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Hundreds attend first Ripple festival

Eleven-year-old Kenessa Goodwin of Alexandria tries the Club E Fit under the direction of Natalie Heckert Saturday, while Kenessa's father, Kenny (left) and Ashley Niemczycki (right) look on. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)1 / 6
Jessica Massmann, known as the Gypsy Hair Guru from Minneapolis' Wave Salon, braids the hair of 6-year-old Amini Gould Saturday at Ripple festival in Alexandria's City Park. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)2 / 6
Melanie Wheeler of Vital Fit Club gives a massage during Ripple festival Saturday. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)3 / 6
Ashley Rambow has fun with a hula hoop, one of the many experiences offered Saturday at the first Ripple festival. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)4 / 6
Karen Rice of Alexandria's Kosha Wellness Studio led meditation and yoga classes at Ripple festival Saturday. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)5 / 6
Britta Buckner, left, of Hangloosemn, gives a standup paddleboard lesson to Patricia Bouta Saturday at Ripple festival. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)6 / 6

A few hundred people attended a day-long festival for women Saturday at City Park in Alexandria that was set to conclude Saturday evening with a moon ceremony.

The women's wellness event was the first organized by Ripple, a nonprofit founded by business consultant Shannon Berns.

She estimated Saturday afternoon that close to 400 people had attended throughout the day.

The festival, which was put together by Du Nord Consulting and Definitive Woman magazine, opened with what was billed as a welcoming ceremony of inclusion and connection. Several hour-long sessions were offered, ranging from classes on fitness, self-defense, yoga, meditation and pilates, activities such as canoeing, painting, journaling, acupuncture and hula hooping, and a food demonstration from Elden's Fresh Foods, one of several sponsors.

A portion of the proceeds will go to scholarships for women, and will be announced at a Ripple gala in 2019.

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