November 2009

A car crash (on ice, into a tree) heralded the full download of the TreeSisters mission, spirit, name, function and form into Clare, who sat on it for nine months before saying YES.

July 2010

While the concept was still brewing, a limited company called TreeSisters was registered by co-founders Bernadette Ryder and Clare Dubois (then Dakin). We knew what was needed, we had little idea how we would do it - but we knew we needed to start somewhere to make things real.

February 2011

The first simple website was launched to coincide with the Women on Fire Conference (and Clare's first public speaking experience ) - much like holding up a sail to see if anyone else resonated and would come. They did, and without any basic infrastructure, funding or much team in place, we suddenly set sail.

December 2012

We finally achieved charitable status after quite the gruelling process of discovering how to do anything that served 'women.' We also launched our first crowdfunding campaign to try to fund the early development of the charity, and called in over 500 men and women to donate monthly purely for organisational support. Many of our early funders are still with us now.

August 2013

Through 2012 - 2014 we worked with groups of women in South West England and internationally on Skype to explore the energy flows and functional framework of the TreeSisters Map of 5 Choices. The astonishing logic and messages of the Map emerged through women's bodies and we discovered that we had a tool that was literally teaching us. It has become our primary change tool and operating system, underpinning every aspect of TreeSisters as we strive to create something that reestablishes balance. We also worked with a pilot group of 16 women in Bristol to co-create the first experiential set of empowerment materials (The Deepening) and won a Lottery Grant for their development. For six months the Map was also piloted as a dance form in a monthly class.

June 2014

Following the addition of Edveeje Fairchild to the team, we started to explore how to run an organisation through nature-based wisdom - following 'life' at the centre of the TreeSisters Map. We adopted the solar and lunar flows within yearly and monthly activities and began our seasonal donor retreats to mark these phases.

September 2014

Our first 15,000 drought defence trees were planted in Tamil Nadu through Project GreenHands.

April 2015

We saw a deepening into nature-based organisational practice, the coining of our phrase 'nature-based feminine leadership' and the integration of the feminine mystery teachings around menstruality into our organisational culture.

June 2015

We partnered with our second reforestation beneficiary Eden Projects, planting mangroves in Madagascar, and we drilled down more deeply into our own reforestation strategy, outlining our geographic focus and selection criteria and streamlining our due diligence process.

October 2015

We also saw the co-creation (between Board and team) of our plan to earn towards financial self-sustainability through the offering of courses that delivered on our mission of feminine empowerment through nature connectedness. 575 women from 15 countries registered for our first free introductory call for Earthing the Moon (our first course run by Jewels Wingfield). Over 3000 women have now heard it. Courses have run every season since, raising funds and planting trees.

November 2015

We ran our IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for the creation and launch of our new online platform and website. We surpassed our fundraising goal, raising $96K and then securing top designers to rebrand and rebirth the online expression of TreeSisters.

June 2016

We planted over 140,000 trees between India and Madagascar.

September 2016

We have stepped into partnership with two more beneficiary projects WeForest (working in Brazil) and International Tree Foundation (working in Kenya).

October 2016

We reached over 500,000 trees planted per year.

October 2017

We planted our millionth tree!

Since our Million Trees campaign in the Autumn of 2016, we planted 740,485 trees, and as of this month (August 2017) have funded a further 291,905 for the Summer Quarter, bringing our all-time funding total to 1,032,390 trees.

December 2017

We reached 3,314 members by the end of 2018, with 93 Groves in 23 countries, and 250,000 individuals engaging with us via our social media platforms and mailing list.

March 2018

Our annual commitment of projected tree seedlings to be planted, assisted and protected every year by our donors reached the 2 million mark!

April 2018

We reached our 2018 Earth Day goal of calling in 70 new members!

April 2019

Through the support of our donors, we have now successfully planted over 4 million trees!

November 2020

We ran a world health awareness campaign titled 'Reforest our Future' that brought attention to the fact that the health of our forests is interwoven with human health.

March 2021

Thanks to all the incredible donors we have now planted over 16 million trees!