Shakti Rising is a social change organization transforming the lives of women, girls, and community. We cultivate health and leadership of women and girls to use personal transformation as a catalyst for positive change in families and communities. We promote community well-being by creating woman and child friendly societies that are safe, healthy, vibrant, diverse, sustainable, and culturally alive. Our mission is to empower women to uncover, rediscover, and reclaim their whole selves.
PO Box 5655
San Diego, CA 92165
|County or Parish:||Sacramento|
Shakti Rising informally began in 1997, when the Founder and Visionary Director, Shannon Thompson, began providing mentoring and informal individual and group counseling to young women with histories of addiction, abuse, depression, and self-destructive behaviors. From having worked in traditional recovery settings, Shannon saw that these women were being misrepresented and underserved through conventional programs. She went on to develop Shakti Rising's woman-centered model to fill this gap in treatment by creating a recovery program that addresses the complex layers of problems that result from childhood abuse, trauma, and dysfunctional family structures. Shakti Rising received its non-profit status in 1999 and now has five formal regions across the country transforming communities through its recovery, education, and leadership development services.
In 2013, Shakti Rising began offering services and classes in Sacramento, leading us in April 2018 to open the first Shakti Rising Leadership House, named Casa Luna y Lobos in Midtown. Casa Luna offers the full range of Shakti classes, a women's housing cooperative, and is home to a residential leadership immersion program. This was followed later that year by the opening of the first Northern California Transformational Recovery home, which now houses nine apprentices.
What started as a personal siren song from the ancients has become a worldwide contemporary movement. Since its inception, Shakti Rising has supported, mentored, and fostered thousands of women, girls and women-led organizations with feminine practices, approaches and systems, alchemical transformation, and leadership development.
Every woman is viewed as whole and possessing the inherent capacity to lead.
Leadership cultivation begins with empowering women to lead their own lives by living authentically.
A multitude of safe, supportive environments exist for women to practice and share leadership learning.
Because it is strengths based, all women know they have unique contributions and simply do it.
Women's leadership is known as necessary to the health of communal life, and is everywhere.
Imagine that this vision is possible, desirable and, in other words, the new norm.
In Shakti we believe, and know to be true, that every person who walks through our doors whether they are in our transformational recovery program, a student, volunteer, donor, etc. is a leader. We are committed to cultivating 21st century leaders that are heart centered, passionate, creative, intuitive, understand that we all have capacity to contribute, and that we need one another -- in other words -- community to do the big work. Our approach to leadership is focused on unleashing the inherent leadership potential; building capacity, knowledge and skills through direct experience of the Shakti model, approach, and curriculum. We do this by focusing on empowering women to lead from the feminine in all aspects of their lives.
You have to be prepared for the revolution that will take place inside of yourself when you commit to being the leader you were always meant to be. We all can have and be a part of this radical change if we are willing. The greatest challenge, and greatest honor is being called a leader. To be a leader not because you've taken a role, an assigned position, but because you have inspired other people to lead and lead people into something that they can't even conceive of yet, but believe they can achieve it. It is a great legacy."
In Gratitude and Connection,
Founder, Visionary Director
-- Shannon Thompson, Founder, Visionary Director