Support Gaiatree while she reunites with family in the UK

For: Gaiatree Claire Jones
Sebastopol, CA
Organizer: Michael Jabbar, Shafee, Bhavani and friends of Gaiatree
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The Story

Gaiatree Claire Jones came from England to California over twenty years ago; she should have been eligible for permanent resident status (green card) in the US, which would have allowed her to travel freely between the US and the UK, as well as to work in a greater variety of jobs. (She has been working hard for years in a variety of capacities, as a housekeeper, as a gardener, crafting jewelry and more.) However, until last month she was unable to obtain her full legal status because of a series of technicalities. After many difficulties and delays, and working with lawyers on both sides of the pond, her papers have at last been issued -- and just in time -- as her mother has been in the hospital recently and is a very fragile state.

Gaiatree Claire left on May 29 for the UK to finally be reunited with her mum and her extended family. She has many friends in her local community in California, but until now has been cut off from her family and old friends in England. 

She is also a beloved leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. Her seasonal celebrations of nature and community and her weekend retreats in the East Bay are always eagerly awaited. She is also a long time student of the Diamond Logos work, and a beloved of Indian saint Amma, at whose California retreats Gaiatree has led sacred Dance circles.

Her local expenses will continue on, including rent and utilities, and she will lose income for the time she is in the UK, currently anticipated as two months. Our goal is to raise enough funds to cover those expenses and her lost income. "Green energy" of all amounts is welcome, so that when she returns to our area she will have a home to go back to!

~Bhavani

Budget: $5000 includes two months of rent and utilities, and reimbursement for lost income

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 4, 2017

Posted on June 4, 2017

We took mum out on a wheelchair roll, to get some fresh air, it was a bit breezy, so we ended up drinking tea in the cafe and doing a cross word puzzle that was about my level! It was fun. She was so happy to get out of the ward for a few hours it's hard to be in such close quarters for so long and be with everyone's suffering as well as your own. The hospital is really great, I'm very grateful for the caring, lovely, heroic people working there.


It is over twenty years since the three of us have been together in one place. That's my brother Howard in the photo. My mums a bit upset she doesn't have her makeup on for the photo but I think she looks great!  Howard's going home tomorrow, it's been lovely to be together, a very precious time in this uncertainty


Posted on June 3, 2017

Posted on June 3, 2017

From Gaiatree:
Thank you so much for your help! I am very aware of how unknown my time span is over here. A doctor told my brother she could live till Christmas or so, but all is unknown, she could choose earlier, or not. I was worried she might leave once I arrived. I never thought I was going to make it. Alhumdulillah!
My mum cried when I told her you all were setting up a fundraiser towards my rent etc., she's very grateful and I think it was worrying her. She loves our community - thinks it's wonderful that there is so much support and sends her love to everyone. 
She was supposed to come home today but had to stay in so she could be assessed for oxygen which she really wants to have at home for emergencies. She has suffered the pain and fear of her lungs filling up with fluid twice now so wants back up to get to the hospital with the Oxygen. Its a difficult balance.
The next few weeks will tell as we can see if there will be a certain amount of recovery or not, when she gets home. She has a lot to recover from, the eating will definitely improve as I'll be making the food!
I feel I'm seeing her with new eyes, she is an amazing woman in ways I didn't know till now. Great Gratitude!
I spent time with my brother today, it was lovely, and we were together with my mum for the first time in maybe the 21 years I've been exiled!
~Gaiatree

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