A Journey through the Dark Goddess
with Chameli Ardagh & The Awakening Women Team
September 6 – 8, 2019
Welcome to a weekend of practice in beautiful Boulder, with Goddess mythology storytelling, dharma talks and Q&A with Chameli, as well as Women’s Temple practices.
We practice the feminine way, an all inclusive in-the-body spirituality. We go deep through a highly experiential path; a lot of the practices we do are dynamic and interactive, incorporating movement, expression and respectful touch.
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.
Goddess Kali Ma is the embodiment of the terrifyingly beautiful life/death cycle. She is not only physical death waiting for you there at the very end; she is the shedding of outgrown patterns and strategies.
She is the relaxation of the grasping and the pushing; she is the one dancing fiercely in the ashes of all that no longer serves you.
In her ruthless kindness, Kali feasts on the safety nets you cling to, just so you can know the inseparable totality you are made of.
Kali sets you free.
One day your body will surrender into this cosmic compost pile that sustains us all, and Kali will, in her breathtaking devotion to life, devour you.
Although her appearance may look frightening, Kali is the kindest Goddess of them all. She does not let you pretend, and she laughs at you when you insist on trying to get love from the outside; she wants you to recognize the incomprehensible power you are made of. If you trust her she will show you a love that never leaves. When you enter a sadhana/spiritual practice intensive with Kali Ma, you open into a deep intimacy with the creative cycle of birthing and dying; which is ultimately a realignment with the essence of who you are.
Is This Right for Me?
- Although it is not mandatory, it is best if you have a basic understanding of feminine/embodied spiritual practice. (You can do a self-study course here.)
- We do not spend much time discussing awakening in theoretical matters; we go deep into direct experience through practice. Although there are plenty of breaks to rest and integrate, know that the Shakti-based embodiment practices can open stronger currents of energy in the body than we are used to.
- 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 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.
• Friday 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
• Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
• Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue Information :
Eagle Prairie Land Sanctuary
Program price :
Full price ~ $435
Early Bird Price ~ $335 (by July 15, 2019)
Prices include two catered lunches.
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.
You can register via the button below (there is a $10 PayPal fee added)
or contact Kirsten to pay by check or money order.
Kali retreat was super powerful. I came with an intention to be vulnerable and to let Kali open me up to transform anything that I wasn’t aware of that was blocking me from being the fullest expression of Divine Love and Grace. Being with the incredible women, I felt so held and supported in my quest to release anything that wasn’t serving my highest purpose.
I am so very grateful to Chameli and the Awakening Women team. My heart overflows with love for all the sisters. I feel like I’ve found home ‘within’. I embrace my humanity and allow spirit to be within me, not something I escape to. I now know I can be the deeply feeling women I am and own every part of me; this is a gift beyond words.
Counselor & Healer
No one has invited me to step more deeply into the living mystery than Chameli. Every cell in my body felt the imprint the first time—and the last—I heard her voice: ‘Welcome to this moment,’ she said. No part of me was excluded from the invitation to know myself as an embodied miracle.
Founder of Star Sister Astrology
Chameli is the founder of Awakening Women, a yogini and women’s wisdom keeper. Her love of decoding and experimenting with ancient wisdom teachings through her own practice in yogini circles all over the world has crystallized maps of spiritual awakening and leadership that are accessible, practical and honoring of women today. Rooted in earth honoring, devotional women’s spirituality and goddess centered tantric yoga, she is especially appreciated for her love of mythology and storytelling as a key to spiritual awakening and embodiment.
Kali Ma, splendorous mother of truth,
tear out the heaps of replica spiritual plastic
cluttering the cathedral of my Being.
Wash away these masks gone stale and drench me in the rain of the real.
My soul is nauseous from binging on the fancy drinks offered on every street corner,
in my denial of what I am made of, I have been turning my back on
the nectar of you gushing through my veins.
In my fear of you I have kept my breath shallow;
I have kept my ecstasies under control,
my intimacies safe. I’ve tried the route of fixing myself,
or spiritualizing myself,
of trying to build up a more “goddessy”,
“juicy” “shaktified” version
of this little soap opera I have taken myself to be.
Undress me Ma, how exhausted I am trying to make these hand-me-down clothes fit.
Make a glorious bonfire of it all,
and let me walk naked, like you, into the risk of being.
~ Chameli Ardagh