In the Presence 
of Kālī:

Approaching the Mother

Introductory Online Course

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  About this course

Approaching the Mother

The Mother, blue-black as the starry night sky, garlanded with skulls, dressed in a skirt of severed arms, tongue thrust outwards, eyes blazing, holding myriad weapons and a severed head – from whom She is collecting blood in a cup – all while stepping on Lord Shiva…

Who is this Mother? Why is she so revered, and also so feared?

Of all the Hindu goddesses, Kālī remains the most elusive and misunderstood, even in the lands where her worship originated. And yet, for Her devotees, She is the most beautiful, most compassionate, and most loving form of the divine.

The key to this kind of sweet relationship with Mā Kālī is understanding that her seemingly wrathful, wild, and terrifying appearance is actually a kind of visual scripture containing eternal truths about the nature of existence.

Encoded within seemingly gruesome imagery are profound mystical teachings pointing us towards the preciousness of life, the process of awakening, and the experience of real love.

This immersive course covers every major aspect of her iconography, revealing their underlying spiritual wisdom. All throughout, we will learn how to take off our modern, Western glasses and view her in the light of her ancient and sacred legacy.

The lessons are engaging and interactive; students are also encouraged to share their emerging insights through guided journaling and participation in live Q&A sessions.

[This course is also included in and a prerequisite for our Fall 2023 Devotional Retreat.]

Course Lessons

Live Q&A Sessions

Move through the course at your own pace, and join us for weekly LIVE Q&A Sessions throughout October.

Saturdays Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 at 9AM PDT/12PM EST

All recordings will be available shortly after the event, and questions may be submitted in advance in case you are unable to attend.
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Shivani Hawkins

A meditation teacher and artist, Shivani is the founder of Living Sanskrit. She has been a student of meditation and yoga since birth, and began teaching in 2001 with the blessings of her guru. She has since led courses and retreats both within and outside the U.S., including a multi-year fellowship teaching meditation at Berkeley Law School.

She is currently developing our physical center in Freestone, California, which shares space with Land of the Good, a community coworking center and her artistic studio, Studio Freestone. Her skill as a teacher is helping make esoteric concepts and ancient practices accessible and alive. As an American born into the tradition, she strives to ensure the teachings land safely and respectfully in non-native contexts.

Ekabhumi Ellik

Ekabhumi is an award-winning poet, author, illustrator, yoga instructor and arts educator with 20 years of international teaching experience. His poetry, prose, and illustrations have been published widely, including his own Bhakti Coloring Book and Shakti Coloring Book, available from Sounds True Press.

A founding faculty member at Living Sanskrit, Ekabhumi is also co-founder of Mystic Art Retreats. His current artwork, available at One Earth Sacred Arts, is based on experiences arising from daily ritual and meditation. He has a unique ability to explain very profound concepts in understandable terms and brings great energy and enthusiasm to all of his teaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need sacred art training or a specific spiritual or religious background to participate?

You do not need any prior spiritual training or background in any of this to attend. Beginners and curious people are warmly welcome!

I am not sure if I can attend all the sessions - is that ok?

Yes! All live sessions will be recorded and there is also a course discussion forum. You can participate in the course at your own pace.

I cannot attend, but want to contribute to the scholarship fund.

Thank you for your generosity! You can help someone else attend by contributing HERE.

What age do I need to be to enroll?

Anyone 14 years or older is welcome to attend!

What if I have other questions?

Please email us any time at [email protected]! We are happy to speak to you and answer any other questions you may have.

Discover the profound wisdom and loving blessings of the Divine Mother: