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Durga Self Study

21 Day Durga Sadhana 
Self Study Online Course

~  an initiation into outrageous authenticity & love

 With Chameli Ardagh

Self Study Version.  Start Any Time


You may roar from the mountain tops, you may whisper into your cat’s ear.
You may express it through the swagger in your hips,
through a hearty pumpkin soup for one of those rainy days or
in a gentle touch on a tired neck.
You may sing it, teach it, paint it, dance it, write it.

No matter if you yearn for it or resist it.
Fall in love with it, ignore it, go for it or doubt it,
Durga ~ The Goddess who is married to Truth,  demands that the vibration of you,
your gift, your voice, your truth,
is fully given.



Your truth, and the trust and strength to live it, is not found in cunning navigation through the all too familiar playing fields of  power games (higher/lower, win/loose, superior/unworthy, perpetrator/victim). Nor is it found in the never ending dance of self improvement, pumped up empowerment or building your self esteem.

Your truth is not something you need to reach, find or create.  It is already vibrating fiercely in the depths of that which truly matters to your soul.

Durga is a warrior Goddess, mirroring to us genuine feminine empowerment. In the Hindu mythology where the story of Durga has its origin, the demons that she is fighting represent the forces and compulsive patterns, which freeze us, which generate conflict, separation and delusion. The gods and goddesses mirror to us clarity, love, compassion and awakened consciousness.

“Evil” and the ‘Good” manifest in endless battles of duality, yet when we un-plug from the drama and dive deeper, we  stumble upon the astonishing face of unity.


If you have participated in one of our Sadhanas before and know how it works: 

 or read on to learn more…



What is Shakti Sadhana?

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

Shakti Sadhana is to live awake to She who breathes you through it all.
It is to consciously engage with both your inner and outer life, your darkness and your light, seeing them essentially as an 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, melting the harsh walls of dualism.




FloraI am deeply, eternally grateful for Chameli and her embodied devotion to the sacred feminine. I find the sound of her voice alone carries me deeply into an ancient, familiar wisdom and cracks open a River of love within me. There is a potent clarity which penetrates the worn out patterns of ‘hiding’ and ‘dimming down’ that have been part of the collective female experience, and replaces it which radiant strength and joy for being alive in this woman’s body! With each Sadhana, I experience a profound level of trust and commitment amongst my sisters that is unlike any other circle. I’m always left with a deeper truth, a heart wisdom that carries into my life and flowers the depth of my creative force in the world.
Flora Aube, Founder of Art of Allowing Academy


Lisa SchraderMany 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 makes them supremely tangible for modern women without sacrificing their depth, creating a kind of frequency that sparks awakening. The poetry, sacred transmission, depth of sisterhood, vulnerability, nitty gritty practice, and daily dose of gentle lightning that Chameli delivers in her 21 day Yogini Sadhanas is a force of nature. It’s no wonder that thousands of women worldwide eagerly await the announcement of each one and that their popularity continues to grow exponentially. Chameli has practiced a lifetime to fulfill this mission. As an open channel for the teachings and voice of the Goddess, she offers us the wisdom the world is starving for, the divine feminine truth we’re collectively remembering.
Lisa Schrader, Founder of Awakening Shakti


Version 2I 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. I feel more connected to the divinity in my own heart and fully held and supported by women from around the world. So grateful for Chameli and this beautiful, ever-widening circle!
Kirsten Warner, Founder of Devi Yoga for Women


How does it work?

The day after you pay, your Sadhana will begin. 
Once a day you will receive a short e-mail with a new practice, or a poem, that will inspire you and keep you on track. Plus 3 Audio recordings of Chameli speaking on the myth and meaning of the Goddess (you can listen on the web or download MP3).

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

You participate as much as 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?

You will go deep. You will practice daily.
You will explore the wild realm of the Goddess within.
If you feel called, a sense of YES inside…
then claim your seat in the circle.

And no, 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.



Uli FeichtingerWhenever a new Sadhana is offered, I sign up. These 21 day immersions have become an integral part of my life and spiritual practice. I deeply enjoy Chameli’s leadership in the women’s circle – each offering drips with devotion and dedication. The practices offered are such an exquisite blending of down-to-earth-every-day-life-practices and guidance into mystical experiences of the Goddess Herself. I am filled with gratitude for Chameli who teaches me to mend the split between the mundane and the holy.
Uli Feichtinger, PhD. Coach and Trainer



I found myself at the doors of your virtual ashram, and what I have discovered has been magical, not fairy tale magic but real soul magic. It has been a journey of profound growth for me. I feel like I have found a place to rest awhile. I feel like I have just woken up, with so much to learn. I am excited.

As I listened to your wisdom, your voice, your medicine, I see such a beauty in your being, mirroring in mine and those around. My words fall short in capturing your luminous ways, and how grateful I am to share some of my journey with you. It is a great honor that being across the seas I can feel so connected to you and what you bring into the world. With heartfelt tears and gratitude, thank you thank you thank you.
Briony Montgomery


indigomedicinewomanMy experience in the Divine Mother online Sadhana was surprisingly powerful. I felt myself enter a potent portal of the Great Mother’s embrace and guidance, the moment I began the Sadhana.  The recordings helped me reconnect with my own wisdom and rekindle my passion for my spiritual path. I found myself hearing Chameli say the wordless things that live on my insides. Being a busy mother and leader of women’s work myself, it is so convenient to listen to the recordings, connecting in true wisdom and sisterhood, while exercising each day! And, as usual, a huge benefit for me was the connection I felt with the sisterhood in the private Facebook Group. I know that I can share anything there and be supported and feel at home every time. I feel so much love in my heart for these ways that we share, and I will definitely do another online Sadhana with AWI.
India Rose Mariamne
Founder of the WILDE Tribe ~ Women of Inspired Leadership Devoted to Evolution


What is included?

:: Daily practices and/or short awakening poems into your e-mail box

:: 3 Audio recordings of Chameli speaking on the myth and meaning of the Goddess
(listen on the web or download MP3)


How do I join?

:: Pay by clicking the button below.

:: The emails will come each day between 3-6 AM.  The first email will come
24 hours after registration. 


What do I contribute?



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

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Welcome to a powerful journey!

With Love, Always
Chameli & The Awakening Women Team



BarbaraThe 21 day Sadhana immersions are a dream come true for me. 
To feel held as I learned to hold me. To feel listened to as I learned to listen to me. And to be led, by the voice and inspired words of Chameli, as well as the shared writings of my wise sisters, as I learn to lead myself ~ from within.  I have been softly kissed by the Goddess. She is real and presides in this circle. I am home again.

Barbara Heile, Artist


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”


It devika300has been amazing to feel at home and participate in a course of such depth and support. The daily practices are truly inspiring, the talks from Chameli powerful and directly speaking to me. I bow to you all… and I want more!
Devika Fossen, Massage Therapist



IMG_0247(1)I’m forever grateful for the circle of women around the world who have shared this experience of sisterhood through the vehicle of Awakening Women’s Institute. It’s as if my soul has been longing for this, craving this circle, this connection to a deeper part of myself. I’ve long lived in this experience of being a woman, not really feeling very connected to the feminine in it’s fierce form. It’s been a beautiful journey, through 3 of the 21 day virtual retreats, with my most recent experience being the Inanna Sadhana decent and return.INCREDIBLE! I bow to the circle, and to all women who are in this virtual circle and to all women everywhere.
Janis M Desmond, Yoga Instructor


I honor Awakening Women Institute, and the practices that are shared within. It is a rooted way of being that honors the life we are experiencing right here, right now. Rather than being a Guru/Devotee relationship, it is the awakened way for a woman to explore all possibilities, especially what is true in the moment. By participating in this program, I have increased my appreciation of the beauty around me, including appreciation of my inimitable self. I am learning and recognizing that we are mirrors of each other in our experiences, I am learning I am not alone! In this process, I have stepped into ways of moving beyond judgment, comparison or blame. This emotional support and nurturing, has created the opportunity to make friends from around the globe, and as sisters, we are awakening to a more wholesome way of being. It is vitally our time to do so.
Shiana Seitz Crone, Wise Woman


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. The teleclasses and the massive loving and beautiful supportive energy from Chameli and all of the divine sisterhood has made a tremendous difference

Catarina Olvenmark, Business Consultant and Coach