Dr. Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor and one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General. She is also a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. At 15, Alaa completed high school and moved from Saskatoon, Canada to Zawia, Libya. It was there that she enrolled in medical school and founded The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) at age 21. With a focus on challenging societal and cultural norms, Alaa champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the ground-breaking “Noor Campaign,” are replicated internationally.
Amanda Kelly is an award-winning poet, yogi, and mother of five living on Vashon Island in Puget Sound near Seattle. She runs a small but mighty communications agency and frequently writes about sustainable energy and technology for clients. Amanda became a certified yoga teacher in June of 2015. She is deeply interested in the intersection of science and spirituality and wakes up every day excited to see how the mystery will continue to unfold. You can read more at whitedogyoga.wordpress.com or follow her on Instagram @whitedogyoga.
Andrea is a therapist and educator, a bold adventurer, and a sensualist by nature. Her passions include poetry, music, travel, language, astrology, tarot, perfume, and food. She deeply values her relationships and loves her friends and family fiercely, though she also finds great pleasure in solitude. Andrea is currently enjoying the blossoming of her new practice in intuitive services: graceascending.com.
Angela Maxwell began walking around the world in May 2014. Her proposed route will take her across Australia, Asia, Europe, Iceland, and eventually the U.S. She’s not interested in breaking any records or following a straight line, though—she’s going where her heart takes her (and Visas allow her) while making her way West-ish back to where she started. Angela estimates it will take her five years to complete this incredible adventure, though she knows unexpected mishaps and miracles will change her best-laid plans. Learn more at shewalkstheearth.com.
Angelique is a yoga teacher, actor, and dancer. Though a trapeze accident paralyzed her and landed her in a wheelchair in 2012, she refused to slow down, and she’s been performing again through the world of integrative dance. Named Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2015, she's also been working to be an advocate for the disabled community. She dreams of a completely accessible world where the population at large sees those with disabilities as the whole, attractive, powerful, sexual beings we are!
Anna Befort is a magazine editor, freelance writer, yoga teacher, and avid tree climber who’s proud to hail from Midwest farm stock. Co-founder of Invoke Magazine, she’s inspired by creative grassroots collaborations and the ability of her black lab Samira to fully inhabit the joyfulness of each moment. She tries to use her grammatical superpowers only for good, and she loves sharing women’s stories and wisdom at invokemagazine.com.
Anna Fritzsson is a 25-year-old Swedish health blogger and vegan chef with a passion for organic, gluten-free, and refined-sugar-free recipes. She is also a yoga instructor, nutrition coach, masseuse, and personal trainer, and she has studied public health science, psychology/sports psychology, and pedagogy/health pedagogy. On her blog, www.greenpowerbyanna.com, you’ll find clean vegan food from scratch and get inspired to an organic lifestyle. You can also follow Anna on Instagram @greenpowerbyanna.
Beth Dooley has spent 25 years covering the Midwest food scene for magazines, newspapers, TV, and radio. She is author of “Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook” and “The Northern Heartland Kitchen,” as well as coauthor of “Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland” with chef Lucia Watson. In addition to writing, Beth guides food trips for Wilderness Inquiry and teaches cooking classes at area schools and colleges. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three sons.
Bibbie Friman is an internationally acclaimed photographer. Fluent in the language of light, she cuts through illusions with her camera, communicating through her photos the miraculous, undeniable beauty of the feminine essence. Bibbie’s photo sessions are held as a sacred ceremony in which you meet your self and come to see your own magnificence. Magic happens in the space she holds and with the photos that result from this work.
Cally Ingebritson is a soon-to-be Certified Financial Planner (CFP). From the Mediterranean climate of Granada to the metropolis of Mexico City to the Andean mountains of Bogotá, Cally lived in many Spanish-speaking locales before returning to to her native Minnesota. Passionate about travel, music, and all things personal finance, her goal is to start a bilingual financial planning practice to fill the world with financial badasses.
Christine Christman believes words shape our experience and stories have the power to transform. Right now she is inspired by stories of feminine empowerment and spiritual experience. Her background includes education in both journalism and literature, a career in business marketing, and an ever-expanding spiritual journey. Her superpower of creative expression is the deep river that energizes her life.
Danielle De Pillis is an Integrative Yoga Therapist who is passionate about helping women find relief from chronic pain and learn how to re-inhabit their bodies after trauma. When she isn’t helping clients heal from chronic conditions and connect with themselves on a deeper level, she is chasing around her toddler and enjoying as much time outside as possible, preferably in warm weather. Danielle sees clients out of her home studio in Southeast Minneapolis and internationally via Skype. Learn more at twelvepetalswellness.com.
Danielle is a connector of people, resources, ideas, and joy. She has fluttered through more than 40 countries to explore, do yoga, connect spiritually, write, share laughter, and build relationships new and old. She's landed in five countries for longer stints, including four years in Mali. Her greatest aspiration is to serve others by supporting them to uncover and birth their truth and thus take back their innate power. In the daylight hours, she works with nonprofits and public agencies doing program evaluation, ToP facilitation, and strategic planning. She's currently seeking representation for her memoir manuscript, "Pawns and Prisoners: A Memoir of Denial." Learn more at http://www.danielledryke.com.
Dasha Gaian is a photographer, translator, web developer, writer, and inspired explorer of inner and outer worlds. Born in Ukraine, she’s lived on four continents, making friends with the people of the world, photographing their daily lives, observing celebrations and spiritual traditions, learning various approaches to loving the herenow, and preserving our natural habitat. She is currently settled in Boulder, Colorado, with her beloved fellow adventurer and husband.
Donna lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she is a potter, teacher, mother of two grown children, traveler, and spiritual seeker. Twenty-five years ago, during her annual stay in a small fishing village in Mexico, she noticed her menstrual cycle began attuning to the rhythms of the natural world. When she discovered Native American moon lodge teachings, a lightbulb went off, and she has been following the wisdom of the lunar cycles ever since. This newfound understanding inspired her to write “The Moontime Harmony Workbook—A Path to Creating a Sacred and Harmonious Menstrual Moontime.” Find more about her book and work at moontimeharmony.com.
Dorothée Royal-Hedinger is passionate about ecological and community health, women's leadership, and herbal medicine. She serves as the marketing manager at Bioneers and is the founder of MoonTentCo, an herbal apothecary based in California. You can follow her on Twitter @DorotheeRoyal.
Elisabeth is a yogi, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. She’s also a beer lover, cook, camper, passionate social justice advocate for reproductive rights, and sometimes expedition manager—which makes for a life that is never boring. She lives and thrives in South Minneapolis surrounded by a community of people helping each other stumble through life. The end of a 25-year-long marriage taught Elisabeth the importance of honoring her wisdom, speaking her truth, and living with compassion, all while sitting with sadness and uncertainty. It has also invited the opportunity to wade into the hilarity of online dating (which was not a thing in the 1980s!) and relish living in the present moment.
Elizabeth Millard is a freelance journalist, author, copywriter, and organic farmer. She tries to balance sustainability and health (along with bacon and grass-fed butter) into everything she does. Fortunately, she has a great deal of help in the effort thanks to her partner, Karla, and their menagerie of animals at their farm in northern Minnesota. You can check out their Facebook page, Bossy Acres, and follow her on Twitter @bossyeats.
Emily's passion for empowering women and girls has been at the forefront of her life's work. She studied at the Women's Theological Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, and remains active in community and cultural rituals and celebrations of women. She also offers life coaching and counseling services. Emily serves as the vocal music director at Heartbeat Performing Arts Center. She is a priestess, a reverend, and a pipe carrier of the Mexica tradition. She is also a spiritual scholar, writer, ritualist, and organizer, as well as a mother, teacher, sister, and community leader.
Emily has a passion for news with both truth and heart. As co-founder of Invoke, Emily’s vision is to bring women’s voices together in the trials, triumphs, and bad-ass moments that make us powerful, vulnerable and creative. Emily is a certified Integral Coach, a leadership facilitator and earned a BA in Economics. Her yoga and meditation practices keep her grounded while she expresses her feminine grit and grace.
Gwen Gordon is an Emmy-winning writer and creative director who began a life of play building Muppets for “Sesame Street.” She has been an artist-in-residence in settings ranging from the MIT Media Lab and Xerox PARC to San Quentin Prison. Gwen earned her master’s degree in philosophy and is a pioneer in the field of adult developmental play, publishing and teaching widely on the subject, including for the films “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” and “The Story of Stuff.” She blogs for Huffington Post and is producing a PBS special called "NOW Playing." Gwen is in the process of developing programs and coaching services for people who are interested in unleashing their playful true nature. Sign up HERE if you’re interested.
Heather is a writer, poet, advocate, and personal development coach. She is currently an MFA candidate and fellow at Naropa University, where she is exploring poetic invention with her whole body, mind, and heart. One of her true passions is authenticity, and she believes it can bring together imagination and eros with truth and experience. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing and has 15 years of teaching and administrative experience. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her two kitties, where she enjoys hiking, yoga, and swimming.
Hilary Buckwalter Kesti is a stay-at-home mom, blogger, yoga teacher, and gardening enthusiast who is passionate about living on purpose. She is inspired by the rhythms of nature, yoga philosophy, her children, and all of the creatures that share her urban homestead. A self-professed foodie, she loves stinky cheese, sourdough bread, fresh butter, and fermented foods; even more than that, she loves creating them herself while empowering others to do the same. You can follow her at instagram.com/grtlakeyogamama.
Invoke calls on the collective wisdom of women. As a magazine, we publish articles that uplift, empower, and connect women. As a community, we’ll nurture creativity through weekly practices, monthly writing circles, retreats, and more. We believe women’s voices are vital medicine for this time on our planet and every woman has a creative spark to share. We invite you to join us!
Julie Daley is a coach, writer, teacher, and the creator of Writing Raw, a sacred writing circle of women, and Becoming a Force of Nature, a leadership program for women. Julie helps women who long to rediscover the sacred creativity and leadership that’s at the heart of their nature. A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in interaction design, Julie also teaches creativity and leadership at Stanford Continuing Studies and in companies and organizations. As a dancer, Julie loves breathing through her feet. As a grandmother, when she's with her grandchildren she's in heaven.
Katie Huey has a background in development, communications, and marketing for nonprofits and small businesses. She is a self-proclaimed vanilla latte addict, Ellen DeGeneres enthusiast, and freelance blogger. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their new puppy, Olive. Follow along each week as she shares her journey in encountering the beauty the world has to offer on her personal blog, 52 Beautiful Things, or follow her on Instagram.
Katy Taylor is a holistic life coach who helps curious and soulful people practice presence so they can feel at home in their bodies and at ease and resilient in their lives. She offers workshops, classes, retreats, and coaching to help you get in touch with your own inner wisdom so you can trust and accept who you are, one mindful choice at a time. Join her for an Autumn Way of the Happy Woman Self-Care Mini-Retreat on Oct. 16 from 2-5 pm in St. Paul. Connect with her at Katytaylor.com, follow her on Facebook, and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelsey Fox Bennett, M.Ed., is a writer, movement specialist, educator, and consultant. She is licensed in Brain Gym and Movement Based Learning—forms of Educational Kinesiology that use simple intentional movements to reconnect areas of the brain. She is also the founder of Inner Art Creations. Kelsey draws daily inspiration from trees, angels, and her clients. She sees magic everywhere and cultivates safety through play—two superpowers she’ll happily teach you to have as well!
Lisa Frost is a writer and coach who loves connecting with gutsy women who are breaking new ground, living their truth, cultivating meaningful relationships, and birthing their purpose into the world. She works with women who want to align with their power, passion, and purpose and live their values in every part of their lives. Check her out and learn how to start living your Deepest Yes with the FREE AUDIO: 3 Keys to Unlocking Your Power, Passion and Purpose at DeepestYes.com.
Lizabeth Alexander is a 63-year-old transgender woman living in Richland, Washington. She transitioned in 2006 and has lived fully as a woman ever since. She is a physicist at a national laboratory focused on research related to global climate change. Lizabeth is father to two children, who delightfully still call her Dad, and grandmother to a beautiful 3-year-old boy. She is engaged to a wonderful man and remains quite close to her former spouse. Lizabeth is planning to retire from her position soon and seek ways to tell the world about the love and joy she has found.
Lydia Violet recently released her debut album, "Already Free," a 12-song exploration of music that is inspired by protest traditions, a profound care for the Earth, blues, and folk music. She can also be seen playing with songstress Ayla Nereo and Ayla's collaboration with David Sugalski (aka The Polish Ambassador), Wildlight.
Michelle Lozano Villegas is a Los Angeles native of Mexican and Salvadoran descent. She has a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a MFA with a concentration in nonfiction creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her writing, as well as her activism, center on issues of race, class and immigration.
Nasimeh B.E. (Bahrayni Easton) is a Persian-American poet and artist hailing from the American South and now living in Oakland, California. Her work has been showcased at Daybreaker, The Moth, and open mics across the country. Also an educator and yoga teacher, she aims to infuse everything she does with wisdom, whimsy, and an adamant belief in the power of the human spirit. Be in touch at NasimehBE.com.
Olga Mahanbir is a yoga instructor, software engineer, and follower of Jyotish (Vedic astrology). A few years ago she discovered the transformational power of kundalini yoga and now shares yoga tools and techniques for women on her blog, elevate-your-soul.com. When she is not doing yoga or practicing reading natal charts, she writes iPhone apps that aid in spiritual development.
Opal is a poet, teacher, and practitioner of Heartworks Lomi Lomi bodywork. She has served as a writing instructor, yoga instructor, beauty inducer, and healer in Minneapolis, Hawaii, and online. Opal's first collection of poetry, "Surge," a book of wild girls and fierce tenderness, will be available from Tinderbox Editions this fall. Opal is passionate about empowering women to speak their own true words in gorgeous voices—and especially bringing forth the wild, the un-pretty, the secrets, shadows, and splendor within. Learn more at Opal’s website.
Patricia Ann Zurlo is a mother, musician, writer, maker, and lawyer who is excited about the signs of life and love she sees everywhere. She is grateful for her yoga practice, which continually brings her back to herself spiritually and physically, and she loves to wake up in a tent in the Boundary Waters with her dog. Her favorite part of her law work is helping people realize their potential. Patricia's superpower is being an artist and still knowing how to do the required paperwork. Learn more at zurlolawoffice.com.
Raquel Scianna is a yoga teacher, writer, women’s wellness coach, and mid-morning chocolate eater. She delights in magical realists, solo travel, howling at the moon, and those weird tingles she gets from seeing mountains after spending most of her life in Chicago. A perpetual student and teacher, she loves facilitating women's community through the grace of spiritual embodiment practices. She has recently mastered the art of swirling a glass of wine while looking pensive. Connect with her at raquelalexandra.com.
Richa Hingle is the prolific and award-winning recipe developer, blogger, and photographer behind VeganRicha.com. She loves to show people how easy it is to cook vegan Indian or other cuisines. Hingle has been featured on Oprah.com, Huffington Post, Glamour, Babble, VegNews.com, Rediff.com (where she was named one of the top 30 Indian food blogs), TheKitchn, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, and many more. She lives in Seattle with her husband and a fluffy Pomeranian.
Shivani Ray is a multi-disciplinary artist, meditation teacher, and the founder of Living Sanskrit, an online school for traditional Indian wisdom and practices. Born both American and into the yogic tradition, she’s dedicated to helping steward and correctly utilize ancient indigenous wisdom in modern times and non-native contexts. She’s deeply curious about basically everything, which leads to lots of joyful trouble all over the world. In her resting hours, Shivani can usually be found outdoors, singing to trees or napping in moonlight.
Siri Liv Myhrom is a writer and editor in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. A storyteller who's learning to be a better story-listener, she's currently partnering with friends to develop and facilitate a curriculum through Living Room Conversations to help people from all different backgrounds talk honestly about race and racism. She and her husband are building a small house in their backyard and are saving their pennies for a 2018 family sabbatical through Norway and South Korea.
Siri Undlin is a writer, musician, traveler, and mustard enthusiast. She believes in following whims, getting upside-down at least once a day, and the elasticity of time. She’s a proud Northerner who finds it hard to be productive without freezing temperatures; see more of her work at tatterhoodblog.com, undlinandwolfe.bandcamp.com, or siriundlin.com.
Sofiya is a poet, woman, daughter, sister, lover, yoga teacher, alchemist, and, most recently, a student of religion at Reed College. She believes rest is sacred, intimacy is practice, and the mind-body connection is a source of wisdom. Her education has been a mix of wanderlust, solitude, self-inquiry, and creative disciplines. She is as committed to cultivating a sense of community as she is sensitive to the politics of identity that, for better or worse, serve as its engine. In the next 10 years, she wants to write a book about tantra, have better boundaries, and learn to cook.
Terral (aka T.L.) Stoltz is a Minneapolis-based poet, YA fiction writer, and freelance nutrition writer. Her day job entails working in a neurology ICU as a clinical dietitian, where she is constantly intrigued by the intricacies of neuroscience. Her other passions include travel, music, cooking, art, and yoga. As a lover of science and creativity alike, she believes in being as many things as you want to be. You can find out more about her at www.tlstoltz.com.
Thea (pronounced Taya) has lived in Minneapolis for more than 15 years and wears many different hats: She's mom to an awesome 17-month-old boy, a hairstylist, yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, and sporadic DJ. She has a healthy obsession with donuts, Gaia.com, tarot cards, chai from Namaste Cafe, tattoos, music, near-death experiences, juicing, and the beach. Her dream is to one day take a year off with her family to travel and learn Spanish.
Tiffany Joslin is a writer and an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the Stonecoast Program in Maine. Her work focuses on women’s lives inside and outside of the home. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she has enjoyed getting to know both the politics and the creative underbelly of the city. Tiffany is a transplant from the woods of Indiana and enjoys camping, running, and spending as much time as possible in Rock Creek Park.
Vanessa D. Fisher is a published author, independent journalist, poet, and self-ascribed Global Nomad currently living in Istanbul, Turkey. She has gained a reputation for her irreverent spirit, her deep commitment to truth and justice, and her love for art and beauty in all its forms. Visit her at poetic-justice.ca.