Shakti Temple Arts
As the Feminine essence re-births itself into it’s rightful balance with the Masculine, there is a deep calling and remembrance to embody an ancient primordial force that lives within each of us, and surrounds all of us: The spark of life that is Shakti. Shakti is the energy of creation on a macrocosmic level, our sexual life-force energy on the microcosmic level. When we begin to harness and cultivate this great force of the Goddess within us, we are lead to the experience of ecstatic union with supreme consciousness, the masculine principle of beloved Shiva.
As we unearth maps to awakening, cultivating, and exalting this powerful feminine force, we enter the realm of the great mystery. We begin to navigate life through Her cycles, archetypes, rituals, and symbols. We access Her through the powerful portals of our wombs and hearts, allowing ourselves to bloom from Her depths. We remember the ways of the Priestess and serve the beauty way of LIFE as we revel in the arts of the Sacred Feminine Initiatrix.
Shakti Temple Arts is a vehicle for this remembrance and an offering to that which is sacred, to that which is beautiful, to that which is the temple of the spiritual heart. Through time-tested lineages of embodiment, consciousness, health and beauty practices, Shakti Temple Arts offers keys to unlocking the soul's yearning for communion with and expression of its innate divinity in THIS life, and in THIS body.
Shakti Temple Arts is a weaving of threads from the tapestry of ancient feminine lineages of awakening; from the devotional offering of Temple Dance, to the Taoist Feminine Arts of sexual energy cultivation, to the profound inner union of Tantric Yoga. These lineages are all vehicles for returning to the potency of the essential self in wholeness, in union and in Ecstasis Divinitus; divine ecstasy!
Shakti Temple Arts offers these teachings online and in international retreats, workshops and immersions. Our mission is to bring the essence of Temple to every sacred being, to every sacred place, and to every sacred moment we have the blessing to encounter.
Temple is a vessel for God/Goddess, be it an ancient architectural structure, or our very bodies, breath and consciousness. Temple is a way of life that acknowledges the sacred in all that is, and offers reverence and awe in the form of beauty and the cultivation of awareness.
Om Shiva-Shaktyai Namah
Welcome to the Temple...
Halo Seronko is the founder and Priestess of Shakti Temple Arts. Deeply devoted to a life of cultivation and beauty through the feminine arts and radiance practices of Sacred Dance, Tantra Yoga, and the Taoist Feminine Arts for over a decade, she was inspired to birth this body of work through the profundity of her experiences on these sacred paths.
Raised by a Taoist father, Halo considers Taoism to be the root of her spiritual journey into the great mystery. Intrigued by health and wellness she began her spiritual quest studying Tai Chi and Qigong with her father in her early teens. She began reading the Tao Te Ching and other sacred texts and discovered her connection to both earthly and cosmic energy through this system. As a young adult with blossoming sexuality, she stumbled across Mantak Chia’s work at age 20 and has been studying the Taoist sexual arts since that time. She met her first teacher, a senior student of Mantak Chia’s at age 24 on her first journey to India and began teaching the Jade Egg practices herself at age 27. She has now studied multiple lineages in the Taoist tradition, and has combined many threads from her father, as well as Mantak Chia into her practice and work over the last decade.
Tantra has since become the flower of Halo's spiritual journey. At age 24 a deep remembrance of life as an Indian Temple Dancer and Tantric became powerful enough to draw Halo on a transformational solo journey to the land of India. While her main mission was to immerse in Odissi Classical Indian Temple Dance, which began a whole devotional love affair in itself, Halo became more and more romanced by Tantra’s dance of Shiva and Shakti. She began studying the ancient texts while having profound experiences of devotional communion through the dance. She went on pilgrimages to sacred sites of the Goddess and Her consort. Since that first journey in 2010 Halo has returned to the well of wisdom that springs forth from the ancient land of India again and again. Over the now 8 years she has been studying in India she has been initiated by Tantric masters into systems of Sri Vidya, Kashmir Shaivism and more occult branches of Tantra, sat at the feet of saints such as Prem Baba, Ammachi and the Dalai Llama, had countless mystical experiences, and gone on extensive pilgrimages to sites of Shakti and Her Shiva. In 2011 Halo studied Tantra officially at Agama Yoga in Thailand, and in 2018 she completed a 200 hour Tantra Yoga Teacher Training with Satya Loka in India. She is certified with Yoga Alliance to teach the profound science of Tantra Yoga. Her predominant guru has been the profound resonance and embodied experiences within her own body and consciousness.
Along with Taoism and Tantra, perhaps Halo’s greatest love is Odissi Classical Indian Temple Dance, which she has studied intensively over the last 8 years in India with gurus Padma Charan Dehury, Sujata Mohapatra Colleena Shakti and Sonali Mishra. This she considers to be her souls calling as her form of Bhakti Yoga, or devotional offering of beauty to the divine. Halo begun studying Odissi in 2010 at Shakti School of Dance in Rajasthan, India and began the journey of teaching in Ashland Oregon with a senior dancer Ruth Rhiannon, who also became a teacher and influence in Halo’s dance, in 2013. Halo has since fully stepped into teaching Odissi internationally in retreats and intensives.
Throughout her years between Ashland Oregon and India Halo was also studying and performing Temple Fusion Belly Dance as a soloist and a member of the Dakinin Rose Devadasi directed by her teacher and soul sister Monique Trinity Rose of the Omnique Method. She has been initiated into Tribal Fusion via the 8 Elements format by Rachel Brice, and has studied with Zoe Jakes as well as many other noteworthy teachers over the past decade. While in Ashland Halo also was initiated into an occult form of womb-based ritual dance called Tantric Dance with one of her great Shakti inspirations and mentors, Loraia Ward.
All of these dance forms have been woven into Halo’s retreats such as Tantra of Temple Dance and has birthed it’s own format known as Shakti Temple Dance.
Halo has been studying the Temple Arts and feminine paths of embodied awakening as a way of being for her entire adult life. It is her path and passion as a Priestess. The mysteries of the feminine and of the womb have been her guiding lights upon her quest for deeper and deeper embodied understanding of the Goddess Shakti. In 2016 Halo completed Initiation into the 13 Moon Mystery School by her beloved teacher and one of her greatest inspirations, Ariel Taja-Spilsbury. This initiation crystallized the potency of Halo’s work a thousand fold and helped her to integrally claim the title of Priestess. Through this title she is deeply devoted and in service to the Goddess and the Beauty Way of the One Heart.
In 2015 Shakti Temple Arts was birthed as a container for all of these arts, and for the unique ray through which Halo navigates and nourishes the world through the beauty and potency of these profound lineages.
Alas, Halo welcomes you with a deep bow and a grateful heart to Shakti Temple Arts! May these arts touch the depths of your heart, soul and sacred embodiment, igniting a remembrance of your self as Divine, as Sacred, as Temple...
Om Parashaktyai Namah!
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Gurus, Guides and Guardians
Deep bows and immense gratitude to all of my Gurus, guides, teachers, inspirations and supports along the way.
Infinite thanks to my father Willow Seronko who was my first spiritual teacher introducing me to Taoism and Qigong in my youth, and who continues to support my blossoming evolution in so many ways. Gratitude to my mother Marylou Taylor who has loved me, nourished me and supported me in all of my adventurous unfoldings, and been there when I have fallen to help me get back up.
Pranams to my Gurus in Odissi Classical Indian Temple Dance, Padma Charan Dehury and Sujata Mohapatra, as well as my dear Devadasi sister and teacher Ruth Rhiannon, and all my other Devadasi sisters on this sacred path together.
Gratitude to my Temple Fusion Belly Dance teachers and inspirations, my dear sister, dance company director, teacher and inspiration Monique Trinity Rose of the Dakini Rose Gardens, Rachel Brice and the 8 Elements, Zoe Jakes, Colleena Shakti, of Shakti School of Dance, and all of my sisters in this sacred path, Sedona Soufire, Schirin Diba, and so many more!
Gratitude and pranams to my Guru on the Tantric path, Guruji Amritananda for initiating me into the profound Sri Vidya lineage, Agama Yoga for initiating me into the Kashmir Shaivist lineage, and deep gratitude to my sister Janice Craig of Aloha Namaste for her inspiration and guidance in my Tantric unfolding.
Deep bows to my teachers in the Taoist Jade Egg practices, Mantak Chia and Anamarta for helping me to deepen into this profound feminine practice.
Immense gratitude to my dearest Initiatrix into the 13 Moon Mystery School, Priestess Ariel Spilsbury who has bore witness to many gateways crossed and truths remembered. You are a dream fairy godmother! To all of my Priestess sisters and inspirations who are too many to name, I am so grateful for you and our sisterhood!
Such deep bows to all the great souls who walk this earth, especially Ammachi and the Dalai Lama for their examples of compassion, selfless service, and light in the darkness, and to Maria Christina for her part in my healing and awakening.
Eternal gratitude to the beautiful Mama Earth who nourishes us, and is the greatest Guru through her elemental teachers, her beauty, her cyclic wisdom and her endless generosity.
Profound gratitude to my womb, all of the wisdom that continues to pour forth from her as I continue to deepen into her.
Deep bows to LIFE in all of it’s shades, and to the great Mother and Father of creation, Shakti and her Shiva in there eternal dance of immanence and transcendence.
THANK YOU FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY HEART