Shakti Rising unofficially began in the fall of 1997 when Founder and Visionary Director Shannon Thompson started providing informal services to young women with co-existing conditions such as addiction, body image issues, sexual abuse, family and dating violence, depression, and low self esteem.
provided weekly groups, individual sessions, mentoring, and worked with the women in her
garden, apothecary, and art studio.
realized the need for structured programs that did more than traditional client service models, education frameworks, and leadership opportunities, and Shakti Rising
At first there was there was no official name, formal programming, or marketing.
Yet word of Shannon's work with young women spread quickly and an increasing number of young women sought services.
In September 1999, Shannon
started the first program house at Mt. Helix in San Diego's East County.
From September 1999 through June 2001, the Shakti Rising model was piloted.
provided Transformational Recovery Apprenticeship services and support to 34 young women (10 lived in the program house, 12 received counseling services and 12 received harm reduction, "courting" services).
During this time, Education and Community Wellness workshops, classes, and labs were offered to women of all ages and backgrounds at the program house.