the fierce face of the divine feminine
21 Day Sadhana
with Chameli Ardagh
You can start this course at any time.
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.
Goddess Kali Ma is the embodiment of the terrifyingly beautiful life/death cycle. 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.
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 she feasts on the safety nets you cling to, just so you can know the inseparable totality you are made of. She sets you free.
Although her appearance may look frightening, she 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.
The teachings will be delivered in e-mails and audio recordings,
you can aparticipate from your own home, start any time.
“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 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?
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?
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 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
The teachings will be delivered in e-mails and audio recordings,
you can participate from your own home, start any time.
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.
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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.
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.