The Temple Arts

One of DharmaSTARS’ main missions is to bring back the true meaning of the Temple Arts, where Priest(esse)s are multi-facetted servants of their communities and the Divine, each with their own specific skills and gifts to bring through.

The term Temple Arts has been gaining more and more popularity in recent years and tends to evoke visions of ‘sexy priestesses’, and other limited interpretations for many.

How do we find Temple Arts in this contemporary society?

In a time where spirituality is becoming very commodified, one of DharmaSTARS’ main missions is to bring back the true essence of the Temple Arts, where Priest(esse)s are multi-facetted servers and space-holders in their communities and the Divine, each with their own specific skills and gifts to bring through.

How can we create a new contemporary Priest(ess)hood that honours lineage and transmission knowledge but that is actually about the times we’re in?

This course brings a different vantage point to look at the meaning of Temple Arts. Building upon the concept of the temple and the body as fractal, a microcosm to a multidimensional body. Some people say that the body is the temple. And when we look at many different lineages we see correlations with the different body parts and the body itself, the bodies of knowledge, the astrological bodies and with community.

The Temple Arts is a living practice and, in many ways, this course is a journey that draws upon fundamental teachings on sacred lineages to more esoteric and multidimensional aspects of Ancient Tantra and the Celestial bodies. Grounding us on the path to come into true spirituality.

These teachings draw upon Padma Khandro’s lifetime of frontline work and teaching from all walks of life, such as with indigenous tribes, marginalised groups, ancient knowledge systems and being a practitioner of Kalachakra Tantra – the Tantra of World Peace.

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This course may be helpful for you if you are:

  • Practitioner in energy medicines like Reiki, Sekhem and so forth;
  • If you identify as a priest or priestess of something and are interested in metaphysics and the Temple Arts;
  • A multidimensional person who wishes to utilise your skills as your professional but have not got much/any therapeutic or practitioner training;
  • If you wish to hold sacred space but do not really understand the deeper mechanics of this.   You hear people opening space but do not really have personal experience of building up rapport or experiential understanding of various realms and modalities
  • If you are a practitioner who is realising that you haven’t got much an ethical or multidimensional framework especially in terms of in person sessions and talking therapies;
  • If you wish to gain some fundamental insights regarding chakra wisdom, communication across the realms and sacred sexuality
  • If you want to open your awareness to Ancient Tantra rather than Neo-tantra to have more substantial grounding in your life and practices
  •  If you have realised have you have blindspots in your understanding as to how multidimensionality works and how to really represent it authentically
  • If you realise there are limitations in your professional life as a spiritual person because there is nobody holding you accountable and you realise you do not have the essential teachings that are necessary to safely hold space;
  • If you have been clinging to your comfort zone and security blanket because you don’t know how to challenge yourself to truly grow and transform;
  • If you want to work through blindspots and traumas that keep you in a constant state of bypassing true responsibility and integrity.

It includes teachings on:

Sacred Lineages and the call for authentic priestesshood and space-holding

Sacred Lineages and the call for authentic priestesshood and space-holding



Practitioner ethics and basic principles of Dharma and Natural Law

Practitioner ethics and basic principles of Dharma and Natural Law

Subtle bodies and the chakras

Subtle bodies and the chakras

Parts, IFS and trauma-informed communication and self-reflection

Parts, IFS and trauma-informed communication and self-reflection

Ancient tantra, sacred sexuality and the Temple Arts

Ancient tantra, sacred sexuality and the Temple Arts

Holistic Astrology and its importance for budding energy medicine and Sekhem students

Holistic Astrology and its importance for budding energy medicine and Sekhem students

Venus and Saturn Codes and the New Priestess Gateway of 2025 to 2027

Venus and Saturn Codes and the New Priestess Gateway of 2025 to 2027

Working with what manifests as non-incarnate beings

Working with what manifests as non-incarnate beings

coming in the autumn

Fundamentals in Opening Space

Fundamentals in Opening Space

Coming in the autumn


During this resurgence of people calling themselves High Priestesses and holding tenuous links to unproven lineages, how can we cultivate a spirituality and adherence to pure and Universal principles of the Temple Arts? Exploring some Ancient traditions we will look at correlations in their value systems and discuss how we may work with authority, humility and impeccability.

We are guided into understanding in a deeper way different lineages we may be associating with the temple arts and the importance of authentic lineages. Why is this an important theme when we talk about space holding and becoming a “Priest(ess)”?

Why is lineage and devotion important in helping to tame the ego and step more fully onto one’s Higher Path?

In this section we will look at:

  • Sekhem Lineage
  • Magdalene, Yeshua, John the Baptist, Essene and Rose Lineages
  • Kalachakra – Highest Yoga Tantra and the Golden Age/Shambhala Warrior paradigm
  • Indigenous Science and Natural Law and Time
  • Shadow principles in Mystery School lineages
  • The quest for Truth, authenticity, Authority, skilful means and Mindfulness


Unfortunately people from privileged countries rarely strive to understand the deeper elements of the legacy of colonisation and how it is still perpetuated. If we wish to fully embrace the Healing Arts and to eliminate suffering we need to understand inequality and unconscious colonial programming. In order to release from samsara and to step into a higher spirituality, and to enter true Dharma, decolonisation is vital. What does that mean and how do we go about it? How can we create a revolution by paying privilege forward?

In this section we will look at:

  • The ‘drama triangle’
  • The drama triangle in the Healing Arts
  • Archetypes that may perpetuate colonial underpinnings
  • Unconscious colonial programming and tools and tips to overcome it
  • Understanding privilege
  • The connection between the ego and the colonial
  • Paying privilege forward – the new Priestesshood
  • Karma, Dharma and Decolonisation

We aim to help practitioners to step into true Authenticity and not a spiritual practice that perpetuates inequality and colonial values, and that we can truly move forward as a Global Sangha into a deeper Oneness in the coming times! If we wish to achieve equanimity on a spiritual level it is imperative that we practise it on a daily basis in our interactions with our brothers and sisters.


Many energy medicine trainings do not include adequate training in practitioner ethics. As more and more people are drawn to Temple and Healing Arts it is increasingly important to have good ethics and to work with sacred professionalism. Many people think that if they have done Reiki initiations it will be enough to begin a career as a healing practitioner, when in fact it’s normally just the very beginning of such a journey.

When people are offering energy medicine they may encounter clients in vulnerable situations.

Important themes are:

  • Working with loved ones
  • Sexuality and healing
  • Power dynamics in the workplace
  • Control vs Surrender
  • Referrals and diagnoses
  • General practitioner ethics
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Disclosure and Safeguarding
  • Holding and Containment
  • Compassion vs Over-Identification
  • Empathy vs Sympathy
  • Transference and Countertransference and some tools to encourage self-reflection and self-enquiry.
  • Drama Triangle: Rescuer/ Missionary and other archetypes at play


Whilst Sekhem does not wholly focus on chakra systems, modalities like Reiki honour the Indian chakra systems. Understanding the energy centres and subtle bodies is vital to being an adept energy medicine and temple arts practitioner. It aims to help you bridge the worlds and to have a healthy curiosity about this fascinating subject that goes across many systems and modalities.

In this section we will look at:

  • Understanding the importance of chakras/energy centres and different systems
  • Working with subtle bodies and energies
  • Mapping imbalances in clients
  • Chakras and death
  • Karma and the lower chakras
  • The importance of working with the lower triangle to strive for impeccability as a practitioner


If we want to come into a higher timeline, communication, community and interpersonal interactions are really important. And given the massive task at hand of helping to be part of the change, we do need to become robust in thinking how we will interact with communities.

As practitioners it’s imperative that we are able to work with our own wounds and not to have them dominating our interactions. Moreover it’s important to hold space for, and understand the afflictions of others in order to compassionately help them move through these. Furthermore, in retreat settings, a lot of time is often wasted through interpersonal triggering events and languishing in story. How can we as practitioners striving for impeccability step into self-responsibility and also to be able to communicate and hold space effectively?

In this section we will look at:

  • Moving beyond triggered woundedness
  • Basic introduction to IFS and parts work
  • Parts Mapping
  • Learning how to work with our own and other people’s parts
  • IFS/NVC – differences, similarities and limitations
  • Duality and parts work – the limitations of IFS
  • Moving beyond duality
  • The importance of self-responsibility as a practitioner
  • The Key of Acknowledgement
  • Pristine speech


For many, ‘Temple Arts’ has connotations of sexy priestesses in orgiastic lavishness. Given that we do not have a direct ‘line in’ to those Ancient times and we have indeed evolved, how can we apply wisdom from this course and from fully preserved Ancient Tantric traditions to cultivate sacred sexuality and to utilise our energetic bodies for the greatest good? Looking at the issues around relationships and sexuality that surround our contemporary societies, and how can we come into more meaningful relationships? Can we set a new paradigm to eliminate toxic femininity and masculinity?

Understanding Tantra and working to a different way of relating may be a vital key to bring in the Golden Age. 

In this section we will look at:

  • Fact and myth surrounding the Temple Arts including the fall of Ancient Egypt
  • Duality and non-duality
  • Sacred sexuality and Ancient Tantra
  • Serpent wisdom and esoteric practice
  • Golden Age relating and Dharma Dating


The celestial bodies and the study of them is one of the oldest of the sciences and played a central role in numerous mystery school traditions such as Kemetic wisdom-keeping. It can be seen as a key to ascension and liberation and a road map to having graceful life and finding the truth within. By working with Natural Law and Time we can work through our karma more seamlessly to become emancipated for our Dharma role and to space-hold for others.

In this section we will look at:

  • The role of astrology in the Temple Arts
  • Brief introduction to different systems
  • Scientific/esoteric templates to help accuracy with client work
  • The significance of Non-Dual Astrology
  • Basic overview of planets
  • Brief overview of Karma to Dharma in various astrological systems
  • The return of Quetzalcoatl- the Venusian paradigm renewed

VENUS AND SATURN CODES – New Priestess of 2025 to 2027

A deep dive on the energies of Venus and Saturn with special insights from Kalachakra Astrology, including the God Varuna – the keeper of Natural Law.

A gateway has opened in this eclipse season which is going to create pivotal opportunities to move beyond pseudo-spirituality and onto authentic and enriching Dharma paths. 

In this transmission, Padma Khandro shares about the forthcoming portals in the timelines that will deeply assist us to step forward as the New Priestesshood 2025 – 2027. Knowing and understanding the medicine of these Celestial Bodies will help us make the most out of these energies.

Format of the Course

This course contains 10 sections, setting a foundation to different aspects of the Temple Arts

Each module is between 2 and 3 hours long. Often there will be a main presentation by Padma Khandro, which will be around 90 min long. There are also subsidiary teachings such as recordings, tutorials and powerpoint presentations by the DharmaSTARS team.

Please note that the main lecture in each section has been specially commissioned for this course, the extra resources are from various other courses or client resource materials.

For students wishing to add this to their Masters module in Sekhem, there is a compulsory assessment to ensure students have processed the material.

Temple Arts as a prerequisite for Sekhem students

Whilst you do not need to have taken or completed the Temple Arts course to qualify to receive attunement, you will not receive certification for Advanced Sekhem until you have satisfactorily completed Temple Arts module.  If you have done similar  training in another institution this may count instead of the Temple Arts module but please be aware that most neo-tantric or ‘Magdalene’ type work will not guarantee that you have gained the sufficient training to substitute for this.  You will be required to provide the syllabus from courses you may nominate to replace this module and the Sekhem Master Teachers will feed back as to if this qualifies.

The satisfactory completion of the Temple Arts course counts as one module towards Sekhem Master Teacher so it helps you to progress on your professional and ethical journey and reduces the amount of work that will need to be undertaken to complete the final qualification!

Temple Arts is the next course for Sekhem students who may wish to study deeper with D-STARS, in order to advance to Sekhem Advanced. You can do TA at the same time as Sekhem Advanced initiation.

You will only receive your certificate once you’ve successfully finalised TA and all case studies have been handed in and approved.


The real time container of this course will begin in the autumn 2024.

The teaching experience gained over the years has shown that most students need and take time to integrate the teachings. For this reason, we are opening registrations early so you have several months to get acquainted with these fundamental teachings and be ready to go deeper when in the real-time constellation.

The tutorial dates will be released in August.

Energy Exchange

Normal Rate: £377

The energy exchange is calculated upon an income between £15k and £23k a year.

We have two extra fees available, please contact us if you fall under the following categories:

Reduced program fee: £355 for those with a lower income.

Sustainer: £444 for those with a higher income, please consider donating more to help support and make possible those in need to receive these teachings at a lower rate.

We are ok with payment plan. The normal energy exchange for that is £408 in total. The rate differs from when you pay in full. If you need a payment plan, please contact us to set this up at

Bursary: we have one space available for part work-exchange.

If you are not sure if this course is for you, we encourage you to purchase a single module of the training to see if you resonate with our teachings. The single module fee will then be deducted from the full course price. For this, please contact us directly.

Course Co-ordinator

Victoria Sinclair Padma Khandro

Padma Khandro Victoria Sinclair is a Worldwide respected consciousness innovator having facilitated community trainings and events for over 20 years. She is a trauma specialist originally from Belfast, N.Ireland and works bridging realms and modalities in innovation and unique ways for each client or group’s needs.

Padma Khandro is well-known as a culture bridge-maker in her integral work with a broad range of recognised indigenous elders and teachers in S. America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Her training background includes; Transpersonal Psychology, Epigenetics, Trauma work, Pranayama, Kundalini Yoga, Plant medicines, De-colonisation and Quantum, sound and ancestral practices. She is also a plant communicator and trainer of Sekhem Healing, Serpent Codes, Quantum Consciousness, Fundamental Energetics and Altered States of Consciousness. Her fusion trauma informed approaches bridge shamanism, IFS, CRM, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Quantum Transfiguration and Ancestral work. She has been working as a practitioner in Energy Work and Mental Healthcare settings for 20 years. Over the last 4 years she has become a practitioner of Kalachakra Highest Yoga Tantra, studying with Rime, non-sectarian Master, Khentrul Rinpoche and the Dzokden organisation.

Victoria’s dedication to healing communities has initiated various ground-breaking programs including the Lotus Avatar Earthkeepers Program, Wounded Healer Holistic Series and the Lotus Consciousness Platform – a global hub for conscious education – as well facilitating ceremonial practice with plant teachers, tribal councils and communities and at many international event gatherings. She has also recently launched a new Mystery School – Dharma Sekhem Temple Arts Rejuvenation School.

Maaike de Haan

Maaike de Haan is an art therapist and holistic practitioner with a foundation in energy medicine and teaching background in higher education, who has devoted her life to studying and working within the Healing Arts. She’s a Dharma STARS co-founder, course contributor and senior practitioner for the platform.

Maaike weaves a fusion of modalities, anchoring her natural intuitive, empathic and multidimensional gifts in psychotherapeutic training and initiations into ancient wisdom and energy medicine lineages, resulting in a grounded holistic and trauma-informed approach.

Maaike is a Quantum Transfiguration practitioner (level 2), Reiki Master [Usui/ Tibetan tradition] and Sekhem Master/ Teacher initiate, who has studied specialisms in Energetic Hygiene & Clearings, Spaceholding, Earthkeeping and Death, Dying & Transitions, with her teacher Padma Khandro Victoria Sinclair – who she has been travelling and working with extensively in Mexico, Asia and Europe for the past 4+ years.

Maaike has been initiated into working with several plant teachers/ allies over the years, incl. Blue Lotus and Tobacco. She is trained to do Sananga assisted clearing work also.

Maaike currently works as a resident art therapist with children and teenagers, as part of a multi-disciplinary team at a specialised therapy practice in the North of the Netherlands, in addition to being a Dharma STARS senior practitioner working internationally online and in-person. She is currently developing Quantum Art Therapy as a modality, under the supervision of Victoria Padma Khandro – since 2022.

Maaike is available for (Quantum) Art Therapy, Inner Child and (related) Trauma work, Quantum Transfiguration, Sekhem energy healing and deep Clearing work of people and spaces. Maaike is also able to work remotely.

Madalena Banha

Madalena is an energy medicine practitioner.
Since 2018 she has been on a deep energy medicine journey having been initiated into Reiki and Sekhem lineages, being a Sekhem Advanced practitioner.

She’s trained in Permaculture, Plant Alchemy, Energetic Hygiene, Divination, Brainspotting, Multidimensional Spaceholing and is a trauma-informed practitioner.

Her connection with plants has deepened over the years, working closely with them since 2019 and in 2022 she was initiated into Tobacco – a sacred master plant teacher – by her teacher Victoria Padma Khandro.

She’s been working in pioneer and visionary projects, and intergenerationally for over 5 years, being a co-founder of Dharma STARS. Madalena is a bridge between the youth and the elders.


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