It takes a village to raise a child.

news flash – the family fusion experiment is now open to first-time ista attendees as well as ista grads!

If your soul is called to work with youth or you are a conscious parent ready to co-create a safe container for the next generation to explore the fullness of their relationship to self, each other, nature, and the mysteries of the universe… then you must join us for ISTA’s Family Fusion Experiment!

july 24-31 2019, west virginia usa

Got more time?  Join us for the 2nd annual

ISTA North American Tribal Gathering

August 1-6 at the same West Virginia venue! 

All ISTA grads and their kids are welcome.

The Family Fusion Experiment is a first time opportunity for conscious parents to integrate their spiritual sexual shamanic path with their family life during an experimental week-long immersive summer camp in the woods of West Virginia! This retreat is an exploration of what it takes for adults, kids, teens, and elders to be whole embodied human beings.

The curriculum is also inclusive for non-parents whose soul’s purpose is to work with youth and it explores adult-only spaces as well as kids spaces for a variety of age-appropriate lessons. We support children to establish a healthy relationship with their own bodies as well as a relationship to their ancestral line. We also work on rescripting childhood wounding which often arises for adults who are around kids.

The Family Fusion Experiment is a project of the  International School of Temple Arts, or ISTA.  Visit the ISTA website for information on trainings around the world!

the vision of family fusion

Our vision for the intergenerational transfer of wisdom is revolutionary:

Parents will be working with their inner children (simultaneously with their outer children),

while youth will be awakening to their inner adults!


The intention of ISTA’s Family Fusion retreat is to:

  • Initiate youth into working with energy, nature, boundaries, and gender…and other aspects of what it means to be a healthy sovereign human being.
  • Co-create a new paradigm of parenting and re-write the standard narrative of our dysfunctional family histories.
  • Heal the social stigma around the mother/whore split and the father/Superman complex.
  •  Manifest shared temple space for kids and parents!
  • Allow children a healthy space to acknowledge parentally sourced pain and trauma such as divorce, abandonment, and emotional absence
  • Teach children how to release emotions in a safe and empowered environment.
  • Evolve a healthy and age-appropriate curriculum for sex education. (Different age groups will get different teachings about energy, gender, boundaries, etc.)
  • Upgrade the Sacred Sexuality movement by creating a sustainable and integrated culture that includes all stages of life.

There will be adults-only spaces, kid-focused camp spaces, as well as fun family fusion time involving family forums, role-playing games, and talent shows!

Thousands of people on 5 continents have attended the ISTA training over the past 10 years… How many of us are PARENTS ready to provide a safe space for children to explore their humanity in NATURE? Imagine what is possible for families who do this work together!

Are you ready to integrate your family with the values of Love, Power, and Freedom?  This training, like all ISTA trainings, will include:



Group Process

Active Meditation

Emotional Release


Guided Visualizations

Subtle Energy Processes

Conscious Communication

♥ Make your family part of the ISTA family! ♥

family fusion team


Real families are fully integrated into the ISTA Family Fusion Team:  

The McClure Family
  • Lead Facilitator KamalaDevi McClure and her partner Michael are bringing their twelve-year-old son, Devin.
  • Co-Facilitator Stephanie Phillips’s adult son Simon Eales will be leading the assistant team. 
  • We also have a mother/daughter pair of ISTA grads on the assistant team – – the Love family, attending with other family members. 
The Love Family

ISTA Faculty:

KamalaDevi McClure

Lead Facilitator

KamalaDevi is a mystic, a mentor and a muse. Her mission is to awaken herself and others to the ecstatic current that runs between heaven and earth. She works with artists, healers, and visionaries around the world to become love leaders. 

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Stephanie Phillips


Stephanie initiates groups with Tantric and shamanic practices, pattern reframing and emotional release work. This is the one place where your arousal and sexual power is welcome and celebrated, as an integral part of your transformation. 

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Xavier Forceville


Xavier is a powerful Love Warrior dedicating his life to being a channel through which Love can manifest. With full presence and gratitude, he is a healer and teacher in the areas of presence, sexuality, relating and the power of the divine masculine and feminine. 

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family fusion venue

Nestled in a forested mountain valley in the mountainous Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, with a wild white-water stream flowing past hemlock trees …

Climb and sunbathe on the massive boulders …

Play in the pristine waters: waterfalls, rapids and pools for swimming and tubing. 

Abrams Creek Center is a retreat and event center for workshops and celebrations focused on social change, ecology, permaculture, primitive skills, personal growth, spiritual development, music, the arts, and education of the whole person. We welcome all groups that seek to make a positive contribution to society based in individual freedom, appreciation of diversity, and respect for nature.

Our facilities feature 2 geodesic domes for meeting spaces, a 19-bed lodge, a 2-bedroom cottage, 10 rustic cabins, and 36 forested campsites (most river-front or river-view), each with contained fire pits and benches. The lodge and cottage have onsite bathrooms – cabin and tent campers will use portapotties and a shared shower house. 

Family Fusion participants will stay in shared rooms and cabins – you can also pitch one or more tents to meet your family’s privacy needs. Depending on enrollment, there may be private rooms or cabins available at an additional cost of $300.

Meals will be delicious, healthy vegetarian food with vegan options. With enough advance notice, we can also accommodate many special food needs.


Tuition includes world-class facilitation, state of the art youth program coordination and cutting edge ISTA curriculum, seven nights shared lodging at a stunning natural streamside property with nature trails & stunning views, and three delicious gourmet vegetarian meals per day.

(Prices do not include transportation to the venue or upgrades to private rooms or cabins.)

Adult Ticket: $1,850
Second Adult in the family: $1,600
Kids under 18 years of age: $500
Kids under 5 years of age: Only $100 (Parent is required to bring at least one adult supporter)
Youth 18-25 by application only $1200

Discounts & Assistants:
Since this is a brand new curriculum and program we are not offering repeater prices.

If you have assisted for ISTA before and feel called to assist, please contact KamalaDevi and apply.

Attendance is by application only. A deposit of $500 will be required upon acceptance and registration.

to participate

Participant Prerequisites:

Our youth program accepts children who have participated in at least one year of organized school.

Homeschoolers (or unschoolers) would need an interview to see if they have the preparation. Children must have a basic discipline and orientation towards group circles.

Toddlers are welcome, but we are not able to offer a pre-school program. If your child is under the age of 5, we require that parents bring a second adult to be responsible for little ones at all times.

All children must have consent from all legal guardians to participate in the youth program.

Contact us

Questions about the Vision or Curriculum?

Contact Lead Faculty KamalaDevi:

Questions about the Venue or Application?

Contact Organizer Sarah Taub:

note: ista is not psychotherapy

ISTA trainings are individual journeys that happen in a group environment. We are not psychotherapists, and this training is not professional therapy. Your ability to be self-responsible will be required in order to navigate the spiritual, sexual and shamanic space that ISTA provides. ISTA is a mystery school and approaches trauma from the shamanic perspective of connecting with the body and soul. We recommend that if you know that you have deep-seated trauma, you speak with your therapist before entering our group process.