Rooted in Union
with Chameli Ardagh & The Awakening Women Team
September 25 – 27, 2020
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.
With unwavering devotion, facing ridicule and rejection, Parvati called for Shiva to give Himself to Her. She knew the balance of the universe depended on their union.
The marriage of Parvati and Shiva symbolizes the wholeness that we and all things are made of. It is the union of inner and outer, the holy and mundane, mind and heart, spirit and body, of the limitless vastness of Divine essence and the world of form. In their mythology, we see that it is Parvati, the feminine, who takes leadership in bringing this wisdom into our world.
Parvati is a profound mirror of the very essence of the Yogini, of standing for our deepest truth no matter what, of committing to our spiritual path not as a hobby on weekends, but as an essential piece of the evolution of our world. No one gave her permission: she had to stand, sometimes utterly alone, rooted in her vision of wholeness.
Once married, Parvati and Shiva embark on the challenging and exhilarating journey of intimate relationship and family life. They birth children and the deepest wisdom teachings; they play and quarrel and make love, creating a much-needed imprint in our consciousness of spiritual and family life as one integrated path of embodied spiritual awakening.
Is it true that no partner can fully meet the depth of our heart and that we have to compromise in order to find a partner? Or that our spiritual life is on hold while we are immersed in raising children, or even that wanting children is a distraction from our path? How do we reconcile our fear of losing ourselves in relationship (again) with the longing for surrender and union?
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.
Program price :
Full price ~ $435
Early Bird Price ~ $335 (by July 31, 2020)
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.
I am on my knees at the power of this circle. I feel it. I breathe it. More and more in my life I realize the power of practice—that I really do not need to figure anything out. I am beyond words with gratitude! I bow to all of you. I send you my deepest love from my heart and the fruits of this work.
Moon Cycle Educator
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.
There is a place in the heart where everything meets.
Go there if you want to find me.
Mind, senses, soul, eternity, all are there.
Are you there?
Enter the bowl of vastness that is the heart.
Give yourself to it with total abandon.
Quiet ecstasy is there—
and a steady, regal sense of resting in a perfect spot.
Once you know the way,
the nature of attention will call you
to return, again and again,
and be saturated with knowing,
“I belong here, I am at home here.”
Answer that call.
~ Dr. Lorin Roche (The Radiance Sutras)