• The Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience

    Love is your birthright.
    You do not need to earn it or prove yourself, you just need to live it.

  • If you are ready to transform your life, this experiential 7-day event is for you

    The People

    Thousands of people on 5 continents have attended the ISTA training over the past 8 years and have been radically changed for the better by uncovering reactive patterns and transforming them into conscious ways of being.

    The Retreat

    This retreat focuses on clearing the physical and emotional body of shame, guilt and fear related to sexuality and authenticity. This is done through multiple pathways of healing: guided visualization, emotional release, shamanic initiations, energy tracking and conscious touch are just a few of the practices used to dive deep into the inner realms. The inner masculine and inner feminine archetypes are explored because when they are fully integrated a door opens to a deeper knowing of the Self as whole and complete.

    The Event

    This event unfolds within a powerful group process based on unconditional love, intimacy and acceptance of what is arising. By the end of this event, you will feel more open, relaxed and present and be more in touch with effortless flow of life, no matter what it looks like.

    The Experience

    No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary to attend this retreat. This event is about expanding beyond your comfort zone, while honoring your healthy boundaries. Nudity and intimate touch are a part of this training, however, you are always at choice and the facilitators will help you navigate what is authentic for you. Individuals and couples of any sexual preference are welcome to attend.


  • More about the training

    The SSSEX training uses..

    • Ritual
    • Breathwork
    • Group Process
    • Active Meditation
    • Emotional Release
    • Hands-On-Healing
    • Guided Visualizations
    • Subtle Energy Processes
    • Conscious Communication


    • Realize 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


    This is only a partial list of what you may experience.

  • Meet the people behind ISTA Costa Rica

    Lead Facilitator

    Founder of The Sanctuary in Guatemala, Araminta is an International Schools of Temple Arts (ISTA) faculty member and a teacher with the Institute of Conscious Sensuality in Hawaii, a Certified Red Tent Women’s Guide, Dakini and International Sacred Sexuality Workshop Facilitator. She has a Master’s Degree in Indian Religions from the University of London (SOAS), 5+ years experience in the sexual reproductive health non-profit sector and over 15 years exploring numerous holistic health modalities and esoteric traditions. Araminta’s core passion is the process of radical self-acceptance – the inner marriage of love with power. She is here to support the return of ancient temple wisdom and practices for humanity’s evolution as liberated, heart-centred creators. Araminta offers emotional release guidance, transformational workshops in spiritual sexual shamanism and conscious intimacy coaching.

    Co Facilitator

    Known as "The Spiritual Playboy", Frank splits his energy between the realms of sensual entertainment and sex education.


    He is the creator of the Canadian lifestyle brand Monde Osé, producing seductive dance events for open minded adults and the Director of the Everything to do with Sex Show, an annual adult consumer trade show.


    Frank is also the Vice President of the Sexual Health Network of Québec, whose mission is making healthy information more easily available to Quebec youth, and is on Faculty and the Lead North American Organizer for the International School of Temple Arts, an organism whose vision is to help guide humans towards a delightful, shameless, fearless and loving relationship with their own bodies, sexuality, emotions, hearts, minds and spirit.


    In his free time, he authors TheSpiritualPlayboy.com, a vlog site dedicated to his journey into Spirituality and Ecstasy.

    Co Facilitator

    Born in France and half Vietnamese, half French, Karam has worked as a therapist for more than 20 years. He trained in Gestalt, integrative psycotherapy and systemic therapy in Switzerland after a long stay in Poona, India, where he was introduced to the world of Osho, meditation, and emotional and body oriented therapy. He then explored this integrative approach more intensively with his mentor Veeresh, founder of the Humaniversity, the world-famous international centre for group therapy based in the Netherlands. He gained experience in working in psychosomatic clinics with people in crisis, and worked with adolescents in need of psychotherapeutic support. He is also trained in Somatic Experiencing, a revolutionary and cutting edge approach to trauma healing.

    For many years he has led a wide variety of groups, oriented toward the realisation of the unique human potential which lies within each of us. Much of his group work has been with people in crisis.

    After co-leading workshops and personal trainings based on Tantra and sacred sexuality in Paris, he started to work in Pacha Mama in Costa Rica, a unique alternative spiritual community where he is now their senior therapist, leading Primal, Tantra, somatic healing oriented groups and the Growing in Love Process

  • Testimonials

    What people have to say about the Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience

  • healing big bang!

    What a beautiful container for inner transformation. Was it a healing big-bang? a transformational earthquake? What I can say is, as soon as was in, no way to hold back, no way to stay in the old fashion comfort zone, no way to resist to the call for growing, no way to struggle, just surrendering to the wheel of transformation. Standing out, facing challenges, surrendering, expanding, going more and more out of the comfort zone, saying good bye to the social conditioning, standing boldly in the life, releasing blocked and unexpressed emotions, healing, growing, expanding, honoring myself, honoring my body, integrating more and more of my sacred sexual being, breathing, nourishing more and more my body, my being, quieting and clarifying my mind, releasing old useless and inadequate patterns, realigning with my pure authenticity, embodying my sovereignty, embodying my freedom. Coming back to the simplicity of naked mind in a naked body with a powerful innocent magic awesome sexual power. Far away from social mind controlled perception of reality. Far away from social distorted view of sexuality generated by church and society. This was the time for reconnection to one’s true nature, for taking back one’s personal power, deepening one’s awareness, coming back home to my body with bliss, power and love.

    a journey

    This journey has been an amazing experience that really shifted the way I feel about myself. Learning to integrate the male and female part within myself and see everybody else as both parts gives me a new way to approach others. After the training I really feel the way to honour and stand up for myself, while remaining on touch with physical and emotional body and the sweetness within it. what a journey, what a change, I don’t even want to go back to the way before Thanks for providing this beautiful journey with its deep insights and enormous skills.

    no stories

    There are no stories I can tell to describe this journey. Imagine you are an ocean with deep waters full of terrifying creatures. You close your eyes and jump in all the way to the bottom. As you come up through the ocean you encounter all these scary things and realize that they aren’t what you thought they were. You hold your breath and trust you will make it through. When you emerge from the depths you realize a beautiful, powerful creature awaits you. And that creature is you.


    I am very grateful for all the different processes I went through this week, each one was profoundly transformative, the team provided me the loving safe space to let go of some very old and deep wounds.


    ISTA training is of an essential nature. It takes the journey of a human experience into the perspective of healthy empowered being, it offers tools that allow you to heal your body and emotions and therefore enables participants to claim their birth right to truly live life.

    an opportunity

    ISTA offered me an opportunity and a space to shake up free up and escape into a reality of truth and honesty. It’s a journey I took with abundance of teachers that showed me the way into myself, the real me, my real body, my true pleasure. It made me find ways to beat the fears and illusions awake and realise they are there, it it poured for me a pavement to walk steady on, towards the encounter with myself. ISTA took me with many other and put us in a container, shook that container up again and again, and let us find what was shed, and what was left in each and every one of us. I am now stepping, aware, present and brave towards the most important change that will ever happen to me.

    a call in the heart

    If you feel a call in your heart to attend this training then go for it… yes, your mind will come up with all kinds of struggles and fears.. but still trust your heart and go for it. It is not just another seminar that fills you with information, but it will touch you deeply within your very soul and then the healing takes place.. a healing from the source, such a sacred place… take the chance and do it for yourself .. for your life!

    boundless lessons

    There are boundless lessons to take with me from this experience, but perhaps the most precious for me in this moment was to witness the creation of Sacred Space; space where all is held sacred and safe; space without judgement; space made from love. I truly feel that I can carry this with me and recreate it anywhere I want or need. Thank you!

  • Details about the training


      This retreat includes:

      • 7 day / 6 night accommodations
      • 3 meals per day
      • Full day transformational process and teachings

      Airfare and airport transfers are not included.



      • Repeat students: $1500 US
      • New students: $1800 US
      • Costa Rica Residents: $1600 US
      • To reserve your spot / Deposit: $450 US
      • Refunds: If for some reason you become unable to attend, a $150 US administration fee will be withheld and is non-refundable up until 30 days before the event. Once the 30 days before the training has passed the total deposit of $450 US is non-refundable



      For information, contact Philippe Lewis

      How to get to Villa Lapas

      Click on the map to the right for more details

      Also see the Villa Lapas Rainforest Eco-Resort website

      From International Airport “Juan Santamaría” (SJO):

      • Shared Cab “taxis aeropuerto” approximately US$130 (maximum 9 passengers)
      • Single Cab US US$100

      From Bus Station in downtown San José:

      • ₵2475 (US$5.00) one way per person
      • Dirección de la Terminal (Adress) – Estación de Buses a Jacó – Terminal 7-10 del costado Oeste del Mercado Central 500 metros Norte sobre el boulevard de la Calle 8.
      • http://www.transportesjacoruta655.com

      Uber, Cabs and Car rentals
      There is public transportation from all over the country at very reasonable prices and Uber is now live in San José.


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    • Are you feeling the call?

      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 course is open to all who feel called. Experience is not required.

    • Ready. Set? Register!



      Feel into your body, your heart, and your mind. Allow them to align in the most perfect way. Is there anything missing for you to join us? We will be happy to answer any of your questions. Then when you are ready...


      (Refund: If for some reason you become unable to attend, a $150 US administration fee will be withheld and is non-refundable up until 30 days before the event. Once the 30 days before the training has passed the total deposit of $450 US is non-refundable)

    • Questions? We're here to help!

      We're excited to answer any question you might have <3