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A Yogini is a spiritual rebellion engaged in a glowing and embodied,
nothing-held-back love affair with the great mystery.
She moves in the world with fierce compassion,
grace and freedom,
and is passionate about truth,
rest & real love.
She is fluent in angelic, diva and in Kali roars.
Earth is home and so is infinity.
~ Chameli Devi
We are Yoginis, feminine spiritual practitioners.
Rooted in an ancient lineage we practice embodied spirituality in the midst of our lives as modern women.
In our daily lives, we support and challenge each other into the real in our vibrantly alive online community forum, and many women meet in Women’s Temple Groups in their home towns.
Women from all corners of the world contribute in co-creating a field of Shakti, which again provides each one of us with a powerful transmission of grace and awakening.
We practice the feminine way, an all inclusive in-the-body spirituality, beyond dusty dogmas and far fetched goals of the future. Spiritual awakening, instead of being a peak experience you once had, or a concept you read about and compare yourself with, becomes a lived and embodied realization of freedom and love uniquely experienced and expressed through each woman.
All the work of the Awakening Women Institute arises out of a passionate intention to bring true peace and happiness to all sentient beings, and our programs are our contribution to that.
We donate regularly to various non-profit organizations that support women, children and the environment. So when you purchase any of our products/services, you also support these causes.
How to contact us:
The best way to reach us is via e-mail (yoginiteam at awakeningwomen dot com)
Or you can phone us at (800) 562-0240
We are a small operation, so please allow a few days for a response.
Mailing address: Awakening Women Institute, PO Box 1786, Nevada City, CA 95959 USA
If you have questions about events, contact the event organizer directly. See detailed information on the Event Calendar page.
If you would like to arrange a Temple Day event facilitated by one of our senior practitioners, read about them on this page.
You are welcome to publish any of the writing you find here, however, please please please make sure to credit us by name and include a link to this website.
Although Chameli does not have the capacity to reply and give personal advice over e-mail,
we do love to hear from you!
Founder of Awakening Women Institute
Chameli is a leading pioneer in contemporary feminine spirituality, and she has inspired thousands of women around the world with her breakthrough methods for living and embodying feminine awakening. She is especially appreciated for her love of mythology and storytelling as a method for illuminating our hidden strength and beauty.
As a teen Chameli embarked on her journey as a spiritual explorer, which, at the age of twenty, led her to India, which she has returned to more than fifteen times. She has studied with many remarkable mentors and undergone thousands of hours of intense practice of meditation and spiritual studies. The last 15 years she has been a student of ShantiMayi, a wisdom teacher based in India and France.
Chameli has taken every opportunity to become adept in her field through her own practice as well as through extensive training in group dynamics, meditation and spiritual counseling. She is the initiator of a global network of groups for women, and the author of two books on feminine empowerment and spirituality, which have been published in three languages.
Chameli was featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extra-ordinary Wisdom: The Feminine face of Awakening (www. extraordinarywisdom.net) by Rita Marie Robinson, M.A, a collection of conversations with women spiritual teachers. She was also featured in The Translucent Revolution by Arjuna Ardagh, as an authority on feminine spiritual practice and in Hope Beneath Our Feet by Martin Koegh.
Chameli was born in Norway and now lives in Northern California with her husband Arjuna and her cat, Angel.
Loves, loves, loves working for AWI and connecting with awakening women all over the world = Dream Job.
Grateful daily practitioner of the AWI feminine embodiment practices.
Enjoys being with her amazing 15 year old daughter, Crystal Dawn, and her close knit community of friends and family.
Has a gift for creating healing herbal & flower essence remedies and healthy food and is a Reiki Master.
Is deeply nurtured by the natural world and most content with her bare feet on the Earth.
Was born with a green conscience and shares about caring for Mama Earth with whoever will listen (or not).
Utilizes laughter as one of her main medicines.
AWI Event Coordinator
Dominique fell head-over-heels in love with Awakening Women and the Yogini Circle in 2011 and has since given her life to this wild path of feminine embodiment. She is lives in Nevada City, California when she is not traveling the world immersing herself in Awakening Women’s Yogini retreats. Dedicated to learning how to fully honor this magical miracle of life, she longs to live her life as an offering to the Great Goddess of this beautiful earth that dreams us all alive
Coordination & Administration
Workshops in Vienna and Chiemsee region
Lydia Hopfgartner lives in Vienna and is the woman for practical matters. With her organizational talents and her clarity, she provides her greatest gifts in a sisterly manner. As the “the one who keeps the fireplace burning“, she keeps the doors of her Selfness Competence Center open at all times ready to coordinate all issues around registration and administration of the workshops. As a longtime self employed business consultant and life coach, and as a mother of two teenage sons, she knows all the highs and lows of a woman’s life trying to bridge work, family and relationships. Since 2010, she has been leading a monthly temple group: Kemenate – mein Frauen (T)Raum
Team Leader of the 9 month program
Maria is married, mother of a grown son and has her own practice for massage and coaching. She is trained as a Transformation Workshop Leader (among others: Consciousness Expansion/Raising, Rebirthing, Fire walk) and a Life Dancing Teacher.
In 2008 her path led her to Awakening Women, and she immediately felt her deep love for Chameli`s work. What started as an enthusiastic participant led her into being a group assistant and then to being the Team Leader, which is fulfilling her very much. Since 2009 she has also been leading her own Temple Group in Aachen. Full of joy and gratitude, she keeps being amazed at the awakening and unfolding of each individual woman, which she can witness in her work. To meet the goddess in each woman – including herself – is one of the biggest gifts in her life.
Yashodhara Van Vilstern
Team Leader of Women’s Temple Group Training
Yashodhara was born in the Netherlands and lives in Munich. When she met Chameli and her work in 2005, she fell in love with both. She was happy to finally find a woman who is exploring feminine spirituality and embodying it, too. With joy she assists and organizes the Awakening Women Workshops and also facilitates/leads her own Temple days and evenings. In addition, she offers classes in Tibetan Pulsing Yoga, Brandon Bays the Journey and works as a holistic nurse in a hospital for natural healing. Yashodhara loves the gentle and loving (woman) touch that leads her into deep connection with herself. She loves singing and dancing and senses that she is living her creativity and potential more and more fully.
Professional & Artistic Photographer
~ Lives on an island on the Swedish west coast.
~ Has a deep intuitive care for life, self and others.
~ She captures movement/energy in motion with the camera as her divination tool.
~ She is interpreting every image with an open and compassionate heart.
~ She aims to catch the innermost essence of every living thing.
~ Her creative originality and way of expression is inspired by the free and mature language of the shaman, and the stream lined heart communication of the whales and the dolphins.
Bibbie is also a Temple mama and a graduate of the Women´s Group Facilitator Training. She is the photographer in our Corfu Retreat and is the artist behind many of the images on this site.
~ Studied and lived in Hamburg, Germany, moved to the country side in southern Germany in 2009 to re-connect to the natural world.
~ Is passionate about the awakening and support of the feminine and to co-create a new way of living with peace, love and compassion in our hearts.
~ Loves human beings, nature, art, design, dancing, singing, laughing, delicious food, riding fast through the forest, sitting under trees, reiki, meditation and creating & exploring life more and more.