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ISTA Guatemala 2016: Spiritual Sexual Shamanism Level 1

April 9, 2016 - April 15, 2016

$1700 – $2350

Guatemala is a unique destination to take this one week, residential retreat. Held at the stunning Lake Atitlan – a famous vortex in the heart of the land of the Maya, this journey is for those seeking life-changing deep diving into their heart’s yearnings and guidance into loving freedom. This adventure is facilitated by ISTA Lead Faculty Bruce Lyon, Araminta Barbour & Shachar Caspi. All information and registration details are available at: www.guatemalatraining.com


Thousands of people on 5 continents have benefited hugely from this training over the past 10 years. You are invited to join us and take this profound journey inwards.


New Zealand ISTA Training, 2015

This is a powerful immersion experience that awakens the healthy masculine and feminine energies and brings them into sacred relationship in the heart of each participant. It gives a taste of how life can be when the life force is flowing, and we are free to be authentic in the way we live and love.

istaisrael22014Israel Training, 2014

Three skilled Temple Arts Faculty from New Zealand, Israel and the UK will share, inspire, guide and support you to bring light to the shadows where our power awaits to be reclaimed in an incredibly luxurious eco-retreat centre on the shores of a volcanic lake. You will receive guidance and hands on experience in the areas of: emotional release, voice dialogue, neurological reprogramming, conscious communication, rituals of initiation, energy tracking and a powerful sexual clearing and activation processes.



Bruce loves to explore the places where the personal, planetary and cosmic journey meet, and to guide others on their initiatory journey into the life force that lies behind both the esoteric and erotic dimensions of love.

His chosen spiritual path was the TransHimalayan tradition but he has a background in many different pathways and trained with many teachers. In 2000 he co-founded Shamballa School ( www.shamballaschool.com) – and has taught extensively around the world for the last decade. He has degrees in ecology, psychology, astrology, and the esoteric arts and sciences.

Links to some of Bruce’s articles can be found here.

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Co-Facilitator – Araminta Barbour

Araminta Barbour - ISTA FacultyFounder of The Sanctuary in Guatemala, Araminta is a Certified Red Tent Women’s Guide, Dakini and International Sacred Sexuality Workshop Facilitator, collaborating with ISTA since 2011 and faculty with the Institute of Conscious Sensuality based in Hawaii. She 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 15 years exploring numerous holistic health modalities and esoteric traditions. A speaker at International Consciousness and Sexuality Conferences in the US and Europe, she has led intensive workshops in Guatemala, the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Ireland and Germany.

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

“Guatemala has been my chosen home for the past 8 years because it offers an incredible beauty, richness of culture and a free space to explore life outside of much of the stress-inducing beliefs of success rampant in western living. My love affair with Lake Atitlan continues to be one of the richest journeys of my life. Combining this incredible training, in this insanely beautiful and powerful volcanic vortex makes this one of the most exciting journeys I feel you can participate in and I’m grateful to support participants to get the most out of  their visit here”

“Whether your sexuality has been a source of joy or of shame, of pleasure or of pain, it holds powerful keys to life mastery. It is the energetic thread connecting you to the same power that created everything you bear witness to. When we are ready to explore the mystery of our sexual life-force energy, we stand at the doorway to manifesting our deepest dreams; to a life of liberated living AS loving power.”  Araminta



Guatemala Level 1 ISTA Training 2015

Co-Facilitator – Shachar Caspi


A teacher of sacred sexuality, daka and guide for esoteric exploration and meditation, Shachar was trained around the world with ISTA (International Schools of TempleArts). He founded the organisation “Less is More” which teaches businesses and organisations how to streamline thought processes and increase focus and productivity.

Following 7 years as a team commander in the Israeli Air Force Commando Unit, 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 specialising in lucid dreaming, meditation, and Kabbalah studies.  During this exploration he experienced long periods of isolation and undertook intensive silent retreats of 40 and 90 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.


villasumayalake2This adventure will be held at the eco-resort Villa Sumaya, on the shores of Lake Atitlan. No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary and people with previous experience are welcomed. Couples or singles of any sexual preference may attend. The greater mix of prior experiences the richer the training! Attendees include those from the various spiritual/sexual paths of celibacy, monogamy, and polyamory. The entire course is designed to support all individuals to find, feel, claim, and express their highest Life expression. If it is your truth, it is possible to complete the entire training/experience without touching another person.

ISTAcuddlepuddleCan you imagine what it would be like to live at your optimal, efficient, vibrant, connected, and integrated state? Together, integrated, we begin to see what it means to be awake, empowered in community, and in service as Love in the world.


Guatemala Level 1 Training, 2013

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* Deposit of $450 is required to secure registration

A new registration pricing system for this event will be used to honour those who play a fundamental role in grounding and co-creating this journey. The first 15 who are clear they intend to join the circle will receive a foundational member price. This will replace our previous system of having an early-bird deadline. As much of our work involves shamanic energy building, tracking and mastery, we will be offering these first 15 participants who register their place with 20%+ discounts in honour of their gift of decisiveness and clear heart resonance with this journey. Once these 15 places are filled and the core of our circle is established, regular pricing will be offered.

What does this mean?

Foundational Membership: (First 15 participants):

$1,700 – Central American Residents

$1,825- Couples (per person)

$1,950  – Internationals


Regular Membership:

$1,925 – Central American Residents

$2,100 – Couples (per person)

$2,350 – Internationals


[Repeat attendees: $1500.00]


** Training price includes the use of all facilities, lovely accommodation, and healthy, delicious meals over the course of seven days. **


There are a limited number* of partial-scholarships available for those in difficult financial circumstances (e.g. under-21, single-parents, students, etc.). If you feel strongly called to attend but are financially unable please contact us with the details of your interest and circumstances for consideration.


There is MUCH more information, videos, testimonials and photographs to learn about this unique opportunity on the website: www.guatemalatraining.com

Email: info@guatemalatraining.com

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Testimonials from previous students:

“I 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., SSSEx Level 1

“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 a 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., SSSEX Level1

“The ISTA experience has been a deeply healing and transformational journey for me. Not only did we learn to honor our boundaries and create 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., SSSEX Level1

How do we fully take back our power as well as support others to live free? The ISTA facilitators are looking forward to meeting you in Love, Power, and Freedom.

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April 9, 2016
April 15, 2016
$1700 – $2350


Araminta Barbour


Villa Sumaya
Lake Atitlan
Santa Cruz , Solola Guatemala
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