Supporting Women's Rites of Passage

We are 9 young women on a path of adulthood initiation. In April, we will be going into the wilderness for 2 weeks with a group of aunties and elders who will anchor us in this journey which includes a multi day solo fast, and we are asking for your help contributing to our culminating ceremony.
We are fundraising for the following goals:

$5500 goes towards:
- Compensation for 11 supporters
- Private land use fee
- Firewood and other supplies
- Food & kitchen staff 

$2000 goes towards:
- Offering of reparations for First Nations people (see below)

*Please note* we have already raised nearly $6,500 and included $3,500 of our own financial contributions towards this effort.

Traditionally, initiations were held in a community where individuals were sent out to endure an ordeal that would shape them, and they were received back and witnessed in their transformation by those communities upon their return. The communities who the individuals are in service to, no longer just individuals but now apart of holding the people and culture together to thrive in beauty.

You are our community and we make this sacrifice be more clear and humble adults in service to the very people who need us.

Our GoFundMe campaign is our way of garnering and engaging community support. We crafted this video as a way to share the message of our intent as well as to let the beauty of this mysterious journey ripple out into our wider collective.

Your contributions go towards hard costs and supporting healthy women's culture that can birth a new world.

In addition, we are honored to support the activism and continued cultural thriving of indigenous communities of Northern California where we are settlers. Please join us in preparing this gift basket for the two incredible organizations listed below.

With deep bows of gratitude,
The Tree of Life Women

Julia Maryanska
Julia Lomtevas
Elena Pinsky
Molly James
Nina Gordon-Kirsch
Dana Becker
Aleksandra Dubov
Hannah Perez-Postman
Rose Rothfeder


Sogorea Te' Land Trust 

The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Sogorea Te creates opportunities for all people living in Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land. Guided by the belief that land is the foundation that can bring us together, Sogorea Te calls on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.


The NEST: SNAG (Seventh Native American Generation) Multi-Media & Arts Community Center 

Goal of The NEST: Foster a positive learning environment, Indigenous cultural exchange, living sustainably, building with natural materials, nurturing and showcasing new works, and mentoring Indigenous Youth, and to provide healthy and nutritious food offerings to residents and visitors.

SNAG (Seventh Native American Generation) has been presenting art for over 14 years in San Francisco, Oakland, the Northbay and throughout California in rural reservation communities. The NEST has been a longtime vision of our staff and advisory board. For many years, it has been our dream to have a home location for SNAG, a multi-media center (including a dance studio, visual arts studio) and community space. We began to imagine what a home location and media center would look like and whom we would serve and agreed that our space should be built using natural building materials and sustainable engineering. 

We decided on Sonoma County because of our community roots in the area, and because it remains one of the last affordable options in the Bay Area. We searched for 2 years to find our home for the NEST, 10509 Woodside Dr. in Forestville, just 15 minutes west of Santa Rosa, and in the heart of Pomo homelands.

The need for our multi-media community center is to provide a permanent home for Seventh Native American Generation SNAG, our offices and work serving the Youth in San Francisco and Sonoma County. Designing our own space gives us the ability to envision how we want to grow, and what kinds of programs we want to offer the community in the coming years. In researching artist residencies for Native artists we discovered there are very few options throughout the US, and none in California. 

Our unique exchange program will provide our existing Youth programs with quality workshops from working artists, and fulfill a need for working artists in California to incubate new work. It will allow us to serve a new demographic, working with adults and elders to further strengthen our inter-generational learning component. We plan on making our space available for organizations and community organizer’s for use in strategic planning and organizational retreats, providing our community in the Bay Area and beyond a multi-use space to map their future in order to build lasting community impact.


More Info!

- Tree of Life is a group of women doing a rites of passage journey. We are from the Bay area and Sonoma County, California.

- With respect to Sogoreate Land Trust and the Nest - we spoke with them before fundraising on their behalf. These are organizations working in the Bay Area and Sonoma County, respectively, where we all live.

- Funds gathered here will be spent on food, firewood, donations to the two  groups listed above, and stipends for the people donating their time to cook and tend Fire during our ceremony.

- In terms of withdrawal of funds, we are sending them to Rachel Ruach Golden & Kari Stettler who are the women responsible for holding this container.  We will also be depositing into our group PayPal account to make donations directly to The Nest's Go Fund Me page, and to the fundraising link on Sogoreate's website. Julia Lomtevas or Elena Pinsky will be overseeing this process.

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    • $25 
    • 4 yrs
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    • $150 
    • 4 yrs
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    • $100 
    • 4 yrs
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    • $20 
    • 4 yrs
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    • $18 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Tree of Life Initiation
Occidental, CA
Rachel Ruach Golden

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