Spiritual, Sexual, Shamanic Experience, Level 1

Near Seattle, WA, USA

Sept 6-12, 2023

Is it time to really shift your energy to a new state of being?
If you are ready to radically enliven your sexuality and dive deep into the heart of your wild erotic nature, then join us.
Through a beautiful synthesis of neurological re-wiring, ancient tantric practice, and shamanism, we will activate the powerful life force that is dwelling in your body.

In the safety of our temple you will:

  • Claim your erotic birthright to passion and pleasure
  • Release fear, guilt and shame around sexuality
  • Learn incredible tools and information that will enable you to use creative energy for regeneration, manifestation and spiritual transformation
This powerful 7 day training is located at a lovely, secluded retreat in the countryside near Seattle, WA, surrounded by tall forests and with a private swimming hole.
You are invited to unfold your potential with international teachers Laurie Handlers, Juan Ez Alzate Mejia and Liz Morris for this profound initiation.
This revolutionary life empowering course supports learning masterful direction of our primal life force, potency and power!   Come deepen and embody a more respectful and vibrant relationship with yourself and others.

Spiritual, Sexual, Shamanic

Each of these three areas alone carry enormous potential for liberation, freedom, love and joy. Together, integrated, we begin to see what it means to be awake, empowered, in community and in service as LOVE in action in your world.
Can 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!

The SSSEX Training uses:

  • Ritual
  • Breathwork
  • Group Process
  • Active Meditation
  • Emotional Release
  • Hands-On-Healing
  • Guided Visualisations
  • Subtle Energy Processes
  • Conscious Communication
  • Realise that you are love & freedom embodied
  • Integrate your inner masculine & feminine
  • Increase multidimensional awareness
  • Let go of past dramas and traumas
  • Expand your capacity for pleasure
  • Celebrate sex positive community
  • Transform the shadow into an ally
  • Honor your healthy boundaries
  • Include awareness of COVID safety practices

The People

Thousands of people all over the world have benefited hugely from this training since 2007. You could be the next to receive the benefits!
Join with other motivated individuals from a diverse background of experiences to create an intensely-satisfying learning journey, that will significantly impact your personal life, profession & direction.
Attendees include those from the various spiritual/sexual paths of celibacy, monogamy, and polyamory. All gender expressions are welcome.
Couples or singles of any sexual preference may attend. The entire course is designed to support all individuals to find, feel, claim, and express their highest Life/Self expression.

The Retreat

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.

You will receive coaching and hands on experience in the areas of:

*Emotional release,
*Working with inner aspects of yourself,
*Neurological reprogramming,
*Conscious communication,
*Energy awareness,
*Exploration into boundaries,
*Rituals of initiation
*And a powerful sexual clearing and activation process.

No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary and people with previous experience are welcomed. The greater mix of prior experiences, the richer the training!

The Experience

This training is aimed at people who are dedicated to evolving consciousness, so together as a group and as humanity as a whole, we play our part in heaven on earth.
Central to this is full presence, personal & transpersonal awareness, personal empowerment, emotional intelligence, sexual health & wholeness, and a lifestyle which honors the interconnectedness of all things. Embracing one’s shadow is one of the cornerstones & methods of personal transformation, liberation & expanded potential.

Self Responsibility

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.

The ISTA field activates the life force and is, at times, emotionally intense. We recommend that individuals working with known deep-seated traumas or an inability to down-regulate oneself seek one-on-one sessions and get approval from their therapist before participating in this group process.

As a mystery school, ISTA approaches trauma from the shamanic perspective of connecting with the body and soul. Guided by a growth-centered view, ISTA supports consciousness-raising for those exposed to trauma to be agents in the creation of their own well-being rather than solely victims of traumatic events, thus, overcoming images of themselves as being powerless and being able to take charge of their lives.

Please consider if your mental health is ready and capable of undertaking such powerful initiations and if you can take responsibility for your mental stability.

COVID Safety

We will be taking many steps to insure all of our safety, including requiring 5 days of relative self seclusion beforehand and refraining from risky practices, quick testing the day the event starts at the site, and testing if needed during the event.  We all want to feel safe to explore and connect with each other!  Ask for more details at karunaretreats1@gmail.com.

The Facilitators

Laurie Handlers

Lead Facilitator

Laurie Handlers is a sex and happiness coach. She is an educator, movie producer, radio show host, and author. She holds a Masters in Education and a Bachelor's in Psychology and Sociology. Her career includes over thirty years as a corporate change consultant, individual empowerment coach and international seminar leader. She’s a dynamic speaker, facilitator and has taught transformational workshops for women, men, couples, singles, parents and teens since 1978. She specializes in communication techniques and secrets that are the basis of healing the body, releasing past emotional trauma, stopping the aging process, and reducing stress.

Podcasts from her show Sex and Happiness can be found at www.WebTalkRadio.net. Laurie stars in a hilarious indie documentary "Tantric Touristsand a docudrama “Beyond Dinner. Her book Sex & Happiness: The Tantric Laws of Intimacy and her CD "Shamanic Release & Latihan" are samples of her many offerings. Her next book about life only getting better after 60 will be available soon. Her current passion is Radical Life Extension.



Liz Morris

Faculty Apprentice

Liz's greatest passions: shamanism, dance, movement and embodiment are what brought her to ISTA.  Her work and mission is in liberating the soul by embracing the neat and tidy aspects of being human as well as the dirty, sticky parts.  She enjoys holding point for transformations of the individual through sexuality, ecstatic dance and emotional release.

She currently works giving private sessions in Embodiment Coaching and Tantric Massage.  She leads Shamanic Journey Dance, Mystical Dance and Conscious sexuality classes.  She is an apprentice of Crystal Dawn Morris.


Juan Es Alzate Mejia


Since 2008, Juan has been working with shamanism to effect healing change in his life and the life of others. This work has taken Juan all around the world, working and training with shamans from China, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and throughout the USA.  Juan has trained and is experienced in; psychic intuitive development, Reiki, Akashic Records, Yoga, Kungfu, Tantra, Transformational Psychology, Holotropic, and Shamanic Breathwork to name a few.

Juan completed the core of his shamanic training with Alberto Villoldo at The Four Winds Society in 2012. Since  2017 Juan has been diving deep in the Tantric Arts becoming a faculty apprentice with ISTA-International School of Temple Arts, completing all courses offered, with 500+ hrs. of studies. Juan is dedicated to bringing shamanic and tantric healing to all humanity, especially those who are ready to go on and take responsibility for their own healing journey.

More about Juan at www.LuminousHealer.com



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