Crystal Dawn Morris, MA, has been involved with ISTA (International School of Temple Arts) since it was formed in 2008 and is a lead-faculty for the ISTA Trainings. She is also a Tantra Teacher and Intimacy Coach and has trained with the SkyDancing Institute and studied Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga and a variety of non-dual meditation traditions.
Crystal has been a Reiki Practitioner since 1994. She founded Tantra for Awakening in 2007.Crystal is also a Certified Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator and Shamanic Minister. She began studying shamanism in 1985 and started a shamanic consulting practice in 1995. She has studied with Venus Rising Institute, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and numerous Native Medicine People since 1992.
Crystal was involved in women’s health and spirituality for over 25 years. After the birth of her two sons, she became passionate about helping women to experience childbirth as a spiritual initiation. She worked in healthcare from 1984-2007; as an RN, NP and Certified Nurse-Midwife and has attended over 2,000 births. She lives in Sedona, Arizona and teaches in the USA, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.
Bruce loves to explore the places where the personal, planetary and cosmic journey meet, and to guide others on their initiatory journey into the life force that lies behind both the esoteric and erotic dimensions of love.
His chosen spiritual path was the TransHimalayan tradition but he has a background in many different pathways and trained with many teachers. In 2000 he co-founded Shamballa School ( www.shamballaschool.com) – and has taught extensively around the world for the last decade. He has degrees in ecology, psychology, astrology, and the esoteric arts and sciences.
He has written several books available free online here:
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Laurie Handlers (Phoenix, AZ) is a sex educator, movie producer, radio show host, best-selling author, and intimacy coach. She holds a Masters degree 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. Her workshops teach 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 on Web Talk Radio. Laurie stars in a hilarious indie documentary “Tantric Tourists” and her latest is the docudrama “Beyond Dinner”. Her book "Sex & Happiness: The Tantric Laws of Intimacy" and her CD “Shamanic Release & Latihan” are samples of her offerings.
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"
Penelope began her career more than 30 years ago as an RN and then as a therapist with a PsyD in Psychology. Amongst her specialities is treating sexual trauma. "Helping people move beyond the wounds of trauma; allowing them to reclaim their sexuality with power and joy. I love assisting people in healing their relationship with themselves and others back into bliss," says Penelope.
Personally, Penelope came to this work with sacred sexuality later in life. She had a traditional career, got married, raised two children, and got divorced all before she discovered the world of personal growth outside the bounds of traditional psychotherapy. Personal growth work and especially tantra changed Penelope's life - it rekindled her zest for aliveness and adventure, opened her heart, deepened her connection to the erotic, and brought a level of intimacy to her love life she had never before experienced.
For the last 15 years Penelope has pursued her own personal growth with a focus on tantra and other shamanic healing practices. She has studied with many master teachers and mystery schools all over the world. For example, Penelope is an Advanced Certified Tantra Educator through Source School of Tantra Yoga and has studied with David Deida, Michael Mirdad, Shakti Malan, Armand Bytton and others. Penelope's magic is her ability to combine these shamanic practices with classical psychological theory and deep medical knowledge. Penelope even combines tantra with kink and BDSM to move into deeper sexual and relationship experiences with her long term partner, Michael. After 15 years, their relationship keeps getting better, deeper, and more meaningful.
These experiences allow Penelope to inspire people through leading sacred rituals such as pujas and cacao ceremonies along with teaching workshops on intimacy, sensual touch, masculine-feminine polarity, and sacred bondage. Among her friends and colleagues Penelope is known for her warm nature, passion for life, sense of humor and ability to safely explore sensuality and intimacy with a sense of adventure. As an older woman, Penelope is very passionate about letting the world know that women remain juicy and sexy as they age. She plans to inspire more folks to celebrate their sexuality (aka: "Sexy is Ageless") -- ISTA is for all ages.
Frank Mondeose is a man on a mission. In 2005 he set out to raise the vibration of the nightlife industry in Montreal and created Monde Osé, a lifestyle brand focused on sensual entertainment and seductive dance events for adults. Monde Osé’s aim is to stimulate attendees’ senses and offer a playground for connection and exploration in a safe and respectful environment. In addition, he is the Québec Director of the very popular Salon de l’Amour et de la Séduction; an annual trade show focused on promoting everything to do with sex.Frank is also the Vice-President of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec, where his responsibilities are to develop fund raising programs, leverage business relationships and streamline the organization’s activities. Frank is passionate about supporting the SHNQ, and helping make comprehensive information about healthy sexuality more easily available to the youth.Frank is currently dedicating much of his free time studying the Sociology of Sexuality, Tantra, Sexual Healing, and training under industry masters as Crystal Dawn Morris, Baba Dez Nichols, Deborah Taj Anapol (PhD) and Tom Lescher. His vision is to offer sexual empowerment programs to bridge the gap between sexuality and spirituality, expand consciousness, and promote a healthier perspective of sexuality in today’s culture as a whole. He recently launched his newest project “TheSpiritualPlayboy.com” a vlog site dedicated to his international journey into Spirituality and Ecstasy.
The Sexual Renaissance is the follow up to the Sexual Revolution. We are living in a powerful time where we are able to seed and create all that we desire that is in the highest good for humanity. In this 75 min talk, Frank Mondeose will go through the pillars of the new emerging Sexual Renaissance, looking at everything from the roles of the new awakened masculine, to the rise and return of the sacred feminine, sexual education for a new paradigm, and taking personal responsibility in a changing era. Do not miss this closing talk to the 14th North American ISTA Conference where we will also review the last 3 days of cutting edge thought leaders from around the world.
Kamala Devi McClure is an artist, mother, lover and activist. Her family stars in Showtime’s hit docu-series, Polyamory: Married and Dating. She has been in open relationships for over 20 years. She is the author of Polyamory Pearls, Sacred Slut Sutras, Don’t Drink the Punch, and co-author of Sacred Sexual Healing.
She appeared on Dr. Drew, Ricki Lake, Tyra Banks and the award-winning documentary Sex Magic. Kamala Devi teaches on faculty for the International School of Temple Arts and is the founder of San Diego Tantra Theater and Poly-Palooza.
Her mission is to awaken healers, teachers and visionaries to becoming love leaders worldwide. She is currently co-authoring 52 Fridays with My Bitch and the Pleasure Bible. (AKA: Kamala Devi) Read more at KamalaDevi.com
As a queer and Trans-Woman, Javi struggled with finding a Tantra and Sacred Sexuality community that was not only accepting, but open and willing to grow and evolve out of the Gender-Binary and Hetero-Normative model that most other schools and groups employ. But now she has found her Tribe, here in ISTA. The first organization that not only allowed her to truly be herself, and participate in the manner that fully honored and validated her completely, but was also willing to learn from her, grow and change in order to be more welcoming and inclusive of our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community.
Javi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, practices various forms of energy healing, shamanic healing, Tantra and Sacred Sexuality, and is a Priestess devoted to Frigga/Freyja (Lady Love). She is apprenticing under Crystal Dawn Morris, and is working with her on developing an ISTA “Sacred Spot Massage” that truly honors our pre/non-op Trans-Feminine sisters.