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Awakening Women’s Temple Group Facilitator Training

Taught by Tanya Quod

Date: July 12 – 16, 2017
Location: Queensland, Australia

Feminine embodiment. Timeless wisdom. Transparent leadership.
In the Women’s Temple we dive deeply into practices that open us to the inherent source of vast wisdom within. We connect with the bliss of devotion and with the truth in our hearts. We align with the dignity and grace of the feminine warrior, and we touch infinite compassion, silence and beauty beyond measure.

That which we are longing for is who we already are ~ this insight is the basis for our spiritual exploration in the Women’s Temple Group. Thus our practice is not towards a goal of attainment in the future; it is a process of melting, of unraveling the wisdom and beauty already inherent in each woman. There is no more powerful place to do that than in a circle of conscious women.

Instead of enforcing the status quo by focusing on our problems and personal shortcomings, the Women’s Temple group practices connect us with truth beyond our fears and limited self images.

The Women’s Temple is not a therapy or a support group. It is a space where we come to mirror, celebrate and empower each other. A space where we can drop our masks and let the beauty of our authentic face be seen in all its glory and pain, passion and vulnerability.

This is a highly experiential path: a lot of the practices are interactive and include movement and also respectful touch. The feminine touch has an inviting quality to it that softens, opens, and invites deeper presence into our bodies. All the numb and cold places, the unmet corners of our body can be visited with gentle awareness as we cultivate a greater capacity to allow feelings as energy to flow through our bodies.

To read more about the Women’s Temple practices, go here.

To be certain that this is the right training for you, please make sure that you have some experience with the Awakening Women practices before you attend.

In this training, you will learn all the how-to’s of facilitating an ongoing Women’s Temple group. You will gain insights into the background theory of women’s group dynamics as well as have the opportunity to practice feminine leadership and to receive constructive feedback.

You will have an in-depth experience of the groundbreaking Awakening Women approach and of the benefits of being part of a Women’s Temple group.


Topics we will cover include:

How to set and communicate the right intention for the group

How to create a safe and deep framework for the group

The difference between a Temple group and ordinary “support groups”

How to honor the flow of the group as well as keeping the focus and depth

The being/doing dynamic of feminine leadership

Pitfalls of women’s groups

In depth study and background theory of the Temple group practices

and much, much more…

The learning process is a carefully balanced mix of theory and experiential transformation. Many of the practices are dynamic and interactive (e.g dance, dyads, respectful touch), but we will also spend time in silence and inner contemplation.

You will leave the training with a plan for creating your own group, or if you already are part of one, you will bring back ideas of how you can deepen your practice together. It is even wonderful to come as a group, as the training will give you a common ground of understanding for what you will create together.

Even if you are not sure if you want to lead a group, this will be a valuable experience of the Awakening Women approach and of the awakening and transformation that happens in the Shakti circle.


This training is for women:

Who feel called to embody the feminine and share this exploration in a group of conscious women.

Who long for a sacred space where full expression in devotion to truth is possible.

Who are ready to lead a women’s group and learn the principles of Women’s Temple and feminine spiritual practice.

wanting to explore Feminine Leadership and learn the art of leading a Women’s Temple Group

who want to rejuvenate and have a deep dive into feminine spiritual practices

feeling called to awaken and embody feminine brilliance, for real

You will leave this Training with:

Profound revitalization of body, mind and heart.

Deepened intimacy with all that is sacred, within & around you.

A clear connection to your own feminine essence and inner guidance.

An undeniable sense of being connected with all things.

A deeper sense of purpose in work, relationship and life.

Inner peace, self acceptance and compassion for yourself and others.

Skills to start and sustain a Women’s Temple group

A firmly claimed seat in both a global and timeless circle of conscious women.


The training is facilitated by Tanya Quod, AWI Temple Training Teacher and some sessions will be led by members of the Awakening Women Team.

The content of this training is authorized by AWI and follows the curriculum developed by Chameli Ardagh. However, this is an event organized by Tanya Quod and not by Awakening Women Institute (AWI).


Course material: The Women’s Temple Group Manual (included in the course price)

Be Inspired:

Listen to a teleclass where Chameli Ardagh, founder of Awakening Women, speaks on The Art of Leading a Woman’s group (have patience with a minute of silence in the beginning of the class)

Read more about the Women’s Temple Group Practices here.


Practical Information:

We have limited space for this event.

We will create a waiting list once it is full.


July 12 – 16, 2017

The Big House,
40-50 Bazzo Road, Pinbarren Qld 4568
Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland


Daily Schedule:

Wednesday (12th July)
3:00 p.m. Arrive after this time, afternoon tea
5:00 p.m. Registration, early dinner
6:00 p.m. Evening session

Thursday – Saturday (13th – 15th July)
7:30-8:30 a.m. Morning Movement/Meditation
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Session
1:00 p.m. Lunch break
3:00 p.m. Session
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. We will have sessions some evenings

Sunday (16th July)
7:30-8:30 a.m. Morning Movement/Meditation
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Session/Graduation Ceremony
1:00 p.m. Course ends
6:00 p.m. Vacate accommodation by this time

The schedule may change according to what serves the learning process the most. There will sometimes be assignments in the lunch break, so we ask that you keep your schedule open for that.


Workshop Fee Early Bird:

$1250 AUD paid by 11th June
$1400 AUD thereafter

Price includes training, locally sourced organic nourishment (breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea) and beautiful accommodation.


How do I register?





We have limited space for this event. We will create a waiting list once it is full.

We have two partial scholarships for young people, seniors and women in difficult financial situations. Please contact us for details / availability and tell us the reason you want a scholarship seat and how you want to contribute to a better world.



About Tanya Quod, AWI Temple Training Teacher

After following AWI online for some time, Tanya decided to jump two feet in and fly to America to do the AWI temple training in California in 2013. Since that heart and mind opening experience she has been holding her own women’s temple, bringing the love to Australia while joining the bigger circle via online retreats and in person in Corfu, Greece in 2014. She was blessed to welcome Chameli to Australia where she hosted the training in 2015. She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her new bundle of joy Ruby, her husband Glen and her cat Fluffy. She brings the leadership skills learnt at AWI to her naturopathic practice and her college lecturing.




Feedback from Temple Leadership Training Graduates:

MelanieI arrived home from this training so deeply immersed in the sanctuary of my body. Had the sweetest reunion with my husband, and he had a hard time breathing next to me because he could feel the energy. We met at home and he cried and cried. He said it was like meeting my more open sister. I can't wait to keep going and practice more and remain in this divine union with Self.
Melanie Hernand ~ San Francisco
Kim StuartAbsolutely the most fulfilling experience that I have ever had. The AWI training was more than what I could have expected! It helped me open myself so that I may share the Divine Feminine with other women. So much gratitude for how much my heart was filled up with the honey that Chameli shared. To see her embodiment of the Divine Feminine, to hear her wisdom through the words, the Temple practices, and the care that was taken with each sister made you want to stay in this circle—this safe place, forever. The training connected me to the energy within myself that flows from the Divine Feminine, which I carry in the deepest place in my soul and has enriched my journey. Jai Ma!
Kim Stuart ~ Indiana
Financial Executive
I had a big insight and realization that I’ve spent much of my life thinking that feeling was associated with weakness. I will go home with a full heart and a knowing that it is not only okay to feel but that feeling is the doorway to Presence ~and ultimately to the Goddess who rocks us all in her arms.
Alison Litchfield ~ Colorado
Yoga Instructor and Certified Rolfer

Teresa MenziesI was amazed at the depth of experience in which we traveled. I’ve done deep psychological work, but my experience with this AWI program took me much more quickly to a place in which I was able to release long held tension, patterns and beliefs. The scrumptious part was doing it in a safe, warmly held environment of sisters. The relationships I established and deep work I did was amazing! Chameli has laser like precision, which through her practices have transformed me as a woman, as well as permanently changed my relationships with women (for the better!!) forever!
Teresa Menzies ~ California
Holistic Wellness Practitioner
After so many years of academic training and spiritual dogma around how and what awareness ‘should’ be, I finally feel I can live and breathe into awakening. This retreat offers the opportunity to dive into consciousness itself. The unique combination of theoretical discussion and physical practices help integrate incredibly advanced spiritual knowledge into your entire being. It helps to pull together spiritual teachings with real life experience leaving you so much richer for the experience. I have never before been to a spiritual gathering and gained this level of depth and clarity of teaching. There is so much integrity in the teachings and practices that I can do nothing else but bow to the wisdom given so freely here. 
Tanya Quod ~ Australia
Pip Leslie-RoweSharing these profound yet deeply natural practices has confirmed that I am no longer alone. This sharing has given me the strength, courage & willingness to live my Dharma knowing that it is futile and impossible to deny it ever again. The training has brought me to the remembrance of my perfection and uniqueness with such wholeness, wisdom and openness.
Pip Leslie-Rowe ~ England
Artist, Creator & Lover of Life
I enjoyed the training so much. I discovered that no matter what language you speak, if you are present and speak with an open heart, everyone can feel the words…the meaning…the practice. The tools I have learned are not only helpful for leading a temple, they are also amazing support (pillars) for diving deeper into yourself and of becoming more aware of who you truly are. This lovely, gorgeous training helped me to share more of my gifts with the world. Each practice feels like a deep breath. You become more centered and aware. It is like a drop of water expanding when touching and diving into the surface.
Miriam Kalliwoda ~ Berlin
Germany Police Detective and Life Coach

This training was deep medicine~like drinking of the fountain~feeding my soul. It’s not just another workshop, not a place to get more concepts and beliefs–it’s a deep, juicy immersion into your own being–the feminine heart-full, soulful, nourishing way.
Ewa Dauter ~ Washington
Fashion Designer 

This work will give you a direct experience of feminine spirituality, instead of talking about it. You will come away feeling fully Josephineempowered as a woman to live your deepest purpose and to lead others to do the same. Chameli’s presence is so powerful and deeply healing that it will stay with you long after the training has ended. She is not a guru, in the sense that she truly practices what she teaches: transparent leadership free of any ego-trips. Her goal is to fully empower each participant to stand in their own power and see their own beauty and perfection.

Anyone longing for world peace will want to support this work, as it truly brings women in touch with their feminine heart and nature. By empowering women this way, it has the potential to balance our world with compassion.
Josephine M. Gross, Ph.D. ~ California 
Co-founder, Gabriel Media Group, Inc.

These days were absolutely beautiful. The Temple space we created was deeply nourishing and supportive, and I received so much inspiration for my own leadership practice in my Temple group. The most valuable gift was how this retreat helped me reconnect with my deeper purpose and supported me to surrender to that greater cause
Candra Karlholm ~ Sweden
Graphic Designer, Event Organizer & Workshop Leader