Chandra Alexandre: Founder & Executive Director, SHARANYA
Sex - Tantra and Kama Sutra episode 111: KALI MA: INTIMATE CONNECTION & SPIRITUAL INITIATION with Chandra
Rashani Chandranath Alexandre, Ph.D. , DMin
Chandra Alexandre is Founder & Executive Director of SHARANYA (www.sharanya.org), a 501(c)(3) devi mandir (goddess temple) located in San Francisco that serves as a sanctuary for spiritual community worldwide. SHARANYA promotes healing, truth, and transformation through integration of embodied worship, devotion, and engaged spirituality.
Chandra’s work as Rashani (priestess in the Sha’can tradition, a Western Shakta Tantra) is toward a vision of a harmonious global community where our inherent divinity is welcomed, balanced, sustained, witnessed, and celebrated. Chandra conducts monthly public worship celebrations for the Divine Mother, leads annual pilgrimages to India, runs Daughters of Kali (a year-and-a-day training program focused on Shakta Tantra and goddess mysteries), guides Kali Vidya, an online mystery school (www.KaliVidya.org), teaches initiates within community, and maintains a spiritual guidance practice.
In addition to her work at SHARANYA, Chandra is adjunct research faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and is VP of Development at the Bay Area Council where she focuses on fund development for the organization’s policy initiatives, research and key programs.
Chandra grew up in New York City and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in psychology and philosophy. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a doctorate in Asian & Comparative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wisdom University (formerly the University of Creation Spirituality), and a Master’s in Philosophy & Religion with a concentration in Women’s Spirituality. She is fluent in French and a dedicated Sanskritist.