Awakening Women Teachers

Chameli Ardagh

Founder of Awakening Women

Chameli (pronounced sha-meh-lee) is a yogini and women’s wisdom keeper. Her love of decoding and experimenting with ancient wisdom teachings through her own practice in yogini 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. 

Read more about Chameli here.


SimoneRita Egger

Temple Training + 9 Month Program Teacher


SimoneRita is a single mother of two teenagers and lives in Zurich. Her path has led her to various wisdom teachers, from toltec shamanism up to tantric Buddhism. Her feminine spiritual practice consists of meditation, dance, movement, chanting, being a business woman and a mother. For many years she has been holding women’s temple groups and workshops for women.

As a Yogini she practices feminine embodied spirituality. She passionately engages in an intimate relationship with every experience and every moment, always in search of unconditional truth in this often times challenging life in a woman’s body.

SimoneRita has been studying at the Awakening Women Institute since 2013.

Yashodhara van Vilsteren

Temple Training + 9 Month Program Teacher


Yashodhara, originally from Holland, lives near Munich and has been practicing with Chameli and Awakening Women since 2005. She has participated and assisted in many Awakening Women seminars. Yashodhara was the team leader of all German temple group trainings when Chameli taught them. For 12 years she has been facilitating women’s temple evenings, days and weekends.

Yashodhara also works in a holistic hospital, offers temple for couples, private sessions in Tibetan Pulsing Yoga and The Journey of Brandon Bays.

Dominique Youkhehpaz

Temple Training + Sadhana Teacher


Dominique fell head-over-heels in love with Awakening Women and the Yogini Circle in 2011 and has since given her life to this wild path of feminine embodiment.  She began apprenticing with Chameli soon after, traveling and assisting in Awakening Women retreats around the world. She is the event organizer of the Yogini Summer and Winter Ashrams in Corfu and India, as well as a Women’s Temple Training Teacher, offering trainings in the US, India and Europe. Dominique lived in Nevada City for several years as a Temple Mama for the Nevada City Women’s Temple. Dedicated to learning how to fully honor this magical miracle of life as a woman and human being, she longs to live her life as an offering to the Great Goddess of this beautiful earth that dreams us all alive.

Melina Seeta

Wisdom School Teacher


Melina found herself on the path of healing and spiritual awakening at 17. Her love for mystery, self-reflection, ritual, devotion and feminine embodiment led her to find Awakening Women in 2013. She found home and belonging in the yogini circle and began apprenticing with Chameli and assisting in retreats around the world since 2014. She now teaches in the Women’s Wisdom School fulfilling her hearts desire to contribute to a world of women’s wisdom keepers. She is passionate about trauma education, transformational justice, earth honoring and feeding her ancestors of Papua New Guinea/China and Norway through song, prayer, art and cooking.