Women-focused destination events are a popular trend that has grown over the last few years. More and more, women are creating spaces and holding events and retreats to come together to support, uplift and connect with one another. This is happening in all wellness sectors with no exception for cannabis, thanks to recent legalization efforts that are sweeping the nation. Women are joining forces to educate and enlighten others on cannabis and wellness concepts and to promote female ideals. CULTURE is bringing you this roundup of some of the most active women-centric retreats, events and groups.
Glowing Goddess Getaway is a cannabis social club for women founded by Deidra Bagdasarian and Sailene Ossma. The membership-only group regularly comes together to connect with each other through cannabis-oriented wellness retreats. Glowing Goddess hosts several events per year, with 10 retreats on the calendar for 2020. Destinations range globally from Jamaica to Mexico and the West Coast of the U.S. What started as a “weed retreat,” has evolved into a strong community of women, said the founders. Between the retreats, the Glowing Goddess community leaders host Sisterseshes in a few major cities every Sunday at 4:20 p.m., and members of the Glowing Goddess Tribe gather to celebrate in a cannabis ritual. The Sisterseshes are agenda-less and are strictly for connecting and relaxing.
Lady Jane Society is an organization committed to building a strong community by empowering women in cannabis through real conversations about the plant and its industry. The Women in Cannabis Central Valley Retreat was Lady Jane’s first retreat held last month in October. The two-day celebration was a place for women to network, build community, discuss supply chain issues and learn how to take political action. The days were filled with morning cannabis sessions, poolside yoga, sound healing, healthy food and an award ceremony. Kyra Reed, co-founder of Lady Jane Society told CULTURE, “I attended New West Summit the week following our event. I had three women approach me, separately from one another, and tell me that they are asking for what they want now and that was their big takeaway from the weekend. This is truly empowering. Women are feeling more able to ask, voice their opinion and share their struggles. All things that empower women to take more control of their destiny and succeed. We will continue to support women in building their communities and raise their voice—together.” Reed also said that Lady Jane Society plans to hold the Women in Cannabis Retreat in Central Valley, California every year.
“Women are feeling more able to ask, voice their opinion and share their struggles. All things that empower women to take more control of their destiny and succeed. We will continue to support women in building their communities and raise their voice—together.”
Tokeativity® is a global community for women. The nonprofit social club supports cannabis from a women’s perspective and honors the feminine experience by hosting retreats and events that seek to empower women and reduce the negative stigma that surrounds cannabis. Since the organization’s launch in 2017, founders Lisa Snyder and Samantha Montanaro told CULTURE that Tokeativity® has hosted more than 100-multigenerational women-centric events in dozens of cities. “We became determined to create environments where women could shift the focus onto themselves and create opportunities for bravery and exploration using cannabis connections as the base for gatherings. It is from this center point that we have grown into a global community.” At a Tokeativity® event, women can expect cannabis consumption, tarot card readers, yoga teachers, massage therapy, reiki practitioners, crafts and more. “We receive messages weekly about how we have helped change women’s lives simply by creating a space for them to be themselves, explore their creativity and find their inner strength,” Snyder said. The first Tokeativity® conference is to be held in 2020 in the organization’s hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Ganjasana is a Colorado-based women’s group that hosts cannabis-influenced yoga retreats. Ganjasana believes that women can connect with each other on a deeper level by celebrating a ritual of smoking cannabis together. Earlier this year, Ganjasana hosted a weekend wellness retreat in Nederland, Colorado to facilitate a positive relationship with cannabis as medicine through yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Ganjasana’s retreats are designed to build strong relationships with fellow women, nature and cannabis in a safe and sacred space. Ayurvedic self-care practices, ancient plant ceremonies, healthy food and time spent in nature are important components at Ganjasana retreats.
“We became determined to create environments where women could shift the focus onto themselves and create opportunities for bravery and exploration using cannabis connections as the base for gatherings.”
Last but not least, is Women Grow. Founded in Denver, Colorado in 2014, this organization was designed to educate, empower and inspire women in the cannabis industry with the belief that professional success is driven by personal connections. In turn, it hosts a variety of weekly events nationwide, which include professional networking, social gatherings, education symposiums, national speaking circuits and a yearly leadership summit. We have yet to see a big retreat from Women Grow but the organization actively holds monthly events and workshops nationwide.
Something magical happens when women gather. The amount of camaraderie that is created results in confidence, self-reflection and growth, both for individuals and the industry as a whole. Women-centric cannabis retreats and events create a safe place for participants to be heard, to ask questions and to facilitate relationships with other women. The groups we mentioned are putting a female face on the cannabis plant and wellness sectors in hopes to make a global impact for generations to come.