"TreeSisters is permission to dream, to get radical, to get real, to put self doubt to one side and prepare to astonish yourself. When you let Her into your heart, prepare to overflow with outrageous creativity - and a feeling that you'll never quite be the same again."
- Clare Dubois, Founder of TreeSisters
A treesister is a woman who plants five powerful choices into the core of her being. These choices underpin every element of TreeSisters. They are the soul of our shared mission. They are why we do everything that we do. They are the seeds of a Restorer Species that consciously seeks to strengthen relationship with Soul, Self, Other and Nature as a primary purpose of being human.
Welcome to TreeSisters, and thank you for finding us! We hope this is the start of a glorious shared journey of self discovery and audacious, love filled creativity on behalf of life. TreeSisters is an experiment that holds us all. May you find belonging, inspiration, courage, celebration and beauty within this sisterhood.
We find ourselves facing a planetary threshold that asks us to transcend our old known ways of being in order to rediscover ourselves. It's the greatest evolutionary gauntlet ever laid down for our species, and womankind has a crucial role to play.
Feminine consciousness, wisdom and leadership are vital ingredients in humanity's evolution into a Restorer Species and we all have a role to play. We're all discovering what becomes possible when we bring our hearts, creativity and generosity together on behalf of the trees.
Can we help reforest the tropics within 10 years? We think we can, we have a plan, and it involves you!
Treesisters are women taking a stand for trees. Together, we are discovering how to give our gifts and rise as a force of nature on behalf of nature. In sisterhood, we realize that we are not alone in our longings and dreams and that our togetherness is vital.
By listening deeply - to the earth, ourselves, and each other - we can bring through a different consciousness and quality of leadership that can help our species transform and rediscover ourselves as restorers of life.
When you step into TreeSisters you will find so many ways to grow, get involved, and to nurture yourself. TreeSisters is continually evolving through the creativity and brilliance of our members. We would love to welcome you to the sisterhood.
Step into life on the ground in Kenya, and meet some of the women whose lives you are touching with your generosity. The film is from our latest field trip to our partner project with the International Tree Foundation, reforesting the slopes of Mt Kenya to replenish the most important water towers.
£10 / $13 = 33 trees per month (approx)
£20 / $26 = 67 trees per month (approx)
£50 / $65 = 167 trees per month (approx)
£100 / $130 = 335 trees per month (approx)
(these amounts are approximate due to exchange rates)
Every month, you are restoring mangrove and dry deciduous forests in Madagascar and restoring the habitat of their most endangered Lemurs, restoring the jungles and community forests of Nepal, reviving the vital agricultural lands of southern India and the ancient cloud forests in the far northeastern mountains of India, growing forest corridors in the last remaining fragments of the Atlantic forest in Brazil, replenishing the forest and watershed of Mount Kenya, and protecting the last 250 most endangered gorillas in Africa. Your gift is also transforming the lives of some of the most threatened communities in the world, with a special focus on empowering women, as deforestation impacts the lives of women most.
"Wildlife and the 'Wild Woman' are both endangered species."
- Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Estes Pinkola
The forests need us now more than ever.
According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of Earth's original forests already have been destroyed.
The effects of deforestation are vast. Devastating loss of species (seventy percent of the Earth's land animals and plants reside in forests) and soil fertility, loss of stream, rivers and rainfall, loss of protection against storms, tidal surges, drought and flood, even fish stocks (in the case of mangroves) all of which reflect in loss of liveable lands and livelihoods. Remove trees and life literally moves out, and the cycles of poverty hit women the hardest.
When we let the truth sink into our bones and let our hearts crack open, we feel ourselves being called into our sacred feminine roles as protectors, restorers, and life givers for future generations.
The Feminine Principle is the receptive, relational, intuitive, instinctual, connected, feeling side of ourselves that knows itself as part of nature. This radically undervalued and suppressed side of us is our gateway to nature's intelligence, solutions and ways of being that will seek to serve life as a norm. Whilst this consciousness resides in everyone, women are uniquely wired to feel and follow natural law through the ebb and flow of our own bodies.
Women are naturally powerful and we know it - especially when we are together. TreeSisters is a place where women are exploring how to tap the depths of our knowing, how to create powerful togetherness, how to belong and to feel ourselves as part of life, discovering our truth and giving directly to nature herself.
We invite you into this circle of giving on behalf of life.
"Based on over 20 years of working with 200 NGOs around the world, TreeSisters rates in the top 20% of the most emotionally fulfilling, relevant and inspiring organisations on the planet."
- Catriona MacGregor, Founder of Nature Quests and Resilient Forests
Being a treesister is a way of life. When we feel this deep in our bones, our lives naturally begin to change, in the choices that we make and the way that we decide to show up in the world. This behaviour changing work is core to the ignition of the reforestation revolution we stand for, and it is speaking up for the voiceless.
Your monthly membership will fund the planting of mangroves in Madagascar, forest corridors in Brazil, agro-forestry in India and watershed restoration in Kenya. We will also be adding more projects to our portfolio as we grow in 2017. Each of our projects serve their local communities and ecosystems in ways that make the gift of giving even more meaningful.
Image credit: the Eden Projects
"Scientifically, practically, and emotionally, the work and purpose of TreeSisters is one of, if not the most, significant initiatives that can be undertaken by humankind to address the future of civilization. The world's greatest land-based stores of carbon reside between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn in the form of forests. Their restoration is critical to reverse climate change and create a humane and liveable future. Can women accomplish something that has failed governments and agencies for decades? I not only think so—I believe it may be the only way it can be accomplished."- Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest and Project Drawdown
More species of plant and animal live in the rainforest than any other land habitat. Only a small percentage of Earth's land surface is rainforest, but a large portion of the animal and plant species live there.
More than 25% of the medicines we use originate in rainforest plants. An estimated 70% of the plants that are used to treat cancer are found only in the tropical rainforests on the planet.
The world's forests absorb around a third of manmade carbon emissions, helping to moderate global temperature rise. Carbon dioxide literally is tree food.
A tree can absorb as much as 50 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
Forests help improve water quality by extracting pollutants through tree roots and by limiting erosion and runoff through their floor and their stabilizing roots system.