First Annual Where the Wild Women Grow Festival held at Cameron Lake

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HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – A Fort St. John resident is organizing a festival she defines as a safe space “for women of all walks of life, any kind of background, to come and enjoy together.”

The Where the Wild Women Grow Festival will be held at the Cameron Lake Education Centre on June 25th and 26th.

Elly Hamilton, one of the festival producers and host of the Where the Wild Women Grow Podcast, says she wants women to leave this weekend feeling like their cups are full, they’re refreshed and “grateful that they are women.”

Hamilton came up with the idea after she went to a similar event in Edmonton last year.

Initially, she started hosting women’s circles in Fort St. John once a month, but she wanted to go bigger, so she began planning the festival.

While organizing the event, she was recommended to get in touch with Lorenne H. Tilson, the outdoor education coordinator for Cameron Lake and owner of Wisdom Wild Herbal.

“Upon finally meeting, we realized that we were destined to create something magical together. Lorenne’s intentions for the festival is to create a place for women to feel deeply their feminine instinct,” said Hamilton.

“Women have certain urges that are not always understood or accepted in everyday culture. This is that safe place where women can throw their heads back and dance, and howl loudly at the moon. To join arms with their sisters and feel like the magical creatures that they are.”

The event will host various workshops including meditation, hypnotherapy, hula hoop, art and yoga.

There will be live music by Jenna Loren Felske, Lorissa Scrivens and Dirty Little Kitchen.

Guest speakers include Kim Livingston of Sand and Stone Jewelry and Jackquline Ann Findley with Energetic Wellness.

There will be food vendors as well as an artisan marketplace, and they are still accepting applications.

Hamilton says most of the workshops will be included in the ticket price, and there are more that haven’t been added to the website yet.

She adds that women can do as much or as little as they want, saying that there will be time to go for walks, hang out by the lake or relax at the campsite.

“We’re just providing as many opportunities as we can for as many different types of women to enjoy themselves.”

One event that Hamilton is looking forward to is the Red Tent, where they will talk about different ways that women can honour their bodies.

“How to kind of tap into our menstrual cycles and how we can find blessings in these things that we’ve been told are curses,” she explained. “These ways that we can tap into this wild wisdom in our wombs and honour our bodies in these really beautiful ways.”

Hamilton also mentioned she was also excited about the Empowerment Photo sessions with Hillary Brown with Waves + Wildflowers.

Another thing she is pumped for is the opening ceremony.

“When we’re going to have all the women who attend … sitting in our big circle at the opening ceremony on the first day. That energy…That completion feeling is going to feel pretty good too. I’m going to need a nap for a week.”

On the Where The Wild Women Grow Facebook page, they are holding a contest for festival tickets through a like, comment and share entry opportunity that ends on May 20th at 9 a.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website or Facebook Page.

Festival Poster (Where the Wild Women Grow)

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