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Rise Conference 2022

August 3 - August 6

Welcome to the NWMAF’s annual conference: the most inclusive, comprehensive, women-led event for practitioners of martial arts, Empowerment Self-Defense, and the healing arts!

August 3: Self-Defense Instructors Conference (SDIC) – Professional development content for aspiring and experienced self-defense instructors.

August 4-6: RISE – Classes, workouts, and workshops from a variety of traditions and practices (martial arts, healing arts, and self-defense), plus a Teen track for participants ages 12-18.

August 6: SUPER SATURDAY – Classes open to ALL genders and ages 12+. Saturday evening culminates in our members’ performance showcase, plus a raffle and expo!

Women (cis and trans) and gender nonbinary/nonconforming practitioners ages 12+ are invited to attend the entire NWMAF Conference or just Super Saturday. Super Saturday is open to EVERYONE.

The NWMAF requires proof of vaccination for all participants. 

Participants must show a Covid vaccination card or electronic record of vaccination upon check-in at the conference.

Read our full COVID policy here.

Want to stay on campus?

Daemen College has on-campus rooms available during the Conference.

All rooms are single (one twin bed) and grouped in a suite of 4 with a shared common area and kitchen, and 2 shared bathrooms. Up to 4 people are allowed per suite, with mixed genders permitted within the same family.

Children under 18 will need to room in a suite with their legal guardian or a parent-approved chaperon specified on this registration form. Please note switching rooms will not be permitted.

A single room in a suite is $45 per night.

If you wish to stay in a half-occupancy suite (same arrangement but only 2 people total per suite so you aren’t sharing a bathroom), it’s $55 per night.

Check-in starts at 5 pm Tuesday, Aug. 2nd.

Check out by 10 am Sunday, August 8th.

On-Campus Accommodation Details

Accommodation will be provided in Campus Apartments which are air-conditioned. Outside doors remain locked at all times with key access for security. 

Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, dresser, and ample closet space. Each guest will be provided two sheets, a blanket, pillow, pillowcase, 2 towels, and a washcloth.

Cleaning services for individual bedrooms, kitchen, living rooms, and bathrooms will not be provided during this conference.

A fee will be assessed for each linen that is not returned: 

  • Twin Flat Sheet: $6.76
  • Twin Fitted: $7.35
  • Pillow Case: $2.00 
  • Blanket: $9.88
  • Towel: $9.11 


Meals are included for all participating registrants.

Bringing non-participating family, friends, or colleagues? Meals are $35/day and can be purchased separately, in advance, for those accompanying registered participants.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served, buffet style, in the Dining Hall on campus. Click the link to see a representative sample of what they offer.

Not a member yet?

Join NWMAF to become part of a community that celebrates the strength in each of us and spreads empowerment wherever we go. You’ll save a few dollars on camp too!

Take a look at the volunteer page. Many positions will earn you registration credit.

Conference pricing

  • Adult Members: $475.00
  • Adult Non-Members: $550.00
  • Youth (Ages 12- 18yrs): $425.00
  • Rise + SDIC Adult or Youth: Rise cost + $60.00
  • SDIC only: $75.00
  • Super Saturday Only – Members: $75.00
  • Super Saturday Only – Non-Members: $95.00
  • Meals Only/Non-participating Attendees: 35.00/day

Apply here for financial assistance by June 30th


Want to be an instructor?

You’ll find our application process here. Applications received before May 2nd are given first priority

Please reach out to with any questions.

Areas of Focus:
  • RISE
Daemen College

All class times are Eastern Daylight Time.

If you are in another time zone, here is a handy time zone converter.