Build Ritual Island's Home

$42,000 goal

Campaign created 1 month ago
Created October 31, 2018
Ritual Island
Ritual Island is a movement, wellness and community studio, co-created by Dr. Emily Bennett ND and movement entrepreneur, Robin Lamarr in 2017, in Hamilton Ontario. Together we’re interested in building self-awareness and community by creating accessible and inclusive experiences through decolonized wellness platforms.

Currently, we are a studio without walls, collaborating with various venues to host movement classes, workshops, and our one-of-a-kind teacher training. Our complementary health services (naturopathic medicine, community acupuncture, massage, counselling, +) operates under Ritual Island's former incarnation, Inland Island, founded by Emily, on King and Locke.

Robin and Emily came together, wanting to collaborate on a bigger vision of how whole body health can reach more people, bringing our joint offerings and radical dreams under one roof. Our services are/will be community considerate and socially engaged. What does this mean? It means every one is welcome, no one is priced out and we are ACTIVELY creating reform in how for-profit-businesses can serve all communities. It means our services are offered on sliding scale. It means we want to create exclusive and safer spaces for marginalized folks. It means we want to use Ritual Island as a launching pad for projects outside of what is typically found at wellness studios.
We keep being challenged with the ask, "How badly do you want to build this Ritual Island home? At what cost?". Lucky for Hamilton, we are committed. We believe opening up this home is something we need to do because its benefits go way beyond our career ambition. It's truly for the collective. It's for community.

Originally hoping to be open before December, we have faced another delay and won't be able to open until the spring. We've already begun paying rent on this 4000sqft space and have begun renovations. We are IN IT. We don't have the funds to pay rent without operating in the space. So we need to appeal to YOU. Our community. Who we're building this space for. Will you help us?

We are often fundraising and donating our time to various social justice initiatives. This year (our first year in existence!) we raised $1050 for RAICES Texas (benefitting the Mexican family migrant crisis), $707.50 for Interval House (a women's shelter in Hamilton), our teacher training is THE FIRST program to offer scholarships to people of colour, and we have just launched the Root to Bloom tote for a Six Nations immersion school. We treat our work as a way to spread a message of active compassion and to empower community. The Ritual Island home will help ALL OF US continue to do this work - self-care for community care. We hope you can show up for us so we can continue to show up for you.

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER and are so grateful for all of your support.
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$42,000 goal

Campaign created 1 month ago
Created October 31, 2018
Ritual Island
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