Please watch the informational video about this program from the call on June 27, 2021 to see if it is for you.
The application period for the 2021 Fall Śabda Sphota Immersion is now closed and will re-open in the summer, 2022 for next year’s cohort.
Should you wish to begin preparation for the next Śabda Sphota Immersion, the pre-requisites are:
Not only will these courses provide a foundation in the View underpinning the teachings in the immersion, but it will give you an introduction to Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan’s teaching style.
The Śabdācāra series of programs are exclusively for women who are seeking women-based spiritual practices.
The practices taught here come from oral practice traditions of the yoginīs, and are highly algorithmic with logical approach of understanding one’s own physiology through continuous application of concepts.
No time is wasted in learning about esoteric concepts that can’t be immediately applied. The approach here is to continuously and systematically cut out the chaos in our lives – both within and without such that there is access to the purest essence of experience.
The emphasis is on the systematic understanding of what is socially and morally derived, and what is inherent in our physiology. This is how we access our inherent creative power – Śakti. This creative power is the same in all of us across the gender spectrum, but is expressed differently in male and female bodies.
Ultimately, we are neither male nor female, and our bodies are only vehicles to know this. This realization of a genderless Reality being expressed in a gendered body can only occur through the systematic cultivation of stillness and working on aligning with the specific needs and demands of the female physiology through practical methods.
Level I: Śabda Sphota
The initiation into the application-based path of the yoginī is called Śabda Sphota.
Pre-requisites for this 6-month immersion are:
- Completing and applying the lifestyle concepts of The Heart of Wellness Self-Study Course.
- Exclusive commitment to the program, as in, simultaneous studying and practice in other streams is not allowed.
- Participation in one of the following of Kavitha’s course: Fractals of Reality, Lalitā Sahasranāma, Shakti Rising or Foundations of Non-Dual Tantra.
- Successful application and interview.
- Willingness and commitment to work in a group and with a partner/mentor along with Kavitha.
Śabda Sphota culminates in an in-person retreat.
Cost: $1500 (does not include retreat costs).
Level II: Śabda Setu
Those successfully completing Śabda Sphota are invited to continue in the 3-month bridge program known as Śabda Setu.
In this program, Kavitha will determine a participant’s readiness for the subtle teachings of the next phase of the program. This is the time for stabilizing the practices of Śphota while preparing for the big leaps of Śabda Samādhi.
Level III: Śabda Samādhi
Śabda Samādhi is a 6-month immersion into subtle practices that result in clarity of perception in day-to-day life.
This program is by invitation only and must meet the pre-requisite of exclusivity.
Śabda Samādhi culminates in an in-person retreat.
Cost: $1800 (does not include retreat costs).
Scholarships for all programs are considered via interview on a first-come, first-serve basis.
All programs consist of biweekly calls via Zoom, one-on-one calls with Kavitha and in-depth group discussions. Participants are expected to check in with their partner/mentor on a daily basis.
Advanced Studies: Śabda Śṛṅgāra
Those who complete the Śabda Samādhi program will be invited to participate in on-going learning with Kavitha through the Śabda Śṛṅgāra program.
Advanced teachings and practices will be taught in this program, which will require continued commitment and willingness to work with a partner and on a 1:1 basis with Kavitha. Conditions of exclusivity apply.
This program will also entail in-person work, the costs of which will be determined at the time it is arranged. Participants must be willing to mentor women in the Sphota and Setu programs.
Cost: $75 per month or $800 per year (does not include membership in Śabda Saṅgha or retreat/in-person workshop costs)
Śabdācāra is for serious practitioners only and not for the casually curious.
Even though each program is presented to span across a specific number of months, there is no graduation or certification at the end of the period. These time frames are loose approximations for internalizing specific aspects of knowledge through their continuous application. This program requires a willingness to be disciplined with diet and lifestyle, work intimately with other women and with Kavitha, and to walk the distance. If you are curious about the required lifestyle changes, please check out the Heart of Wellness Self-Study Course. If such a lifestyle doesn't appeal to you over the long-term, this program is not for you and the short courses may be more appropriate.
On the other hand, if you are tired of seeking and would like to hang up your hat and settle down on an authentic path for the long haul, you may be in the right place!