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.

Melina Seeto

Wisdom School Teacher + Women’s Circle Facilitator


Melina found herself on the path of healing and spiritual awakening at 17. Her love for mystery, self-reflection, ritual, devotion and feminine embodiment practices 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 in 2014. She now teaches in the Women’s Wisdom School, facilities women's circles and is starting trauma informed 1-1 sessions. Her hearts desire is to contribute to a world of women’s wisdom keeper. 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.

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.