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BECOMING GAIA’S ORACLE
21 Day Goddess Sadhana
Chameli Ardagh &
Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe)
April 15 – May 5, 2020
Online and on the Phone
Join safely from home
There is a portal open right now. As humans everywhere are experiencing extreme fear and suffering; as the world as we know it is coming to a halt, Gaia needs us to listen to Her guidance. Just like our body’s immune system activates when attacked by harmful bacteria and viruses, so has Gaia activated her immune system to make us change. With the onset of C-virus, Gaia is communicating a message to us. We cannot continue our frantic dance with greed and consumerism. We are suffocating her. Are we listening?
Remember that we have prepared for this time. We have established our seat as wisdom keepers and earth guardians. This is not the time to leave your seat. In this dismantling, it can be easy to go back into our old habits—right now more than ever, we are called to stay awake. We need to keep feeding prayer and ceremony through this time. We need to keep the window open in the midst of the trance.
In this time of global quarantine and slowing down, remember that you don’t have to go anywhere to be in nature. Even if you are stuck in a concrete jungle, your body is nature. Your heart is Gaia. She is breathing you right now. We can hold each other through this—through the panic, the fear, insecurities, and doubts; through the reflection and time at home. We can support each other in this time of crisis.
Earth is birthing herself as you.
Gather wise women around you—
those intimate with the currents beneath the seen;
those willing to stay with you in the discomfort of
mending the broken dreams of the modern world.
We pray that the rituals and teachings stored in the cellular memory of our bones
be birthed into this time of darkness
where we need the authority of the Goddess more than ever.
Guide us, Mother Gaia,
teach us to be instruments of your voice.
We are Gaia’s daughters. Our bodies are her oracle.
The organic process we call “my body” is pure creative intelligence; we are made of the very same momentum that composts and gives birth, that beats our hearts and balances entire ecosystems in unfathomable perfection. Just as a seed doesn’t need to be taught how to become a tree, a fruit, or a flower, so does your body carry the imprint of how to live rooted in an inherent belonging; how to be a human in a world of diversity living fully awake to the union that breathes us all.
At this precarious time when we are facing the consequences of our ways and hear the urgent call to protect the planet, we will inevitably keep recreating more harm—no matter how clever the solutions we come up with—unless we address the root sickness: our separation from the Mother.
As long as we see earth as something other than ourselves, we forget that Gaia herself is conscious and intelligent, carrying the instructions we need for restoration and healing, for creating a human presence here on earth in service to all life.
In ancient Greece, the Oracle at Delphi was where truth and guidance was transmitted from Gaia herself. Gaia’s Priestesses, deeply rooted in service to earth and all her creatures, were the ones who were trained in the art of Listening and giving voice to the oracle. Through them, the instructions from Gaia could be offered to the people.
In the myth of Gaia’s oracle, we learn how the priestesses at Delphi were exiled and robbed of their direct connection with Gaia, how the male god hero claimed to be the authority of wisdom, and how a relationship to earth based on conquering and control came to be the foundation for modern western society.
In opening to becoming Gaia’s oracle, we will listen for the voice of a deeper truth, the language of signs and dreams, symbols, poetry, wails and song. Slowly but surely, as our listening stretches deeper and wider; we find that she constantly speaks to us, teaches us, grows us. We remember how to receive her with senses below the senses, to read the movement of a summer wind through the leaves, to feel the formation of birds in the sky, to drink the smell of wet earth and to know it all to be holy and made of freedom.
In this opening, Gaia is calling us, forgiving us, loving us. All we have to do is show up, now. In this opening, we have the chance to create something new and sustainable, to fertilize and plant seeds of hope right here, for our daughter’s daughter’s daughters.
Dear one, please join us in global prayer as we enter the portal of Gaia’s Oracle Sadhana. Come take your seat in dedication to healing and awakening in this time. Bring everyone you know that is called to join. No one is turned away for lack of funds, simply contact us and we will make it work. We need each other right now. We need your prayers.
“I have a deeper sense of belonging, stewardship, and devotion to the shimmering, sacred web of life”
I find no language for so much of what has transpired within me during sadhana. It will take time to integrate… I have a deeper sense of belonging, stewardship, and devotion to the shimmering, sacred web of life. I have a more keen understanding of discerning what is relevant and what is not. My heart has cracked wide open. For me, it feels as though sadhana has just begun… Forehead to the floor. I bow.
Founder of Studio Petronella
“What a delightful and deeply insightful retreat. My heart is overflowing with gratitude.”
This was my first Sadhana with Chameli. What a delightful and deeply insightful retreat. My heart is overflowing with gratitude. Thank you for the invitation to stay raw with the sensation of feelings. I am just unthawing and it has been painful…I am learning to welcome this process with curiosity and compassion. Infinite Blessings.
Diane S. Merpaw
Intentional Creativity Teacher
“I see these intentions and actions rippling out and influencing everything.”
I feel a strong desire and ache to live in a world where what we have begun to share these last 21 days is our everyday norm… So much love and wisdom has been poured into this Sadhana, thank you! I see these intentions and actions rippling out and influencing everything. Thank you to all my sisters, your presence and love has touched me deeply.
Founder of WomenSoulTrekking
What is Shakti Sadhana?
Sadhana means spiritual practice.
Shakti is a name for the feminine creative life force of the universe.
Shakti Sadhana is embodied spiritual practice, where the Goddess is the portal to awakening. In this practice, you consciously engage with both your inner and outer life, your darkness and your light, essentially seeing all of it as part of the 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. In the Shakti view, we don’t relate to spirit as separate from matter, but as different expressions of the same totality.
The Yogini circle is a circle of conscious women coming together with a shared intention of embodied awakening. Our online 21 day sadhana immersions are gatherings of several hundred women from all over the planet. Together, we co-create a resonant field of Shakti, which provides each of us with a powerful transmission of awakening.
What will I learn in a 21 Day Sadhana?
The basis for all spiritual exploration in the Women’s Wisdom tradition is the insight that that which we are longing for is who we already are. Thus our practice in sadhana is not toward a goal of attainment in the future; it is a process of melting, of unraveling the wisdom and beauty already inherent within each woman.
In ancient Goddess mythology, we find maps supporting us in this awakening process, and you will be initiated into practices from this alive lineage of women’s embodied spirituality that Chameli and the Awakening Women community have explored intensively together for more than 15 years.
How does it work?
The sadhana begins Wednesday, April 15. That day you will receive your first email, and you will also be invited into the closed sadhana online group. Once a day (except for the day of the phone retreats), you will receive a short email with a new practice or a poem that will inspire you and keep you on track.
On Saturday, April 18 , we will meet for the first of three retreats with Chameli. These phone/webcast retreats (your choice) will take place on Saturdays (April 18, 25 and May 2 ) at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, 19.00 Northern Europe. The calls will last 90 minutes. The last 30 minutes will be for Q & A.
The retreats will be recorded so you can listen to them at any time. In between the phone retreats, you will practice on your own. You can check in with your Yogini sisters as often as you like in the online Yogini Sadhana circle.
Will I have the time to do sadhana in the midst of a busy life?
You participate as much as is 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?
If you long to root yourself in a deeper truth, to live awakening in your daily life, to embody Shakti—the divine creative power—more fully, then this sadhana is for you. We will go deep. We meet in a shared dedication to living awake.
If you feel called, with 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.
“I experience a profound level of trust and commitment amongst my sisters that is unlike any other circle.”
With each sadhana, I experience a profound level of trust and commitment amongst my sisters that is unlike any other circle. I’m carried into an ancient yet familiar heart wisdom that cracks open a river of love within me and flowers the depth of my creative force in the world.
Founder of Art of Allowing Academy
“Chameli is a vibrant flower with a sweet aroma that fills me with happiness…her voice, wisdom, presence is pure nectar.”
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.
Author of “Naked Beauty”
“Chameli Ardagh is masterful at illuminating the ancient Goddess teachings.”
Many 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 is supremely tangible for modern women, without sacrificing their depth, creating a kind of frequency that sparks awakening.
Founder of Awakening Shakti
What is included?
:: Daily practices and/or short awakening poems into your email inbox
:: 3 Tele-Retreats
:: Access to an online Yogini Circle* where you can connect with women from all over the world, practicing just like you. This is an already established and cherished online sanctuary, which will also be there for you after the 21 days are over.
*A private Facebook Group
:: Recordings of all 3 Tele-Retreats (also available to download as MP3)
What happens after I join?
:: Once we have received your payment, you will get a welcome email.
:: From Wednesday, April 15, you will begin to receive your daily emails, as well as reminders and recordings before and after the live phone retreats with Chameli.
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Founder of Awakening Women
Chameli is a passionate practitioner of embodied feminine spirituality. She is the creator of the Yogini Winter Ashram in India, the Yogini Summer Ashram in Greece, the initiator of a global network of temple groups for women, and the author of two books on feminine empowerment and spirituality. Since 1991, she has studied mythology and spirituality in India. She is especially appreciated for her passionate love of mythology and storytelling as a method for spiritual awakening and embodiment.
Awakening Women Teacher
Dominique has given her life to this wild path of feminine embodiment, apprenticing with Chameli, the founder of Awakening Women since 2011. She has been inquiring into how to live in reciprocity with earth and keep the seeds of culture alive. She lives simply on a farm in northern California with her partner and puppy, where she is learning to listen more deeply to the earth each day. She loves cooking and is learning to honor her Persian and Moroccan ancestry through food, language, and music.
Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe)
Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker
Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human.
Indigenous Ceremonialist, Seer, Speaker, and Author
Melanie DewBerry is the author of The Power of Naming: The Journey toward Your Soul’s Indigenous Nature. She creates ceremonies for individuals and businesses crossing those imperative thresholds of evolution. Melanie describes herself as a Fellow Traveler finding her way home to Love. She believes that everyone deserves to be witnessed for who they are and supported in living into their medicine.
Founder, Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project & the Gaia Mandala Sangha
Cynthia is a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a dharmacharya in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing whose personal source of refuge is Mother Earth; Gaia. In 1990 she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases from a 106-year-old lama living in a cave in Nepal. Since then she has either been practicing in retreat, or traveling the world to plant these little holy vessels as seeds of peace where suffering is present and healing is called for. Today she is forging a new path of dharma in service to Gaia, deeply rooted in the feminine, honoring indigenous traditions, and teaching an embodied, engaged, sacred activism dedicated to global healing and collective awakening. Her book, Summoned by the Earth, is forthcoming.
Founder, Joyous Woman
Sukhvinder is a leader in the feminine path of awakening, teaching retreats for women all throughout India. An initiate of the Gaudiya Vaishnava school of bhakti, her life is deeply enriched with her sadhana. She is an energy practitioner, life coach, and Somatic Experiencing therapist for trauma release. Studying and practicing as a yogini of feminine embodiment, she embodies and teaches the Divine Feminine Principle through workshops, bodywork, womb work & ancestral healing. She currently lives in Mumbai and Kolkata.