Training and Certification

The purpose of the Sacred Sahwira™ training and certification program is to create a group of committed, trained facilitators to lead Sacred Sister Circles™ that expand upon the lessons and practices found in The Awakened Woman, authored by Dr. Tererai Trent.

Through the lens of her amazing life’s journey, Tererai created an intimate and powerful platform that is accessible to women of all backgrounds and ages to awaken and ignite their dreams – these Sacred Sister Circles are the heart of the Awakened Woman movement.

This inaugural Sacred Sahwira training in New Mexico will be guided personally by Tererai. The Sacred Sahwira training offers a transformative perspective on the way we as women awaken and reignite our dreams. These trainings can help us to identify what breaks our hearts, allow us to recognize the depth of our soul wounds, facilitate the discovery and healing of our voices, while also providing a platform that allows us to tap into the power of our collectiveness.

During this training, attendees will get to experience a Sacred Sahwira Circle first-hand, and gain the confidence and competence to authentically curate and lead their own circles (SSCs).

To become a Sahwira is a two-part journey, beginning with the Sacred Sahwira training, and followed by a certification process.

Tererai chose the title Sahwira for facilitators of Sacred Sister Circles because sahwira (pronounced sah-wee-ra), holds a very special role in her collective culture in rural Zimbabwe. A sahwira is like a best friend, the one who grounds you in your moments of uncertainty and breakthroughs, an adviser and a sounding board in life.

It is in this light that facilitators will be called Sahwiras to embody the role of the best friend who rallies women to their purpose and divine calling through the Sacred Sister Circles.

Collectively, as Sahwiras we represent a massive, untapped, and global resource. Sacred Sister Circles allows us to come together to proclaim and take our global matriarchal collective place as healers and dreamers–the spirit of this collective can heal nations. 

Sacred Sahwira Training

Dates: April 27-29, 2018

Location: Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

83 Avan Nu Po Road

Santa Fe, NM 87508

Join Tererai’s inaugural Sacred Sahwira Training in Santa Fe April 27-29, 2018

on the campus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). 


Friday, April 27, 2018

5:00-7:00 pm

Welcome from Tererai, Introductions, Expectations and SACRED Activity

7:00 pm – on Evening on Your Own and Networking

* Agenda is subject to change and the event will be recorded. Attendees will be asked to sign a permission release. Click here for a printable agenda.

Training Fee:  $399 and includes all sessions and materials, opening reception, light morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Does not include travel or lodging.

To become a certified Sacred Sahwira and facilitate SSCs, you must first attend this SS Training, and then register and complete the certification process. You do not need to commit to the certification process to attend the SS Training.


 Saturday, April 28, 2018

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Light Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Overview of Rituals
Sacred Ritual for Finding Your Great Hunger

10:00 am- 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Soul Wounds and Sacred Healing

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch, Rest, and Reflection

1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

The Right to Dream Declaration

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm  Break with Snacks
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tinogona Gathering – Native American Ritual


Dinner on your own Friday and Saturday evening. We will provide signup for dinners and share options for local Santa Fe restaurants.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Light Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Design & Envision: Connecting w/Forgotten & Discovering New Dreams

10:00 am- 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am

Overview of Sacred Sister CirclesTM
Overview of Sacred Sahwira CertificationTM Process & Commitment

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch, Rest, and Reflection

12:30 pm – 1:30pm

Sacred Ritual to Validate Your Body’s Knowing – Harnessing Your Sensuality

1:30pm – 3:30 pm

Group Q&A
Commit to Action
Sacred Ritual for Planting Your Dreams: Closing Ceremony

Sacred Sahwira Training Experience

The Training is ideal for individuals who want to learn and share the Awakened Woman™ philosophy and practices with others by leading Sacred Sister Circles™

What You Will Get

  • Copy of The Awakened Woman book
  • Samples from the Sacred Sahwira Training Handbook
  • Printed handouts for event activities and rituals
  • Specific guidelines for becoming certified and for facilitating SSCs

What You Will Have

  • Access to Tererai and her team
  • Access to your own Sahwira
  • For those who go on for certification, access to a Sacred Sahwira portal, which contains everything needed to facilitate a SSC and a growing library of resources curated and created by Dr. Trent

What You Will Become

  • More aware of your own sacred dreams
  • Part of a sisterhood to help support other women to identify their great hunger and remove barriers to achieve their dreams
  • One of Tererai’s Sacred Sisters

Training Fee: $399

Early Bird Rate: $349

How Can We Help?

Travel Suggestions

Santa Fe: Has a small airport that is within 10 minutes from the Inn at Santa Fe and 20 minutes from other hotel options. Car rental is available on site. UBER is best option at airport if not driving.

Albuquerque: 45-60 minutes from Santa Fe and has service from all major carriers. There is frequent, affordable shuttle service from Albuquerque to Santa Fe (e.g., Sandia Shuttle) and a commuter rail system (i.e., Rail Runner Express).

Lodging Suggestions

Inn at Santa Fe
(about 4.5 miles from the venue)
8376 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
505-474-9500 hotel
$79.00 plus tax. Be sure to indicate you are traveling for the Sacred Sahwira when booking; Provides free shuttle to venue

Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites
(about 12 miles from venue)
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505-982-5952 hotel
$84.00 plus tax. Be sure to indicate you are traveling for the Sacred Sahwira when booking

The cut-off date for the special rate is March 27. Call their reservations number at 505-982-5952 or 866-433-0335 and identify yourself as a guest attending the Sacred Sahwira Training.

Must guarantee reservation with a valid credit card; A minimum of 72 hour notice is required to avoid a penalty of 1 night’s room and tax fee. Check in time is 4:00PM and check out time is 11:00AM

Hotel Santa Fe – The Hacienda and Spa
(about 12 miles from venue)
1501 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
855-825-9876 hotel
$129-159.00 plus tax. When booking, be sure to use the Sacred Sahwira Training Facility Group Code: 188056

The cut-off date for the special rate is March 22. Call 877-259-3409 or email at Shuttle service within one mile and 15% discount on spa treatments.

Deposit required and must cancel within 48 hours prior to arrival, or one-night deposit will be forfeited. Check in time is 4:00 PM and check out time is 12:00PM

All attendees will receive an email one week before the event with additional information. If you have special needs or inquires, please contact us at

Free wifi available across IAIA meeting rooms; parking is convenient

Please bring a personal journal, things to color and draw with, snacks as needed, means to stay hydrated, and an open and curious mind.

The event and venue are informal. We will be meeting in a large conference room, smaller break-out rooms, and outdoors. Dress comfortably and in layers.

This event is for women only. Join our list and we’ll notify you when other events are offered, including coed events!

Sacred Sahwira Certification

The second part of becoming a certified Sacred Sahwira is to pay a SS membership fee and facilitate two Sacred Sister Circles™ (6 months in duration each). Details regarding the certification process will be provided during the SS Training. You do not need to commit to becoming certified in order to attend the SS Training.

For those who wish to become certified, upon registration for the program, they will be given access to:

  • An online community of other SSs
  • A mentor to help them form their first SSCs
  • Follow-up webinars with additional training and support materials from Tererai
  • A protected Tinogona Portal containing all training materials and resources to conduct Sacred Sister Circles™

Registration for the Sacred Sahwira Certification process will be available starting on April 29th, 2018. If you have questions, please contact us at