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Inanna ~ The Seven Gates to Truth

(Art by: Carolyn HillyerKiernan Antares | Tec Petaja)

with Chameli Ardagh & the Awakening Women Team

Date : July 20 – 22, 2018
Location: Hamburg, Germany

In this retreat, we will follow the poem Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld as our map.
The Goddess Inanna moves through seven gates on her way down to her Dark sister Ereshkigal. At each gate, she is asked to sacrifice something that identifies her as the goddess.
Through the courage to voluntarily disintegrate she later returns to her world with the medicine of maturity.

Inanna and her dark sister will teach you to open to the Power of Paradox. Here opposites do not only co-exist, they co-mingle, in you, as you, and there is a birth, a becoming, a manifestation of the deep creative power of the feminine.

In the willingness to compost the clothes that confine you, both the itchy rags and the glittery gowns, you root yourself—and rise—in wholeness. 

About Inanna

Inanna is the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, procreation, and of war who later became identified with the Akkadian goddess Ishtar, with the Phoenician Astarte, the Greek Aphrodite, and the Hindu Goddess Durga, among others. She was known as the Queen of heaven and earth. Her dark sister Ereshkigal lives exiled as the Queen of the underworld.

About the Myth

Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld was written down on a stone plate (c. 1900-1600 BCE)
and was buried in the desert for more than 3000 years, to later appear as a much needed map for this particular time when women everywhere hear the call to retrieve, and bring into the world, the medicine of the deep feminine.

About the Practice

First of all: we go deep. We don’t sit around and only “talk about it”; we’re all about direct experience. This is a highly experiential path; a lot of the practices are interactive and include movement, expression and also respectful touch. There will be talks and Q&A with Chameli, as well as Women’s Temple practices.

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

Who is this retreat for?

 In order to benefit from this retreat, you need to come prepared to dive fully into the practices, and it is best if you have a basic understanding of feminine/embodied spiritual practice.

 Although there are plenty of breaks to rest and integrate, the Shakti-based embodiment practices can open stronger currents of energy in the body than
we are used to.

 We do not spend much time discussing awakening in theoretical matters; we go deep into direct experience through practice.

 These are not therapeutic programs. If you are in any way feeling unstable psychologically or are going through a severe crisis, we ask you to not join this event.

 One of our core practices involves respectful touch. Your boundaries will of course always be respected, but if you feel a strong resistance to touch, this retreat is probably not for you. We practice respectful touch a lot in our circle to bring presence into our bodies and cultivate the capacity to allow more life energy to flow through us.

Practical Information

This retreat will be in English with German translation.

Retreat schedule::
• Friday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
• Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Venue ::
Mendelssohnstraße 15, Haus B,
22761 Hamburg

Program price ::
Full price ~ € 365
Early bird ~ € 310 (if paid before May 15, 2018)
If you need to cancel for any reason, we retain € 75 as an administrative fee. There will be no refunds starting 21 days before the retreat.

Price does not include food or lodging.

To register, please complete this application form.

Registration & Information ::
Marie Harder & Claudia Seifert 
Marie Harder: +491792133812
Claudia Seifert: +491731085091