15-21 August 2017
ISTA Level 2
~Spiritual, Sexual, Shamanic Initiation~
with Janine Ma-Ree, Ellie Wild & Rex McCann
Please note, ISTA Level 1 is a requirement to participate in Level 2. You can book ISTA Level 1 here!
International School of Temple Arts (ISTA) is a non-profit educational organization committed to raising consciousness & sexuality education, providing trainings to individuals, practitioners and teachers, and supporting the emergence of the Temple Arts around the world.
To become our own source of love and expression
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.
Who is this retreat for?
ISTA Level 2 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.
Deepening & Initiations
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 a alchemical container for transformation through group practice, 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.
The lead facilitator is Janine McDonald and co facilitators are Rex McCann and Ellie Wild.
- ISTA Level 1 is a requirement to participate in ISTA Level 2.
- The course will be in English.
- Do you have questions about the course?
Please contact Lin Holmquist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact us for information about food and lodging:
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Warmly welcome to ISTA Level 2 at Ängsbacka!
Janine is passionate about sacred sexuality. Embodying the life force energy, sacred union within and living from the heart fire is her inspiration and purpose. She has immersed herself in sacred sexuality teachings from many ancient and modern traditions and temple arts.
Spending a large part of her life on an ascendent spiritual path her greatest learning has come from life and the path of descent. Descending into the body, into the dark recesses of herself and feeling the heights of ecstasy grounded in the depths of the dark. She embraces both light and dark.
– Certified Somatic Sex Coach
– Shamanic healer
– International ISTA facilitator
– Mother and artist
Ellie is an edge dweller, a seeker of truth and advocate for the heart. She works with the emotional as well as the physical body. Over the last 17 years, this has taken her to the deepest, darkest places within herself and in others – to the shadow, the unconscious and the unloved places within. Her own rich journey
is one from abuse to sexual empowerment – a quest for healing and transformation. Her passion is to bring the light of awareness and love to all parts of ourselves. In recognising our humanity and our interconnectedness with compassion we can move beyond separation and pain. And become truly awake.
She has trained with the Institute of Somatic Sexology and is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, The Native American Indian
Sacred Sexuality (Chuloquai Quodoshka) and World-renowned Women’s Sexuality teacher Shakti Malan. Ellie has trained with
and is also faculty with the International School of Temple Arts. Ellie has been offering workshops in the field of Embodiment,
Conscious Connection and Conscious Sexuality to New Zealand over the last five years as well as facilitating her own private
session work and deep immersion retreats, She also travels nationally and internationally with the International School of
Temple Arts where she co-facilitates on the Spiritual Sexual Shamanic trainings and initiations.
A native New Zeelander with a global heart, Rex McCann has been leading transformational programmes with men and women for 25 years. Founder of Essentially Men, the ground breaking mens work of Aotearoa New Zealand, co-founder of the Heart Politics Gatherings and author of Fatherless Sons and On Their Own 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.
ISTA Level 2 with Janine Ma-Ree, Ellie Wild & Rex McCann
15-21 August 2017
Arrival and Departure
Arrival day: Tuesday 15 August
- Lunch is served 13.00 – 14.00
- Check-in: 13.30-15.00
- The retreat starts: 15.00
Departure day: Monday 21 August
The training will end at 13.00. Lunch is included.
As a part of Ängsbacka’s community ethos, participants are expected to help out with approximately 30 minutes of working meditation (dishwashing, cleaning etc) per day. The working meditation takes place after the meals and does not interfere with the course schedule.
Ängsbacka offers simple accommodation in a homely style. Please look under the tab Price & booking to see what accommodation is being offered during this course.
- All of our accommodation alternatives have shared bathrooms.
- The dorms consists of 12 – 20 bunk beds.
- Please bring your own towel, bed sheets, pillow cover and duvet cover.
- You can rent a set of sheets & a towel from us for 150 SEK per course.
Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner are all included. We serve vegetarian food, mostly organic, locally produced and made with love. In connection with your reservation, you can order a vegan diet (this is also the alternative if you’re lactose intolerant), a Gluten-free diet and notify us about nut allergies. If possible, the chef will make adjustments for other allergies, please make the request when you book. Unfortunately, we can not, for practical reasons, accommodate any other food philosophies or diets.
A beautiful way to integrate the course is to do working meditation with us on Ängsbacka. This is a praxis that is included on almost all our courses. As participant we invite you to join us in the community for 30 minutes per day and helping out with easy tasks such as cleaning or dishwashing. You will get an introduction to your task and then you do it the same time every day. Our volunteers are very grateful for your contribution and will also help you out. We do the working meditation together!
Ängsbacka is an international course and festival center with workshop leaders from around the world. Please be aware that the main language of the courses therefore can be different, e.g. in English, Swedish or Norwegian.
It is good to bring good shoes for walking in the forest surrounding Ängsbacka and an extra towel for a visit to our sauna. You can also rent a special “Sauna” or “Sweat lodge” towel from us for 50 SEK per occasion.
In the nearby Molkom society, about 1,5 km away, there is an ATM where you can withdraw cash.
Our Café is a nice and cosy meeting place that is always open on Saturdays. Have a coffee or herbal tea along with new meetings and interesting conversations. You can also buy organic pastries, sandwiches and healthy drinks.
In the Ängsbacka Shop we sell a variety of health products and organic bodycare, relaxing music, books, clothes, organic incense, unique jewelry, yoga accessories and more.
No Alcohol or Drugs
Please note that Ängsbacka is a Alcohol and Drug Free place. We dont serve alcohol, and it is not allowed to drink or to be under influence of alcohol or other subtstances when you are at Ängsbacka.
Find your way here
It’s easy to find your way to Ängsbacka by train and bus, or by car. Read more about how to find your way here.
We are partnering with carpooling service GoMore. Enter ‘Molkom’ as your destination.
Price & Booking
ISTA Level 2 with Janine Ma-Ree, Ellie Wild & Rex McCann
15-21 August 2017
Please note that a registration fee of 1800 SEK is included in your booking. The registration fee is non-refundable.
If you pay by Swish (within Sweden) or pay by Bank transfer you get a 200 SEK discount.
Tickets can be paid online by card or by bank transfer.
We encourage you to pay by bank transfer in order for us to avoid the transaction fees imposed on card payments.
If you have problems paying by card (for example due to limited allowance), please contact us for a manual payment link.
While booking you will get further instructions. After booking your ticket, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
1) Credit/Debit Card
Pay online using your card of choice.
2) Bank Transfer
Deposit payment to Ängsbacka’s Bankgiro account 5038-7448
Swift address: NDEASESS
IBAN: SE63 9500 0099 6026 4418 5510
The adress of the bank: Nordea, Smålandsgatan 17, 105 71 Stockholm
Account name: Ängsbacka Kursgård AB
Important! Please write what event you are paying for, (and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account).
If you use BANK TRANSFER, please pay directly – or at the latest the same day you book – otherwise your booking will not be valid and your place at the event not guaranteed.
In case of cancellation latest one month before the event starts, the cancellation fee is 350 SEK per person. Children and youth (up to 18 years old) pay half this fee. Within one month and until the event starts, the fee is 15% of the total value of your booking. The maximum cancellation fee for one person/booking is 900 SEK.
Please note that when cancelling closer than two weeks before the event starts, a doctor’s confirmation of your inability to participate is required. Refunds will not be made if you cancel after the event has started.
If Ängsbacka would cancel the event, all payments will be refunded.
NOTE that it may take up to one month before you have the refunded amount on your account.
As part of our communication with our customers, we may keep in touch with you who have participated in our courses and festivals by mailing or emailing:
– thank you letters and evaluation surveys
– offerings to sign up for mailing lists in a similar area of interest
– information about similar future events or events with the same workshop leaders.
We also have a general monthly e-mail newsletter where we tell about what is going on at Ängsbacka, upcoming events etc. You can opt in and out of our newsletter at any time.
If you have questions regarding the booking, payment, cancellation, our communication policy etc, please contact us:
Phone: +46 55 31 00 35. (Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.00)