April 13 – 17, 2023

Unveil the esoteric and mystical qualities of the Mahāvidyās and recognize their presence in your daily life.

In May 2020, together with Kavitha Chinnaiyan of Śabda Institute, we held 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 we continue on this journey through the exploration of the next five Mahāvidyās.

For those of you who missed out on the first retreat, you can still join us!

Once registering, you will receive 50% off Kavitha Chinnaiyan’s Shakti Rising Self-Study Course. We encourage you to complete this course prior to beginning the live retreat.

As part of your registration you will also receive 50% off on three amazing courses on the Mahavidyas including Kālī, Tārā, and Bhuvaneśvarī.

A joint retreat with Śabda Institute and Tantra Illuminated

Artwork by Sai Tharun

Cinnamastā, Dhūmavatī, Bagalāmukhī, Mātangī, and Kamalātmikā

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 are 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.

Here, we will explore the Daśa Mahāvidyā from a practical standpoint, invoking them with devotion and lending ourselves to radical transformation in their presence. We will delve into the various aspects that keep us bound in suffering and open to the recognition of our true eternal, unborn and undying blissful nature.


6:30-8:00am | Puja and meditation

8:00-9:00am | Asana

9:00-10.00am | Pause

10:00am -12:30pm | Morning Session – Kavitha & Hareesh

1:00-2:30pm | Pause

2.30-4.30pm | Afternoon Session – Hareesh

5.00-6.00pm | Pause

7.00-9:00pm | Evening Session – Kavitha


Śabda Institute Members please login to your member area prior to enrolling in the retreat.

Join us on a journey to uncover the cosmic forces of time and space personified by the Daśa Mahāvidyā.

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

Meet 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.

Testimonials from our March retreat:

“Powerful, Transformative and Brilliant is what i have to say about the retreat . Hareeshji can bring the ancient texts to life. The retreat may be online, but you come away from the retreat as if you have spent your whole time in the conference hall in the presence of the goddess and a Master.”

Sita K.

I cannot say thank you all enough! There were many moments when I “grokked” Truth in a very deep way. Tears would express the gratitude but that’s hard to offer through a screen so I’ll just say Om.


“Unspeakably fulfilled by all this retreat offered. Such generosity of spirit from everyone, deep and abiding teachings from Hareesh, body & soul nourished in every way. It was a deeper level of homecoming than ever for me. Om Namah Shivaya.”

Isha B.

Discover the practical relevance of the
Daśa Mahāvidyā in your spiritual journey today.

When: 13 – 17 April, 2023

Price: $450

We have a limited number of scholarships available for this unique offering. To apply, please email a motivation to support@tantrailluminated.org.

Śabda Institute Members please login to your member area prior to enrolling in the retreat.

For further information please contact support@tantrailluminated.org
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