How does a woman make new friends? It’s a question that Kendall Klein and Paola Pereira developed one rad answer to with their new monthly all-women gathering. “We began Rad Night because we wanted to create a space and time for women of all ages, interests, and lifestyles to come together to learn, create, or experience something,” explained Pereira. “We saw the need for women to intentionally take time for themselves, to meet new women, and to grow community.”
The $10 event is held the first Monday of every month 7-9 p.m. at Municipal Winemakers, where women socialize before sharing a new experience. On February 1, for instance, panchos cushioned the floor, candles lit up the bar, a fire blazed, and a coffee table brimmed with snacks, as if Muni Wine had transformed into Yoga Soup. Excitement bubbled as the 45 attendees — who ranged from 21-55 years old, from CEOs to the unemployed, and many by themselves — grabbed a glass of Dark Red. “Anything called Rad Night has to, at the heart, be something good,” said participant Emily Brown.
Past Rad Night events have ranged from making cards for a nonprofit to dance lessons. Typically, the organizers hint at the night’s theme, but women were made fully aware this time that they’d undergo a group transformation session of past life regression led by creative counselor Lisa Veit. “I know and trust that each process of past life regression will shed light and awareness on a person’s current experience of life and unravel deep-rooted struggles, habits, and beliefs,” said Veit. As we put our glasses aside, she addressed our hesitations. “Because we’re in a group,” said Veit, “it’s going to be so much less frightening.” After the light hypnosis, the group laughed, listened, and learned, finding commonalities in their past lives and connections in the present. “This was the kind of night you only read about but always secretly wish you were a part of,” said impressed attendee Kayla Diaz.
“My hope for the future is that Rad Night continues to grow,” said Pereira. “I want people to leave feeling inspired, excited, having met new women, and feeling a part of a community.”
Paint + Plants is the theme of the March 7 Rad Night at Municipal Winemakers (22 Anacapa St.; municipalwinemakers.com). Limit of 40 attendees; $10; sign up by March 5 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.