3 Days, 2 Nights
October 13-15, 2017
Coachella Valley, California
In Partnership with The Tegan & Sara Foundation
About the Fest
Who We Are
MOTHERSHIP is a women's fest fit for 2017. We host a distinct, activated, network of women who have one thing in common: a belief that something special happens when hundreds of women gather together, outside of traditional society. We promote radical inclusion and self-expression. We also know that diversity is an asset to our community; our workshops, music and events reflect that. Share your unique gifts with the MOTHERSHIP community. Learn. Share. Grow. Celebrate.
Workshops & Events
Learn and Collaborate
We pride ourselves on being wonderfully weird. That's why at MOTHERSHIP, we may have a panel on intersectional feminism followed by a BDSM workshop, vaping session and reiki healing event. There is something for everyone here. Educational doesn't have to mean boring.
Music & Entertainment
Badass and Female-Driven
MOTHERSHIP Curates the best in women's music. We bring together our favorite female performers, from a variety of genres, so that you can enjoy sounds you love while experiencing something new. We also engage other performers to enhance your experience such as fire dancing, ariel dancers and guest appearances. All women acts make up less than 15% of most festivals. MOTHERSHIP promises 100%. Lineup coming soon.
We Make it Easy
We highly encourage that you choose to camp on-site at MOTHERSHIP. Why? Because it brings people together. Our events are designed to build relationships and we want you to participate fully. This might mean getting a little dirty! Whether you love to camp, or have never camped a day in your life - we got you. We will have camping/glamping rentals available for those without gear. We have gourmet food options available for you, around the clock, via our delicious food trucks! Water on site. Restrooms & hand-washing stations. This year, our campsite is nestled next to a lake and our festival grounds, in beautiful Coachella Valley.
Acceptance and Respect
Self Expression: We encourage every woman to express themselves freely within the context of our temporary community. Please bring your art, instruments, costumes and ideas. YOU are a gift.
Respect: We believe in showing a deep level of respect one another, our staff of volunteers and the space. Respect at MOTHERSHIP involves leaving no trace, listening to one another, and abiding by all rules and regulations.
Inclusion: We want everyone at MOTHERSHIP to feel supported and included. We encourage your participation in our events and workshops. Be bold, be brave and be accepting.
Intersectional Feminism: We believe in organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests. We also recognize that women experience oppression in varying forms. Oppression is influenced by intersectional systems within our society such as race, class, & gender. Let's get together and slay the patriarchy, shall we?
Events & Workshops
A Preview of our Daytime Programming
Solo Traveler Meet-Up
This event will take place early on Friday. A great way to meet other solo, female, travelers at the event & make new friends. Also a nice way to connect with other women who are interested in solo travel. Find new buddies to explore the world with. Begin your MOTHERSHIP experience with new connections.
Panel: Women's Sexuality in the Media
"Sex sells," but are we buying it? We've gathered some amazing feminists to explore women's sexuality as it is portrayed in film, ads, music, tv, mags and our dear friend: the internet. How does this portrayal affect the wellness of women and how can we curve it's trajectory? Your participation is encouraged. This one is not to be missed.
Bold Self Defense Class
Learn basic self defense moves in a safe, empowering environment. Bold Alchemy is a multi-faceted healing practice that integrates, psycho dynamic feminist psychology and alternative wellness. Join this workshop to learn some new, kick-ass moves.
Panel: The State of Feminism
Been on a media break or want to brush up on policies that directly affect you? This panel will explore local and international women's movements and how you can get involved. Stacked with attorneys, activists and big thinkers. Let's create something great together.
A special place to adorn yourself. Open all three days! Expect free costumes, apparel, glitter, paint, and women who are enthusiastic about self-love. This is the perfect space to explore new forms of self-expression. Featuring a Babes in Braids Bar: Nikki Frearson & Resident Glitter Maven: Jessica Reid
Biggie Smalls: The Illest Feminist
Joanna "Jojo" Benavides
An exploration of rap music and feminism through the lens of Biggie Smalls. Is B.I.G. a feminist voice in a misogynistic landscape? In this workshop JoJo will explore her personal journey of being a Biggie fan and how it helped her find acceptance as an outspoken & unapologetic feminist.
Drum Circle: All Levels Welcome!
"What IS a drum circle"?! Ask questions, try out rhythms, experiment with drums & hand percussion, find YOUR rhythm/beat in the context of the drum circle, in a SAFE, supportive, fun setting. *SOME* loaner & hand percussion available -- FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!!
Birth Justice and Empowerment Workshop
Georgia Noonan BSN, RN
Pregnancy and child birth are arguably two of the most empowering phenomena a human being can experience-- the act of physically growing, developing and literally pushing new life into the world through the astounding portal of the female body. In this important workshop, Georgia will educate on female autonomy in childbirth, utilizing mother-nature and modern science.
A guided meditation that included breath work, and movement to help you get reconnected with your body and internal truth. Join this meditation to drop into the event, spiritually and emotionally.
Power to the Pen: Poetry Workshop
Alexis Ryan Britt & Cory Klink
Poetry is one of the most organic ways of expressing oneself. It’s a way of bringing life to our emotions and releasing them in a beautiful, empowering, constructive way. Everybody has a little poetry inside of them; sometimes it just takes a little coaxing. Grab a pen and paper and join this workshop to create a personal poetic creation. Guidance and prompt will be provided, sharing is optional.
Menstrual/Aural Pinch Pots
Create your own pinch pot out of clay. Pots are perfect for keeping tampons & other goodies. Group will adorn pots with symbols that represent our moon cycle and cosmic togetherness. Leave with your own special creation to take home wth you! Supplies provided.
How To Drive a Vulva
Learn how to navigate the twists and turns of female sexuality in a class designed for people of all genders. In this playful, informative 2-hour workshop lead by sapphic savant, Allison Moon, you will learn all the need to know info. You’ll come away with new confidence to please a vulva and the person it belongs to, no matter what your hands-on experience.
Hand Drumming for Beginners
Basic techniques & rhythms for djembe, ashiko, conga, & hand percussion instruments, drumming etiquette presented. Opportunities for developing creativity, rhythm sense, community, confidence, & meeting sister drummers in a safe, supportive space. *SOME* loaner & hand percussion available -- FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!!'
What Others Are Saying
"These women will be doing everything from yoga to tattoos — everything you can think of that’s female-fronted. They’re putting together this effort to show everyone that we all have something in common: That we’re rad-ass bitches and we can make shit happen." - iRAWniQ / LA Times
“I created Mothership because I couldn’t find any events like it. I was looking for an event that didn’t exist—a female-driven festival with music and workshops; a safe space for women, that was also inclusive.” - Laura Wise / GO Magazine