Respect Mother Earth and her gifts. As you love and care for her, so will she give back.
Share the Earth’s gifts with her people. Heal your body the safe way, the way nature intended.
Be free to live the life you choose to live. Be free to choose nature’s medicine to heal your body.
We are the activist Sisters of The Valley, and we are on a mission to heal the world through plant-based medicine.
Like our Beguine ancestors, we are scholars who work together, pray together, and are dressed to identify our enclave.
Nestled in the impoverished but agriculturally rich Central Valley, our order makes honorable jobs to support our community through organic health products.
All products are hand-made by women; saged to the moon cycles, set on the new moon, and bottled under the full moon.
Our medicine-making is guided by ancient tradition, with care and respect for the Earth’s plants.
To find new ways of helping people get the treatment that they need through plant-based medicine.
To bridge the gap between Mother Earth and her suffering people, and open up the world to the healing powers of nature’s gifts.
Meet the Sisters
SISTER KATEAfter a devastating divorce, Sister Kate was forced to come to terms with one of the biggest betrayals in her life. And Sister Kate used to be a high flying consultant, constantly traveling to help clients open businesses in newly deregulating industries around the world. But as a single mother with three children in tow, she was forced to give up this career and uproot her family from her native Wisconsin all the way to California.
In the middle of Central Valley, where plants abound while jobs are sparse, Sister Kate was determined to create work and leadership opportunities for more women like her. That's when she looked to the newest, most interesting deregulating market in her new home state of California: the cannabis industry. So, in the Fall of 2009, she founded a non-profit cannabis collective and opened for business in 2010. Here, she served cannabidiol medicine to local terminal patients, where she developed teas and tinctures for patients to experience its healing effects without needing to smoke it.
After three years of service, Sister Kate saw the need to share this safe, non-addictive and non-psychoactive formulation of the medicine with more people who needed it. And thus, alongside her goals to help more women and patients, the Sisters of The Valley was born. During the Harvest Moon of 2014, Sister Kate developed their first line of products.
SISTER JUNESister June has always believed that super healthy food can also be super tasty. Today, she puts her passion for nutrition into practice as the Sisters’ Sous Chef, where she manages two kitchens on the mother-farm of the enclave, in Merced, California.
In one kitchen, Sister June plans, prepares and serves the Sisters lunch and dinner. And in another kitchen in a house across the yard, she manages the production of the Sisters’ medicine along with the help of a medicine-making team.
Sister June joined the Sisters first as an employee in 2017 and she took her vows and became a Sister in 2018. Before this, Sister June spent two decades in New Jersey, where she got her undergraduate degree in liberal arts in Morristown and later, her massage therapy license from a school in Pompton Lakes.
After decades of devoting herself to her family, she returned to her hometown in sunny California to rest and restore. (remove spacing, this should all be one paragraph) During Sister June’s regular trips to the East to be with her children, it has become part and parcel of the enclave’s culture to do their best to nourish themselves in her absence.
When back on the farm, Sister June is one of the Sisters most likely to be found either holding a child, being followed by one, or both, coming second only to Sister Kass in appeal to the little ones.
SISTER KASSSister Kass is the first of the millennials to join the mission. Born and raised in Merced County, she studied at Brookline College and received her diploma in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding.
She took her vows at the age of 24, and though there are now other sisters who are to take their vows at the same age, Sister Kass did it when she was the lone youngster among a group of crones.
Sister Kass has been with the Sisterhood the longest. And though she may be the youngest Sister by age, she is the eldest Sister by experience. (remove paragraph spacing) Before joining the Sisterhood, Sister Kass was already growing and making cannabis medicines with Brother Rudy.
Today, she uses these experiences to manage and oversee all of customer service and shipping, working closely with the women who make the medicines. (remove unnecessary paragraph spacing) Sister Kass has two lovely daughters at her side, and they are as comfortable in the abbey as they are in their own home.
SISTER QUINNAt age 10, Sister Quinn relocated from Vancouver, Canada, to the coast of California, where she eventually (replace 'eventually' with word 'later') studied Economics at the University of California, Merced.
When Sister Quinn first discovered the Sisters of the Valley, she heard her calling. Soon, she was attending moon ceremonies and participating in events with the Sisters. It was only a matter of time before her position as a sister was formalized.
When she started working for Sister Kate, she helped manage the finances of the farm and the growing enclave. Today, she works full time as the User Experience Specialist for UC Merced and part-time for the Sisters on special projects. She has worked locally and in Silicon Valley in various marketing and technology roles.
Outside of work, Sister Quinn enjoys spending time in nature, playing with her cats, building systems, and practicing intentional living by focusing on minimalism and sustainability.
Sister Quinn is passionate about social justice and sustainable communities. She believes that women are the ultimate healers in the traditional sense but also healers of society and the world.
Currently, Sister Quinn is getting ready to launch the enclave’s global content management platform. At the same time, she is preparing to train the rest of the ‘not so tech-savvy’ sisters, so the growing tribe can more easily represent the messaging of their global brand.
Sister Quinn is passionate about obtaining a zero footprint, respecting Mother Earth, and feminism. Her passion for her work makes her a delight to work with.
Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Sister Maria is of Chinese, Scottish and Irish descent. She has had a long and successful career in project management, with a propensity for managing private schools and all the challenges that come with the noble endeavor of educating our young.
She has also worked for a long period in broadcasting, primarily as an event planner. Her tool-box runneth over. Just before becoming a Sister and launching a line of kava kava healing balms under the Sister brand, she managed a government funded pre-school with 14 teachers and sixty students under the age of seven. She is a strong advocate for plant-based diets and plant-based medicine. Sister Maria spends part of her year in New Zealand (small town on North Island) and part of her year on the California farm as the deregulation happens in all countries but hers, and because her knowledge of plant-based-medicinal product development is increasingly recognized as a resource and benefit to the entire enclave. She has two teenage children and a cooperative ex (the children’s father).
Sister Star was born and raised in the central valley of California, moved to Humboldt when she was in her mid-twenties. She was raised Jehovah Witness and that resulted in making her an advocate for abolition of ecclesiastical privilege (the right to abuse women and children and keep it a secret) and she has been on a steady crusade for reform of laws that harbor and make safe those who make it unsafe for children.
Sister Star had a stroke at the young age of 38 and was faced with struggling through America's failed health care system while losing the gift of speech. Cannabis brought her words back to her; she is also an advocate for natural medicine, plant-based diets and the good health of all through the genius of the cannabis plant.
Sister Star has a pre-teen son and a daughter approaching the age of independence, both living with her in Humboldt. Sister Star became a Sister in 2018 and though she is officially a part of the Merced enclave, she aspires to having her own enclave one day in Humboldt County. Nature-lover that she is, she doesn't see herself or her children living anywhere else. She works as the Sisters' own lobbyist, dedicated to reforming those laws that protect pedophiles. For more about SB 360, the California-based initiative, read this article written by Sister Rosa (Nordic enclave) about Sister Star:
Sister Sophia grew up in a small village nestled on the west coast of South Africa bordering Namibia. At the age of 12 she legally immigrated to the United States and settled with her parents in Michigan. Life in America was difficult and the culture of manicured women and men was not what she was used to. A simple lifestyle on a farm with little belongings was what she preferred. She anchored in with the American culture and eventually through some inner focus and lots of work she adopted the culture as her own always holding on to the dream that she would one day be back in a small village and living a simple life.
Sister Sophia has her MBA from the University of Michigan and has extensive business experience. In January of 2017 she began to hear her calling and in May of 2018 took her vows at the Merced farm.
In February of the next year, she obtained what the mother-farm had failed to get, a valid license for business from the town she settled in, in north central California. The location settled by Sister Sophia and her enclave is just 3 hours north of the Mother Farm. After some hard work and many bumps along the way, Sophia’s enclave took over the wholesale section of the business.
Today, Sister Sophia works side-by-side with her people to tend to the growing number of boutique stores around the world showcasing the Sisters’ CBD products. Sister Sophia and her team are focused on getting the most amount of medicine to the most amount of people, while creating a blueprint and process to onboard other enclaves interested in following the tenets and customs of the Sisterhood. The Gaia’s Hope enclave works closely with Sister Kate and her enclave in the central valley and are committed partners in service, activism and spirituality, the divine trinity that guides the enclave life.