SAT 8.17 - SUN 8.18, 2019 ~ 9:30a - 7:30p

Matthiessen River Area, Starved Rock

The Invitation

Daughters of the Earth,


Gather with us for our first year as Light Side of the Moon, a 2-day festival to Ignite your Light! Surround yourself with teachers, practitioners, artists, musicians and community at Matthiessen Vermillion River Area for our fourth year as a sisterhood. If you identify as a Daughter of the Earth you are invited to join us! Mark your calendars for the weekend of the Full Moon, August 17th and 18th of 2019!


We welcome you to an atmosphere where everyone feels safe, seen, and liberated to explore more through activating workshops, one-on-one sessions, grounding moments with Mother Nature or in the heartfelt connection of another sister.


Enjoy a colorful spectrum of experiences ranging from meditation, yoga, dance, sound, ceremony, discussions, crafting, astrology, nourishment, womb wisdom to communal opportunities like our open mic, labyrinth walk, art installations, nature hikes, and bonfires.


Retreat to the Self-Love Sanctuary, a sacred container for personal healing and Self empowerment. Relax and integrate in the quiet space of our lounge for a break in your day. While there, feel free to explore the unique offerings of our healing arts practitioners and our mindful vendors.


As you walk the grounds, be moved by the beauty of the land. If you feel so inspired, stop by the raffle tent and donate to our community cause in efforts to support protectors of the land who share our vision of restoring the natural rhythm of our planet’s heartbeat.


We are a 2-day festival on State Park grounds with 1-day passes, so everyone who feels called can attend! We’re just outside city limits, about one and a half hours away! For those who wish to stay overnight we have created a directory of lodging options which can be found on the Lodging Page of our website.


We are filled to the brim with excitement and look forward to co-creating the first ever Light Side of the Moon Festival! Yay! See you soon!


Love Your Sisters,

— Cassandra, Janie & Melissa


Ignite your light!



Cathy Shields and Nancy Norkiewicz

"We had the BEST time at this DAYtreat - much gratitude to the truly awe-inspiring presenters, team, artist and sisters at the event! See you next year :) Shanti."

Gabriela E. Meja

"What a successful and grounding event! Thank you to Cassandra Justine for coordinating this beautiful gathering, (you rock!), all the presenters, the helpers and all those that participated and decided to Live and Choose Joy with us! Much gratitude, thank you for BEing beauty-full! 😉"

Becca Wiseman

"Still on cloud 9 from the magical day yesterday. Thank you so much!! This far exceeded my expectations. I left feeling lighter, grounded, joyful and with new beautiful connections and a new community to call home 🙏🏻💕📿🦋 #ichoosejoy"

Julie Brannen

"Wow! What a wonderful weekend of sisterhood. I am still buzzing with the duality of nurturing and fierce energy. 🌸🍃💥"

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