Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, PhD, is a renowned spiritual leader in India. Originally from Los Angeles and a graduate of Stanford University, Sadhviji has lived at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh at the foothills of the Himalayas for 24 years, where she gives spiritual discourses, satsang and meditation, and leads a myriad of humanitarian programs. Sadhviji is Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, the world’s first alliance of religious leaders for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, launched by UNICEF in 2013. She is President of Divine Shakti Foundation, a charitable organization bringing education and empowerment to women and children. She is also Director of the world-famous International Yoga Festival. Additionally, Sadhviji has numerous high-level international appointments including as Vice-Chair of the United Nations’ Advisory Council on Religion. She sits on the Steering Committees of the international Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) and the World Bank’s Moral Imperative to End Extreme Poverty. Sadhviji is a regular speaker at the United Nations, Parliament of Religions and other large international fora.
Sadhviji has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership role in India, including from the Cabinet Minister of Water Resources, Government of India, as well as from the Ambassador of the
United States to India.


Title: Connecting with the Mother Goddess: The Bestower of Abundance
Description: In this special workshop on connecting to the power of the Mother Goddess, Sadhviji will take you through a beautiful exploratory experience of meditation, introspection, and inspiration, guiding you to remove the obstacles in your life preventing you from living in deep connection to the presence of the Divine Feminine in all Her manifestations. The Mother Goddess, in the Indian spiritual tradition, is embodied in both fierceness and tenderness, the bestower of true abundance and the destroyer of ego, the bestower of wisdom and dissolver of ignorance and illusion.  In our lives, though, as women, we tragically allow ourselves to be trapped into pre-conceived notions of success, femininity & perfection — striving constantly but never quite achieving that elusive goal.  Sadhviji will share, with humor, love, and deep, profound wisdom borne out of experience, what it truly means to be an empowered woman, and how we can access that power within ourselves.  You’ll learn how to access true prosperity and true wisdom as well as how to define for you what true success really means and how to find it. Sadhviji will also share about the work of the Divine Shakti Foundation & Global Interfaith WASH Alliance working for women’s empowerment in the rural Himalayan areas of India.