Goddess Rising returns for IWD

Goddess Rising celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) for a fifth year in a row in Fernie.

Goddess Rising celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) for a fifth year in a row in Fernie, and women throughout the Elk Valley are being encouraged to come and take part.

Stay for a half hour massage or enjoy the whole day of workshops, speakers and a wonderful hearty lunch. Celebrate with your sisters, daughters, mothers and friends.

Goddess Rising will take place at The Community Centre, Saturday March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with workshops hosted by a variety of women such as Jana Wenzlawe of CrossFit Fernie who will be teaching the importance of strength training for women. Jodi Nesbitt will be giving an introduction to photography and makeup artist Leah Wilkie from Decoro Portraits will be teaching how to apply natural looking makeup.

Goddess Rising is a day of sisterhood in celebration of International Women’s Day. It was created to bring women together for a day to learn from one another and celebrate. It is a not-for-profit event that is organized by two local women who wanted to give back to their community and bring women together in a day of celebration.

There will be cake decorating as well as a permaculture workshop and a session highlighting the importance of seed saving. There will also be a life coach helping participants get in touch with their sexy selves, and published writer Shelby Cain will be hosting a writing workshop that incorporates music.

Several more workshops are still to be announced, including the highly successful pampering dates from last year. Registration for workshops and pampering dates can be made online.

The event is free, but entrance donations and silent auction profits go towards the very successful female specific scholarship, that was launched in 2015, for graduating young women who reside in the Elk Valley.

In the first year the event funded scholarships worth $2,000, which was awarded to three local girls, in 2016 this increased to $4,500. Grade 12 girls who apply need to bring their application forms in person to the event.

“We are incredibly excited to be celebrating our fifth annual event,” said co-organizer Tanya Malcolm. “Back in 2013 we had no idea that this event was going to become such an important celebration for our community. We will be having cake to celebrate this milestone so please be sure to join us on the day. We are so very grateful to all the individuals and business owners who help to support this event by giving their time, as well as the donations for the silent auction.”

For more information about Goddess Rising or the scholarship contact Rachel Cline, at 250-946-6322 or Goddessrisingfernie.com or Facebook.com/GoddessRising.