15-21 August 2017
ISTA Level 2
~Spiritual, Sexual, Shamanic Initiation~
with Janine Mac Donald, 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:
email@example.com or call us +46 553-100 35.
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.
Ellie Wild is an edge dweller, a seeker of truth, advocate for the heart, the emotional body and the wisdom inherent in these places.
Her love of the truth has taken her to the deepest darkest places within herself, to the shadow, the unconscious and the unloved places within and her passion is to bring the light of awareness and unyielding love to these parts of ourselves : she believes that is what unites us, and builds compassion.
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 Mac Donald, Ellie Wild & Rex McCann
15-21 August 2017
Arrival and Departure
Arrival day: Tuesday 15 August
- Arrival / check-in: info will come soon.
- Dinner is served 18.30
- The retreat starts: info will come
Departure day: Monday 21 August
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.
- 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.
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 car, bus or train. 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 Mac Donald, Ellie Wild & Rex McCann
15-21 August 2017
Please pay the registration fee 1600 SEK (plus your upgrade of accommodation) to book your place in the course. The registration fee is non-refundable.
The remaining 14.400 SEK is to be paid at the latest May 1, 2017.
We will send out a reminder about one month before, including payment instructions.
Tickets can be paid online by card, by bank transfer or with the mobile app Swish.
We encourage you to pay by bank transfer (from Sweden or EU) or Swish 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) Swish (A mobile app – Swedish bank account needed)
Transfer the amount from your Swich Account to Ängsbacka: 123 538 12 56.
Important! Please write what event you are paying for (and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account).
3) Bank Transfer
Deposit payment to Ängsbacka’s Bankgiro account 5038-7448
Swift address: NDEASESS
IBAN: SE63 9500 0099 6026 4418 5510
Important! Please write what event you are paying for, (and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account).
If you use SWISH or 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. After that, and until the event starts, the fee is 15% of the total value of your booking. Children and youth (up to 18 years old) pay half this fee. The fee we charge on a cancelled ticket is capped at 900 SEK.
Please note that when cancelling sooner than two weeks before the event starts, a doctor’s confirmation of your inability to participate is required. Refunds can take up to a month to go through. Refunds can not be made after the event has started.
If Ängsbacka would cancel the event, all payments will be refunded.
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)