Raji is an angleic human being; she is serviceful, mindful and loving.”
— Snatam Kaur and Sopurkh Singh, Singer/Peace Activist/Author
Raji embodies the living and creative expression of a powerful mantra lineage. She has a unique gift of bringing forth dynamically effective and engaging mantra sadhanas, inspiring a global community of students to embrace these transformative and healing spiritual practices. Her mantra sadhanas have been a vital part of my own spiritual life for the past several years.”
— Girish, Music Artist/Teacher/Author
I have known Rajeshwari Gretchen Carmel for many years due to our mutual study with the magnificent mantra master Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Namadeva Acharya). During that time Raji completed an intensive curriculum with Namadeva to become first a mantra teacher, then a pujari, and finally a Vedic priest.
For the past two years I have had the joy and privilege of co-leading with Raji, along with our friend Bharata Bill Barry, the Transformation through the Yoga of Devotion program at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA. That gave me an experience of the purity of Raji’s teaching of both hatha yoga and mantra yoga, and the power of the Vedic ceremonies she presents. There is no doubt that her teaching is illumined by the spirit of her guru, Namadeva.
I was thrilled to learn that Raji is now taking on the transmission of the science of the mystical practice of mantra to others interested in sharing that path. There is no one I would want to study with more. I already recommend her to my students who want guidance in their individual mantra practice. Now I’ll direct to her those who want a more extensive training in this ancient science that is so applicable to our times.”
— Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, Senior Faculty Member at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
The care and love that shine through Raji’s teachings are great blessings to all. Her deep knowledge, devotion and presence combine to make studying with Raji a great gift and unique opportunity. The depth of Raji’s study with her teacher Thomas Ashley Farrand (Namadeva) is profound. She is the ideal person to carry on his great work.
I had the honor of studying briefly with Namadeva before he left his body and found that the integrity, love and wisdom with which he conducted his teachings are also present in the way in which Raji shares hers.
It is a joy to witness the continuation of this powerful lineage. I have referred my own students to Raji for in-depth guided mantra practice already and I greatly look forward to referring more to what is sure to be a powerful and important training program that will undoubtedly be transformational for many.”
— Brenda McMorrow, Sacred Music Singer/Songwriter
The entire experience at Blue Spirit Costa Rica was very deep and transformative. I loved our Sangha of humans, monkeys, birds (especially Rodrigo), butterflies, flowers, plants, buddha, angels, celestials, earth, sky and ocean. What a Sangha! Divine indeed.
I feel renewed and filled with eagerness and bliss. I feel a renewed and upgraded inspiration with mantra. I will offer the teachings to the world with the intent to ‘love all, serve all’, with all my heart, passion and being, through retreats, classes and personal consultations.”
— Aarya Waleska, MTT graduate, Costa Rica, August 2017
This has strengthened my belief in the power of sound and learning about the foundational aspects along with specific attributes of the deities. I feel like they are becoming friends of mine.
I’m happy to see how mantra has merged with my music. And, chanting and making art. Perfect!”
— Liza Constable, MTT graduate, Keene, NH, May 2017
I thought the training materials were very easy to follow and intelligently laid out. You had a really good vision of where you wanted to go and how to get us there. You helped me grow not just intellectually, but spiritually as well.
I feel further along on a road I know is right. I feel that I am more secure in what I know and mantra is an important part of that.”
— Daria Montferrante, MTT graduate, Keene, NH, May 2017
Opened up a lot of doors for me. I have grown so much through this training and feel incredibly grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Namadeva is so proud!”
— Wendy Bonner, MTT graduate, Keene, NH, May 2017
I have felt so loved and held by this entire group and have been given the space to grow. I so appreciated the hard work, dedication and passion to teach each and every one of us.”
— Mali Johnson, MTT graduate, Keene, NH, May 2017
I have loved this training and all it has taught me. There were awesome presenters and lots of extras for us. John de Kadt - my poetry from that day is very special to me. He showed me I can write.
Being with like-minded beings is wonderful. We all brought different pieces to the group. Having an assigned mantra practice held me to task. A focused practice. I have transformed so much these last 8 months. Emotionally stronger, physically vibrant. I am expanded and full of gratitude. Namaste.”
— Linda Davison, MTT graduate, Keene, NH, May 2017
Great structure. It really allowed for integration along the way. I particularly value the audio recordings so I can always have them with me and be able to hear your chanting. The handbook is great going forward as it is easy and quick to find each mantra. The manual was invaluable as we were progressing through the training.

I feel more secure in myself and in the world. These are such powerful tools to have. I feel more connected to my divine self and my sense and trust in my intuition. I almost feel like a kid in a candy store - there is so much good stuff from which to choose. I definitely feel ready to share more mantra in my yoga classes.”
— Carol Ferlini, MTT graduate, Keene, NH, May 2017


(Develops a strong connection to the five elements of creation; earth, water, fire, air and ether. Calls upon the higher self, Shiva, to destroy the ego and aid in spiritual rebirth)