Meet the Awakening Women Team

We are a women-run organization. Together, we explore a business model based on ease, freedom and honoring of the cyclic nature of creativity. We aim to live true to our values of integrity, trust, generosity and honest, open communication. Our team members work remotely from many places in the world.
And yes, we have a zero-stress policy.

Chameli Ardagh

Founder of Awakening Women

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.

Read more about Chameli here.

Suzan Lang

Project Assistant


Suzan left her engineering career in 1995 to study herbs, flower essences, sound healing, Reiki and women’s circles. Through this journey, she stepped into her dream job with AWI in 2009, connecting with awakening women all over the world and returning to her loved skill sets of administration, organization and team building. She is a grateful daily practitioner of the AWI feminine embodiment practices. She lives in Northern California, and enjoys spending time with her beloved community of friends and family. what I love: My daughter, my family, human beings, animals, my freedom, circle of temple sisters, life, laughter, a warm cup of tea, nature, simplicity, healthy food. what I am committed to: Loving and feeding my local homeless folks. Using my white privilege to support racial equality. Living my life with loving kindness at its core. Offering my life in service to Her. what I do: Create a space for the team to flourish. Manage day-to-day activities of keeping a business running smoothly. the best part about working at Awakening Women for me is: That I get to fulfill my dharma in a flexible, easeful work environment with supportive, brilliant, heartful teammates while being of service. Jai Ma! what you can count on me for: To be honest, kind and personable. To see you as the miracle you are. To do my practice and take responsibility for my actions, words and deeds. my vision for the world: That every being is treated with kindness, love and respect, and that we all live in peace and balance with each other and the Earth.

SimoneRita Egger

German Wisdom School Manager, Teacher + Translator


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 with Awakening Women since 2013.

what I love: my children, my sisters, the women’s circle, hugging trees, wind in my hair, watching the horizon, hummingbirds

what I am committed to: to serve the awakening of the divine feminine, to evolve together, to see and honor the beauty in every single being and to love untamed from the impeccability of my heart

what I do: I am teaching the Awakening Women Facilitator Training and the 9-Month Program. I take care of the Temple Mama community and work in various other projects.

the best part about working at Awakening Women for me is: the way we all walk our talk in this glorious team, to create a culture that is aligned with what my heart knows is possible. There is a deep sense of gratitude, meaningfulness and peace.

what you can count on me for: my loyalty to the circle and that I deepen my practice every single day to keep my heart clear and to go out of my way.
my vision for the world: that we remember who we truly are, reconnect and live joyfully in peace on this beautiful planet.

Karen McGinn

Event Coordinator


In 2011, Karen stepped into the Yogini circle in Corfu and knew the feminine practices had something beautiful to offer her heart. Inspired to living a life more intimately connected to truth, she maintains a daily commitment to sadhana. She keeps her AWI sisters in flow with her welcoming presence and administrative support for a variety of projects that keep the women connected to their own practice. A yogini living in southern California, Karen also enjoys hands-on house projects, hiking and being car-free! what I love: Chanting mantras, creating art, eating avocados any time of the day and early morning meditation with the stars. what I am committed to: Doing my own practice, smiling and serving without attachment. what I do: Welcome sisters’ inquiries, coordinate events worldwide,  proofread and assist in delivering Yogini Wisdom into your mailbox. the best part about working at Awakening Women for me is: Our heartful sister team, supporting the women in our circle to live awake lives and working in alignment with my natural rhythms. what you can count on me for: To create clarity and ease by tracking on the details, to respond from a clear space and to pray for the well-being of all. my vision for the world: That we slow down, breathe and connect with that part of ourselves that is already whole, peaceful and wise. As this connection deepens, humanity naturally comes together to serve and uplift others, take care of our Earth home and live as joy itself!

Helen Kelly

Systems Coordinator +
Tech Support


Helen started working for AWI in 2008 as administrative support and systems coordinator. She also coordinates and supports our online sadhanas. what I love: I love to travel with my husband to different parts of the world, professionally to be able to solve the problems that arise. what I am committed to: make sure all of our sisters get the best experience with our programs. what I do: administer all of the websites and technical support for all of our systems. I am always in the look out for better systems to make the experience of being part of the AWI sisterhood be more rewarding. the best part about working at Awakening Women for me is: the sisterhood. what you can count on me for: to leave no stone unturned to find a solution to a problem regardless how long it takes so that our clients experience with AWI be the best possible. my vision for the world: That kindness always rules our thoughts and actions. That we are empathetic and compassionate. That we demand that of our leaders and they demand the same of us. To live and let live…a space for all. Respect for all life.

Carri Blees

Sister Support + Project Assistant


Carri found Awakening Women Institute in 2011 and has been a passionate yogini devoted to feminine embodiment practices ever since.  It is her greatest honor as well as her joy to assist the AWI team with its online and in-person retreats and to provide sister support for the global yogini sisterhood. She lives in Northern California where she enjoys daily walks by the river near her home and also creating altars of beauty wherever she is. what I love: My sons, my sisters, my friends, my dog, our beautiful planet and all of her living beings. Humans with open hearts. Sacred ceremony and sisterhood circles. Devotion. what I am committed to: My spiritual practice as an alive and living way of being in the world.  Serving the work of AWI for the awakening and empowerment of women. Standing for love. Creating beauty to nourish the soul. what I do: Oversee the FB Yogini Sadhana page. Assist with various administrative tasks and provide sister support. the best part about working at Awakening Women for me is: Consciously serving the birth of this work and our embodiment practices into the world—for the awakening of all women. Working on the amazing AWI team with our incredible group of women who are each committed to their own practice as well as to the benefit of all sisters worldwide. what you can count on me for: To do my practice, to bring deeper insight and understanding to how I show up. To honor the sacred—in you and in everything. my vision for the world: That women have sovereignty and feel the loving support of sisterhood.  That all of humanity lives with a sacred and holy relationship to all of Creation.  That love is at the center of all choices. “May all beings be happy and free from suffering. And may the thoughts, words, and actions in my own life in some way contribute to that happiness and that freedom for all.”

Hoann Ignacio

Marketing Support


Hoann is from Toronto, Canada and currently lives in a small village. She started working with Awakening Women in 2021, creating social media content.
what I love: animals, wildlife in wild spaces, native plant gardening, travel, satire, books & podcasts.
what I do: share Awakening Women’s message and teachings in the form of social media content and work on marketing-related activities.
what I am committed to: considering the perspectives of those who have been historically marginalized and working in integrity with the Awakening Women values.
the best part about working at Awakening Women for me is: sharing many values and sister support.
my vision for the world: that we individually and collectively move through the world with self awareness and reverence for the Earth and our fellow living beings.

Bibbie Friman

Awakening Women Photographer


Bibbie Friman is an internationally acclaimed shamanic priestess of photography, who artistically crafts the magic behind most of our photos in Awakening Women. Fluent in the language of light, she cuts through illusions with her camera, communicating through her photos the miraculous, undeniable beauty of the feminine essence. She lives in the southern archipelagos outside Gothenburg, Sweden, and travels around the globe offering her gift of Awakening Photography to the world. what I love: my two cats and my home on an island in Sweden, nature walks and silence. what I am committed to: living from my heart and being a part of the change for to live in awareness and Peace on Earth. what I do (in AWI):  I capture moments of ancient wisdom of the sacred feminine through my images. the best part about working at Awakening Women for me is: the sisterhood and being a part of awakening the feminine. what you can count on me for: never compromising the purity of my message in my images. Restoring balance into a world that has lost its eye for beauty and forgotten how to praise life. my vision for the world: that we all live in loving kindness.