Photo: Bibbie Friman

the LIVING Goddess
21 Day Sadhana

~ root yourself in direct relationship with Source

Chameli Ardagh,
Dominique Youkhehpaz

& The Global Yogini Circle

 Guest Teacher
Maleda Gebremedhin

November 14 ~ December 4

Participate from your own home.

Through daily practice and short sutras of awakening,
reconnect and recommit yourself to a truth sourced in the universal,
yet vibrating uniquely through you.

I walk in my dignity
my gaze rooted in galaxies
I am carried by mountains
my feet wet in Her.

She is
clear as water
a flawless mirror
the sparkling roots of totality.

Not coming. Not going.
Not past. Not future.
Not up or down, in or out.
Not here. Not there.
Not before. Not after.

Through the rain I hear Her whisper:
steady your aim,
keep your eyes on me;
it is time to stop
 outsourcing the holy.

We call upon the circle of wisdom keepers, the guardians of women’s mysteries here on Earth.

At this precarious moment on the planet, as collective wounds are emerging to the surface and outdated structures are crumbling; as it feels we are being torn apart from each other, estranged from the Great Mother, exiled from home in body and Earth—we enter sadhana, spiritual practice, to carve pathways into our own ancestry, mythology and lineage, here and now. To reclaim our origins: that living, breathing, root relationship.

For the benefit of all.

Photo: Bibbie Friman

Goddess is not an elusive memory of perfection; she is not a future state only the chosen few will reach. She expresses herself through religious symbols and myths; through art, language, and sacred sites—yes, even through the human—​​​​​​​yet she is not confined by any of these forms.

The living Goddess is an intimacy pulsating in the depth of your longing. She is the rotting of leaves in the autumn and the voice that whispers the truth. She is grief and rage, wetness in water, heat in fire. She shakes you when you compromise and beats your heart fast when you risk. She takes all forms, constantly changing, deeply caring and utterly free.

In Goddess Sadhana, you will enter into a living, breathing ritual, where mythology, prayer and spiritual practices are explored as embodied portals of awakening. Practicing from home, you will weave your insights and awakening into daily life, restoring a trust and confidence in the vast resources and support from this achingly beautiful Earth, always available to you.

Welcome to this rite of passage.

The ancestors and our children's children,
the lovers and the thieves,
the animal kingdom and the plant spirits,
the mountains and the rivers,
the whole universe eagerly awaits
the inauguration of Her temple in your heart.

We have saved a seat for you...

Early Bird ~ $87
After October 24 ~ $108

“Chameli Ardagh is masterful at illuminating the ancient goddess teachings.”

Many of us are inspired by spiritual teachings but to actually embody them, in a daily practice of breathing them in and sweating them out, is a radically different proposition. Chameli Ardagh is masterful at illuminating the ancient goddess teachings in a way that is supremely tangible for modern women, without sacrificing their depth, creating a kind of frequency that sparks awakening.

Lisa Schrader
Founder of Awakening Shakti


“I experience a profound level of trust and commitment amongst my sisters that is unlike any other circle.”
With each sadhana, I experience a profound level of trust and commitment amongst my sisters that is unlike any other circle. I’m carried into an ancient yet familiar heart wisdom that cracks open a river of love within me and flowers the depth of my creative force in the world.

Flora Aube
Founder of Art of Allowing Academy

What is Shakti Sadhana?

Sadhana means spiritual practice.
Shakti is a name for the feminine creative life force of the universe.

Shakti Sadhana is embodied spiritual practice, where the Goddess is the portal to awakening.
In this practice, you consciously engage with both your inner and outer life, your darkness and your light, essentially seeing all of it as part of the unfathomable wholeness you are made of.

Shakti Sadhana is not a seclusive spiritual practice; it is a path that permeates every aspect of our lives. In the Shakti view, we don’t relate to spirit as separate from matter, but as different expressions of the same totality.

The Yogini circle​​​​​​​ is a circle of conscious women coming together with a shared intention of embodied awakening. Our online 21 day sadhana immersions are gatherings of several hundred women from all over the planet. Together, we co-create a resonant field of Shakti, which provides each of us with a powerful transmission of awakening. 
What will I learn in a 21 Day Sadhana?

The basis for all spiritual exploration in the Women's Wisdom tradition is the insight that that which we are longing for is who we already are. Thus our practice in sadhana is not toward a goal of attainment in the future; it is a process of melting, of unraveling the wisdom and beauty already inherent within each woman.

In ancient goddess mythology, we find maps supporting us in this awakening process, and you will be initiated into practices from this alive lineage of women's embodied spirituality that Chameli and the Awakening Women community have explored intensively together for more than 15 years.

How does it work?

The sadhana begins Wednesday, November 14th. That day you will receive your first email, and you will also be invited into the closed sadhana online group. Once a day (except for the day of the phone retreats), you will receive a short email with a new practice or a poem that will inspire you and keep you on track.

On Saturday, November 17th, we will meet for the first of three retreats with Chameli. These phone/webcast retreats (your choice) will take place on Saturdays (November 17th & 24th, December 1st) at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, 19.00 Northern Europe.

The calls will last 90 minutes. The last 30 minutes will be for Q & A. The retreats will be recorded so you can listen to them at any time.

In between the phone retreats, you will practice on your own. You can check in with your Yogini sisters as often as you like in the online Yogini Sadhana circle.

Will I have the time to do sadhana in the midst of a busy life?

You participate as much as is possible for you. To do some practice is better than no practice, and many of the practices are done in the midst of your life, as it is for you.

Once you enter the sadhana, you enter a mandala of Shakti, of transformation. The practices and teachings will, independent of how much you “do”, unfold in unexpected ways.
Who is it for?

If you long to root yourself in a deeper truth, to live awakening in your daily life, to embody Shakti—the divine creative power—more fully, then this sadhana is for you.

We will go deep. We meet in a shared dedication to living awake.
If you feel called, with a sense of YES inside…then claim your seat in the circle.

You don’t need to have any previous experience with these teachings. Our focus in the feminine embodiment practice is on direct experience.

YOUR experience is the authority. Always.

“Every sadhana takes me into deeper relationship with the sacred feminine on so many levels.”
I am always blown away by the depth of the practices and the strength of the community that’s created during these online sadhanas. In addition to the sheer joy of learning from someone as inspiring, articulate, genuine and wise as Chameli, every sadhana takes me into deeper relationship with the sacred feminine on so many levels.

Kirsten Warner
Founder of Devi Yoga for Women
"Chameli spoke the wordless things that live on my insides, and I felt fortified by listening each time."

I entered a potent portal of the Great Mother’s embrace and guidance the moment I began the sadhana. The calls helped me reconnect with my own wisdom and rekindle my passion for my spiritual path. Chameli spoke the wordless things that live on my insides, and I felt fortified by listening each time.

Marianah Jade
Founder of The Women's Grove
What is included?

:: Daily practices and/or short awakening poems into your email inbox

:: 3 Tele-Retreats

:: Access to an online Yogini Circle* where you can connect with women from all over the world, practicing just like you. This is an already established and cherished online sanctuary, which will also be there for you after the 21 days are over. ​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​*A private Facebook Group

:: Recordings of all 3 Tele-Retreats (also available to download as MP3)

What happens after I join?

:: Once we have received your payment, you will get a welcome email.

:: From Wednesday, November 14th, you will begin to receive your daily emails, as well as reminders and recordings before and after the live phone retreats with Chameli.

If you do not receive one of your daily emails, please check your SPAM and trash folders as sometimes they inadvertently end up there. (If you have Gmail, check the promotions tab.)

If you need support, please contact

How much do I contribute?

Early Bird ~ $87
After October 24 ~ $108

If you would like to learn more about this sadhana and the Living Goddess, please enter your email to be notified of An Invocation of the Living Goddess, an upcoming free class with Chameli on October 23, where she will also answer questions:
Your Guides
Chameli Ardagh
Founder of Awakening Women

Chameli is a passionate practitioner of embodied feminine spirituality. She is the creator of the Yogini Winter Ashram in India, the Yogini Summer Ashram in Greece, the initiator of a global network of temple groups for women, and the author of two books on feminine empowerment and spirituality. She is especially appreciated for her passionate love of mythology and storytelling as a method for spiritual awakening and embodiment. 

Dominique Youkhehpaz
 Teacher at Awakening Women

Dominique is a lover of words, beauty and integrity. Since 2011 she has apprenticed with Chameli, assisting in retreats, coordinating events, supporting in sadhanas, and organizing the Yogini Ashrams. She is the Creative Director at Awakening Women and teaches the Women’s Temple Facilitator Training. Dedicated to learning how to honor life, she longs to be an offering to the Great Goddess of this beautiful Earth that dreams us all alive. 

Guest Teacher
Maleda Gebremedhin

Maleda is a midwife of the soul. For 15 years, she has practiced and taught feminine awakening through extensive training in yoga, Indian Temple Dance, and as a nun and teacher in an ashram. Her own awakening through the Cosmic Feminine Consciousness in her womb guides her work. Her intense spiritual practice and commitment to Truth transmit a passionate devotion to life and the human soul, the beauty of Spirit, and the deep feminine power in all of creation.

"What a relief, what a bliss!  All of me, my being and doing became a practice in total devotion to the Goddess."

This precious month of intensive practice has changed me. I experienced every action, movement, meeting, breath, meal, thought, interaction…as a practice. What a relief, what a bliss! All of me, my being and doing became a practice in total devotion to the Goddess. I am one with the practice. I embodied the practice. It just is, I am no longer separated from it. 

Catarina Olvenmark
Owner and Teacher,
YogaYama, Gothenborg, Sweden  
“Chameli is a vibrant flower with a sweet aroma that fills me with happiness…her voice, wisdom, presence is pure nectar.”

Being invited into the sacred circle where hundreds of awakening women held a seat for me was deeply moving. I was welcomed with open arms, and drank from the elixir of sisterhood’s love and beauty. This connection infused my practice of exquisite self care with grace and inspiration. Chameli is a vibrant flower with a sweet aroma that fills me with happiness…her voice, wisdom, presence is pure nectar.

Shakaya Leone
 Author of “Naked Beauty”

​​​​​​​top photo by Bibbie Friman

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