Back to All Events

ISTA Level 1 one-week Tantric retreat—South Africa


  • Bodhi Khaya Retreat Greater Hermanus Western Cape South Africa (map)

This is a revolutionary and empowering one-week immersion that powerfully deepens your relationship with yourself (coming back to your WHOLE, full, powerful self) and others (learning to relate with authenticity, spontaneity, genuine pleasure). It gives you key tools for living a life where we're free to be authentic in the way we live and love.

The super well-designed training enables you to come back to you. Letting go of guilt, fear and shame, you're able to feel truly at ease in yourself and with others, experience a deep connection to self and others, personal empowerment, mindful and rich self-compassion, refined emotional intelligence, and sexual wholeness and power. 

This retreat is for people of all genders, sexual orientations, relationship paths (single, celibacy, monogamy, polyamory, or other) and all intellectual and spiritual approaches. No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary (newbie-friendly!) and people with previous experience are welcomed (expert-friendly too!).

At this retreat, we provide a space for you to:

  • Stop, feel and take a look at yourself in a whole new way. This is an opportunity to wake up to your life.
  • Remember how to love yourself, to feel the healing power of pleasure and expand your sexuality and orgasmic potential.
  • Learn to experience and create healthy sexual, loving and connected intimate experiences. No more being stuck in your mind, fearing others, or repeating same patterns.
  • Begin to deeply heal wounds around trauma, sexuality, grief, lost love, self-love, mother and father wounds and other core wounds.
  • Discover how your inner self (emotion, thoughts, energy) are at war within and be guided to bring yourself back towards inner union, love and integration. No longer enemies with yourself, but lovers! This is huge!
  • Tap into the knowledge of your emotions and body, not just your mind.
  • Learn essential life skills we all should have received as teenagers (sexuality, communication, boundaries, self-love, pleasure practices).
  • Come to really believe "I matter"—embody yourself as a powerful and free sovereign being.
  • See, show and live from the you that lies beneath the mask. Expressing who you really are beyond the guilt, fear and shame we've picked up from parents, culture, religion and society.
  • Meet and explore your edges in a safe container.
My friends went to the retreat and were all the proof I needed—I knew it was going to be life changing. I was scared to sign up, but am incredibly glad I did. I am so proud of myself for going for it. Top 5 things I’ve done in my life, I’d say. I’ve been recommending it to my friends ever since—everyone should do it as part of the school curriculum!

It showed me what I’m capable of, gave me a new confidence and joy, opened up new doors and dimensions within me and my life. All in a supportive, safe environment with the most beautiful people imaginable.
— Freya, ISTA Level 1, Melbourne

What you'll do there

Guided by three faciltators and many assistants, each day includes sessions and practices from 9am to 9pm. There are some nights off too! The days are filled with practices that dive into:

  • Yoga, meditation and embodiment practices
  • Dance meditation, mindful movement and ecstatic dance
  • Emotional release
  • Voice dialogue practices
  • Neurological reprogramming
  • Shadow work (looking at the scary we bits we reject in ourselves, or jusd
  • Conscious communication
  • Rituals of initiation
  • Energy tracking
  • Self-love, self-care and boundaries
  • Powerful sexual clearing and activation processes

You'll also meet in small groups and have opportunties to work one-on-one with facilitators if so requested.

Your Facilitators

There are four highly skilled Temple Arts faculty from around the world will teach, share, inspire, guide and bring light to the darkness in a serene and private retreat location.

Baba Dez Nichols

Dez is an Internationally renowned speaker and teacher, Daka, author, singer-songwriter, and transformational guide who has been featured on numerous TV and Radio shows for his contribution in the Healing Arts and evolving human consciousness. He is a global networker and seeder of loving freedom who teaches the Sacred Temple Arts to share, inspire, and support others in the activation and integration of life force energy. 

He is the founder of the International Schools of Temple Arts (ISTA) and the Annual Sexuality and Consciousness Festivals and Conferences around the world and is one of the ISTA lead faculty. Today his passion is supporting other educators, therapists, councilors, and guides to deepen their skill, presence, and mastery in the areas of healthy living, relationships, and sexuality. 

Jasmeen Hana

Jasmeen has been exploring the ancient temple arts from a young age. Her upbringing in Egypt and furthered studies and explorations in India have created a foundation based on the ancient mysteries and arts within the influence of Belly dance, yoga and deep meditations as well as the ancient Egyptian embodiment codes. She's a "planetary mid-wife assisting the birth of heaven on earth."

Caitlyn Cook

Caitlyn is a Tantra-inspired, mindful sexuality teacher. She incorporates lots of things in her work with sexuality and embodiment, like meditation, dance, drama, and mindfulness.
 
Caitlyn used to suffer from clinical depression, anxiety, and disordered eating. It sucked. She found Tantra five years ago and looooves what it continues to unlock for her—body confidence, trust with others (especially men), pleasure, aliveness, authenticity. 
 
Caitlyn has a playful, no BS, and accessible way of teaching mindful sexuality. She celebrates the strength of vulnerability, seeing it as the place for healing, connection, and empowered living.

Penny Goldmuntz

Dr Penelope Goldmuntz is a sexual shamanic healer-coach who blends her passionate belief that sexiness, adventure, and amazing relationships can flourish at any age with her professional experience as a PsyD Psychologist and Registered Nurse.  Her motto is: "Sexy is Ageless"

Event Organizer: Lenerd Louw

About ISTA

Our vision is a world where humans have a peaceful, delightful, shameless, fearless and loving relationship with their own bodies, sexuality, emotions, hearts, minds and spirit. 

ISTA is a modern synthesis of: 
a) a spiritual transmission - a satsang of being
b) a mystery school where the Temple Arts are taught
c) a new era of community who are networked together globally and sharing in innovative ways.

ISTA collaborates with many groups, organizations, and communities in many locations around the world. Collaborations include International Goddess Congress, OSHO Communities, Tantra, Meditation, and Yoga Schools, Mystery Schools, Madonna Ministry International, and more.

Find out more about ISTA here.

The Venue 

Where you'll be staying!

Where you'll be staying!

Bodhi Khaya is a peaceful haven nestled at the foot of the Witkransberg in the beautiful Overberg region and boasts 217 hectares of indigenous fynbos and milk wood forest. Only two hours drive from Cape Town. For more details of this magical setting.

Check it out!

Investment

For six days of full, life-changing immersion practices, beautiful accomodation and three healthy vegetarian meals a day:

International attendees:

Early bird, $1500

Repeat tickets and Young adult (ages 18-25), $1250

Regular, $1750

Couples, $1650

South African/African attendees:

Early bird, R14990

Repeat tickets and Young adult (ages 18-25), R13630

Regular, R17715 

Couples, R16555

All accomodation is either ensuite twin rooms or single rooms with shared bathrooms. Please state your preference when registering after receipt of welcoming letter. 

There are a few en suite double rooms available (that could be ideal for couples) on a first come first service but in case of single occupancy a $220 (R2900) surcharge for the week will be applicable. 

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with me!

Bodhi Khaya is a peaceful haven nestled at the foot of the Witkransberg in the beautiful Overberg region and boasts 217 hectares of indigenous fynbos and milk wood forest. Only two hours drive from Cape Town. For more details of this magical setting.

Check it out!

Investment

For eight days of full, life-changing immersion practices, beautiful accomodation and three healthy vegetarian meals a day:

International attendees:

Early bird, $1500

Repeat tickets and Young adult (ages 18-25), $1250

Regular, $1750

Couples, $1650

South African/African attendees:

Early bird, R14990

Repeat tickets and Young adult (ages 18-25), R13630

Regular, R17715 

Couples, R16555

All accomodation is either ensuite twin rooms or single rooms with shared bathrooms. Please state your preference when registering after receipt of welcoming letter. 

There are a few en suite double rooms available (that could be ideal for couples) on a first come first service but in case of single occupancy a $220 (R2900) surcharge for the week will be applicable. 

Book tickets

You will need to make a $450 (R6000) deposit (or the full amount) to secure your place on this training. The full amount is payable at least one month before to the training starts. All deposits and payments are refundable less a $150 admin fee if cancelled at least 30 days prior to the training. You pay the deposit or the full price by transferring directly into the following bank account.

BANK ACCOUNT FOR TRANSFERS

RMB Private Bank South Africa (You may use FNB, if RMB isn't loaded on your payment facility)

Account holder: Lenerd Louw

Account number: 62670679285

Branch/sort code: 261251

Swift Code: FIRNZAJJXXX

For more information please contact lenerdlouw@icloud.com

Frequently Asked Questions

How challenging will it be?

The program is really well designed. Each step is a step up—and you feel ready for it. The week progresses from introductory-level work into some more expansive and challenging work (and fuuuuun).

We're digging into some pretty massive cultural stories and personal issues here—it's territory that'll probably feel a bit new or edge-y for you at times. AND, this is where the healing, expansion, and release lives! This is what you're here for, right? We encourage you to be bold and honour your needs throughout the retreat so you always feel safe.

Do I have to do stuff? Or just listen to the facilitators talk?
 
You have free choice at all times. All exercises are 100% voluntary and you can choose to sit and watch if that is what feels best for you. The workshop will be a little bit of listening, mostly doing. It's experiential—this allows you to learn things & make shifts with your mind, emotions and spirit. Powerful stuff.

Is it for single people? Or people with partners?
 
Both: it's suitable for everyone whether you're single, celibate, monogamous or poly.

For people with partners, this workshop can transform your relationship. Make sure you have a deep discussion about boundaries and things beforehand.

All genders- and queer-friendly?

This workshop is for everyone of all genders and orientations.

Who attends the retreat?

A mix of people! CEOs, students, mums, dancers, programmers, entrepreneurs, sex workers, sacred sexuality practitioners... Some people take this training for their own personal evolution, to gain a deeper self-connection and to enrich their relationships and empower their lives. Others are interested in exploring how it will add to their own professional life, whatever that may be, and some are interested in the professions of Sacred Sexual Practitioner or Sexuality Educator.

Is it ok if I'm a newbie?

No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary. People with previous experience are welcomed too.

How intimate is the training?

Nudity and intimate touch are optional parts of this training. The cornerstone of this work is about consent, developing healthy boundaries and communication. You don’t have to do anything, ever—you’re fully in your personal sovereignty 100% of the time.

If you have any niggling questions, please get in touch with me!