Picture this: An overnight glamping retreat for female-identifying individuals—or goddesses—using cannabis as a powerful therapeutic tool to enhance spiritual practice and promote creativity. This is Ganja Goddess Getaway (GGG).
GGG started in August 2016 with a mission to help connect women to one other and to the cannabis plant. The organization’s main values are inclusiveness and radical self-love. The GGG sisterhood is diverse: Goddesses come from all walks of life, including the LGBTQ+ community, traveling from around the world to attend the event in California; mothers and daughters bring a true familial vibe to the gathering. Some women arrive solo and quickly form new and lasting friendships, while others bring no or limited experience with cannabis and leave dabbing alongside the more experienced goddesses.
GGG events feature gift bags and a seemingly unlimited supply of herb in all its glorious forms, including flower, passed joints and blunts, edibles, topicals and a dab bar. GGG retreat activities have included educational workshops, women in cannabis panels, belly dancing and yoga classes, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, campfire and s’mores, drum circles, sound baths, massage and holistic therapy such as healing intuition and hypnosis. And the food at GGG is on point! Deliciously unreal meals and snacks satisfy goddesses’ munchies and the temptation to indulge—although there are always healthy vegan and gluten-free options, as well.
During the kickoff of the GGG retreat I attended this fall, founding CEO Deidra Bagdasarian, or “Miss Bliss” of Bliss Edibles, set the mood for the weekend by warmly welcoming the goddesses and dropping this wisdom: “Cannabis is like a mirror, in that she will show you your true self and hold your hand as you fix yourself.” Goddesses are empowered to use cannabis to connect to the divine within, so that she may more deeply connect with others in this place of unity and oneness. Cannabis helps us to truly discover ourselves, shed our masks and open ourselves to genuine human connection. Personally, I felt welcomed, loved and at peace in a safe, soothing space where we celebrated cannabis without shame. I left my first GGG experience feeling transformed.
GGG expresses our fundamental right to an altered state of consciousness, and illuminates the path for women to explore the healing and transformative power of cannabis. Goddesses are encouraged to bring the GGG sense of community home to spread to all: Friends, family and the world at large, including those outside of ganja. GGG recognizes that women are uniquely poised to support the female cannabis plant by normalizing it with our families and communities, to make smoking weed as normal as drinking wine, and to raise the next generation without the stigma currently associated with cannabis.
Simply put, the women of GGG are using cannabis to become the best and most authentic version of themselves. Anyone can get high; for this tribe of goddesses, however, it’s less about blazing and more about blossoming—together.
Every Sunday at 4:20 P.M., connect with the goddesses on social media (#SisterSeshSunday) and “sesh with your sisters with the purpose of fostering radical self love in each of you, then take that goddess energy and spread it everywhere. That’s how women smoking weed with a purpose can change the world!”
Check out ganjagoddessgetaway.com for GGG’s upcoming schedule in California (“Weed Prom” in Oakland in December, Couples Retreat in February, Northern and Southern California Retreats in March, and Ganja Mamas Retreat in May). GGG hopes to expand outside of California in 2018.