Segara Girl: Jessica Barrett

April 16, 2018

Segara Girl: Jessica Barrett

We're so excited to introduce our Segara Girl series, where we'll be featuring stories of women who inspire us.

Our first Segara Girl is one of our early customers, Jessica Barrett. Jessica's a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Toronto. 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into freelance writing and consulting?

I wanted a job that I loved and could do from anywhere in the world, and about a year ago I attended a workshop about manifesting your reality. I meditated on those intentions and 6 months later, I was living them! I'm an avid traveler, a conservationist, and I love food. Mostly dessert. While I've lived in Toronto all my life, that will be changing later this year!

You've been on some really exciting travels recently. One of these was a trip to Sumatra, Indonesia that you mentioned was life-changing. Can you tell us about what brought you there and how the experience impacted you?

In November 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to Sumatra with an organization called Photographers Without Borders for a workshop on storytelling for social change. There, we partnered with a local NGO, Orangutan Information Centre, that's working on various initiatives to protect the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. Palm oil is one of the biggest threats to the orangutan's survival, and huge swaths of forest are being cleared every day to make way for plantations.

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It's an absolutely tragic situation, but having the opportunity to spend time in Gunung Leuser National Park to photograph these beautiful creatures in their natural environment was pure magic. Watching a mother orangutan interact with her baby really drives home how similar to us they are – and it's heartbreaking to see what we're doing to them. The key to their survival is conservation – the protection of their forest home. Over half of the forest cover in Sumatra has already been lost, so this is an urgent situation.

Photographers Without Borders and Orangutan Information Centre have partnered to purchase 50 hectares of land along the border of the national park to establish the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary, and this has become my passion project since the trip. Right now I'm working to fundraise $10,000 towards the purchase of this land. We've already been able to secure 8 hectares, but there's still a ways to go! Anyone interested in learning more or donating can visit my page.

While we were exchanging messages we learned that you started 2018 off by heading to Costa Rica for an ayahuasca retreat. The little we know about ayahuasca is what we saw on Chelsea Handler's show "Chelsea Does." How did you work up the courage to try this? How did it compare to your expectations?

Chelsea's experience was what I'm inclined to call "made for TV" – and it was very different from mine. When I originally heard about ayahuasca about four years ago, I was adamant that I wouldn't do it. But they say that Mother Ayahuasca calls you when you're ready, and late last year I was presented with an opportunity to travel to Costa Rica to take part in a plant medicine retreat. There wasn't really any hesitation... no courage to muster up. I felt ready.

The retreat was a combination of workshops, cleanses, and plant medicine ceremonies, and the centre is a licensed medical facility, so there was a lot of love and support. We followed a specific diet and did four ceremonies over the course of the week. Unlike what we saw on Chelsea Does, these were sacred and there was no talking once we drank the medicine. It was a really beautiful space to have that experience in.

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My only expectation going into it was to feel better leaving than when I arrived. The week wasn't easy – it was hard inner work and by mid-week I wanted to stop. But I can only describe it as transformational. I purged (quite literally – I saw it in my bucket!) my feelings of not being good enough – something I think many women struggle with – and weeks after returning I still feel so full of love and light. I'm so grateful for the strangers-turned-friends who went on that journey with me, and we have a closed group to continue supporting one another through the "reintegration" process and beyond. It was a really special experience, and I'm super grateful to my mom, who helped send me there.

We're still pretty early into 2018. What are you most excited about for the remainder of the year?

I think my plant medicine experience set the tone for the year! Apart from seeing the changes that the ayahuasca journey will bring to my life, I have a trip to Australia potentially in the works and there will be a big move later in the year. I'm not sure where to yet, but somewhere that lets me get away from the snow for a while.  

We made Segara for "the women who can't stay still." What does that mean to you?

Stillness can be really lovely, but so can the desire to move. The feeling that you want to see more, learn more, experience more – and then the courage to actually do it. Segara is perfect for that woman.

Jessica's go to pieces are the Gili Top and Hanalei Bottom.


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