Welcome to Dakini Kali’s Body of Love.
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Relax, slow down.
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Let's invite our hearts to become acquainted.
Kali Satyagraha grew up in Africa, a continent of immense beauty, continuous turmoil, cultural diversity and wild extremes, mirroring her rich inner world of intensity and duality. She excelled academically, and was financially independent of her parents by the time she left school. After graduating with Honours in the arts/humanities, she travelled Europe, returning home 18 months later to work for a 'Freedom Struggle Publisher' in South Africa (David Phillip Publisher), dodging tear gas and bullets whilst promoting Liberation Literature in townships under siege by the Apartheid regime. She also worked for the renowned independent newspaper, The Mail & Guardian, before taking up a Strategic Planning position in advertising, rising to the position of Board Director of several top agencies, both in South Africa and the UK.
Growing weary of promoting shallow, disembodied unconsciousness, she transitioned to exploring spiritually embodied consciousness and healing through an unquenchable thirst for Truth. Until then her personal life had been plagued by physical and mental dis-ease, characterised by a splitting – or polarity – in her psyche and physical body. She determined to heal herself of endometrial infertility and bipolar disorder, while reclaiming her feminine agency within a patriarchal paradigm. Recognising everything in life is perfect, and happens for a reason, Kali's lived challenges have included childhood scarcity, two divorces, solo parenting, the tragic death of her child’s Kenyan father, revealing family secrets, and so-called ‘incurable’ mental and physical dis-ease.
Of enormous importance to her was the discovery of her Khoi and Bantu bloodlines from her mother’s matriarchal lineage, which had been hidden because of the ramifications of separation and prosecution under the Apartheid Colour Bar and Group Areas Acts, which criminalised white and black people being in any form of sexual relationship together, or even living side by side. The discovery of this ancestral line helped her to appreciate why her soul has always been so passionately in love with Mamma Afrika and Her people. Furthermore, on her father’s side, she uncovered the origins of her surname, Widd – which comes from the Celtic word Drus-widd, meaning Druid. So on both sides, she arose from a long line of medicine ancestors.
Kali’s story is an archetypical hero’s journey of truth seeking, challenge, initiation and triumph; of a determination to return home to Self, whole, healed and awakened. Through trust and serendipity she was able to heal ‘an incurable’ medical condition – endometriosis – and although being diagnosed with ‘severe bipolar disorder’ – today manages the condition entirely medication-free through embodiment consciousness practices.
Kali is currently writing a memoir entitled LOST & PROFOUND, where she shares her personal pilgrimage as a gift of love and compassion for all beings.
Today Kali is the mother of a beautiful daughter, and respected facilitator of True Totality Tantra, incorporating the embodied practices of meditation, conscious dance (BlissDance & Shamanic Ecstatic Dance), movement meditation, somatic enactments, intuitive channelling, ancestral reverence, plant medicine and breath-work.
She believes Loving Compassion for all Beings is the Greatest Revolution we can embody for the flowering of Universal Peace and Harmony on the planet today.
Dakini Kali is honoured and privileged to have sat with many leading-edge spiritual teachers, including Isaac Shapiro, Meike Schütt, Dr Shakti Malan (Shakti Shiva Academy), Swami Rahasya, Andrew Barnes, the teachers of the School of Biodanza, and the teachers of Cuddle Party™ Workshops.
Whilst acknowledging a huge debt of gratitude to her teachers, everything Dakini Kali transmits originates from her own direct, embodied experience:
If Kali hasn’t lived it herself, she doesn’t teach it
"I just had a client who was at your SpiritFest class – I hear from many it was so transformative – I feel so humbled and honoured that I got to be there with you – now I’m going to cry – she was transformed that day, and is now getting married, and I spoke about Kali (the goddess) and I say how she’s fierce, she’s terrifying and she says, yes, yes she is terrifying, and I say Kali the goddess, and she says, no Kali from SpiritFest, she’s terrifying, and I say Kali with the long blonde hair is not terrifying, and she says yes, she’s scary I’m completely intimidated by her. Why? I ask, because when she looks at me, it feels like she can see straight through me, and it’s unnerving, and I can’t hide anything. The truth! And I thought yeah, Kaliji – this is guru-woman-ship, so I told her, this is true guru, because the guru sees your truth, and when you prevent seeing your own truth, in the presence of the guru you can’t do that anymore, because she’s so free, liberated, she doesn’t hook into your contraction, but she sees your freedom that you still don’t recognise yet. I was very moved how she spoke about you. I love you so profoundly."
SpiritFest, June 2018
Teachers & Influences
Are any of the above teachers or practices perfect, including myself? Absolutely not!
We 're all human, we each have our blind spots, as well as our strengths & weaknesses.
Please don't project perfection onto any facilitator or practice, nor give away your personal power.
No-one can fix you, solve your life challenges or heal you.
That's your responsibility alone, & teachers can provide support & illumination, together with useful embodied practices.
The task of each Lover of Truth is to discover relative & absolute Truth for themselves, & to develop healthy boundaries, inner knowing & discernment by keeping the bullshit detector turned on high, & noticing & tracking sensations in the body.
Ultimately, I learnt as much by discovering ,''No, that's not true for me in this moment", as much as learning "Yes! That resonates with my own knowing, according to my current capacity."
~ Video Tribute to Beloved Shakti ~
The Deep Feminine
'I wasn’t always drawn to working with women. In fact, until the age of 35 I was suspicious of women and could count the number of authentic female friends on one hand. If I’m honest with myself, at that time I was a man’s woman. I loved the company of men, sought out their approval, and valued myself by how much they valued me (which was pretty much based upon looks and sex appeal).
Upon falling pregnant and giving birth to a beautiful girl at the age of 38, I realised I needed to go deeper. It dawned on me I was objectifying myself for the approbation of men, and I certainly didn’t want to model this to my daughter.'
'In my forties, after a few intense crises, I began seeking Truth the way a pig searches for truffles – that is, with great determination! I was drawn to study with beloved Advait teacher, Isaac Shapiro, where I met the divine Shakti Malan. We were roommates!
It was Shakti who kissed-awake the dormant Deep Feminine within, who enlightened me with regards to sacred sexuality and the Women’s Union versus True Sisterhood. The former keeps women disembodied, small, divided and competing (thereby supporting the sustenance of patriarchy), the latter recognises the unique flowering of every woman, inviting us to co-create in unity consciousness, together with the deep masculine.'
'With this fragrant awakening, I was still unaware my purpose would lead me to facilitating women’s work myself. In hindsight I can pinpoint the exact moment the path opened to me: we were training in BlissDance with Shakti, and just before lunch, myself and 3 other women spontaneously formed a compact nest on the rolling lawns of the retreat centre and began chanting hitherto unknown names of goddesses from the ancient lineages. We were speaking in tongues. It was completely unplanned, and we were not ‘doing’ it. Perhaps dancing for long hours in a state of altered consciousness facilitated the channelling of the sacred feminine through our bodies and throats? I will never know. I was aware of energy surging powerfully through my body from the ground up, of no separation between myself and my sisters, and of being sung and danced by existence. I was also aware of a tangible ripple spreading from our womb centre out into the world, and I sensed it would not only change me forever, but thousands of other women too.
And so, I was drawn inexorably into the vortex of The Red Tent mysteries, where I remembered the sacred rites of passage of the mature feminine, from birth to death, forgotten over the passage of time, but never lost to me. The more I immersed myself in this informal feminine mystery school, the more I remembered who I truly was, and what my dharma on this earth was. I began holding Red Tents at my home, Villa Kali, in Cape Town, and word spread like wildfire. '
'Two sisters and myself felt drawn to offer a Red Tent at AfrikaBurn (a subsidiary of Burning Man), and what transpired was so deeply magical and mysterious I still find it difficult to talk about it, even now. What I can say is I felt the permanent ‘landing’ of sacred feminine consciousness into the bodies of humankind on that desert playa all those years ago.
Since then, I’ve been invited to establish Red Tents at festivals such as Learning Clan, SpiritFest and Retreat Yourself, and today spaces for the sacred feminine are expected at every festival. '
'Furthermore, three highly respected crones and I seeded The RED Retreat in 2019, a long-standing dream where awakened, embodied, wild women gather for a week to dance, trance, shake and drum around the sacred fire. We dissolve in the liquid waters of the Breede River and together we celebrate the intensity of being alive in these bodies of love on this blue green earth, from whom we are not separate, and whose nervous system is so much greater than our own. Unravelling our contractions, we plug into HER, rewiring and resetting ourselves. The RED Retreat has been held annually in October since 2019 alongside the breathtaking Breede River, embraced by rolling mountains under the sparkling Milky Way, where we camp out in the elements, and journey under a sumptuous Red Tent.
In 2022 we dream of 100 women from all over the world joining us.
You are invited!
Today, I support women through rites of passage from the archetypal maiden to mother (not dependent on having children), and from mother to crone / menopause.
Having healed myself of endometriosis, and given birth naturally, I also support women to heal trauma, abuse, imbalances, and outdated belief systems causing dis-ease in the body.'
For more, go to TheREDRetreat