World Massage Festival

Read our Philosophy - The Bridge Builder

Our Mission Statement: To honor those who built the bridges for our profession,
to educate the general public about massage, to educate therapists
about different types of massage and to have fun.


Number one thing to can't do it ALL and still have an enjoyable experience, you'll be too tired!

The World Massage Festival offers:
  • A wide variety of workshops by world class instructors to choose from at each Festival
  • Our workshops are almost entirely hands-on education
  • NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED - One registration price for everyone, not a higher price for "non members"
  • We answer our telephones when you call and respond to emails quickly
  • We schedule our Festivals 3 years or more ahead so that we can find the best instructors & most affordable venues for you
  • Free admission to all registrants to any entertainment or special program at the Festival
  • Free door prize tickets for every Festival attendee, no raffle tickets sold here!
  • A free collector's edition copy of the Festival program, "The Bridge Builders"
  • A certificate of participation for attending each Festival
  • Register & attend four consecutive Festivals and your registration at the fifth one is FREE
  • Register & attend nine consecutive Festivals and NEVER AGAIN pay registration fees to attend!
  • A simple and published online refund policy
  • An opportunity to have fun and network freely with therapists from all over the country
  • And we don't have a lobbyist...we all have Vivian Madison-Mahoney and Laura Allen !!!

  • Sunday, August 19 - 10;00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Monday, August 20 - 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Festival Check in will be available during these hours ONLY. It is during Festival check-in that you will get your registration enevelope, name badge and goodie bag. For lodging check-in, see below.


Check-in time is after 3:00pm and checkout time is 11:00am.

Any changes from above stated check-in and checkout schedule will be subject to an early check-in fee of $12.00 plus tax, and checkout fee equal to one-half of the daily room rate paid by guest.

  • When you schedule your classes, keep in mind that most states do not require more than 12 CE credits each year. So, even though we have world class instructors, you don't really have to take every class! The Festival is like the World's Fair...there is more than you can do. Take a deep breath, get the credits you need and enjoy the weekend without rushing about trying to fit in everything being offered. Yes, we have lots of great workshops.....but many of those instructors will be back at future Festivals again and again.....we are a family.

  • Please be sure to check the class description for all your classes to see what supplies are required for each class you are taking.

  • We first added these classes in 2010 as a way for therapists to get a "taste" of a particular technique or modality, so that you could decide if you wanted to invest in a longer program for them.

  • The classes are NOT intended to be full-blown, hands-on classes. They will be lecture & demo classes to give you a little more knowledge about the technique and the instructors.

  • Please do not, after having attended one of these "sampler" classes, go out and proclaim your ability to be able to perform these modalities as they are intended as extensive techniques. This is our effort to fulfill part of our mission statement: "To honor those who built the bridges for our profession, to educate the general public about massage, to educate therapists about different types of massage and to have fun."

  • Many classes do require students to bring along a massage table. We ask that all those who are driving in, if it is at all possible, to bring a table with them.

  • With the new airline fees, we do not expect you to fly in with a table.

  • We have not had a problem with a shortage of tables in the past. Those able to bring a table have always been willing to share with those who were unable to bring one.
  • Each class will have a sign-in sheet. In order to receive credit for the class, you MUST sign in to each session of a class. For example, if the class is a 2-day class, you must sign in each morning and each afternoon of the class. Your instructor is required by NCBTMB to retain this list to prove that you attended, if the question ever comes up.

  • Please be on time. It is very distracting for an instructor to begin class and have people trailing in late. On time arrival for class will make it a better experience for all concerned. Time will be allotted for travel between classes.

"The World Massage Festival helped me to join a community of World Class Massage Therapists. The Trainers/Presenters are of the highest level in the massage field. The members of the Massage Hall of Fame are active and in attendance. The Symposium offers present and future information I would never be exposed too otherwise. The friendships and opportunities are limitless.

The Universal Energy shared at this event will heal many levels of a person. I realize I am all over the chart for the explanation of why I am drawn to the Festival, but that's just it, there is so much offered there.

Mike and Cindy are warm and truly dedicated to making this gathering the MOST in expanding consciousness and sharing the opportunity for education for all who attend.

The Research Conference just before the Festival starts will not disappoint. I look forward to the most innovative information. I have not been disappointed in all my years of attendance."
Nancy Fulton, Missouri

"A couple of weeks ago, I attended the World Massage Festival in Berea, KY, and I must say it was the best massage-related event I have ever been to. Held at the college in Berea, it was a long weekend full of education, entertainment, food, fun, and fellowship.

Next year, this fabulous gathering is going to be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, in the middle of the beautiful Nantahala National Forest. The dorm rooms at WCU are new and modern. Expanded vendor hours are going to happen. Fabulous teachers, great entertainment, and great education will happen once again.

When you consider that all of this was pulled off at the ridiculous price of less than $500. per student including meals and lodging, this was indeed an amazing event. I had a great time from start to finish, and I can't wait until next year. I hope to see you there!"
Laura Allen, North Carolina

"WMF Was awesome! Mike Hinkle and Cindy are truly dedicated to sharing their visions and passion for us all. I made fabulous connections too! It was fun to reconnect with old ones, finally get to meet Angie From Massage Warehouse who is awesome (Terry too), The Massage Nerd - we all love you for the FREE commercials you did for us all. Barbara Richmond developed a new cranio-cradle device that is amazing. All Cranio therapists should try it - all massage therapists too!

I didn't have time for all the events, but sure know everyone was enjoying a variety of festivities. You canít beat the price for sure! The harpist played some hawaiian music for me that was delightful! Beautiful people everywhere sharing and caring! Join us next year!"
Gloria Coppola, North Carolina

"The World Massage Festival is one of the best organized conventions in the country. In addition to honoring the great leaders and pioneers in our industry, this convention gives therapists an opportunity to get cutting edge education."
James Waslaski, Texas

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