Shakti rising online retreat: part ii

A joint retreat with Svatantra Institute and Tantra Illuminated

In May 2020, Kavitha Chinnaiyan and Hareesh Wallis collaborated on a spectacular offering, the Shakti Rising Retreat Part I, where we explored the first five of the Daśa Mahāvidyās (Kālī, Tārā, Tripurasundarī, Bhuvaneśvarī, and Tripura Bhairavī) in our sādhanā and lives.

This year (April 13-17, 2023), we will continue on this journey through the exploration of the next five (Cinnamastā, Dhūmavatī, Baglāmukhī, Mātaṇgī, and Kamalātmikā) Mahāvidyās. 

The Daśa Mahāvidyā have traditionally been steeped in esoteric and mystical descriptions, often removed from the practicalities of the spiritual journey.  Ordinarily, these great goddesses cloaked in mystery, with several pre-requisites required to invoke them, such as initiation into particular traditions and mantras. However, these goddesses are relevant to any tradition since they personify cosmic forces such as time and space that play into the moment-to-moment unfolding of our lives.

Unlike the first five goddesses, the second half of the sequence of the Mahāvidyās is highly esoteric with no widely available texts for understanding them in a way that makes their presence in our lives immediate and palpable. Naturally, we wouldn’t recognize them when they appear in our lives constantly (as we will see!).

Unlike in traditional paths, here we will once again examine the unmistakable presence of these great goddesses of wisdom in the moment-to-moment unfolding of life.

In this online retreat, you will receive:

Live Q&A during the teaching and practice sessions

Profound guided meditations with Kavitha & Hareesh

Daily in-depth teaching and learning sessions

Detailed information on five of the Daśa Mahāvidyā

50% off the Shakti Rising Self-Study Course with Kavitha

50% off three additional Mahavidyas Courses with Kavitha

Access to the recordings for 30 days after the retreat

Downloadable audio files to keep forever

Your Guides

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, a wife, and a mother. She is the author of Shakti Rising (Nonduality Press, 2017), which won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017, The Heart of Wellness (Sfaim Press, 2020), Glorious Alchemy: Living the Lalitā Sahasranāma (New Sarum Press, UK, 2020), and Fractals of Reality: Living the Śrīcakra (Sfaim Press, 2022).

Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, is a Sanskritist and scholar-practitioner of Classical Tantra with thirty years of experience. He was initiated by a traditional Indian guru at the age of sixteen, and received education at yoga āshrams, both in India and the West.
His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in South Asian Studies from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley.

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