12-18 November 2018
ISTA Level 2
~Spiritual, Sexual, Shamanic Initiation~
with Ohad Pele Ezrahi, Dawn Cheri & Ellie Wild
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?
You are not looking for another workshop peak experience but for a initiation that will actually change the way you live and integrate your insights from level one in real life. In level two you will be guided through a series of self – initiations that says 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.
In the deep and dark forests of Sweden we use the intelligence of the land and the spirits of the nature to go deep in to the death process of everything that holds you back from being fully alive.
This week gives you the teachings, insights and experiences you should have had around our spirituality, your relationship with the transpersonal and its integration with the personal and universal.. This provides you with the opportunity to take initiation – to shift your identity into the soul and become the source of your own life, love and empowered expression 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 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.
- ISTA LEVEL 1 is a requirement before attending LEVEL 2.
If you attend level one in Poland or at Ängsbacka in Sweden – you will have 1000 SEK discount on this level two!
- The course will be in English.
- Do you have questions about the course?
Please contact Lin Holmquist: email@example.com
- Contact us for information about food and lodging:
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Warmly welcome to ISTA Level 2 at Ängsbacka!
Ohad Pele Ezrahi
“Sexuality is a gate to the Divine realms, a gate into ultimate unity beyond little-self indulgence. Our culture today does not recognise it. The knowledge of Sexuality as a key to open the gates of other dimensions was vastly recognized in the ancient world but was hunted and lost. Most people today feel the lure, get to the threshold of this magical garden, getting excited and often getting hurt, ignorant of the option to pass through those gates.
Sexuality is a temple, where one can offer the separate ego on the alter, expand in love, receive visions, create magic, heal and surrender completely to the Deep Openness”. Ohad-Pele
Ohad Ezrahi has been teaching Sacred Sexuality, Love and Conscious Relating for more than a decade. His life partner is Dawn Cherie, also faculty in ISTA. He comes from a background of being a Kabbalist for many years and a Rabbi in the Jewish Renewal movement. He is known as one of the leading figures in the spiritual awakening in Israel. In 2000 he was a Rockefeller Foundation fellow in the University of Eugene, Oregon, in a research program called “Science, Gender and the Sacred”, based in the Women Studies department. In 2012 he was reported by the most popular newspaper of Israel “Yediot-Ahronot” as one of the ten leading spiritual teachers of the country.
Ohad is the author of seven books, one of them is a revolutionary research on the sacred aspect of Lilith – the wild-dark feminine force, which holds the secrets of healing human sexuality. Another book is a revealing investigation in the erotic concepts behind the ancient Temple of Jerusalem and how to use erotic sacred knowledge as a shamanic track to the divine.
Ohad was heading “Neviah – the Hebraic Academy of Universal Spirit”, and togather with Dawn Cherie is the founder of “KabaLove – The Schoo of Love and Kabbala” – Kabalove ©. A major part of his work is to reestablish the Temple Arts of the Kadesh and the Kadesha, the priests and priestesses that were working in the ancient temples of Astarte and Ssherah. His new book is a novel called “Kadesha” that is dedicated to that matter (to be published in 2016).
Ohad’s spirit name is Pele, which in Hebrew means Wonder or Miracle. Ohad is aslo an artist, creating erotic art, photography and music. His first CD “Something out of Chaos” can be listened to on Bandcamp website. His next CD “Cosmic Snake” will include the songs “Captain Crazy” (lyrics by Bruce Lyon) and “Cosmic Sneak” as well as other of his songs.
home page www.kabalove.org (Hebrew\English)
Dawn Cherie is a lead facilitaor in ISTA is also a performer,dancer,singer, a Watsu’er and a teacher of sacred love relationships. Her work is focused on enlivening women and men to live love at their great power, using methods of movement, ritual and theater. In the last years she became passionate about the healing of woman of their shame around their sexuality and moon time, helping them to uncover their inner sacred jewel.
Dawn is an American living part time in America- NYC , having lived primarily in Israel for the past 11 years and teaching internationally. Prior to that she was living in NYC for years where she was a professional actress and performer. She earned her B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Maine; where she continued to work deeply with nature and its wisdom. In NYC she co founded several performing troupes- Body Temple(a unique holistic night club extravaganza), and Mad Woman of the Woods theatre company. Over the years her studying took her through many different paths studying with Gloria maddox theatre as a means of personal development, expression, and professionalism. Dawn studied extensively the Five Rhythms work of Gabrielle Roth,and learned with she and Jonathan Horan for many years 18 years in total. She was in a priestessing apprenticeship in a women’s mystery school with ALisa Starkweather.Also an influential teacher along the path was that of Arkan ; a native Peruvain adopted lakota medicine man.
She was training extensively, and was inspired by the teachings of David Deida. Dawn delved into extended trainings of Marshal Rosenberg and non violent communication, as well as expanding her work of healing in the water of watsu and water dance-water creature that she is. She finished a Pelvic Heart Integration training with Deborah Taj Anapol. She was also teaching in the kohennet training program in America of Hebrew priestessing.
She is the co-founder of KabaLove – The school of Love in Kabala (c) Along with a beloved Ohad she teaches the way of sacred relationships and spiritual growth internationally. It would be a fib to say that her relationship is anything short of an amazing living laboratory of love, freedom, and exponential growth. She also is in love with her snake-a red tail boa kunda(lini) who accompanies her on her healing work.
Dawn has coordinated the trainings/conferences in Israel for the past 5 years here bringing this work to the land and people which now is having a resounding impact.
She feels that the work of ISTA and the trainings, has brought to her life some of the most fully integrated humans working tirelessly in their vision to elevate the human spirit and rid the body, and psyche of the shame, guilt,and fear. She is elated and humbled to work with a group of dedicated visionaries, and honored to be on teaching staff. She sees her community growing, shifting and opening around her, as well as herself. There is healing happening on so many levels- learning to heal the split within our own being, and embracing our masculine loving our feminine ,or visa versa . She is so loving sharing this work with people.
She is most often in the states ,and frequently in Israel but is available for personal sessions and teaching wherever the need and spirit invites her. Currently she has been immersed in creating a collaborative mythological, interactive, ritual theatre piece, including electronic dance music.
Ellie Wild is the third co facilitator. She is a wild child, Essex girl, Tantrika, Sexual Shaman, Poet, Artist, and Mother – Ellie Wilde has been exploring the field of Tantra and Conscious Sexuality personally for the last 20 years and professionally for the last 7.
A Certified Sexological Body worker and Somatic Sex Coach she has trained with the Institute of Somatic Sexology, Chuloquai Quodoshka, and the late World-renowned Women’s Sexuality teacher – Shakti Malan, Ellie also has extensive training and is a faculty member with the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA).
Based in New Zealand Ellie teaches a range of trainings and workshops both nationally and internationally for men, women and couples. She also has a successful private practice at her home in Mt Maunganui – Bay of Plenty NZ where she offers empowerment and coaching sessions and deep immersions for individuals and couples.
Ellie brings a depth of realness, and authenticity into her facilitation, and it is her personal story from abuse to sexual empowerment that passionately inspires her to support others with their intimate quest for liberation
“I create spaces and places for people to explore , desire, fantasy, pleasure, intimacy, authenticity, being real, and much more. I help people come home to themselves, let go of baggage, and societal roles, demands and conditioning.. some people have called what I do re-wilding… I think its just simply giving people the space to be who they are once they let go of who they are not.”
ISTA Level 2 with Ohad Pele Ezrahi, Dawn Cheri & Ellie Wild
12-18 November 2018
Arrival and Departure
Arrival day: Monday 12 November
- Lunch is served 13.00 – 14.00
- Check-in: 13.30-15.00
- The retreat starts: 15.00
Departure day: Sunday 18 November
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 homelike 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 consist 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 in almost all our courses. As a 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 body care, relaxing music, books, clothes, organic incense, unique jewellery, yoga accessories and more.
No Alcohol or Drugs
Please note that Ängsbacka is an Alcohol- and Drug-Free place. We don’t serve alcohol, and it is not allowed to drink or to be under influence of alcohol or other substances 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.
To find and offer rides, join our Facebook group Carpooling to & from Ängsbacka.
Price & Booking
ISTA Level 2 with Ohad Pele Ezrahi, Dawn Cheri & Ellie Wild
12-18 November 2018
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 address 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 through someone else’s account).
If you use BANK TRANSFER, please pay on the same day as you book.
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)