Bay Area Rising is at the intersection of art, spirituality, and activism!

Who We Are

Bay Area Rising is a powerful feminist network of artists, spiritual leaders, and activists dedicated to ending violence against women and girls.

BAR was formed in 2012 as a call to action from VDay’s One Billion Rising movement, based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION women and girls.

Our events catalyze community to inspire, heal, increase awareness, educate, and raise funds for front-line service organizations that serve women and girls.
This has included: IDEX, 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, the American Indian Child Resource Center, Himalayan Sisterhood.
And in 2016 we are focusing on Black Lives Matter, and several local groups that empower girls.

Bay Area Rising is dedicated to the principle that we must keep having these performances until violence against women and girls is eradicated from our planet. As Arundhati Roy says “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.


Carolyn Hunt is a Berkeley-based Wiccan priestess, with degrees in Literature and Theory of Outsiders in American Society and public and non-profit management. For the past sixteen years, she has taught classes, produced community events, and facilitated beautiful customized rite of passage rituals. She convenes sacred and playful circles to heal wounds, generate hope, and manifest individual and group vision, and is proud to be a co-founder of Bay Area Rising.
Mary Owen is one of a kind. How many Native Americans from Arizona do you know that love ice hockey? While she’s had a successful career in high tech as a senior technical writer and Program Manager at major tech companies; Mary is also a top ranked ice hockey referee including a gig at the Winter Olympics in 2002 and the NCAA Division I finals. Mary visits her elders on the Navajo Nation twice yearly and volunteers for the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. The Program supports the traditional Elders who live in the cultural and spiritual traditions of The Dine’ (Navajo) People. Mary resides in San Francisco with her animal children, Mimi and Bumper, and works tirelessly for Shiba Inu rescue groups around the Bay Area.
Afia Walking Tree is a world-class percussionist, cultural ambassador, spiritual activist, empowerment facilitator, leadership development advocate and trainer. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she is currently based in the California Bay Area. Walking Tree’s drumsongs are prayers of gratitude for the generosity of spirit. Her lyrics are evolutionary teachings, addressing present day issues of social justice, freedom, healing and self-love.


Here is a Video of Bay Area Rising 2014 Event