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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


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We are Yoginis, feminine spiritual practitioners.

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Rooted in an ancient lineage, we practice embodied spirituality in the midst of our lives as modern women.

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We meet in online Sadhana intensives, in live retreats and trainings.

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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.

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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.

bullet pointWe 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.

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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 (916)304-3449
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!


Chameli blogChameli Ardagh
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.

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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. 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.

Read more about her spiritual path



Suzan Lang
Virtual Office Manager

Suzan left her engineering career in 1995 to study alternative healing including herbs, flower essences, sound healing and Reiki. She stepped into her dream job with AWI in 2009, connecting with awakening women all over the world and returning to her loved skill sets of administration, organization and team building. She is a grateful daily practitioner of the AWI feminine embodiment practices, and she is deeply nurtured by the natural world and most content with her bare feet on the Earth…preferably near water. She lives in Northern California, and enjoys being with her beloved daughter, community of friends and family.


11751779_10153420717480535_987262758607136501_nDominique Youkhehpaz
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 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



Helen Kelly
Systems Coordinator & Sister Support

Helen started working for AWI in 2011 as administrative support and systems coordinator.  She also coordinates and supports our online sadhanas.  



KLM.Bio2.CroppedjpgKaren McGinn
Sister Support and Projects Coordinator

In 2011 Karen stepped into the Yogini circle in Corfu and embraced the Awakening Women community and practices as a core element of her life. Since 2014, she has been keeping her AWI sisters in flow with her welcoming presence and administrative support for a variety of behind-the-scenes requests. An artist living in Hawaii, Karen also enjoys hands-on house projects and living a simple life that includes yoga and self-inquiry practices.


Melina Seeto
Project Assistant

Melina came across Chameli and Awakening Women in 2014. From the moment she took her seat in the timeless Yogini circle, her soul whispered ‘home’. It has been a dream blossoming open to join the AWI team, and a radical yes to what deeply matters to her. Married to her devotion to truth, awakening and her insanely passionate love affair to feminine embodiment, she is currently a digital nomad and travelling Yogini, assisting with projects online whilst devoted to service and learning at Awakening Women’s retreats around the world.