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Book Launch

Women's Empowerment Online Retreat*

WHEN: September 17th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST, Online.
WHO: All are welcome: Pre-registration required. 

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Join Author Acharya Shunya and Eminent Guest Speakers who come together to launch Roar Like A Goddess to reveal timely wisdom for our planet, that is empowering and uplifting, simultaneously.

Retreat  Includes




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Wisdom Teachings

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Readings from the Book

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Book Launch and Goddess Puja      
Acharya Shunya will be joined by her long time students, CEO Gayathri Raman and her core team at the  Awakened Self Foundation, eminent guests, authors, professors and spiritual teachers at the online book launch of her newest book: Roar Like A Goddess, releasing worldwide on September 6, from Sounds True. Acharya Shunya will begin with a visually beautiful short puja (ceremony of thanks) to her muse,  with accompanying chants. She will then read from her book and finally give a short talk about the journey of writing this book, and the support she got along the way from the goddess.
Susanna Barkataki                          
Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, Founder, Ignite Institute for Yogic Leadership and Social Change, Yoga Teacher Trainer, International Bestselling Author, Embrace Yoga’s Roots. Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed, RYT500, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Therapist, is an Indian living in LA, a visionary changemaker, Bestselling author of Embrace Yoga’s Roots and Ignite Yoga Founder. She runs YTT’s that are changing the world with authentic yoga. Her Embody Yoga’s Roots yoga teacher trainings are currently shifting the paradigm of what yoga looks like in the West, with a commitment to at least 60% BIPOC students per cohort and over 100 BIPOC scholarships for YTT trainings awarded to date.
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Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian                 
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a poet, writer, and the spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center. She is the author of several books including The Moon Reminded Me, a collection mystical poetry, and The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga. Yogacharya will be sharing her thoughts on Goddess Saraswati and how once we are intent on spiritual awakening, the Goddess Herself comes to support us in myriad ways. It doesn’t take long to discover the truth of our essential Self. Once we do, we begin the awesome journey of living our authentic soul life. Discernment is the key to finding our way—step by step, choice by choice.
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Nina Rao                                                     
This beautiful gathering will be blessed by goddess kirtan from Nina Rao, who learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was 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",  and has since then released two albums, “Antarayaami-Knower of All Hearts"and “Anubhav”. Nina regularly leads kirtan, workshops, and retreats in her hometown of Brooklyn/New Paltz New York and beyond.
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Rita D. Sherma                                               
Rita D. Sherma  is the author or editor of eight scholarly books, with an emphasis on Hindu philosophy and theology. Her new book is Radical Divine Immanence: A Hindu Ecological Theology of Shakti, (Dec. 2022, Bloomsbury). She is an initiated lineage holder in a Shakta bhakti tradition of the Divine Feminine. She will share her views on Acharya Shunya's book and give a  talk on Goddess Durga in light of empowerment and enlightenment, particularly as it pertains to our difficult times. Rita is Director & Associate Professor , The Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley.
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Richard Miller                                             
Richard C. Miller  is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher and scholar of yoga. He is the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI), co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT. He is also a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, Senior Advisor to the Baumann Institute, and was the founding president of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Marin School of Yoga. Richard is a long time friend of Acharya Shunya and he will give his blessings and share his thoughts on Acharya's upcoming book Roar Like A Goddess.
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Ekabhumi Charles
Ekabhumi is an award-winning poet, author, illustrator, yoga instructor and arts educator with 20 years of international teaching experience.  Ekabhumi’s poetry, prose, and illustrations have been published widely, including articles in Tarka Magazine, illustrations in Sally Kempton’s Awakening Shakti, and his own Bhakti Coloring Book, available from Sounds True Press. He is core faculty at and co-founder of Mystic Art Retreats. Ekabhumi’s artworks, inspired by daily spiritual practice, can be found along with resources for devotional artists at: 
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Acharya Shunya shall thank all speakers and conclude with  Q and A and a guided meditation on the blessings of this book becoming a darshan (perceived blessing) for all readers, all genders, all sentient beings from every part of the world. Participants may stay on for an extra half hour if they wish to  learn about the various goddess offerings coming up by Acharya Shunya, to be offered at the Awakened Self Foundation, online.
"Acharya Shunya's Newest Book is an Enlightening and Empathetic Guide to Finding One’s Inner Strength."
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"Shunya’s writing reflects her teaching/speaking style. She retells key traditional stories, analyzing them creatively and insightfully, while connecting them to history, social movements."
Original art from the book © 2022 Ekabhumi Charles Ellik
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*We see neither sex nor gender as binary categories. We envision the practice of feminism as one which seeks to dismantle the gender binary and makes space for those who do not sit within the categories of ‘men’ and ‘women’. We hope to recognise the way in which patriarchy does not simply disadvantage women but also erases the experiences of those outside the gender binary.

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