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The Awakened Self Foundation Presents

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

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. 

Since the last decade, every year during Navratri,  Acharya Shunya leads different gendered humans toward revering the Mothering Goddess: Shakti, who is an All Pervading, Supreme Power, whose chief avatars are Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, who each have three more avatars, eash.

This year too, from September 26th to October 3rd, Acharya Shunya will guide seekers from different parts of the world via zoom audio transmission, and help them journey to the innermost depths of their spiritual heart, where goddess powers, divine feminine blessings and spiritual grace awaits them.

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  Pacific Time Zone, U.S.A

October 8, Saturday   Celebratory LIVE Goddess Retreat 
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM  Pacific Time Zone, 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 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. 

Navratri 2022 Immersion Includes:

Live transmission  + Kirtan over 9 mornings


Private online community


Access to audio video
library of recordings


Q+A+ Share


End of Festival
Half Day Retreat


Meet 9 Goddesses Over 9 Days 9 Nights


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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I have to say the wisdom of the nine goddesses has been a profound, enlightening, and transformational nine days and nights. I am no longer afraid. I don’t feel like a victim of the past, lost, or like I don’t belong. I feel light, I feel hopeful, loved, and peaceful.  



As I meditate on The Goddesses, I feel their presence. I know they are real and they are a part of me. I am not alone. After decades of wondering, exploring spiritual, new age literature, 12-step programs, therapy, falling down, analyzing, and trying to figure things out, I finally feel like I am home!  



I deeply appreciate each and every word of The Goddess teaching by Acharya Shunya. Women have to reclaim their spiritual power with grace, understanding, and fearlessness. Your goddess teachings help me to remember that and shake myself off this “damsel in distress” state of mind

 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 

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 ( Read more about Nina Rao.

 Festival Host
Aparna Amy Lewis

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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