Shakti Rising is a social change organization transforming the lives of women, girls, and the larger community. We cultivate the health and emerging leadership of women and girls, ultimately empowering them to use their personal transformation as a catalyst for positive change in their families and communities. This creates gradual cultural change that supports sustainable, cooperative, healthy societies.
Our work actively promotes 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.
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 four formal regions across the country transforming communities through its recovery, education, and leadership development services.
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.