Rise Wellness Festival, formerly known as Elevate Festival, was started in 2021 by a group of friends. Initially, we were looking to open a transformational healing retreat center where people could come to heal through dance, yoga, art, and other alternative healing modalities. While we were looking at properties we found a beautiful property that would make the perfect festival location and decided why not start a small yoga, dance, and wellness festival in this location. This all happened just as COVID lockdowns were being lifted and it was a little risky as there were restrictions on gatherings still occurring. Luckily for us in 2021 the gathering restrictions were limited to 100 people, and so in our first year, we were exactly 100 people in attendance. We had one main stage in the campground next to the Similkameen River, we had our kid zone, and a couple of workshop areas at the resort of Similkameen Wild - located just outside of Cawston.
Since the first year was such a HUGE success, with lots of good feedback, we decided to run the festival a second year, this time at a different location - Lazy River Campground located just outside of Hedley. In 2022, we were 150 people in total and expanded to include two different stages, the Main Stage + Rainbow Lounge, the Kid zone, Elevate Spa & Healing Center, and an expanded vendors section.
Our vision is to create a beautiful festival utopia for a weekend of dance, yoga, wellness, and healing.
A place where you can connect to yourself, to others, to nature and to spirit.
Feel it to Heal it!