Rising goddesses fill Fernie Community Centre

Women were invited to take part in the Goddess Rising event at the Fernie Community Centre in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Women were invited to take part in the Goddess Rising event at the Fernie Community Centre on Saturday, March 7 in early celebration of International Women’s Day.

Locals Tanya Malcolm and Rachel Cline saw hundreds of women drop by the centre and participate in the various workshops they had set up organized the event.

“We had 16 different workshops today and the feedback has been phenomenal,” said co-organizer Malcolm. “The thing is women get confused because they think we have to earn leisure time, when really we deserve it. And International Women’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate yourself and make those shifts to putting yourself first and that’s what we’re embracing today and it’s been a really powerful day.”

A popular workshop that day was goddess yoga with local instructor Heather Ivany and a session with naturopath Dr. Karley Denoon.

Though Malcolm and Cline had hoped to see a larger turn out of teenagers at the event, they still noted how pleased they were at the application rate for the newly introduced $1000 scholarship they created this year.

“The scholarship is aimed at any female student who resides in the Elk Valley and who plans to further their education in any field upon graduation,” said Cline.

Applications can be filled out online at goddessrisingfernie.blogspot.ca/p/scholarship.html. Deadline for the scholarship is March 15.