Looking for a “#sistersesh”? Look no further than Ganja Goddess Getaways, a girls-only cannabis retreat series in California.
With glamping excursions from the Palm Springs desert to the Pescadero beach throughout August and September, Ganja Goddess Getaways features “Puff, Puff, Craft” time, stoner yoga, belly dancing, tie-dying, hot tubbing, tarot card reading, educational panels on topics like sexuality or vision boarding, health food munchies, and as much weed as you want — all in celebration of “radical self-love.”
“We want to build community and drop the veil, and we feel that cannabis helps drop those veils, so you can be more authentically you and get more of a human connection,” Sailene Ossman, chief of public relations, tells Jane Street. “We want to honor this, and the people who use cannabis as a spiritual or creative tool, for women in particular.”
The retreats are meant to foster sisterhood among women who consume cannabis, while removing stigma from the plant itself. Why should a mother have to sneak a few puffs of a vape pen, while it’s okay for her to have hardcore drinks in front of her kids, Ossman asks.
“We’re creating a safe space for women to truly dive into a deeper part of themselves,” says Ossman, who describes the retreat series as “summer camp with a bunch of girlfriends.” Whether or not the guests have tried weed or are interested in plant medicine, personal enrichment, sisterhood, or connection, Ganja Goddess Getaways accommodates them all. The activities (and weed consumption) are optional: you could opt to take a class or seminar, or lounge in a hammock and get high.
“The vision is to offer women a way to connect with their divine feminine or goddess within and to connect to each other as sisters,” says founder Deidra Bagdasarian. As mothers and nurturers, women may have a unique relationship to the healing cannabis plant — which, incidentally, is also classified as female within the plant kingdom.
Tickets range from $120 for a day pass to $420 for an “ultra-deluxe doubles option” and access to a “dab and smoke bar.” And while the Ganja Goddess Getaways are girls only, the event series will also come to feature Ganja Goddess festivals for the whole family, where women can bring their children or significant others.
“But when you have a retreat with women, and there’s only women, it provides a safer place for women to let their guards down,” says Ossman. “Our mission is to nurture the nurturer.”