Female-only retreats and festivals are on the rise as women everywhere recognise the power of coming together to share, heal and celebrate what it is to be a woman in the world today.
Why would women want to have a festival that excludes men?
Probably because they feel more relaxed, safer and more welcome when there’s no possibility of assault, harassment or unwanted attention i.e. the kind of thing that women experience pretty much everywhere all the time.
Instead at a woman’s festival or woman’s retreat, women can let down their guard and relax in a way that’s rarely otherwise possible. And when women come together to share their stories, raise their voices in song and dance like crazy, there’s a special mood of community and freedom that is liberating and empowering.
So here are a few women’s festivals and retreats:
Womanfest – held in Glastonbury, UK 22-25 July. The festival organisers say: ‘OH YES, we’re BACK! And GODDESS, how we’ve missed you all, missed meeting new sisters, and old.’
Ladies Only Festival held in Germany, 25-27 February, 2022. The site is only in German and it looks like it’s held in a big sports hall.
Women’s Highline Meeting is/was a female-only festival in the Czech Republic for those who love to walk on slack lines. The last event was in 2019 before the pandemic but keep an eye on it in case it comes back.
The Sisterhood – this is a women’s area within a major festival, Glastonbury, and has its own stages, camping area and the festival organisers describe it as a ‘revolutionary clubhouse…open to all people who identify as women.’
Sadly, the women-only festival in Sweden, Statement, fell foul of the country’s strict discrimination rules and seems not to be happening again for a while.
There are, of course, many retreats for women and as retreats come and go you can follow the link to a summary of some of the yoga, writing and dance retreats for women to be found in Europe.