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Ellementa Portland Women’s Cannabis Gathering

Twenty-five women turned up at Tillamook Station, a cannabis-friendly event space owned by Yvonne and Nate Emerson, on a warm fall evening for the second Ellementa gathering in Portland, Oregon. A warm breeze was flowing in through the large, open garage style doors as the women gathered in a circle of chairs to have a candid conversation about women’s health and the powerful medicine of cannabis.

Meg Worden, health coach, opened the floor with introductions and information on the mission of Ellementa: to provide women with the information, resources, and community to explore cannabis for wellness. She shared her personal mission to uplift the medicine for the health of women, our changing culture, and a more equitable justice system, citing her own experiences in it as an inmate, an activist, and a mentor.

After introductions, Meg turned the floor to the sponsors, first sharing her experience and love of Cascadia Herbals wellness tinctures (owned by Frea and Dave Wolfe).

Next, Mel Suchowolec of Serra share the inclusive and expansive ethos of the brand’s dispensaries and products.

Then Jill Trinchero, of She Don’t Know snacks, gave everyone the lowdown on her delicious brand of vegan, gluten free, low-dose edibles. She shared information about her new line of herbal crackers and her upcoming dog treats.

“It’s so thrilling to be present during a time when there’s so much innovation in the field of health and wellness,” said Meg. “We are so lucky to have access to such great businesses that really care about supporting the needs of women.”

Jenn Lauder from Splimm, the world’s first pot and parenting magazine and media company, took the floor to engage everyone in a fascinating and important conversation about what it means to be a mother who chooses to consume cannabis, and how challenging it is for folks in our current climate of misinformation about cannabis to fully accept this medicine as safe and as a product that can help families connect and engage without harm. Jenn shared her story and her mission with Splimm to help re-educate families and remove the stigmas that reduce access to help for so many.

Jenn opened the floor to answer questions about how to talk to children about cannabis with honesty and integrity and invited women to share their personal experiences. It was incredibly heartwarming –  and clear –  that we were in a special space when women started, one by one, opening up about their own experiences with using cannabis for everything from morning sickness to postpartum depression to being a more engaged mother.

We also heard from several women on the differences being a woman of color makes in terms of the judgment from doctors and people in general about their cannabis use. Such an important topic for everyone to remember. The racist roots of prohibition are still echoing in the current system and affecting the experiences of women and their ability to be open about the medicine that heals them and their families.

The conversation was a reminder of the importance of speaking out and of supporting groups, like Ellementa, that aim to create safe spaces for women to heal from the long term harm prohibition has caused.

It’s profound what happens when women gather around the intention of a healthier, more liberated and loving planet.

The evening closed with Meg thanking everyone dearly for their contribution, encouraging guests to support the wonderful sponsors that make Ellementa gatherings possible, and inviting women to connect with sponsors and their high quality products.

The room became animated, full of grins and women connecting with each other around the room, further sharing stories, sharing contact information. The vibe was high and happy, also deeply grateful and inspired.

It’s a testament to the mission of Ellementa to see women who didn’t arrive together leave into the night in little groups, as new friends and co-collaborators of the community, armed with new information and ideas to strengthen us all.

Jill Trinchero, She Don’t Know

EDITOR’S NOTE – Reiterating the Thanks:

Thank you to our Sponsors: Serra, Cascadia Herbals, She Don’t Know, and Splimm.
Thank you to our speaker, Jenn Lauder.
Thank you to Tillamook Station for hosting us.
And to Meg Worden for guiding a beautiful event.
Also thanks to Rachael Rice and p.u.s.s.y.w.e.e.d. for the art.

Help Us Grow Ellementa to Bring Cannabis Wellness to Women

There never seems to be a right time to launch a crowdfunding campaign when there are so many terrible things happening in the world.

We’ve started and stopped our campaign with each natural disaster that has brought devastation. We started and stopped our campaign with the horrific events that took place in Las Vegas.

But we’ve come to realize that there will be something terrible happening in the world every day. Yet life continues and business continues even as we mourn. Everyone else keeps going.

So we’ve launched our crowdfunding campaign again today. Here’s why we’re crowdfunding.

Ellementa is growing.

Our growth is, in part, thanks to the support of women like you who realize that cannabis is not the big, scary “gateway drug” we’ve been led to believe over the years.

Women like you who are open to alternative medicine and want to know more about cannabis as a medicinal plant for healing, wellness and overall wellbeing.

Women like you who are looking for relief – for yourself and your loved ones – from pain, anxiety, nausea, and more.

Ellementa is run by women, for women.

As women with a startup, we have a vision: We’re looking to expand into more cities – in both legal and “non-legal” states – to reach more women with better information about cannabis.

We want to reach women from all backgrounds and with all levels of experience with cannabis to bring them together in face-to-face Gatherings in communities across the country.

 

 

 

We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign on iFundWomen.com to expand Ellementa’s reach.

Please help us grow Ellementa.

photo credit: Allied Steel Buildings

What’s an Ellementa Gathering?

Ellementa Gatherings are regular local meet ups where women come together in person to speak openly about cannabis for health and wellness. We address women as the epicenter of care and create content and communities to address our multi-faceted lives.

Women are nurturers, healers, caregivers. We make most of the healthcare decisions and purchases for our families. We care for our children, our partners, our aging parents. We care for our communities.

Ellementa Gatherings bring like-minded women together to learn and share.

Why Ellementa?

We’ve all been fed so much misinformation over the years about cannabis.

There is still fear and stigma around cannabis. Ellementa is the only national network that is working to bring highly relevant, vetted information about cannabis for health and wellness in a way that fits our busy and complex lives as women.

We create welcoming spaces online and off for women to learn from one another and from experts. We are laser focused on bringing quality information about cannabis wellness to women. Ellementa gives women access to the information and resources that they can’t find anywhere else and guides them to the reliable content, companies, and organizations out there that they can trust.

Ellementa connects women to better information about cannabis.

How Can You Help?

We’re raising our first seed round for Ellementa to expand to 10 more cities in the next six months. On our own, we’ve bootstrapped the launch of FIVE cities with Gatherings now happening regularly in Anchorage, Chicago, Denver, Portland and Seattle.

We partner with women in local communities to help organize Gatherings and partner with companies and organizations to support these educational and inspirational events.

But we still need additional funds to cover the costs of launching and marketing each new city to reach more women.

Please help us grow Ellementa.

Your contribution – no matter how big or how small – can help bring Ellementa Gatherings to YOUR city and to more women in need of better information about cannabis for health and wellness.

Thank you for your support.

Seed Our Growth!

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.

Learn more about promoting relevant products or services to our community of women.

Events

Ellementa NYC: Women, Cannabis and Pain Relief

Ellementa meets regularly to bring women together to learn about cannabis for health, wellness, self-care and caregiving.

This month’s program is:

Ellementa and The Bowery Cannabis Club Present:

“Women, Cannabis, and Pain Relief”

As women, we tend to care for others before ourselves. We may be experiencing pain and yet suffer in silence. Learn how cannabis and CBD, can be beneficial to our health and wellbeing and offer us relief.

We’ll talk about the differences between THC and CBD and how they interact with our bodies and brains – and each other. Learn about the Endocannabinoid System and some of the science behind why cannabis and its elements and compounds can be good for our health.

Our panel for the evening’s discussion will include Aliza Sherman, co-founder of Ellementa; Sara Shapiro, our NYC organizer, and Micaela Foley from The Alchemist’s Kitchen, our venue host.

There will be tasty treats for attendees and special gifts and giveaways. Plus high quality products for sale.

More details soon!

This is a non-consumption event (no cannabis). Education only.

About Bowery Cannabis Club

The Bowery Cannabis Club exists to connect, educate, and serve the international community that is awakening to the healing power of cannabis. BCC hosts events and workshops that inspire connection and discussion. BCC also provides premium products, at special prices for members. Learn about the health benefits of cannabis, and the wide variety of ways to integrate it into your wellness routine. Stay connected to the leading researchers, doctors, thinkers, and organizations propelling this movement. BCC events are held at The Alchemist’s Kitchen, and open to all people who feel passionate about this remarkable plant. Learn about the latest medical research into CBD and THC, sample new products, or consult with an expert for personalized advice. Visit www.bowerycannabisclub.com to become a member.

VENUE: Alchemist Kitchen

The Alchemist’s Kitchen is dedicated to celebrating the power of plants and is a a unique destination in the Bowery. More than a botanical dispensary and a whole plant tonic bar serving elixirs and healthy treats, we are a gateway into a conscious lifestyle and community through our plant-based products, wellness events and transformational workshops. Visit The Alchemist’s Kitchen.

About Our Panelists

The Alchemist's Kitchen

Micaela Foley is a practicing herbalist with an educational background in Western herbalism, alchemy, and medical astrology. She completed the foundational course from herbal college, ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism and has previously taken courses on alchemy and astrological herbalism with The School of Evolutionary Herbalism. She currently manages the herbal program at The Alchemist’s Kitchen, writes articles for The Alchemist’s Kitchen blog, teaches a recurring CBD clinic and other workshops, and fields questions about herbs, products, and protocols at herbalist@thealchemistskitchen.com.

PharmaCannis

Rachel Schepart; RPh PharmaCannis LLC. Based in Buffalo, New York, Rachel leverages her experience as a pharmacist and as manager of the first opening Dispensary in NY for PharmaCannis LLC. Rachel’s background includes palliative care, Hospice management, Home infusion patient care and retail pharmacy. Rachel currently oversees New York operations of four Dispensaries in New York as the Regional Manager of Retail Sales & Operations for PharmaCannis.

Moderators:

Aliza Sherman

Aliza Sherman is co-founder and CEO of Ellementa, Inc., publisher of HerCannaLife.com, and an author of 11 books She founded the first woman-owned Internet company, Cybergrrl, Inc., and the first global group for women to learn about the Internet from other women, Webgrrls International. She also founded one of the earliest social media agencies in 2006 and a smartphone apps company in 2010.

Ellementa NYC

Sara Shapiro, Co Founder of NY TechBreakfast has joined Ellementa to launch and run the New York City chapter. Her passion is startups, nonprofits and organizations with a mission in synch with her own.

 

 

Ellementa is Crowdfunding!

Help bring an event like this to YOUR city! Click to Support.

Ellementa West Michigan: Cannabis for Women’s Pain Relief

Ellementa meets regularly to bring women together to learn about cannabis for health, wellness, self-care and caregiving. This is a non-consumption, educational event for women.

This Month’s Program: Cannabis and Pain Management

The evening’s conversation will be led by Jamie Goswick with guest speaker Rebecca Neil of Paradigm Wellness. Learn more about cannabis for managing pain.

Our Location Host:

Ellementa Atlanta: Cannabis for Women’s Pain Relief

Ellementa meets regularly to bring women together to learn about cannabis for health, wellness, self-care and caregiving. This is a non-consumption, educational event for women.

This Month’s Program: Cannabis for Women’s Pain Relief

The evening’s conversation will be led by Gloria Moore and Aliza Sherman of Ellementa. The topic will be pain relief and how cannabis is being used by women for pain management.

About Gloria Moore

Gloria Moore is the President of Confetti Communications, a public relations boutique headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia that creates positioning opportunities for individuals and companies via networking, social media, and strategic events. She is the creator of The Right Place @ The Right Time™, a unique social and business positioning service that blends social media and publicity, event hosting and selective networking for individuals and companies that want to raise their profile in the Southeast.

About Aliza Sherman

Aliza Sherman is co-founder and CEO of Ellementa, Inc., publisher of HerCannaLife.com, and an author of 11 books She founded the first woman-owned Internet company, Cybergrrl, Inc., and the first global group for women to learn about the Internet from other women, Webgrrls International. She also founded one of the earliest social media agencies in 2006 and a smartphone apps company in 2010.

 

 

Ellementa is Crowdfunding!

Help bring an event like this to YOUR city! Click to Support.

Ellementa Women Cannabis Wellness

Ellementa Denver: Women, Cannabis, and Yoga

Ellementa meets regularly to bring women together to learn about cannabis for health, wellness, self-care and caregiving. This is a non-consumption, educational event for women.

This Month’s Program: Women, Cannabis, and Yoga

Friday, Oct. 20 @ 6:30pm

We will be doing some yoga by Greenlove Denver and have a discussion around Yoga and Wellness.

Instructor, Lucy Rose, also known as Greenlove Denver, will guide you through a mindful vinyasa flow with the intention of finding your inner light, personal strength, and peace within.

Participants are invited to use cannabis before class as a way to assist in finding a deeper mind body connection while on the mat. The vinyasa flow class pairs the sun and moon energy offering up a good workout while honoring the rest your body needs.