Marina Goldman with Old Growth Amazon Tree. Photo by Tracey Eller / Cosmic Sister

Marina Goldman
Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant (2015)
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Marina Goldman
Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant # 7
Mother, Nurse Practitioner, Human Rights Activist, Performing Artist
Year born: 1960 (July), Year of grant: 2015
(55 years old today, 55 when received grant)

Marina is a women’s health nurse practitioner specializing in addictions medicine. She travels every year to Sierra Leone in West Africa, where she co-founded the Katanya Women’s Development Association (KaWDA), an organization that has been advocating against female genital mutilation since 2008. KaWDA recently raised $50,000 to take 100 children who have been orphaned by Ebola into the school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and is working to build a well and a bakery at the orphanage and school. Marina, who lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two adult sons, works in Western, MA as a Nurse Practitioner in a suboxone clinic for opiate addiction. She has worked in Sierra Leone with ISHI Global: International Surgical Health Initiative, SEED, NarSarah Clinic, and Foundation for West Africa and IBIS Global Education for Development. Motived by her desire to create social change and gender equality, both globally and locally, Marina is also an actor, writer, educator and film producer. She is the narration voice of Martha Sharp in the Ken Burns documentary Righteous Among Us: Two Who Defied the Nazis and received the first Righteous Among Us Award from The Joukowsky Family Foundation. Though she deals well with the difficult issues she encounters daily in her work, Marina believes that participating in ayahuasca ceremony could provide healing and spur her to the next level. “This is heavy work, and we’re only human,” she says. “Ebola has really sort of stretched and fractured the normal tribal and community and societal bond ... and people are afraid, and there’s this stigma attached to taking on these Ebola orphans.”

Marina just returned from her experience in the Amazon, where she had many powerful visions including one where a group of ancestral women healers gathered in a circle and silently communicated their extraordinary and heroic healing stories, which they were deeply humble about. She also had a recurring realization, “Always go back to Nature,” for the answers.

Marina Goldman working in Sierra Leone
November 2015