ISTA Guatemala Level 2

21.03.2020 - 27.03.2020
9am - 10pm Daily
Villa Sumaya
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala / Google Map
Organizer(s): Gareth Pickering
Speaker/Facilitator: Araminta Barbour | Niten Dhyan | komala lyra


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ISTA Level 1 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.

This week provides the teachings and experiences we should have had around our spirituality, our relationship with the transpersonal and its integration with the personal and universal. This provides us with the opportunity to take initiation - to shift our identity into the soul and become the source of our own life, love and empowered expression in the world. Its symbol is the offering up of the heart. Once the life is 'given up’ or ‘taken over’ by this deeper part of ourselves then we are ready for the greater mysteries - the identification with the universal life of our cosmos and planet. The self becomes a source of inflowing current to our surroundings enabling others to awaken, initiate and transform. We become a creative force in our environment.

The Level 2 training deepens the experience of level 1, allows for more hands-on practice with some of the tools and techniques taught and provides an alchemical container for transformation through group practice, ritual and meditation.

Why ISTA Guatemala? 

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. 

Level 2 SSSin 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 love, power and presence 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.


Three highly skilled ISTA Lead faculty will teach, share, inspire, guide and bring light to the darkness in a serene and private retreat location. This training is held by facilitators with different backgrounds, that come together to offer the best of their practices to empower and support your inner work and give you a transmission of embodied spiritual and shamanic practice. ISTA is committed to modelling power-sharing, facilitating in trios supported by a core team of assistants.


Komala Lyra - Lead Facilitator

Komala's life has been adventurous, living & learning around the planet, sharing Ayurveda-Yoga-Tantra as one path. 

She shares the experience of the body as a channel for consciousness, integrating sensuality and sexuality as a natural expression of boy-heart-soul.  In a spontaneous and intuitive way, she invites daring to move beyond limitations, touching the space of freedom where love is our nature... Her unique presentations awaken core life force and activate essential power.

Her gifts embrace refined skills, sharp intuition, clarity, gentleness, and mystical experiential resources. She invites intimacy with ourselves while igniting awareness in all aspects of relating. Her presence inspires others through dance, touch, healing, aliveness, meditative awareness, and deep silence. 

Komala has over 30 years experience offering workshops, retreats and educational programs internationally. She is the creator of Ayurveda Mandala and Ayurveda-Yoga-Tantra programs, has authored several books, is a professional member of NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association, USA),  certified Panchakarma educator by the Ayurveda Institute (Albuquerque, NM, USA), has been part of Osho Multiversity and Mystery School faculty (in India and USA) for over 15 years. 

Presently, she is based in Ibiza, Spain and offers ISTA Trainings and Women Who See in the Dark retreats around the world.


Araminta Barbour - Co-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.



✨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 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 enquiry open us into our primordial awareness and provide a taste of sunyata or the void experience. An 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.



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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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. From there we will collect you by boat for a 20-minute transfer to the venue, Villa Sumaya.


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