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The Awakened Self Foundation Presents

Navratri 2022
Celebrate The Goddess Festival  
With Our Global Family of Seekers


Program began Sept 26th, you can join now for upcoming live sessions and access recordings for completed sessions

Navratri refers to a 9-day, 9-night Vedic goddess festival which celebrates the essence of divinity as a goddess. This is  a rejuvenating, uplifting, and spiritually charged time and the nine days and nights are a universal opportunity for rekindling and reclaiming our hidden divine feminine strength. 

For over a decade, Acharya Shunya has led humans of all genders and creeds towards a reverence of the Mother Goddess: Shakti, who is an All Pervading, Supreme Power, whose chief avatars are Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. 

This year during Navratri, from September 26th to October 4th, Acharya Shunya will guide seekers from different parts of the world on an Audio-only Goddess Transmission, featuring goddess stories and archetypes and live music. These daily sonic experiences will help you journey to the innermost depths of your spiritual heart, where goddess powers, divine blessings and spiritual grace awaits. Seekers can also join a celebratory LIVE Goddess Retreat on October 8 with Acharya Shunya for teachings, Q&A sessions, community shares, music and other festival offerings. 

If you are interested in celebrating Navratri with Acharya Shunya and her community of seekers from every part of the world, we invite you to sign up at the link provided on this page. Upon receiving the uplifting and paradigm shifting goddess evoking transmission from Acharya Shunya, you will feel like the goddess is blessing you in real time! This is an unforgettable experience anticipated by seekers of divine feminine grace and wisdom, year after year.
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Sep. 26 to Oct. 4.
Daily LIVE Goddess Transmissions 
7:00 AM to 7:30 AM PST, U.S.A

October 8, Saturday Celebratory LIVE Goddess Retreat 
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM  PST, U.S.A

 Evoke Durga

The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga and her three archetypes, who are each, the destroyer of inner challenges in the form of conditioning, negativity and self-doubt and remover of outer obstacles. Durga is one of the most impressive, formidable, and popular goddess manifestations of all-pervading Shakti. 

Evoke Lakshmi
Goddess Lakshmi is the second major manifestation of Shakti, and we meet her three archetypes from the 4th to the 6th day of Navratri. Each represents abundance through stable and loving relationships, material wealth and comforts, and above all, good luck, that we all humans need that. 

Evoke Saraswati
In the final three days of Navratri, you will meet Goddess Saraswati and her three archetypes, who will each take you further, to meet their own divine Self.  Saraswati orchestrates our ultimate and final awakening. This is the non-dual circle – whatever is shining out there as spirit, we find shining in here, as the innermost divine feminine truth. 
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Navratri 2022 Immersion Includes:

Daily live audio transmissions/Kirtan

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Private online community

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Access to audio video
library of recordings

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Q+A+ Share
opportunities

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End of Festival
Half Day Retreat

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Meet 9 Goddesses Over 9 Days 9 Nights

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Goddess Shailputri

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Goddess Brahmacharini

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Goddess Chandraghanta

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Goddess Kushmanda

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Goddess Skandmata

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Goddess Katyayini

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Goddess Kalaratri

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Goddess Mahagouri

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Goddess Siddhidatri

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Shares from Past Participants

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Vimala B

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.   

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Manju B

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. 

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Yizhao

Acharya Shunya's Goddess teachings are so alive, flowing like a river of wisdom, artfully telling the sacred Goddess stories, awakening how we can roar as modern day Goddesses too. When I am connected with the Goddess, I could activate an inner awareness that is radically okay, vastly open, and wisely welcoming, despite my outer circumstances changing like the weather patterns. I continue to cultivate inner attitudes to acknowledge my feelings deeper like Maa Durga; to experience this is all gifts like Maa Lakshmi; and to flow with what shows up in life externally and internally like Maa Saraswati. Jai Maa!

 Goddess Invocator 
Acharya Shunya 

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Acharya Shunya has grown up in a feminine body and a family that has revered the Divine Feminine for the last 2000 years in India. At the age of 9, which is the typical age in India to be inducted into spirituality, she was formally initiated into a lifelong path of Vedic learning, teaching and service. She was also initiated into the wisdom initiated in ancient goddess scriptures, worshipping rituals, mantras, mystical practices from that young age by her grandfather, who was a renowned Hindu sage and Yogi of his time, In India. The more time Acharya Shunya spent contemplating and meditating on the mythology, and teachings of goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, the more  inner strengths awakened inside Acharya Shunya, from within. As the  first female head of her 2000 -year old Vedic lineage today, and as someone who has been leading nine-day nine-night 'Navratri' goddess immersions and retreats for over a decade, and author of Roar Like A Goddess (Sounds True, 2022), Acharya Shunya  has  imparted her unique and entirely original goddess teachings to countless thankful  students all over the world.  Read More About Acharya Shunya

  Kirtan Artist 
Nina Rao 

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Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das’ business manager and accompanies him musically as well. In 2007, she recorded the track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das’ CD “Flow of Grace" released by Sounds True. January 2013 she released her debut album, “Antarayaami-Knower of All Hearts"; August 2018 her second album “Anubhav” was released entirely crowd-funded. Nina regularly leads kirtan, workshops, and retreats in her hometown of Brooklyn/New Paltz New York and beyond. She is also founder & chairwoman of non-profit Saving Wild Tigers  which supports conservation of wild tigers and all species in their natural habitat in India. In addition, she hosts a podcast series on the Be Here Now Network exploring spirituality, practice, and conservation of wilderness and Nature (https://beherenownetwork.com/category/guest-podcasts/nina-rao/) Read more about Nina Rao.

 Festival Host
Aparna Amy Lewis

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Aparna’ is a Vedic educator in Acharya Shunya's ancient lineage, and has formerly served as Dean of Acharya's Vedic Studies Program. She now serves as Adjunct Faculty in Acharya's Awakened Self Foundation and as a Board Member to Acharya Shunya’s nonprofit Vedika Global. Aparna's first exposure to The Goddess was through an intensive 9 Day 9 Night 'Navratri' 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 Goddess Brahmacharini (an archetype of Durga). After coordinating Acharya Shunya’s community celebrations of the Goddess for over a decade, Aparna is well suited to support new seekers as they celebrate  navratri with Acharya Shunya, for the first time. Aparna 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. 
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Join Us For
An Unforgettable Goddess Experience
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* Due to the nature of the program, we are unable to honor any cancellation post registration. Thanks for your understanding.