Before spirituality became its own word and concept,
a parallel track separate from life and Earth,
it was embedded in the way we moved through our days,
intimately permeating our experience of self and world.

It was the sacredness of rising to greet the sun,
giving thanks and seeing the shining faces of our children.
It was the awareness of the life-giving essence of water,
of our interconnectedness, and a celebration of our belonging 
in the great web of life.

Though we have been taught to forget our roots
in the Living Goddess,
no matter how much we have tried to damage, burn, forget,
ignore, demean, belittle, and suppress who we are,
still there arises that ache,
that unexplainable knowing in each of our hearts…

Like seeds calling for the waters of recognition and presence,
living prayers are encoded in our hands and tongues;
the imprint of ceremony as a way of life
lays planted in our hearts.

Our bodies remember the original agreements
of how to live rooted in reciprocity and respect for the Earth;
how to recognize the cosmic infinity in a blade of grass;
how to live these precious moments here in gratitude, in trust,
fully awake to the magic of life.

Welcome to the

Women’s Wisdom School & Village

The Women’s Wisdom School is a practice community for women called to weave spiritual practice and the holy into ordinary life.

At the heart of the wisdom school we find a spirituality that centers the Earth and the Goddess, where the mess and beauty of embodied life is celebrated—not as a distraction to our spiritual path, but as the very expression of Her undivided totality.

The Yogini Village is our beautiful, private community platform where you can join live classes, rituals, sharing circles and virtual temples with meditation, movement, and Shakti awakening practices. The Village is a guilt-free zone; you only participate as much as truly nourishes you in your life.

This is not another thing on your to-do list; it is an invitation into a life of deeper meaning…

To arrive in the Women’s Wisdom School and Village is a homecoming, a deep exhale where you can at last own and honor the magnificence of your path, just as it is.

Why?

Right now, we are many hearing the call to gather and tend the fire of what truly matters. At this precarious moment on the planet, we come to our seat as we have always done, in the timeless wisdom of the women’s circle.  

We gather to practice, to pray, to hold and mirror each other as we stand here at the edge of evolution, with shaky legs and visions of outrageous love in our hearts, reminding each other that no, we are not crazy for feeling the way we feel, and no, we don’t have to do it alone.

Each of us holds a single thread that, put together, can weave the most intricate, ornate offering of beauty and wisdom to leave behind for the next generations.

It takes a village…

Imagine…

Centering your connection to Goddess in your day-to-day living, as the very source that feeds everything else.

A spiritual path that not only embraces your life but is your life—not the elusive perfect version of it, but just as it is.

A path that is relevant and inclusive for you as a modern woman, rather than the ones created for monks or ascetics that often seem to reject, even pathologize your body, sexuality, and wild nature.

…Being supported to land more fully in your life, to remember wonder again, to tune into the seasons, the sunrise and sunset, present in your body and relationships.

Weaving simple rituals into your morning, evening, and meal time.

Tuning into the cycles of the moon, and gathering with sisters for moon ceremony like we have done since the beginning of time.

Listening to inspiring myths or a meditation during your morning commute or while doing daily chores.

Deepening your intimacy with Gaia and your place here, whether you live an urban or rural lifestyle, consciously relating with water and food, herbal and plant wisdom, simple rituals and offerings.

…When you reach for your phone, engaging with content and community that bring you into deeper connection, instead of being pulled into endless distractions.

…Being held in a non-judgmental, compassionate and supportive accountability as you align your life in greater integrity with Earth, reducing plastic, carbon footprints, fast fashion and more. Making the shift from overwhelm to taking small steps.

…Shaking and howling to the Goddess in utter surrender to the totality of life and the heart-wrenching grief and beauty of it all, in your own backyard, in rites of passage ceremony or grief ritual with hundreds of women doing the same all over the world.

…Finally having an easy and organic way to include regular meditation, dance and shakti sadhana in your life, with live classes you can drop into without leaving your house.

Join the Wisdom School

Enrollment is now closed but you can learn more and be added to the waiting list for:

Rooted in Her

and

Embodied Mythology

Rooted in Her

a path for the ordinary mystic

Not really a course you do, achieve or fail at, this is more like a love affair between you and the universe, an initiation into lifelong apprenticeship with Goddess. Like a labyrinth, a mandala, a spiral; this journey is not a linear path towards a destination, it is more of an unfurling, shedding, an awakening always here, always now.

We long to go slow and deep. For one year at a time, we will weave the sacred into our day-to-day living—feeding a direct and intimate connection with Goddess.

This path is for you if you are tired of outsourcing the holy; if you are tired of comparing and belittling your life as less spiritual because you have a family or responsibilities to tend, or because you yearn for simplicity and feel constrained by rigorous practice.

There will be simple, doable practices and rituals that easily integrate with your daily life—no matter how spacious or full it is—to light you up, soothe and tickle you, awakening deeper meaning in your life.

Being a part of the Wisdom School doesn’t mean that you have to be on the internet or social media all the time—on the contrary. There will be practice classes and sharing happening online whenever you feel called to join, but the focus will be on how you integrate the lessons into your own life. You choose the approach that is most nourishing for you.

What is Included…

New moon Shakti Keys

You will receive monthly sutras of awakening: teachings and practices in some combination of written, audio and video format that will support you in rooting your daily life in Her. (For those familiar with our sadhanas, this will be like a monthly sadhana email.)

Full moon ritual

Practicing from home, we will gather in an online temple for ritual: to breathe, dance, sing, laugh, weep, howl and pray together.

Practice community

You can join regular live classes, meditation, movement, sharing circles and shakti temple practices. You can also practice on your own in our online Yogini Temple where you will find a comprehensive treasure chest of practices.

The Yogini Village

You will have your own seat around the hearth of the online Village, a place to share insights, give and receive support from the global circle. We are excited to finally have moved to our own online community platform without advertisements or a gazillion distractions. Our community is one of extraordinary depth and kindness, fun, passion and genuine rejuvenation.

Wisdom circles and skillsharing

You can join smaller groups within the Village that focus on topics like homesteading, motherhood, anti-racism and decolonization, creativity, relationship, and much more. Here we will also explore skillsharing and ways we can co-create together.

Opportunities to deepen 

As a part of the Wisdom School, you can participate in our 21 day live sadhanas for free as well as receive special discounts on courses supporting you in deeper studies.

We ask those who are called to join us to jump in
for at least a year long commitment.
Once you register you will be able to enter the Village
and begin your journey right away.

Registration is now closed, please click below to be added to a waiting list.

Embodied Mythology

 deepening studies and sadhana

In the tradition of oral transmission, we will immerse ourselves in Goddess myths from around the world to retrieve the living, breathing, original instructions for cosmic awakening and embodied dignity.

You will learn more about the theory and practice of embodied spirituality and Goddess mythology, and how to unlock the symbolism and hidden wisdom in myths.

Through storytelling, reflection and embodied practice, we will activate a fundamental restoration of our “web consciousness,” learning to see with “mythical eyes” and restoring our place as wisdom keepers in the Great Story of the Living Goddess.

We will approach the wisdom in myth not as something static, waiting for us, but as something that unfolds itself and us on the way.

Committing to a year at a time, we will have space to work deeply and slowly with each Goddess and Her myth. There will be a few reading + writing assignments throughout the year. Some periods will be more intensive and others will have less program and more space for rest, inviting in a gradual apprenticeship and integration with Her wisdom.

Embodied Mythology is the prerequisite to the Wisdom School’s Apprenticeship & Teacher Training with Chameli (coming soon).

What is Included…

Rooted in Her

You can join in on all activities and offerings included in Rooted in Her.

Deepening Sadhana  

Througout the year we stay with practices and myths over longer times than the usual 21 days, so we can sow, tend and harvest the latent benefits and wisdom of long term committed practices.

Half day retreats

We will meet with Chameli and team for an at-home retreat with movement practice, meditation, dharma talks and women’s temple practices every other month. If you cannot make it live, there will be a recording.

Dharma Talks with Chameli

Two classes with Chameli a month on various Goddess myths, practices and Q&A. Some teachings will be live and others pre-recorded. Some months will be more intensive while other months there will be open time for rest and integration.

Certificate

At the end of each year you will receive a certificate of participation (to be eligible for the certificate, you will need to complete classes and assignments given). Embodied Mythology is the prerequisite to the Wisdom School’s Apprenticeship & Teacher Training with Chameli (coming soon).

Free courses in Wisdom School

For no extra cost, you can do 21 day online goddess sadhana both self study and live, in addition to courses we will add to the school during the year.

We ask those who are called to join us to jump in
for at least a year long commitment.

The Embodied Mythology registration is currently closed. Click the button below to be added to our waiting list.

The world is not a problem to be solved;
it is a living being to which we belong.
The world is part of our own self
and we are a part of its suffering wholeness.
Until we go to the root of our image of separateness,
there can be no healing …
Only when our feet learn once again
how to walk in a sacred manner,
and our hearts hear the real music of creation,
can we bring the world back into balance.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

About the Women’s Wisdom Path

The Women’s Wisdom Path is not a chase for liberation for the chosen few. Here we are initiated into a primordial belonging and responsibility for the whole, and the circle is a powerful place to explore how the unique expression of each one of us weaves like colorful threads into the vast tapestry of the world that is the Goddess Herself.

We relate to the women’s circle as a teacher, an alive archetype, a field with an intelligence of its own. Since the beginning of time women have gathered to honor the sacred, offering the fruits of their practice back into the circle, as we do now. Every time we practice, we access and feed this well of wisdom for our ancestors, for ourselves and for generations to come.

Goddess Mythology ~ Our path and lineage is rooted in the Goddess, and we enter our practices and direct relationship with Her through direct communication with body and Earth as well as through the universal maps found in Goddess mythology and sacred texts from all over the world.

Embodied and Earth Based ~ We cannot fully engage with Goddess wisdom by only reading about it; we awaken and experience her wisdom through living it. Relating to Earth as alive and intelligent, we practice aligning our bodies with Her consciousness, remembering we are made of Her. Although we spend time in silence, contemplation and meditation, many of the practices we do are dynamic and interactive, incorporating expression, movement and respectful touch.

Ritual ~ We enter the timeless portal of ceremony and ritual to invoke and honor accumulated wisdom gathered since the beginning of time. We regularly perform rituals of worship, initiation, rites of passage, and rituals for blessing and healing.

Devotion ~ The Yogini path is a devotional, non-dual path; the Goddess is viewed as the wholeness of totality, never separate from or outside us—yet relating to Her with reverence and devotion expands and aligns our consciousness, awakening us from the limited soap opera we usually take ourselves to be. We sing mantras, we dance and we pray as direct portals into the vast freedom of the heart.

Presence ~ All our practices lead us back to our own presence, a source of energy and love always available. Through silence, subtle body awakening, meditation and rest, we cultivate the capacity to stay rooted in the spaciousness of presence, to stay awake and creatively responsive in our lives.

Inclusivity ~ In our practice we retrieve the exiled parts of ourselves and Earth, restoring a spirituality of wholeness and aligning our daily lives, words and actions with Her totality. Our practices are portals of spiritual awakening where we root in a sense of Self that is vast, eternal and not defined by gender. Yet our path is also one of embodiment. Although we are specifically trained in exploring how universal consciousness expresses itself through the female body, all who identify as women, genderqueer and non-binary of all colors, age, ability, sexual orientation and backgrounds are welcome to practice with us. If you have any questions or concerns if this a safe space for you, please reach out to us.

Yogini ~ Though we seldom made it in the scriptures or history books, women have traditionally held the seat of the yogini, wisdom keeper, shaman, healer, seiðkona, medicine woman and priestess.

Yogini is a Sanskrit term describing a female spiritual practitioner and wisdom keeper, a woman who vows to place her connection to spirit at the center of her life while fully engaged in family, work, rest, creativity and social justice.

This term is traditionally also used to describe an accomplished wise woman with a mystical mastery of energy, as well as deities and energetic centers in the yogic maps. We use this term with uttermost gratitude and respect for the ancient tantric Goddess teachings from India.

About the Women’s Wisdom Path

The Women’s Wisdom Path is not a chase for liberation for the chosen few. Here we are initiated into a primordial belonging and responsibility for the whole, and the circle is a powerful place to explore how the unique expression of each one of us weaves like colorful threads into the vast tapestry of the world that is the Goddess Herself.

We relate to the women’s circle as a teacher, an alive archetype, a field with an intelligence of its own. Since the beginning of time women have gathered to honor the sacred, offering the fruits of their practice back into the circle, as we do now. Every time we practice, we access and feed this well of wisdom for our ancestors, for ourselves and for generations to come.

Goddess Mythology ~ Our path and lineage is rooted in the Goddess, and we enter our practices and direct relationship with Her through direct communication with body and Earth as well as through the universal maps found in Goddess mythology and sacred texts from all over the world.

Embodied and Earth Based ~ We cannot fully engage with Goddess wisdom by only reading about it; we awaken and experience her wisdom through living it. Relating to Earth as alive and intelligent, we practice aligning our bodies with Her consciousness, remembering we are made of Her. Although we spend time in silence, contemplation and meditation, many of the practices we do are dynamic and interactive, incorporating expression, movement, and respectful touch.

Ritual ~ We enter the timeless portal of ceremony and ritual to invoke and honor accumulated wisdom gathered since the beginning of time. We regularly perform rituals of worship, initiation, rites of passage, and rituals for blessing and healing.

Devotion ~ The Yogini path is a devotional, non-dual path; the Goddess is viewed as the wholeness of totality, never separate from or outside us—yet relating to Her with reverence and devotion expands and aligns our consciousness, awakening us from the limited soap opera we usually take ourselves to be. We sing mantras, we dance and we pray as direct portals into the vast freedom of the heart.

Presence ~ All our practices lead us back to our own presence, a source of energy and love always available. Through silence, subtle body awakening, meditation and rest, we cultivate the capacity to stay rooted in the spaciousness of presence, to stay awake and creatively responsive in our lives.

Inclusivity ~ In our practice we retrieve the exiled parts of ourselves and Earth, restoring a spirituality of wholeness and aligning our daily lives, words and actions with Her totality. Our practices are portals of spiritual awakening where we root in a sense of Self that is vast, eternal and not defined by gender. Yet our path is also one of embodiment. Although we are specifically trained in exploring how universal consciousness expresses itself through the female body, all who identify as women, genderqueer and non-binary of all colors, age, ability, sexual orientation and backgrounds are welcome to practice with us. If you have any questions or concerns if this a safe space for you, please reach out to us.

Yogini ~ Though we seldom made it in the scriptures or history books, women have traditionally held the seat of the yogini, wisdom keeper, shaman, healer, seiðkona, medicine woman and priestess.

Yogini is a Sanskrit term describing a female spiritual practitioner and wisdom keeper, a woman who vows to place her connection to spirit at the center of her life while fully engaged in family, work, rest, creativity and social justice.

This term is traditionally also used to describe an accomplished wise woman with a mystical mastery of energy, as well as deities and energetic centers in the yogic maps. We use this term with uttermost gratitude and respect for the ancient tantric Goddess teachings from India.

Who is the Wisdom School for?

You feel a deep connection with or longing for the Goddess, and wish to integrate her wisdom teachings and spiritual practice into your daily life.

…You are tired of comparing and belittling your life as less spiritual because you have a family or responsibilities to tend, and are done with postponing your love for the Goddess to when you have more time or when your life looks how you think it should.

…You know technology can be used for good yet feel burnt out by all the distractions on social media. You dream of being able to pick up your phone or computer and be deeply nourished on a soul level, reminded of your essence and fed by what matters, rather than drained and overstimulated.

…You are ready to be held accountable to living in integrity, doing practices that awaken creativity and flow in your daily life with a community of women who keep it real and have your back.

…You long for guidance, support, a home and container that can remind and inspire you with short, realistic practices that are possible to do in between and in the midst of life.

 

This is probably not for you if…

…you are feeling unstable psychologically, mentally ill or going through a severe crisis that would require medical support or intensive therapy. The Wisdom School is a place for spiritual practice and not a replacement for therapy.

…you don’t resonate with Goddess practices.

…you subscribe to a spirituality that rejects the shadow aspects of the world.

…you believe social activism and anti-racism work are separate from spiritual awakening, and are more interested defending your position than the practice of listening, learning and shedding light on collective and personal blindspots.

…you are looking for a place to vent or discuss opinions and politics without the willingness to bring it into practice and look into the deeper patterns we all are part of.

About the Community

In our modern culture many feel isolated and uprooted from community and belonging. Some have also experienced the pain of giving away our power or trading in our uniqueness in order to belong. We have experimented for more than 16 years with building a healthy, kind and awake sisterhood, we share a clear intention for why we come together and basic agreements of how we communicate and show up in our practice.

There are no unrealistic standards of perfection here. We don’t try to fix each other or give unsolicited advice, but rather affirm to each other our innate wisdom and capacity to be present with life in its totality. We gather to inspire, to mirror and remind each other why we are here, and what kind of legacy we aspire to leave for the generations beyond us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Yogini?

With the deepest respect and honor we use the word Yogini* as a way of naming our particular path. Yogini is a Sanskrit word describing a female spiritual practitioner and wisdom keeper, a woman who vows to place her connection to spirit at the center of her life while fully engaged in family, work, rest, creativity and social justice.

*The word Yogini is also traditionally used to describe an accomplished wise woman with a mystical mastery of energy, as well as deities and energetic centers in the yogic maps.

Will I have time to be in the Wisdom School in the midst of a full life?

Yes! The Yogini Village is meant to be integrated into your daily life, no matter how spacious or full it is. The practices and material can be done in your own way, whether in the morning, on your drive to work, while cooking, cleaning or while doing the laundry. You can choose to engage in the online community as much as supports and fits you.

When you enter the Yogini Village, you are part of a mandala of Shakti, of transformation. You can participate as much as is possible for you. Independent of how much you “do,” the practices and teachings will unfold in unexpected ways.

How do I sign up?
Registration is currently closed, click here to be added to the waiting list.

We ask everyone who joins us to make at least a year commitment to their chosen path. 

What is the cancellation policy?
When you enroll, you are making a year long commitment. If you wish to cancel your enrollment in the Wisdom School earlier than that, know that we do not offer refunds. Cancellation only applies towards future membership. 
How do I choose the right path for me?

:: Rooted in Her is for you if you have a full life, family or responsibilities to tend, or yearn for simplicity and feel constrained by rigorous practice. The focus for Rooted in Her is to support you to land more deeply into your own life as it is. It is less time intensive; you engage in the way that works for you.


:: Embodied Mythology is for you if you long to learn more about:

 – Goddess mythology as a portal of spiritual awakening and transformation

 – how to unlock the symbolism and hidden wisdom in myths

 – how you can cultivate your own personal relationship to myths and the profound guidance they offer

Not greater or less than, Embodied Mythology is an immersive path of deepening studies for those craving more intensive sadhana (spiritual practice) in their daily life. This path is for those who have the availability to complete classes and assignments. This is required to receive a certificate of participation and be eligible to take the future Apprenticeship & Teacher Training with Chameli.

Note: Embodied Mythology is currently in session. 

Can I change paths once I've already signed up?

Yes, you can change paths.

** If you want to change from Rooted in Her to Embodied Mythology, you will have to pay the difference. You can change paths within the school or contact us for help.

**If you change from Embodied Mythology to Rooted in Her, as per our cancellation policy, there will be no refund.

If you choose to change paths, you can reach out to us and let us know.

Meet the Wisdom School Team

Melina Seeto

Melina is a devotee to the sacred, a yogini and life-long lover and student to Earth. She has devoted her life to the women’s wisdom path, apprenticing with Chameli since 2014. She is currently in homesteading sadhana, rooting deeper into what it means to live an embodied spiritual life as a new wife, tending to holy at home and connecting more intimately to her ancestors of Norway, China/Papua New Guinea and Australia through song, art and prayer.

Chameli Ardagh

Chameli is a yogini and women’s wisdom keeper. Originally from Norway, with decades of studies in India, she is deeply rooted in Earth honoring, devotional women’s spirituality and Goddess centered tantric yoga, and is especially appreciated for her love of mythology and storytelling as a key to spiritual awakening and embodiment.

Photo Credits: Bibbie Friman, Jewel Afflerbaugh, Christina Sedlmaier, Anita Wiger, Claudia Seifert, Corinne Conrad Kalder and altar images from the Yogini Circle.