In California’s Central Valley, self-ordained nuns¬†Sisters of the Valley, have been running a home industry. However, the products that leave this abbey won’t satisfy a sweet tooth. The Sisters grow marijuana which they process to make CBD oil, a substance increasingly being used medicinally to treat cancer. In their daily uniform of long denim skirts and habits, the Sisters describe themselves as activists on a mission to heal the world.
Photography duo Shaughn and John spent a day with Sister Kate and Sister Darcy shooting intimate portraits of the nuns, their thriving plants and the process by which they extract the natural ingredients used in their oils, tinctures and salves. The remarkable photographs show recipe and routine in an open and honest portrayal.
Along with their photographs, Shaughn and John told us, “[The Sisters]¬†are¬†exactly who they present themselves to be, and we were relieved to be welcomed into their world with open arms. We are still in touch with the Sisters and are in the midst of planning a second visit to shoot more photos of them. We hope to create a long term project on them that will dive deeper into what they do and why they do it. As cannabis continues to move¬†closer and closer to¬†legalisation it will be interesting to see how the Sisters continue to be perceived and treated by society.”
“We respect the breadth and depth of the gifts of Mother Earth, working to bridge the gap between Her and her suffering people.” – Sisters of the Valley
“We, The Sisters prepare all medicines during moon cycles, according to ancient wisdom. We are activists who are on a mission to heal the world.” – Sisters of the Valley