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ISTA Level 1 one-week Tantric retreat—Bali

  • Villa Boreh Bali, Indonesia (map)

This is a revolutionary and empowering one-week immersion that deepens your relationship with yourself (coming back to your WHOLE, full, powerful self) and others (learning to relate with authenticity, spontaneity, vibrance). 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 Tantra, shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary (newbie-friendly) and people with previous experience are welcomed (expert-friendly).

Peer through a portal into an ISTA retreat. All around the world, people just like you, are experiencing extraordinary personal growth, aliveness and freedom through this self-mastery immersion...

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, gender, the body, 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 judge

  • Conscious communication

  • Rituals of initiation

  • Energy tracking—identifying where/why your emotional + spiritual energy sinks, leaks or longs

  • 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

Three highly skilled Temple Arts faculty from around the world will teach, share, inspire, guide the retreat.

Elaine Young (lead facilitator)

Elaine is a Sexuality, Tantra, Shamanic Breathwork & Bodywork Facilitator and Guide. She facilitates events for ISTA and her own offerings in London and overseas. Elaine has a busy private client practice in London.

Elaine utilises skills from more traditional Tantra, Shamanism, Transformational Somatic Sexological Bodywork and Breathwork. She loves to work with the integration of sexuality & spirituality , the body, the mind and the soul energies. Elaine’s work with clients often begins with reonnecting them to their body and their sexual energy. She longs to support clients to live life as emotionally and sexually expressive beings.

She facilitates group sessions on Self Pleasuring, Breathwork, Genital Anatomy & Arousal, Body Orgasm, Womens Sexuality, Naked 3 Circles Rituals and Mindful Orgasmic Yoga. Her passion is for wholeness embracing the light and dark elements of sexuality, emotional release, ego freedom, embracing your inner warrior, reclaiming your power and creativity, Self Love, somatic sex coaching, integration of the masculine and feminine, reclaiming /intregation of your Shadow

James Stevenson

James’s passion is to help call forth our human potential and our soul. His weave brings together more than 19 years experience in techniques, practices and information from the cutting edge of Neuroscience, Tantra, Biodanza, Shamanic & Energy Work, Integral theory and Taoist practices to create a spirituality that is rooted in the body. His evolutionary approach is to work on all lines, levels, states and parts of ourselves in bringing forth our fullest potential. His work in meditation and tantra work draws on many different traditions and paths he has studied from Kashmir Shaivism, Baul mysticism, Advaita Vedanta, Vajrayana Buddhism, Integral systems and Neo-tantra. He was very much influenced by the enlightened master Osho and enjoyed spending time in Pune and the Humaniversity where he became an AUM meditation leader. His shamanic work includes being Vision Quest rites of passage guide, holding Sweatlodge Ceremonies as well as Sacred Cacao Rituals.

He has been dancing Biodanza since 2003 and now works as a teacher and a didactic teacher (qualified to teach other teachers in Biodanza Schools). He also leads ecstatic dance sessions, and ran the popular Awaken conscious night club in Edinburgh for many years.

As a festival organizer he has created International Tantra festivals in both India and California as well as Dance and Biodanza festivals in both Ibiza and Delhi. He is also a Regional Organizer and faculty member of ISTA.

Xavier Bouquillard 

Xavier is a powerful Love Warrior dedicating his life to being a channel through which Love can manifest. He practices everyday with many different tools and modalities to continually deepen into his capacity.

With full presence and gratitude and leading by example Xavier is working to heal and teach in the areas of presence, sexuality, relating and the power of the divine masculine and feminine. Studying as much as possible and being in service on a daily basis.

Born in France in the 70s Xavier now lives in Byron Bay Australia where he surfs, gardens and works on his life mission. Over the years he has studied with many teachers and masters. Moving into his own unique practices and techniques, he has recently begun offering them publicly in the form of counseling sessions, tantric healing massages, Holographic kinetics, Reiki, coaching and training.

Caitlyn Cook (assisting)

Caitlyn is an artist, international facilitator, coach, writer and speaker who is dedicated to Love, freedom, authenticity and empowerment. She uses her work in visual and performance art, mindful-shamanic sexuality and other sense-based healing modalities to explore this and take people on experiential and healing journeys to get free. With a background in Human Centred Design, academia and fine arts, Caitlyn has a playful, no-BS, and accessible way of teaching mindful embodiment, shamanic sexuality and personal development. She celebrates the power of the body and vulnerability and sees this as the place for healing, connection, and empowered living.

(I will be joined by a number of excellent, besties-you-haven’t-met-yet assistants)

About ISTA

Our vision is a world where humans have a peaceful, pleasurable, 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 

We’ll be at the beautiful Villa Boreh.

Where you’ll be staying during this life-changing week.

Where you’ll be staying during this life-changing week.


For seven days of full, life-changing immersion practices, dormitory style accomodation at Highden Manor, and three healthy mostly-vegetarian meals a day:

Normal Price: £1500

Couple Price: £1400 (per person)

Repeating the training – £1000

Book tickets

Yay! You're coming! You're gonna bloody love it.

A £600 deposit secures your space.

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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!