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In 2016, i started developing a strong urge for an "ancestral pilgrimage" to connect with my roots. as plans for this pilgrimage were unfolding, i was drawn to the treesisters’ website where i became aware of their "groves.” i noticed that only a brief description was provided and i became curious about the behind-the-scenes stories... “what’s happening in these groves?” became a recurring thought…
while meditating, i saw myself meeting up with women in the groves, learning about each groups’ purpose, and documenting the stories of what's being rooted through treesisters...in addition to the reforestation of trees.
i proposed this idea to treesisters’ leadership and they liked the idea of on-the-ground, sister-to-sister connections being made across countries, so i emailed grove leaders who were in the countries of my ancestors and asked if they were willing to share the deeper stories behind their groves.
also, as a solo-traveler, i told them i welcomed suggestions for safe, inexpensive lodging in their area (outside of the typical tourist locations) or connections with women who are interested in trading service for lodging.
for months i communicated with four treesisters in england, scotland, and wales. in july and august i traveled the uk (and france) and spent two weeks staying with three treesisters.
it was thrilling to be supported by such fascinating and welcoming women. staying in the homes of so many strangers (7 total!) helped me trust in people like i never have before. i'm telling you, there is good happening in the world. there's a whole lot of garbage, but there is good. we are going to need each other, to trust each other, to uplift each other as we fight to prioritize the planet, indigenous people, minority cultures, plants, and animals. together, we can all rise.