Maya Shakti

The Hidden Goddess Beneath It All

21 Day Sadhana
with Chameli Gad Ardagh

You can start this course at any time.

She shows up as matter, 
as the world of form and differences,
yet underneath Her skin She is a shimmering
weaving of energy, 
conscious, unfathomably creative,
never not One.

She is a sovereign totality,
the splendorous power of Durga.
She is Kali Ma, the holy destruction.
She is Lakshmi, abundant wealth and beauty.
She is Bhuvaneswari, the cosmic womb
of space and stars.

She is the demon inside the world myth
as well as the triumph of love,
and She is the shimmering veil of perception
 that makes these powers
appear as two.

In Maya Shakti Sadhana, you will enter into a living, breathing ritual, where mythology, prayer and spiritual practices are explored as embodied portals of awakening. Practicing from home, you will weave your insights and awakening into daily life, restoring a trust and confidence in the vast resources and support from this achingly beautiful universe, always available to you.
Through daily practice and short sutras of awakening, you will reconnect and recommit yourself to a truth sourced in the universal, yet vibrating uniquely through you.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The magnificent MahaMaya arises out of ancient roots, appearing as perhaps the most paradoxical Goddess throughout the eastern tantric traditions. She is both the Great Liberator who awakens us from the illusion of separation, and the very veil of ignorance that makes us forget the union we are made of. Through this bewildering enigma, She challenges our deeply ingrained habit of fragmenting a reality that is ultimately undividable. She awakens in us authentic power and wisdom, not as a goal in the future but as the process of evolution itself, always happening right here and now.

Our collective fear of the rich wilderness of the feminine has led us to view Maya Shakti as a flaw we should dread and one day be free of. Her illusionary nature has even been used as a means to spiritually bypass our human reality, and the relational, environmental and social challenges we are facing on Earth. However, the Goddess path offers us maps of spirituality not as an escape route “out of here”, but as an awakening into the essential nature of this world as process, as the very body of the Goddess. When we recognize the mythical and universal patterns beneath the surface, we are initiated into a life of deeper contribution and meaning.

In embodied awakening, we are not accessing transcended freedom as an end goal or landing place, but as the very source of life lived as a Yogini. As modern day mystics, we walk with one foot in both worlds, awake to spiritual transcendence simultaneously as we learn to navigate creatively and gracefully in this cosmic dream of life.

Once you see through the many disguises of Maya and realize her true nature as One — that the habitual patterns that bind us are made of the same fabric as that which liberates — she becomes an ally and friend, and you recognize her to be the force of awakening within you that disentangles you from the drama and realigns you with the freedom that you are.

As you walk this courageous path of wholeness, as you stumble and get entangled; as you rise and as you blossom; you slowly learn that each flavor of the Goddess—both the sticky foggy realms as well as Her luminosity—is a path of breadcrumbs leading you into a greater intimacy with this devastating, splendorous weaving that is our world.


The teachings will be delivered in e-mails and audio recordings.
You will also have access to our online platform where you can access all of the content at your convenience.

“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

“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.

Trish Herrmann
Founder of WomenSoulTrekking


What is Shakti Sadhana?

Sadhana means spiritual practice.
Shakti is a Sanskrit 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.

The Yogini Circle​​​​​​​ is a timeless field of wisdom. Our online 21 Day Sadhana immersions are gatherings of  women from all over the planet, when we come together with a shared intention of awakening, the power of the circle is activated, providing each of us with a powerful transmission of guidance and empowerment.

What will I learn in a 21 Day Sadhana?

The basis for all spiritual exploration in the Living Goddess path  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 are dedicated to.

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.

How does it work?

For 21 days you will receive an email with a practice, poem or short sutra of awakening. You will also be given access to our online platform we you can access the daily content at your convenience.

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 do go deep; we do embrace both shadow and light as aspects of Goddess. We meet in a shared dedication to living awake.

If you feel called, a pull, a sense of YES inside…then claim your seat in the circle.

All levels of experience are welcome. Our focus in embodied spirituality 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

“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”

“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


The teachings will be delivered in e-mails and audio recordings.
You will also have access to our online platform where you can access all of the content at your convenience.

Practical Information


What is included?

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

:: Access to an online closed Facebook 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  Retreats (also available to download as MP3)


What happens after I join?

:: On the checkout page, you will create an account to get access to our online portal, where you can start your sadhana at any time.

Due to recent changes in email deliverability and spam controls on most email management systems, we cannot guarantee that emails will be delivered daily. All daily practices will be available to you in the morning inside our online portal.

After the 21 days are over you can go back ay any time to continue your practices.

If you need support, please email us.

Your Guide

Chameli Gad Ardagh

Founder of Awakening Women &
The Goddess Wisdom School

Chameli (pronounced sha-meh-lee) is the founder of Awakening Women, a mystic and Goddess Wisdom Keeper. Through her love of ancient wisdom teachings, and her own practice in Goddess circles all over the world, she 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.