Our Story

The first Awakening Festival in 2011 by all accounts was a tremendous success! It brought together hundreds of participants, speakers, performers, merchants and community organizations with the common vision of creating positive change.

The concept for the Awakening Festival started with Lianne Bridges’s own awakening process four years ago when she lost her husband to cancer. His passing sparked an unquenchable desire to explore her own path of meaning, spirituality and purpose.

In collaboration with a group of women exploring awakening in their own lives, they created a day dedicated to self improvement and exploration. This year, Lianne will be working in partnership with Carol Bates to produce another dynamic day that will inspire, motivate and nourish your mind, body and soul.

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First Festival Results

  • 500 participants
  • Over $2500 raised for Westwood Bridge to Burundi project
  • Over $600 raised for Grannies Aid for Africa
  • 14 Acclaimed speakers
  • 21 Community organizations collaborating
  • 45 Exhibitors selling hundreds of green, wellness and fair-trade products and services
  • 15 performers of all ages took to the stages inside the conference centre and outside in the marketplace and even in the woods (Sounds of Nature)
  • Dozens of kids learning yoga, creative expression, empowerment, community leadership and communing with nature
  • Over 40 volunteers donated their time and energy
  • Word of mouth referrals through thousands of blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Follows, Likes, Shares and Tweets
  • Awareness created through thousands of media impressions across dozens of online and offline media outlets

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Leave the Awakening Festival with a Vision, Commitment and Tools for creating new possibilities in your life!

The gift to yourself for the full day with lunch: $129 ($97 Early Bird until February 28th, 2014).

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What People Said

“How wonderful was that? The ambiance could be seen and felt all day! You did a marvellous job!!”

“That was an exceptional undertaking that most people could not dream of bringing to fruition. Bravo.”

“I went to the Awakening Festival and truly enjoyed the full day – it was so informative and inspiring. I met so many wonderful people. I learned so much and have shared with all my spiritual friends…a job well done by all. Congratulations to your whole team!”

“I enjoyed the entire experience and met some wonderful people.”

“Yesterday’s Awakening Festival was a complete success, and you and your team did a WoW job….from the moment I walked into that wonderful calming space… I felt you had created something with legs.”

“WOW, I’m still trying to regroup from all the energy yesterday, awesome festival, congratulations to you and your team. Love it all, so much to integrate, great speakers….looking forward to next years.”

“It was, in at least a decade of retrospection, one of the most amazing events in terms of tenor, aim and ambiance that I’ve attended.”

“I had a wonder-filled day.”

“I must say that I have never experienced something as unique as the Awakening Festival…I have found this festival to be a great personal milestone.”

“I am very, very excited that you are doing it again! It was one of the best events I ever attended.”

Meet Our Team

Lianne Bridges
Lianne BridgesFounder
Conscious mentor, entrepreneur, writer and mother. Lianne has worked for over 25 years in the private and not-for-profits sectors. Her work involves helping people do what they love for a living. She also founded the Awakening Cafe and Shift Village – communities helping people transform their lives toward purpose, abundance and joy.

Websites: DesigningTransformation.com , ShiftVillage.com

Carol Bates
Carol BatesPartner, Producer
Carol is a partner and producer of the Awakening Festival. She is a passionate and enthusiastic community organizer, producer, and facilitator. Having produced experiential educational programs and workshops in Montreal and Ontario for 3 years, she brings her “re-fired” energy and joy for life-long learning into her partnership with Lianne and the Designing Transformation team.

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Joanna McDonald
Joanna McDonaldProducer

Unique in her field, Joanna blends a variety of modalities to offer profound healing sessions.  Combining medical intuition, chakra analysis, past life regression and reflexology, she is able to quickly access personal roadblocks that may be holding you back.

Website: www.JoannaMcDonald.ca