“Be sure to seize some breakfast and hit the dab bar!” It was eight:40 within the morning and this was my first set of directions after I arrived on the campgrounds simply south of Half Moon Bay, CA. I should not have anticipated something lower than a wake and bake at Ganja Goddess Getaway, a weekend-long retreat for female-identifying hashish fanatics and mainly my dream trip.
I sadly missed the 4/20 festivities the day earlier than – which have been reportedly “f*cking epic” – so I joined the next morning from San Francisco as an alternative. Some ladies have been simply getting out of their tents whereas others have been sleepily consuming breakfast or taking their first dabs of the morning. In case you are unfamiliar with dabbing, it includes heating a small quantity of hashish extract on a “nail” floor (that is normally scorched with a blow torch) and inhaling by a dab rig (a bong-like contraption). It is a potent methodology of consumption and doubtless sounds/appears gnarly to those that’ve by no means dabbed. So, I grabbed a poppyseed muffin and bought in line for my flip.
Ganja Goddess Getaway was based by hashish skilled Deidra Bagdasarian, aka Miss Bliss. In the beginning of 2016, Deidra had the concept for a hashish retreat for girls and started reaching out to the hashish neighborhood. By the top of the 12 months, she partnered with 4 extra ladies who make up the founding sisters right now. Though GGG is hosted at varied websites all through California, from the Bay Space to Coachella Valley (except one occasion in Oregon), the mission is similar for all: “To assist ladies hook up with their inside goddess utilizing hashish as a inventive and non secular self-improvement device. And to get excessive AF,” Deidra mentioned.
My in a single day stick with about 130 different ladies included actions like morning meditations, a ladies in hashish panel, stomach dancing, laughter yoga – and naturally, all-you-can-smoke weed. The one rule, other than “puff, puff, cross,” was that no alcohol was permitted on grounds, because it was prohibited by the occasion middle. In hindsight, the no-booze coverage was most likely for the most effective as a result of I had by no means been so excessive for 28 hours straight earlier than this weekend. Along with the dab bar, Joint Ferries walked round commonly ensuring everybody had one thing to smoke on. The joints, volcanoes (an enormous bag of vaporized hashish), edibles, pipes, and blunts the scale of King Kong’s fingers by no means slowed down. It was extra weed than I knew what to do with, and I by no means thought I would discover myself working away from a joint earlier than. “Please, no extra, I am unable to,” I laughed half-jokingly, half-in all seriousness. At one level across the campfire, we had misplaced monitor of what number of joints have been in rotation and we would find yourself with two joints at a time. I believed I smoked a ton of weed, however rattling, these ladies may hold.
Being utterly stoned off your ass amongst 100 strangers can actually go both approach, which is why I did not count on to really feel so comfy with each lady there. Once I first pulled as much as the deal with, I had no concept which route the campgrounds have been in. Fortunately, two sisters from Wisconsin who had simply returned from their quest for espresso helped me carry my issues to the location, setting the tone for the remainder of the weekend. By no means at any level did I really feel judged by anybody there, and by no means did anybody stroll previous me with out smiling and saying “hello.”
However one factor I most appreciated was the eclectic combine of individuals. It was such a ravishing and various vary of ages (from 21 to 70-somethings!), ethnicities, backgrounds, and so on. Over half of the sisterhood traveled from out of state and even overseas to get pleasure from a weekend of authorized marijuana with different ladies. I met a mom and daughter who have been utilizing their journey as a bonding expertise, childhood buddies from Miami who had discovered about GGG on Fb, and moms who dwell in states the place marijuana nonetheless is not legalized and always concern listening to a knock on their door. Regardless of all of our variations, one factor every certainly one of us shared was our love for hashish. If others may hear how passionately these ladies spoke about it, it could make even the largest skeptics rethink their stance.
In-between workshops, a few of us smoked and coloured in grownup coloring books whereas others wrote candy notes to different sisters on the Goddess Board, however many people have been additionally collaborating in participating conversations about hashish. Residing inside my bubble of San Francisco, I usually overlook that weed is unwelcome in most elements of the US. Ladies shared tales of how they use it to relieve nerve pain, how marijuana helps them be a greater mother or father, and the way irritating it’s to dwell in a state that also helps inexperienced prohibition. The actual fact there was zero cell reception additionally helped us keep current and related to 1 one other.
Ganja Goddess Getaway is way over nearly getting excessive – though that is additionally an enormous element. It is constructed on sisterhood, self-love, friendship, inclusivity, and feminine empowerment, all of which I witnessed and felt throughout my keep. There have been crystals and tears and loads of different issues that may usually make me uncomfortable. However as a result of everybody who was a part of this retreat was so extremely open-minded and welcoming, I felt a powerful have to reciprocate in the identical sense. It felt like Summer time camp as a child – however higher. Not solely as a result of there was infinite weed obtainable, however as a result of I used to be in a position to be part of this neighborhood of unbelievable ladies I by no means would’ve had the prospect to fulfill in any other case. After the closing awards ceremony, social handles and hugs have been exchanged, and I formally grew to become a part of a neighborhood of Ganja Goddesses.