The Matriarch Rising Festival is a powerful five-night and four-day event where wild-hearted women come together to play with what it’s like to center themselves and revive their connection to each other and mother nature.
During the summer solstice of each year, we welcome hundreds of women from all over the world.
Our Days & Nights
During the five nights and four days, you are in charge of choosing your own experience.
Our days are filled with skill-sharing, workshops, song circles, radical feminist tea time, and movements like yoga and somatic dance. You are welcome to flow to your desired sessions, lay in the sunlight with a new friend, or sit in the shade of the Tea Lounge and strum your guitar.
Our nights are spent singing around an open fire, cheering on the women offering their talents to the stage, and dancing ecstatically under the stars.
“MRF changed my life. I met soulmates. We all recognized each other. We began a precious annual tradition. I had a vision of being an 80-year-old woman, dancing here on this ground, naked, bathed in moonlight, with my great-granddaughters dancing with me. This is Earth medicine.”
Matriarch Rising's Founder, Emilee Saldaya
Matriarch Rising's Staff, 2022
"As mothers, daughters, sisters, and women descend on our magical land in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, I’m reminded of my mission for the festival:
to create a protected space for women and girls to celebrate their womanhood year after year."
- Emilee Saldaya
We hold the vision of women returning to this land every summer with their best friends, their sisters, their daughters, and granddaughters.
We are here to revive authentic sisterhood.
We are committed to preserving sisterhood, women’s rituals, and wisdom sharing at the Matriarch Rising Festival.
Our hand picked contributors craft their sessions with the deepest intentions - to exchange knowledge about birth, matriarchy, plant medicine, authentic midwifery, movement for the female body, radical feminism, female physiology, and so much more.
Many women arrive not knowing what it’s like to fully surrender, feel safe around other fierce and strong women, or explore and speak their most profound truths.
Yet, they bravely come and lean in, and meet the parts of themselves waiting to be known.
We watch women leave more radiant, confident, grounded, strong, and liberated each year. When women remember their truth and power, it creates a ripple effect in the collective–it’s the matriarch rising.
The Matriarchs are Rising.
Will we see you there?