Love Heals

I’ve just returned from two days at Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN, where female survivors of trafficking, addiction and prostitution heal, recover and gain economic freedom through job training, employment and the power of unconditional love. Thistle Farms is uniquely successful and powerful – beginning with a proven residential recovery model that informs a national network of sister organizations and then multiplies its impact by inviting survivor-led organizations worldwide to join in a shared trade marketplace. Shop for the freedom of women at their amazing online store and let the love heal you too.



The Welcome Mat Project

WelcomeMatProjectI am so excited to be able to tell you about the Welcome Mat Project from Thistle Farms. In Partnership with I AM YOU and  Lighthouse Relief, this project helps women refugees gain economic freedom by creating mats woven from the life jackets worn by refugees on their journey to Greece. This project serves as a symbol of acceptance and solidarity with refugees and as a reminder that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. A small team of women from Thistle Farms will be traveling to Greece in April where they will work with the women in the refugee camps. The group hopes to return with finished products (which may look slightly different than the photo displayed) to be shipped out in the beginning of May. Show your love by preordering here.

Love Heals

Thistle Farms 2016I am just back from Nashville, Tennessee, where I had the great privilege of visiting Thistle Farms — a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction, and established the most successful social enterprise of its kind anywhere in the world. Spending time with Becca Stevens, the organization’s founder and spiritual leader, and learning more about how the women harness the power of love to heal was one of the most profound and beautiful experiences of my life. Their accomplishments are far too many to share here, but I hope next time you want to buy  a gift for someone you love you will shop for Thistle Farm products as well as those from their Shared Trade  partners — small enterprises worldwide that are also protecting and economically empowering women. (Pictured right: Becca Stevens, Thistle graduate Anika and Isabel Allende)

Just in time for summer

insect repellentI hate mosquitoes and nasty chemical repellents so I can’t wait to try the Rose Geranium Insect Repellent from Thistle Farms. It’s organic, DEET-free, and made by women in Rwanda who have survived genocide. My friends at Thistle Farms swear by it and I adore them so it’s a must for me and I hope for you. Thistle Farms is a community of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction and their program and work are amazing. To learn about the repellent, watch this two-minute video. You can buy the Rose Geranium repellent for $14 a bottle or $26 for two by visiting Thistle Farms online here.

Love Heals Every Body

becca-women Thistle Farms is an extraordinary social enterprise run by women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. To sustain their recovery programs, the women at Thistle Farms create hand-made natural bath and body products. Purchases of these products directly benefit the women by whom they were made. Through its Shared Trade initiative, Thistle Farms is now also selling products handmade by women survivors worldwide. If you’d like to save a life while shopping for the holidays, visit the online stores for Thistle Farms and Shared Trade. The sites are humble, but the products are beautiful.