Launching Ellementa in Portland

We’re on a mission to reach more women with quality information and resources geared toward her exploration of cannabis for health and wellness. To do this, we are organizing Gatherings in cities across the country, bringing women together to engage in a practice they have been doing since ancient times – storytelling and sharing around women’s issues.

Last night, we launched in our 4th city – Portland, Oregon – with the help of Meg Worden, a local health and wellness coach. The Seattle Gathering happens 7/27 with the help of local marketing strategist Heidi Miller.

The Gathering was held in a wonderful space – Tillamook Station – and the proprietor, Yvonne, joined us for an evening of candid conversation about cannabis. Yvonne runs Make and Mary that hosts crafts and cannabis events.

Find out where Ellementa is Gathering near you!

Ellementa Seattle Launches Wednesday, July 27th at 7pm.

The evening opened with a greeting from Ellementa co-founder, Aliza Sherman, telling her personal story about cannabis as well as showcasing four companies that supported the event: She Don’t Know Snacks, Cedar & Finch, Ario Vape and Levo Oil.

Then the candid conversation began.

First, Aliza spoke about her mother’s ovarian cancer and how the chemo was causing serious problems at this stage. Next step: looking into CBD. The women then took turns introducing themselves and sharing their experiences with cannabis, from using it post-hysterectomy to applying a cannabis salve to injuries after a recent car accident (sped up healing) to relief from anxiety.

One woman admitted she was not currently a consumer of cannabis but was seeking knowledge because of all of the positive anecdotal information she had been hearing. Listening to the women in the room gave her even more information to consider about cannabis for health and wellness.

The evening’s program concluded with Jill Trinchero, founder of She Don’t Know, talking about her gluten-free, 5 mg. cannabis-infused snacks. She spoke about microdosing and shared information about upcoming products she is launching this year. Stay tuned!

The goal of these in-person meetings is to tap into the amazing energy that happens when you put women in a room and give them a platform to share their wisdom.

Each one of us has wisdom to share that can bring peace and comfort or sanity-saving, even life-saving information, to other women.

Partway through the introductions, the suggestion to move from theatre seating to a circle was made, and in an instant, every woman moved her chair to form a powerful and inclusive circle. This spontaneous action was yet another example of how Ellementa Gatherings are open, responsive, and organic experiences that bring women together in a positive and welcoming way.

We encourage you to attend an Ellementa event in your area

If you are interested in organizing a Gathering in your community, please be in touch. We offer a revenue share to our Organizers.

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Ellementa Anchorage – The First Gathering

The evening of the first Ellementa event, I was nervous. I’d spent several weeks organizing and promoting the Gathering along with our first sponsor, Enlighten Alaska – a family-owned licensed marijuana store in Anchorage. I was nervous because this was the moment that would set the stage for the new company I was forming with a longtime friend, documentary filmmaker and tech marketer Melissa Pierce.

Would women show up? Were women really interested in cannabis for wellness as we were telling anyone who would listen?

The answer was yes, absolutely. We were at capacity with 50 women sitting in folding chairs set up in the open retail space, all eager to learn about the healing benefits of cannabis.

The evening was a whirlwind of introductions, a heartfelt presentation from Geneva Cowen of Alaska Cannabis Exchange talking about the features of Cannabidiol or CBD, a cannabinoid contained in cannabis with healing properties. That was followed by a panel discussion with Jane Stinson and Leah Levinton, mother and daughter and part owners of Enlighten Alaska with their son Evan. I emceed and moderated and told my own personal cannabis wellness story.

After the presentations, the women got to chance to peruse the display of Erbanna handbags (attendees received a 20% off discount card) and were also able to purchase productfrom Enlighten (yes, cannabis – it is legal to purchase cannabis in Alaska if you’re 21 or older).

We were all amazed at the response to the event – and to the positive feedback on the concept of Ellementa.

I kept hearing the same refrain from the women who attended: “I’m so glad this exists.”

If I had any doubt of the power of our first meeting, a few weeks later, I was attending a women’s expo at our downtown convention center and something happened. Two women came up to me and greeted me. When I didn’t recognize them, they said, “We were at your event. We met there, and now we’re friends and hanging out!”

To me, that summarizes what Melissa and I are trying to build with Ellementa. It isn’t just a safe and trusted space – online and offline – for women to learn about cannabis wellness. Ellementa is a community for women to connect with one another. A place for them – for us – to find our element.

Learn more about our Ellementa Gatherings.

Interested in attending or organizing a Gathering in your town? Get in touch!


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