Inanna’s Journey

Awakening to the Wisdom of the Deep

21 Day Sadhana

with Chameli Ardagh and guest teachers

You can start this course at any time.

Unmasked, humbled

and awake to the unfathomable wholeness

of who she is made of,

she turns and faces

our terrifying and achingly beautiful world.

 

Inanna has blazed the trail,

traveling to the underworld and back,

her initiated heart

glows like a lighthouse

within your heart.

 

She is calling you

into the messy and holy work,

of weaving the threads of darkness and light

back into wholeness,

a source of healing

and renewal

for yourself and

the world.

The rhythms of death and re-birth are as ancient as cosmos itself.
When we lose connection with this wider context full of memory and meaning, the times of dismantling and dissolution can feel like the endpoint, instead of a phase in a process that can initiate us and weave us back into the wisdom of the deep.

For 21 days, we will follow the ancient poem Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld as our map through times of loss and transformation.

The Sumerian Goddess Inanna moves through seven gates on her way down to the underworld where her sister Ereshkigal rules; at each gate she is asked to sacrifice something that identifies her as a goddess. Through the courage to voluntarily disintegrate, she merges with the Ground of Being beneath the artificially constructed roles that have defined her, and here she is initiated into true power.

Descending down into the dark and muddy realms of the unknown, Inanna cannot do anything but surrender. In facing her abandoned sister in the dark, she shows us a path of healing and integration every initiate of Goddess in one form or the other will be asked to take.

In following the powerful journey of the two sisters, Inanna the Queen of the Heavens and Ereshkigal the Queen of the Underworld, we learn to lean into the potent crossroad of paradox, and to stay rooted in a more expansive view. Here opposites not only co-exist, they co-mingle, in you, as you, and the world around you; from this deeper source there is a birth, a becoming, a manifestation of the deep creative power.

If you long to…

…cultivate a deeper receptivity and trust in your inner guidance to more easily navigate chaos and uncertainty

…turn towards grief, exhaustion, rage, disappointment, sensual longing and tender hope, finally face those feelings rumbling from the deep that you spend so much life force to avoid

…soften the rigid armor around your heart, and sink into a deeper belonging and presence in your life

…restore a trust and reverence for the Dark Goddess and how her crucial wisdom is needed in these unprecedented times

…learn from ancient wisdom teachings how to recognize signposts and portals that guide you to deeper meaning in your life 

…liberate outgrown thought and relationship patterns that keep you stuck, and root yourself in the infinite creativitivity that is Goddess

Come, take your seat.

 

Who is Inanna?

Inanna is the goddess of love, fertility and of war. She was known as the Queen of Heaven and Earth and worshipped in ancient Sumeria, a civilization emerging between the sixth and fifth millennium BC, in the region now known as southern Iraq. Inanna later became identified with the Akkadian Goddess Ishtar, with the Phoenician Astarte, the Greek Aphrodite, among others. There are also signs that the Hindu Goddess Durga originated from this thriving goddess centered culture in the Middle East.

About the Poem

Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld was written down on a stone plate (c. 1900 – 1600 BCE), and was buried in the desert for more than 3000 years before it again resurfaced, offering to us a much needed map and context of meaning for the challenges and opportunities we are facing today.

The Spirit of the Valley never dies;
This is called the dark feminine.
The doorway into the dark feminine
Is called the root of heaven and earth.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.

~ Tao Te Ching 6

The teachings will be delivered in e-mails and audio recordings,
you can participate from your own home, start any time.

$87.00

“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.

Heather Rhodes
Founder of Studio Petronella
StudioPetronella.com

“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
DianeMerpaw.com

“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.

Trish Herrmann
Founder of WomenSoulTrekking
WomensSoulTrekking

F.A.Q

BLANK

What is Shakti Sadhana?

Sadhana means spiritual practice in Sanskrit.
Shakti is 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.

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.

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.

Flora Aube
Founder of Art of Allowing Academy
ArtofAllowingAcademy.com

“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.

Shakaya Leone
Author of “Naked Beauty”
EarthEmpress.com

“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.

Lisa Schrader
Founder of Awakening Shakti
AwakeningShakti.com

The teachings will be delivered in e-mails and audio recordings,
you can participate from your own home, start any time.

$87.00

Practical Information

 

What is included?

:: Daily practices and/or short awakening poems into your email inbox

:: Access to an online closed Fb group 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. ​​​​​​​

:: Recordings of all 3 Tele-Retreats (also available to download as MP3)

 

What happens after I join?

:: On the check out page, you will decide the start date of your sadhana. Once we have received your payment, you will get a welcome email and your Sadhana will start on the date you requested.

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

If you need support, please contact yoginiteam@awakeningwomen.com.

Your Guide

Chameli Gad Ardagh

Founder of Awakening Women &
The Women’s Wisdom School

Chameli (pronounced sha-meh-lee) is a story teller and women’s wisdom keeper. Her love of ancient wisdom teachings and her own practice in women’s 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.

Giving back

We honor the invaluable gift and responsibility it is to share and practice these sacred teachings from India, and as a way of honoring the circle of reciprocity, we share a portion of the financial gains with the Fearless Collective, Ramana's Garden and Dr. Vandana Shiva in India, as well as to Pachamama Alliance and CHIRP.

 

Photo Credits: Bibbie Friman