JOIN ACHARYA SHUNYA FOR A MYSTICAL GODDESS RETREAT
Honor the Goddess Within
October 6th - 14th, 2021
9 Days and 9 Nights Online
Honor the Goddess with Acharya Shunya
You are invited to experience a very special mystical journey to your inner Goddess. Join Master Spiritual Teacher Acharya Shunya, as she guides you to your own inner divine feminine power.
Over the course of 9 Days & 9 Nights, through multiple daily live online sessions, Acharya Shunya will introduce you to 9 goddesses representing powerful aspects of higher consciousness. She will teach you to understand the goddess symbolism and embrace the best of each of them in your own life.
This annual retreat has previously only been available to Acharya Shunya's private circle of spiritual seekers. This year, in this extraordinary time of global change, the world needs this deep inner Goddess connection more than ever. It is Acharya Shunya's sincere belief that anybody and everybody can benefit from the goddesses. You are invited to join us for the first public Honor the Goddess Within online retreat. All in the comfort of your own home.
Experience The Goddess
Acharya Shunya's Goddess teachings touch the heart of all beings yearning for spiritual wholeness. This retreat will restore hope and courage to your heart by helping you connect with, and honor, the Goddess within. You will feel supported from within, and held from outside at the same time.
If you are tired of engaging in the same patterns in your life and you are ready to make internal shifts, and allow more divine love, spiritual abundance and happiness into your heart, you will appreciate this transformative retreat.
Over the course of 9 Days & 9 Nights, you will mindfully connect to your highest Self, who is one with the Goddess, with the support of daily sacred practices, meditations, contemplations, ayurvedic foods, chanting, and community gatherings. And the experience doesn't end after 9 days! With lifetime access to digital recordings, you can return to these goddess teachings again and again, to shine more and more from within.
Who Is the Goddess?
The Vedas tell us how to connect with the Goddess within. SHE is known as Shakti. She has myriad manifestions known as Durga, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati.
Shakti can be described as Power, Force and Feminine Energy. She is the life force of everything and everyone. During the 9 Day & 9 Night Honor the Goddess Within retreat, we contemplate upon and connect with 9 forms or avatars of Shakti.
When Goddess Shakti is recalled in the mind, hidden spiritual vibrations become activated in our body-being. The Goddess nurtures and protects, and when we focus on Her, we unlock our own divine potential. This will inspire our inner strength to rise against all challenges, unearth buried creativity, and unleash emotional resilience.
By participating in this 9 Day & 9 Night retreat, you can happily anticipate meeting you inner Goddess, and experiencing inner grace.
Goddess Inspired Benefits
Acharya Shunya has been leading Goddess Retreats for over a decade. We are delighted to share that past participants have experienced many divinely inspired benefits from this retreat.
Participants report many powerful shifts in their life. From stepping into their true power, dropping into their heart, and feeling previously hidden self-love, seekers have experienced lasting change.
Participants share they have been able to release past trauma and reclaim their self-esteem. They have "detoxified" from negative emotions, changed poor habits, and even dropped addictions.
This powerful retreat also improves patterns of communication and helps seekers enjoy renewed relationships with self and others.
After this retreat, you will have all the tools you need to make a personal powerful transformation to shine like the Goddess within.
Experience Your Goddess Potential
Through a 9 Day & 9 Night
Guided Journey With Acharya Shunya.
daily goddess flow - retreat schedule
Early Morning Goddess Talks With Acharya Shunya
6:30 am PST
Live Audio Session
Contemplation Circle with Assistant Teacher
Evening Community Time- Kirtan, Stories, Shares
Nightly Meditations & Practices With Acharya Shunya
9:00 pm PST
Your Retreat Guide & Gifts Await You
We have deliberately designed this retreat in such a way that from dawn to bedtime, you can connect with the subtle, powerful, and transformative Goddess teachings by Acharya Shunya in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, in your own way, as much or as little as you would like, from anywhere in the world.
Here's a quick glance at what you can expect during this retreat.
Daily LIVE global online sessions - 4 per day, 36 total live sessions
Day-by-Day Goddess Retreat Guidebook written exclusively for retreat participants by Acharya Shunya. This book features sacred commentary, traditional goddess symbolism, contemplations, chants, mantras, yogic practices, and much more
Goddess yoga, mudras, mantras guidance provided by Acharya Shunya
Delicious and soothing Ayurvedic recipes by Acharya Shunya's life partner and renowned master, Chef Sanjai, will support your joyful journey to the inner goddess
Daily messages evoking your inner goddess will arrive in your inbox, along with contemplations, practices & other retreat resources
Private Facebook Group for sharing and creative expressions
Lifetime access to recordings of all LIVE Events to keep your inner goddess powerful and radiant
Graced By the Goddess Within - Participant Shares
Listening to Acharya Shunya's teachings on the nine goddesses of Navratri was like a lullaby inviting me into the deeply powerful and enchanting world of the divine feminine. As she described the attributes, aspects and challenges of each goddess they came to life for me in a way that willed me to stop struggling, and surrender to their strength and beauty. Over these days I began to recognize and look for these goddess qualities within myself.
With Acharya Shunya's teachings, the nine forms of Durga emerged in 9 days for us to embrace the significance of them in our modern lives, our souls and our very being. As her stories unfolded the essence of the goddesses, the Goddess in me was invoked, their presence felt and their essence embodied my soul.
Working with Acharya Shunya's teachings about the goddesses has helped me to access that memory of who I truly am. As I explore each goddess I am able to recognize and remember that I possess the qualities and wisdom of each and every one of them. I remember that I am able to live my everyday life from that inspired and powerful place.
Acharya Shunya’s goddess teachings over the years have connected me more deeply with mother energy. My mother was unable to parent me and my sister in a deep way due to physical and mental illnesses. By learning and embracing the universal Mother through Acharya’s teachings, I was able to heal losses and receive all the love my own mama was able to give.
Goddess teachings of Acharya Shunya revealed to me the many dormant dimensions of my True Self. Through each goddess, I was able to see a creative expression or manifestation of my ever still and luminous Divine Self. This truly helped me to live a fuller life with more courage and resilience.
Goddess Immersion Retreat
Morning audio session with Acharya Shunya
Afternoon contemplation circle with Aparna Amy Lewis
Evening community session with other retreat members and teachers
Nightly meditation & teachings with Acharya Shunya
Daily live meditations, special practices, kirtan, and contemplations
Private Facebook group access
A Day-by-Day Goddess Retreat Guidebook written exclusively for retreat participants by Acharya Shunya
Lifetime access to all recordings and materials
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this Retreat For Everyone?
Acharya Shunya’s goddess teachings are for anyone who wishes to awaken to the truth of Divine Feminine, whether they currently dwell in female, male or nonbinary body type, regardless of gender or sexual preference. The Vedas, which is the original deeply universal roots of the goddess tradition in India, themselves led the way by conceiving– a half feminine half masculine version of divinity. The Honoring the Goddess Within 9 Day 9 Night Retreat is non-religious, inclusive and entirely focused upon the spiritual-psychological benefit of celebrating and growing with goddess consciousness. All are welcome.
When does the 9 Day 9 Night Goddess Retreat begin, how often do we meet, and how long does it take to complete the course?
This online retreat begins on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021. We will meet 4 times daily online. Acharya Shunya will teach live daily at 6:30 AM, and 9 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time, USA) . There will also be daily live sessions with the assistant teacher at 3:00 PM PST and a daily community celebration of the Goddess including kirtan, chanting, stories, & sharing at 7PM PST. The retreat culminates with a final live session with Acharya Shunya at 9:00pm on October 14, 2021.
Do I need background knowledge of Hindu Goddesses and the Vedic Wisdom that contextualizes them?
This 9 Day & 9 Night retreat is open to beginners encountering the yearning to awaken to the Goddess for the first time, as well as long term seekers looking to integrate knowledge they have learned before. Your soft and ready heart, and your desire meet your inner goddess, are all you need to benefit from this retreat.
Is this retreat related to Navratri, the Hindu festival celebrating the 9 Goddesses?
The retreat coincides with a Hindu (Sanatana Dharma) festival in India called Navratri, which celebrates the essence of divinity as a goddess. This is such a rejuvenating, uplifting and spiritually charged time, that Acharya Shunya feels that Navaratri should be celebrated by every human worldwide, not just Hindus. This retreat is a universal opportunity to rekindle and reclaim the divine feminine strength that is accessible to all genders. You will be able to revisit these teachings throughout the year to reconnect with your inner Shakti.
Are the sessions live?
All 4 daily sessions will be LIVE online. Participants will connect through a simple Zoom link provided ahead of time. Recordings of each session will be made available to all retreat participants.
How long do I have access to the teachings?
Acharya Shunya's Goddess teachings shall always remain with you through unlimited lifetime access to this retreat. Your inner goddess shall shine more brilliantly every time you return to these teachings.
I still have questions, can I speak with someone?
Of course, we are here for you! You are invited to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to connecting with you.
Acharya Shunya is a truth teller, a path shower, and a feminine wisdom bearer for present-day seekers of nondual wisdom and divine feminine grace. She is the first feminine head of a 2000-year old traditional Vedic lineage hailing from the holy city of Ayodhya in Northern India and she provides a rare opportunity to receive authentic teachings from a genuine Vedic master—one with a distinctly down-to-earth, feminine flavor who never lets us forget that our humanity is to be embodied and enjoyed. Shunya is also an award-winning author of international repute, a scholar of Advaita Vedanta and a classically-trained master of Yoga and Ayurveda.
As a lifelong devotee of Divine Mother Shakti and her infinite goddess manifestations including Durga, Lakshmi, Sarasvati, Acharya Shunya has been showing countless seekers worldwide the path to leading intuitively connected, spiritually abundant and emotionally fulfilled, fearless, powerful, dharmic lives enabled by connecting with the goddess Shakti within. Avoiding new-age definitions of what it means to be a goddess, transcending the boundaries of time, region, religion and culture, Acharya Shunya presents her goddess teachings with pristine simplicity yet with stunning universal and psychological relevance to the modern times, applicable to both the binary and non-binary genders. Through her live transmissions, goddess teachings and writings, Acharya Shunya demystifies and contextualizes ancient Indian divine feminine wisdom, adeptly guiding modern seekers, decoding mythologies and reinterpreting ancient goddess texts, explaining esoteric symbolism, and support consciousness elevating goddess rituals and practices, with powerful mantras and yogic sadhanas.
Aparna Amy Lewis has been studying Ayurveda, Yoga, and Advaita Vedanta with Acharya Shunya since 2009. She has earned the title of Vaidya Bhushana, (Ayurvedic Clinical Practitioner), after completing 5 year studies from Vedika's School of Ayurveda in the year 2013. Her private practice focuses on Ayurveda Psychology and Vedic Counseling in both individual and group settings. She has formerly served as Dean of Acharya's Vedic Studies Program, and now serves as Adjunct Faculty in Acharya Shunya's Awakened Self Foundation. She also serves as a Board Member to Acharya Shunya’s nonprofit organization Vedika Global.
Aparna’s first exposure to the Goddess was through an intensive 9 Day 9 Night Retreat with Acharya Shunya in 2009, soon after receiving her spiritual name. Aparna experienced transformational change by implementing and embodying the archetypal values associated with each of the 9 Devis. She feels a special affinity for the spiritual Self discipline of Brahmacharini, and the radical Self acceptance of MAA. After coordinating Acharya Shunya’s community celebrations of the Goddess for over a decade, Aparna is well suited to support new seekers as they experience Acharya Shunya’s Honor the Goddess Within retreat for the first time.