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Praise from the Yogini Circle


Photo Annemiek van Helsdingen 200 200The sadhana rips me open each time. Rips me open to reveal truth and contractions that are living in me. The depth of the practice, the unbelievable support offered by all women practicing together. Chameli’s fierce dedication and deep knowledge and insight. Each sadhana gives me profound insights and I feel myself living differently, knowing myself to be unbroken, connected and more and more and more me in the messyness and beauty of life.
Annemiek van Helsdingen

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. Saraswati Sadhana (as the others) was meeting my wishes on a fundamental level: The practices offered by Chameli 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

Joos5Now, right after finishing my Sadhana on Lalita Devi with Chameli, I feel so present as me, in the fullness of love. Savoring every moment, cherishing every encounter. I am here on our precious earth, celebrating life. I feel so blessed by Chameli’s wisdom and soft, feminine energy. The sadhana was for me the fastest road to heaven on earth.
Joos Bouwmeester


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 Fish
Yoga Instructor


My 21 Day Journey into the world of sisterhood, has left me full for the first time in my life.  I am immersed in love and support, and contained by the teachings.   The beauty of the poetry, writing, sharing, and images, resonates so deeply inside me, and carries me along on my soul’s journey.  I have learned to allow instead of force, to receive instead of push, to love instead of fear.   I am eternally grateful.  I have joined this sisterhood as a lifetime member.  Chameli is a gift to the world.
Karen Davis
Homeopath / Psychotherapist

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Being mostly in favor of the masculine and the masculine consciousness, I have at last fallen in love with her. Fallen in love with the feminine. I have heard the call of the goddess and returned home. Cut my strings to the sky gods and walk free on the ground seeing the world with new eyes. This experience with all of my beautiful sisters of this magical circle has landed me into peace with all women including myself. My gratefulness is beyond words. Thank you Chameli for your Bodylove, your Soulpresence, and your Spiritual being, and for pouring it out on all of us.
Marianne Evina

headshotI’d like to share the most beautiful experience that I lived in my all life. My sitting in this Sadhana has produced a big transformation in my perception of the meaning of life and of myself, as woman. I have rediscovered the real meaning of being a woman and of the real power of Love. Now I know that never, never, will I be alone anymore. I have touched the Love and the Strength of the Feminine. Deep Bow. Paola Migliaccio
Counselor – Sostegno e Orientamento alla Persona


Being with Chameli, even over the phone, is like being with a deeper, realer, more loving part of myself.  She speaks to my whole being, and I feel what she is  saying in my body, not my mind.  I couldn’t have said what I thought I would get from the Inanna sadhana . . . I was just drawn to it somehow.  And I’m not sure I can say what I got . . . in any way that my mind understands . . . things are deeper, slower, richer, fuller . . . Without saying anything about the mind, or making it wrong in any way, she just slips right by it in a gentle but purposeful way, and speaks directly to ME.  I think Chameli is the most authentic, embodied presence I have ever experienced – humble, but fully aware of and owning her power and the possibilities inherent in every moment.  Wow.
Amy Wallace
Author of Fear of Death:  Its about life, Actually, Let’s Talk about it

ShianaI 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

Thank you so much for the Shakti Sadhana! Ulli.AWI.Testimonial

Well, a long time ago I chose love for myself because it was the “thing” I knew best. But during the past 21 days, something in me has changed this love in me into something much deeper. I feel now even more and more connected to the big “all” and my eyes are wet half of the day. I am so deeply touched; I’ve rarely experienced this before. I could not imagine that my heart could expand this much more. A big, big “Thank You” to all and lots of love and hugs.
Ulrike Staats
Dedicated Yogini



I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Durga Sadhana. To take my seat in this women’s circle was a healing experience, and opened my Goddess practice in many new ways. The teachings from Chameli were so infused with infinite love, and so clearly reflected her wisdom about my woman’s soul, that it would cause me to weep some mornings when I read them. This sadhana has unclenched the fist around my potential to love myself. I feel the Goddess more fully in each moment now. I bow to Chameli in great love, and look forward to my next opportunity to participate in a sadhana with her and all the other wise women in the timeless circle!
J’aime Marx

I have been looking for a practice like Awakening Women’s offering for at least 20 years ~ one that embraces the personal experience, the embodied Kasha Frese for Testimonialexperience, and the emotional life as integral to the sacred. I’m so happy to have found my home!
Kasha Frese
Marketer and Community Builder 
Shemiran FaceFor a number of years now I have wanted to paint. The artist in me was choking. I thought I needed art classes, coaching, help of some kind. But of course it was inside me all the time. That help is Saraswati. I painted my first big abstract canvas mid way through the Sadhana, and then two more before the end. I was shocked by the pure, childlike cocktail of bliss, excitement, enjoyment and happiness that I felt while painting. I am overjoyed to find this new way of feeling passion again. In Saraswati’s qualities I saw myself, this Sadhana was like a reminder of who I really am. Chameli, thank you for your authentic voice; that word ‘authentic’ is being used so much these days that it is starting to lose its potency, but I mean it here with everything that that word expresses. Your authenticity is like a wake up call, and all done with such gentle honesty, kindness and humility. Thank you for reminding us the world does not need the plastic version of us. This was my third Sadhana with you, and I relish more to come. May all love surround you and your team.
Shemiran Ibrahim


Bild Ulrike1_06feb14-150x150The Shakti Dharma Immersion has been really a magical experience for me. It was a delight and a deeply transformational experience to work one-on-one with Chameli. Highly recommended! I felt so blocked and stuck and had so much resistance and at the same time I knew I was overdue to give birth to my website. Chameli was a loving crystal clear guide, who held space for a powerful and radical release of lots of blockages, so that I was able to immerse myself deeply into this birthing process. Her writing assignments and encouragement were opening gates of creativity within me, she just asked the right questions, I felt really seen by her and held and supported by the circle as well. Chameli is a beautiful vessel for pure Shakti and she spoke right to my heart, to the place within me where this deep longing to serve and to be in reverence for all of life lives. I bow in deep gratitude. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this magical exploration!
Ulrike Remlein
Soul Doula, Wisdom Keeper, Healer of the Feminine

Linkedin fotoThe Shakti Dharma immersion with Chameli was exactly what I needed. The sacred teachings about finding and living your Dharma gave me such deep nourishment, insights and inspiration. I have many signposts now to help me blossom further and further on my path. But what made the program truly remarkable was the inclusion of the really practical every day kind of issues we as participants were dealing with. For me this was about dealing with chronic illness. But also business teachings like using facebook for business and copy-writing and marketing from a sacred and effective point of view. Chameli is living her teachings in bringing the Sacred Feminine into every aspect of life and sharing her experience as a successful online entrepreneur. It is an amazing well to drink from.
Annemiek van Helsdingen – Priestess and coach

1.Home Page Main Picture without blank space copyChameli’s teachings are true medicine and inspiration for my soul and being, my guidance on this was right and the dharma teachings and group are bringing me so much more clarity, vision and support, I love it all, and feel so happy and relaxed to have found a teacher I trust, thank you.
Nicky West
Yoga Teacher & Coach


CatarinaAfter several years of my personal and spiritual journey, I came to a point where I felt I was trapped into a labyrinth of the question, “Is this it?” The separation of spirit and life gave me a feeling of disconnection.

I still remember our first session. Even though Chameli was some 9700 km away, she guided me over the phone with such a presence.  That first session was an absolute turning point for me. A total transformation as she guided me to a new and undiscovered level of consciousness. Those 60 minutes were the beginning of an awakened and embodied journey in total connection with life as my spiritual path. Chameli is—with the ongoing sessions—a valuable guide for me in maintaining a high level of energy, staying awake as well as going for my commitments. I can really recommend this to other women who want to live an awakened life.  Chameli, thank you.
Catarina Olvenmark
HR Director

Laura B photoChameli is a true embodiment of the awakened feminine, and I highly recommend working with her. She holds a rare space of deep-rooted stillness, nourishment, understanding and clear insight. When I hit a crisis last year, I knew working with Chameli was just the medicine I needed. The miracles started to flow from the moment I signed up for the work. In the sessions, I felt such a depth of Presence from Chameli and such a safety that I was able to fully surrender through all my despair and come out the other side into a deep expansiveness of love and clarity. In subsequent sessions, I took the core issues that had been on the rounds of workshops, satsangs and healers with me for many years ~ and they too dissolved.
Laura Berridge
Goddess Coach



Darlene AMagnificently the most powerful and best retreat/intensive ever—and I have been around the block a few times with spiritual experiences!  I thought the yogini retreat would be about silence, meditation, spiritual conversations—all what I am used to experiencing.   But what I received— freedom!

All of my senses were awakened in love and spiritual acceptance, and the power held within every one of our hearts was palpable. The space was so full of the Presence— and the liberation 7 generations back and 7 generations forward was clairvoyantly visible.
Darlene Antoniewicz

Ewa WAt home…still with the smell of thyme, jasmine and lemon, from Paradise inside…Like fragments from a dream I see women from all lifetimes, moving softly in the morning mist. The wind in their white clothing and hair…the whispering voices, the breathing, the sound of sandals in the grass, while silently walking to the morning meditation and the Gayatri Mantra… All the songs, all the prayers, all the tears and laughs and wisdom we have shared…We have washed and strengthened our souls, opened the deepest rooms in our hearts, to BE the space we are – not only for ourselves, but for all women and the collective consciousness… Magic.
Ewa Wilhelmsson

Monica KatarinaI’m so grateful for the simplicity the teachings create in me ~ free flowing and acceptance. I have discovered that in resting with what is, there is unlimited energy!
Monica Katarina Frisk

CatarinaIt has been beyond my expectation! The combination of the different sessions supporting each other for the absolute perfect experience. Giving me the divine space (of feminine beauty, humor, sisterhood, music, touch, tears, love) to explore myself in a space where no words are needed. Such a healing of my feminine aspect. My inner Goddess feels free, alive and so willing to go back to the daily life as an inspiration to myself and other women.
Catarina Olvenmark
HR Director

Candra6This was a deep plunge into the vast open space of love of my heart. It was a renewed encounter with the Beloved in all things and a wonderful relaxing into truth held in the present moment. I am empowered. I am grateful. I am in love, naturally.
Candra Karlholm
Graphic Designer, organizer, workshop leader

Maria VTo step into leadership of my own life as a loving, empowered and joyful woman is a constant work that goes back and forth, year in year out, every day, every second. Sometimes I lose myself in too much work stress, irritation or frustration. It’s still like I need to go there to remember what is actually better and more healthy to do. This was my third year here in Corfu and I just want to say—the day when this retreat is not needed anymore, that is the day when all women are using these tools to live and lead their life in full potential. Thank you!!
Maria Vikman
Director, Yours Truly Clothes

topphoto2For many years I have felt a lack of, and longing for, a wise woman in my life. In attending the yogini retreat in Corfu, I joined a world wide sisterhood of wise women that is held and nurtured and guided by the ancient and yet timeless mother of wise women, the circle. It is hard to convey in words the power of what happens in the circle through seemingly simple practices. For me, it was a deeply embodied spiritual experience, a simultaneous blossoming from the inside out and unveiling from the outside in; all nurtured and nourished by the sacred embrace of the circle and loving presence of the women. This was not just a holiday to Corfu; it was a journey back to wholeness, to myself, to the loving presence that I am. Infinite gratitude to Chameli and her team for this priceless gift.
Kate Walker
Devotee of Sacred Self Care


Kathlyn HendricksChameli, I was thinking after the call last night that your having claimed your inner authority allows you to stand easily in your fullness and be right there meeting the world with SUCH openness and creativity. I so appreciate how your wisdom is wrapped in such grace and beauty. xox
Kathlyn Hendricks

Elisa Henderson ParkerChameli your were AMAZING last night at TEDxGrassValley. Your presentation was so powerful and left goosebumps. We are so fortunate to have you in our community. Thank you again. You are extraordinary.
Elisa Henderson Parker

TEDx Fantastic!
Brava ….
Linda Savitz

Shakaya BreezeDear Shining Chameli, your feminine beauty is a soft rose light of healing and inspiration for woman everywhere. Thank you for reading my book, and for the offering of your gracious testimony ♥ 
Shakaya Breeze

CiCi StewartThank you for the powerful presentation you gave last week at TEDx. It moved my soul and has been with me ever since. I look forward to knowing you and your family better.
CiCi Stewart

Mikaela MerlinaThank you Chameli for EVERYTHING that you are! I love you.♥
Mikaela Merlina

ArjunaDear Chameli, I am writing to tell you that I think I am falling in love with you. Again. Madly. I think of you all the time. By the way, these posts on Facebook are private, aren’t they?
Arjuna Ardagh

Dawn BreslinI just listened to Chameli’s MP3 on Sensuality. It is wonderful;  you are a gift to the world. Your essence whispers softly to my heart, illuminating my essence and then impacting my teaching. I love your whole MP3 series; they have such a fantastic value and they are loaded with wisdom and gentleness to transform the feminine. A million thanks!
Dawn Breslin
Author, Coach, Speaker


Filippa WernerSweet Chameli
I would like to thank you for being you and for that bringing me such inspiration. Your presence is felt even through this very techie portal, it is a safe place to be in, a place where love and acceptance brings the longing to be a truer me to a must RIGHT NOW. May your 2010 be filled with every day miracles.♥
Filippa Werner

Dana Tate*tears* Thank you so much for your TEDx talk. That was the most beautiful and inspiring talk I have listened to in ages. You are loved.
Dana Tate



KirstenLeaning back into the support of a giant ponderosa. Attempting to integrate and give space to the magnificent ache in my heart. Every cell of my being is pulsing with deep love and gratitude for the luminous Chameli Ardagh and all of the precious women who have shared this journey with me. There is no going back, my life is changed forever.
Kirsten Warner
Yoga Teacher

MelanieI arrived home from this training so deeply immersed in the sanctuary of my body. Had the sweetest reunion with my husband, and he had a hard time breathing next to me because he could feel the energy. We met at home and he cried and cried. He said it was like meeting my more open sister. I can’t wait to keep going and practice more and remain in this divine union with Self.
Melanie Hernand

Kim StuartAbsolutely the most fulfilling experience that I have ever had. The AWI training was more than what I could have expected! It helped me open myself so that I may share the Divine Feminine with other women. So much gratitude for how much my heart was filled up with the honey that Chameli shared. To see her embodiment of the Divine Feminine, to hear her wisdom through the words, the Temple practices, and the care that was taken with each sister made you want to stay in this circle—this safe place, forever. The training connected me to the energy within myself that flows from the Divine Feminine, which I carry in the deepest place in my soul and has enriched my journey. Jai Ma!
Kim Stuart
Financial Executive

Teresa MenziesI was amazed at the depth of experience in which we traveled. I’ve done deep psychological work, but my experience with this AWI program took me much more quickly to a place in which I was able to release long held tension, patterns and beliefs. The scrumptious part was doing it in a safe, warmly held environment of sisters. The relationships I established and deep work I did was amazing! Chameli has laser like precision, which through her practices have transformed me as a woman, as well as permanently changed my relationships with women (for the better!!) forever!
Teresa Dedinsky
Holistic Wellness Practitioner

tanyaAfter so many years of academic training and spiritual dogma around how and what awareness ‘should’ be, I finally feel I can live and breathe into awakening. This retreat offers the opportunity to dive into consciousness itself. The unique combination of theoretical discussion and physical practices help integrate incredibly advanced spiritual knowledge into your entire being. It helps to pull together spiritual teachings with real life experience leaving you so much richer for the experience. I have never before been to a spiritual gathering and gained this level of depth and clarity of teaching. There is so much integrity in the teachings and practices that I can do nothing else but bow to the wisdom given so freely here. 
Tanya Quod

EwaThis training was deep medicine~like drinking of the fountain~feeding my soul. It’s not just another workshop, not a place to get more concepts and beliefs. It’s a deep, juicy immersion into your own being, the feminine heart-full, soulful, nourishing way.
Ewa Dauter
Fashion Designer