what your life might look like if it was not controlled by society’s expectations, ego, family, fear, shame and guilt.

• The knowledge of what it truly is to be a sovereign being.



Everyone ready to embrace the fullness of their human technology.

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

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 whatever that may be. Some are interested in the professions of Sacred Sexual Practitioner or Sexuality Educator. The greater the mix of prior experiences, the richer the training.



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

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

Please note that some of the content in the ISTA training and exercises is of spiritual and sexual nature.

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 navigate 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.

It is your responsibility as a sovereign being to make the most appropriate decisions for yourself. What happens to you during the group, training or outside of session processes stays under your control and the ISTA teachers, session givers and organisers are here to support you but not held responsible for your choices.

You are also responsible in regards to your previously existing relationships or agreements and can seek advice from a facilitator during the training should you feel at any time uncomfortable with any of the exercises or interactions within the group. You are always at choice as to the degree in which you participate in any part of the training.



ISTA is a growing organism with global roots, active in over 35 countries a year.

ISTA is part of a global transformational movement where human consciousness is being opened to its source as love.

In particular, ISTA works with spirituality and sexuality as two expressions of the life force. Our vision is a world where humans have a peaceful, delightful, shameless, fearless and loving relationship with their own bodies, sexuality, emotions, hearts, minds and spirit.

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Araminta Barbour - Lead Facilitator

Founder of the unique retreat space The Sanctuary in Guatemala, Araminta is an International Speaker, Empowerment Coach and Transformational Workshop Facilitator, collaborating with ISTA since 2011 and part of the Lead Faculty team. A Certified Red Tent Women's Guide, Araminta has a Master’s Degree in Indian Religions from the University of London (SOAS), 5+ years experience in the sexual reproductive health non-profit sector and over 20 years exploring numerous holistic health modalities and esoteric traditions. A speaker at International Consciousness and Sexuality Conferences, she has facilitated intensive residential workshops in over 15 countries. Araminta also collaborates with the Online University of Love and Sexuality and the Women Who See in the Dark project.

Araminta’s core passion is the process of radical self-acceptance – the inner marriage of love with power. She is here to support the return of ancient temple wisdom and practices for humanity’s evolution as liberated, heart-centred creators. Araminta offers emotional release guidance, transformational workshops in tantra and conscious intimacy coaching.

Niten Dhyan - Co-facilitator

Niten is an international Tantra teacher who facilitates courses for singles and couples. He is a lead teacher at Tantra Essence and ISTA faculty teacher. In 2010, he founded "The Integrated Masculine", a "in depth" process for the modern man. In 2014, he created one of the largest Tantra Festival worldwide, Ibiza Tantra Festival. Having lived for 10 years in India, he studied Indian Classical Music and received various levels of transmission in the field of Tantra and Sacred Sexuality.

His passion for natural evolution and the subtleties of personal growth makes him a gifted facilitator. With clear insights and humour, Niten invites every participant to shake off their conditionings, breakthrough old patterns and reunite with their essential nature. He is currently based in Ibiza, Spain and Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand.

Stephanie Phillips - Co-Facilitator

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.



The retreat takes place at the luxurious and eco-friendly Villa Sumaya located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three breathtaking volcanoes. This magical venue is one of the most luxurious locations on the global ISTA event calendar. This special location, combined with a dynamic team of facilitators promises to deliver a powerful and life-changing experience for those that are ready to step into their power.

How to get there?

Villa Sumaya is located in the village of Santa Cruz on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Fly to the capital, Guatemala City. We will offer a private shuttle service from the airport as well as from the town of Antigua to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan leaving at 9am the day the training starts. From there we will collect you by boat for a 10-minute transfer to the venue, Villa Sumaya.


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