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Earlier this week, Mayacamas Ranch burned to the ground leaving staff homeless and jobless.

My name is Barbara Fitzgerald and I am a yoga teacher in Healdsburg, CA. In 2014, I was part of a group of 35 people who lived at Mayacamas Ranch in Calistoga for a Yoga Teacher Training, led by Gina Caputo and Kathryn Budig. This place that we called home, and all the people that worked to make it so, supported our transformation into strong and well-rounded yoga teachers. We have always been grateful for our time there and with them.

If you have ever been to the Ranch, you know it was a sanctuary for healing, personal transformation, and connection. Sadly, this place that has meant so much to so many completely burned to the ground during the Northern California Wild Fires. 

As if losing such a special place was not already devastating enough, this tragedy has left the hardworking staff, many of whom had been there for over a decade and some of whom lived on the property, jobless and homeless. The head chef, who kept his life savings in cash in his room, has lost everything. These are kind, talented, hardworkng people with families to support and without many places to turn. 

In the short term, we are looking for donations so that they can buy groceries, water and other immediate supplies, and pay rent.

In the long-term, we are looking to help them with job placement. The General Manager of Mayacamas Ranch has described them as "honest, reliable, flexible, and teachable. They are such a committed and hardworking team; they would be an asset to any restaurant or hotel."

If you (or anyone you know) are in the restaurant or hospitality industry and can help with providing work, please get in contact with me. 

Please help care for these people who have worked so hard to care for others. Thank you.
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Hi all,

We have closed down contributions so that I may distribute the funds to our friends at Mayacamas Ranch. There are still some staff members looking for work, and a few of you have commented to find out how you can help them out with that.

Please send an email to Chelsea Moorhead, the former GM for Mayacamas Ranch, cmoorhead@mayacamasranch.com. She can help connect you with those who still need jobs.

Thank you again for your generosity and your willingness to be there for these people who have been there for so many.
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To all our donors,

How wonderful you are! The staff has been so moved by this outpouring of generosity. I will be closing this fund down this evening so that I may distribute all of your gifts (along with your messages of love and support) to this wonderful team in the next few days. Thank you for giving them hope in their time of healing.

In love and so much gratitude,
Barbara
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Hi friends,

Here is an update from Chelsea, the GM of Mayacamas Ranch. She wanted everyone to know that while your donations are definitely helpful to Miguel (who has the Head Chef we all loved so much), there are also others your generosity is reaching:

"We also have about 10-12 other folks who are currently displaced from their homes. Our in-house yoga teacher and wonderful part of our front desk team, Lauren, was woken up to a sheriff banging on her door to evacuate. She and her boyfriend had to flee without a chance to grab a single personal item. She's down in Santa Cruz now, and has lost her phone, wallet, car, home, and job. This is just more info for you to know so that you can see how far-reaching your beautiful efforts will go! "
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What an amazing response we have had to help out our Mayacamas friends! In less that 24 hours, we already made it to 75% of our goal. Let's keep the momentum going so we can bring relief to this incredible group of people. Thank you so very much for your generosity.
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