Rising Women Leaders

A sisterhood of women stepping into courage, self-love and feminine leadership. Insights from Meredith Rom and interviews inspiring leaders to grow your impact, find your voice. Hear women leader's stories of overcoming fear and listening to intuition. Join us as we explore ideas of leadership, self-love, self-care, spirituality, yoga, and personal growth, wilth a focus on body wellness, women's entrepreneurship, and discovering your unique gifts.
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Jan 15, 2021

It’s an honor to welcome sister Jet’aime to the Rising Women Leaders podcast. I met Jet’aime on the island of Kaua’i this past Fall and instantly felt the power and wisdom she holds. Through the Akashic Records, an etheric Library of everything that has ever happened, is happening, and could happen, she empowers people to see their life through the soul’s spiritual perspective to better understand all they are and all they can become.


In this episode we discussed:

  • What are ley lines and how we can work with the grid

  • Jet’aime’s recent trip to Egypt

  • God/Goddess empowerment

  • Trusting our intuition and imagination

  • The Akashic Records & what it means to read them

  • How to come back into remembrance on a daily basis

  • Insight and empowerment for trusting ourselves and our gifts this coming year


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Jet’aime Cherée Cerge is a healer, facilitator, green witch, spiritual entrepreneur, and akashic ambassador on the priestess path of remembering and reclaiming the sacred voice of the goddess within. Jet’aime owns Saje Sanctuary, metaphysical musings for the modern mystic, an herbal apothecary, crystal shop and studio offering tarot, akashic record, past life and astrology readings, breathwork, yoga, aura photography, sound baths, and more. Her journey of reclaiming her soul gifts has included traveling all over the world to Thailand, Scotland, Egypt, Ireland, Hawaii, Sedona, Guatemala and other mystical locations, learning from indigenous and expat mentors and elders in all realms of ancestral practices unveiling the many mysteries that we have been making our way back to for lifetimes. Jet’aime has declared her mission to be one of empowerment and remembrance of our royal and ancient origins linking us with the eternal and sovereign god/goddess within. Jet’aime fosters divine dialogue in the belief that revealing our true authentic selves in community containers is the path of reclaiming our magick and our power and ultimately that we are the source of our own sorcery. 
Nov 6, 2020

Enrollment is now open for the 2020-2021 Way of the Priestess Training Program with Meredith Rom. Download the program guide at and book a call to learn more.

This episode is an excerpt from our recent webinar, The Role of the Priestess in the Modern Age. Sign up to watch the whole replay here.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • The archetype of the priestess and why this role is so needed at this time
  • 6 spiritual tools for times of rapid acceleration and ascension
  • Practices to clear and heal the 5 core wounds of the priestess
  • Pillars of the priestess path + how to activate your soul gifts for world change
  • You’ll also get an inside look at the Way of the Priestess Training Program

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Meredith Rom is a yoga teacher, author, women’s leadership coach and host of the Rising Women Leaders podcast. She supports women to heal past wounds and release limiting beliefs to fully embrace their greatest gifts and soul callings. Her mission is to see women shining at their brightest, owning their worth and using their voice to be a beacon of light for others to awaken in this world.

After graduating from NYU she followed her intuition to Northern California where she now teaches yoga and mentors women to rise in courage, self-love and feminine leadership.

Learn more at and on instagram @risingwomenleaders.


Oct 8, 2020

It’s an honor to welcome Rachel Proctor, an online educator helping people transform their lives through faith and online business to our Rising Women Leaders community. We touched on all the challenges we face as entrepreneurs in the online world: fear, self-doubt, the inner critic, comparing ourselves to those who are our inspirations, how to handle trolls and so much more.

Rachel not only shares her firsthand experiences, vulnerable moments, challenges and successes rising as a leader in online business, but also through running a campaign for mayor in her town outside of Dallas, Texas. If you’ve been having trouble believing in yourself, your gifts or your dreams, you may just find the motivation you need to take your first step in today’s conversation.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Making courageous business decisions (even when the odds are against you)

  • Finding your unique voice in a crowded mediascape  

  • How to approach what scares us through mindset practices

  • How “failing” leads to our greatest success stories

  • How to navigate “compare and despair” in entrepreneurship

  • What Rachel learned from six years in local politics and her reflections after running for mayor in her town outside of Dallas, Texas

  • How to navigate the people who “attack” or speak up against you when you are taking big strides in your life and career

  • The role of faith in Rachel’s life and work as an entrepreneur

  • Bringing Black business owners/entrepreneurs to the forefront through education and building upon the principles and actions used by previous generations of Black business owners to achieve success in the face of inequality


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Author, speaker, and second-generation entrepreneur Rachel L. Proctor helps people turn ideas into successful online businesses. A self-proclaimed market research junkie, Rachel has hit seven-figure sales marks as she’s built a versatile and trusted learning resource hub for aspiring and successful business owners alike. Dedicated to equipping entrepreneurs with the skills needed for success, Rachel provides free business training on concepts including branding, budgeting, profitability, productivity, and more. With an emphasis on real-world skills, accessible technology, and holistic learning, Rachel helps students pinpoint their unique ideas and turn them into profitable, life-changing business ventures.

Sep 25, 2020

I truly believe deepening our connection to our body’s wisdom and direct connection to source and intuition is a key tool for us in our ascension process. When we are tapped in, tuned in and able to decipher our own intuitive messages, we know how to feel, love and make empowered choices on our path for the highest good of all.

I sat down with Jessica Reid to discuss intuition, connecting to spirit guides and channeling. Is it something we all have, or something we can cultivate? How do we begin this connection if it is more foreign to us? And what if we have been opening to our psychic abilities but it is overwhelming or scary? Jessica answers these questions and more in this week’s episode.


In this episode we discussed:

  • How Jessica first connected with her spirit guides 

  • How she navigated the intensity of feeling other people’s emotions as an empath

  • How to connect with your spirit guides and use your intuition to discover your soul purpose and direction in life 

  • Clairvoyancy, channeling and purpose fulfillment

  • A live channeled message from Mary Magdalene


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P. S. Thank you to Feedspot for selecting us as one of the Top 100 Self Love Podcasts on the web!


Jessica Reid is a Global Clairvoyant, Channel and Founder of and

Jessica's expertise is to connect and communicate with Spirit to bring through guidance along your highest path. Although she is even more passionate about helping you to utilise your own intuitive gifts - So you can have your Spirit Guides on speed dial too!

But she's also just a fun, girly-girl, who travels, loves horse riding & camping out in nature.

Sep 11, 2020

It’s a joy to have Aimée Cartier back on the Rising Women Leaders podcast to share her 4-part Getting Answers process. As SO MANY things in our lives feel unknown and changing, we are often left with so many unanswered questions.  On all levels it seems clear that changes are needed in order to deal with the current challenges we are facing– from our health, to our livelihoods, to racial inequities, to climate change.  New solutions are needed.

How do we get those answers?  How do we get those personal answers for ourselves during this unique moment in history we are living?  Questions like, “What is the best way for me to stay healthy?”, “How do I create financial stability for my family?”  Or “How do we continue to move forward, discern, find clarity and solutions in a world on fire?”

Aimée suggests it is absolutely possible and that furthermore it is not that hard.  In this episode she teaches a very simple process that anyone can use anywhere to get answers to the questions they are facing.


In this episode we discussed:

  • The Four steps in the Getting Answers process

  • Aimée’s recommendations for creating your questions

  • Receiving life vs. creating life and how to use manifestation and goal setting in collaboration with the universe

  • The difference between fear and intuition

  • What to do if we experience fear or resistance to the answers we receive

  • How to best cope with this period where there is so much we don’t know

  • What it looks like when inanimate objects give us an answer to our big life questions

  • The practice of patience when waiting for an answer

  • What to do if we don’t feel like we receive an answer

  • How Aimée empowers her students and clients to trust their own intuition


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Aimée Cartier is a psychic guide who specializes in helping her clients discern what choices are in their highest and best interest so that they have the information they need to act on and align with their own highest good.  She is known for her clear, accurate insight and her attention to practical details.  She is the founder of Empath Intuition University and Intuition University, in either private or group programs, she teaches women who have a hard time trusting their own intuition or don’t know how to use it to get results.  She helps them understand and enhance their own innate intuitive traits and increase their connection with their inner knowing so that they can use these skills to thrive and guide them to their best lives their whole lives long.  She is also the author of the book, Getting Answers: Using Your Intuition to Discover Your Best Life.  

Aug 28, 2020

It was an honor to sit down with Thérèse Cator to speak about prayer, intuition, following our callings and stepping into true, devotional and radical allyship. We explore the difference between fear and intuition, how to follow through on the guidance we receive, and build resilience around shame when educating ourselves on the true history of racism and inequality in our home lands.

Thérèse invites us to step into deeper alignment with what we know is true and right and rise above our fears to say YES to all the people we could impact with our work.

“Following our intuition leads us to growth and lessons rooted in love…”

In this episode we discussed:

  • What led Thérèse to her purpose and calling, and how she turned down a lucrative job to follow her dream 

  • How to decipher your intuition from fear and how to cultivate the courage to follow it

  • How becoming a mother changed Thérèse’s life

  • Why to be cautious with “law of attraction” thinking and manifestation programming to create “the perfect life” and how to stop racist-patriarchal systems in their tracks

  • One of the most powerful prayers we both use daily

  • Thérèse’s firsthand experience with racism and the police living in LA

  • How activism IS spiritual practice

  • Thérèse’s words of wisdom on caring for ourselves during these difficult times

  • Weaving the new world with our vision, gifts and leadership individually and collectively

  • Thérèse’s experience with fear and what continues to inspire her to rise above it

  • Building resilience around shame and how to use it as a tool to align with what is right

  • Devotional, radical and true allyship


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Thérèse Cator (she/her) is a mother, leadership coach and healer. She’s also the founder of Black Girls Breathe and this year she led a worldwide global healing day for thousands of BIWOC. Most recently she’s guided over a thousand white and white passing people for becoming human a series of lessons to dismantle white supremacy and center the liberation and healing of BIPOC. 

She's devoted to guiding visionary womxn show up rooted to their unique vision, gifts and leadership to weave the new world. She brings over a decade of experience in the wellness industry as well as her education, experience and knowledge in non-profit development, teaching, social justice, business and the arts. At the core, her work is rooted in love, liberation and community. She currently guides Circle of Reclamation, a year-long course and community.

Thérèse comes from a lineage of medicine people, mystics, artists and activists and she’s honored to share the earth-based ancestral wisdom that she’s been practicing since childhood. You’re invited to join her free community at and receive a free meditation and medicine to root deeper and rise higher.

Aug 24, 2020

What is the pain and suffering you continue to see in the world that you just cannot stand?

In today’s episode, Sonali Fiske shares her unique perspective as a WOC in the realm of online spiritual entrepreneurship and how sacred rage led her to her calling. Today Sonali Fiske is a TEDx speaker, radio host, and leadership consultant to marginalized & underrepresented visionary womxn and emerging women-identifying leaders, reaching millions on her talk show Revolutionary Voices. I sat down with Sonali to hear her journey of finding her voice and the courage to stand up for justice to inspire us all.

Every one of us is here for a reason, and today’s conversation reminds us to step closer to the places that enrage us, break our hearts, or cause discomfort in order to truly create the more beautiful world we wish to live in.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Sonali’s experience as a Sri Lankan immigrant coming to the US

  • What led Sonali to her calling of using her voice and platform for WOC

  • Sacred rage, heartbreak and the fuel for our callings

  • Empowering women to use their voices 

  • The journey of finding her voice and giving a TED talk

  • What happens when WOC have a safe space to be together, to be witnessed, grieve together and celebrate each other

  • Cultural appropriation and what white people can do to cause less harm

  • Developing true and real relationships with WOC

  • Amplifying BIPOC voices 

  • Self-care in times of great change

  • Creating safe and intersectional spaces of empowerment 


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Sonali Fiske (she/her) is a Sri Lankan-American leadership consultant & coach to Black, Indigenous, Womxn of Color leaders, a TEDx Speaker, radio host, and founder of Raise Your Voice 2020

Her recent online masterclass "Dismantling White Dominance in Womxn's Entrepreneurship" went low-key viral, and centered the stories and lived experiences of womxn of color who are countering the current narrative in leadership, influence and social justice.

On her talk show, Revolutionary Voices,” Her jam is confronting uneasy topics like colonization, tokenism, white supremacy, and more — to help reimagine the narrative and dismantle the systems of oppression people of color live and work in everyday. Sonali is also currently a council member of the International Council of Interfaith & Indigenous Womxn. 

You can find out more about her work at:

Aug 13, 2020

I first met Lianda in a friend’s living room when she led one of her first workshops about the power of prayer. Her stories penetrated my heart and reminded me of one of the most simple yet profound practices we have access to in challenging times.

I wanted to bring Lianda on the podcast to remind us of this power we all have access to at any time, and how when we are willing to be humble and ask for help, we open ourselves to miracles.

Tune in to learn about simple practices to practice prayer, amplify your intuition and remember that we are most definitely not alone in this big (and sometimes scary) world…

In this episode we discussed:

  • Lianda’s stories of healing and the power of prayer
  • How to decipher the voice of your intuition
  • How to shift energy and claim your space
  • Where to start when developing your psychic abilities 
  • A prayer for our collective

Stay in Touch with Lianda:

  • Website
  • Sacred Circle Prayer Program
  • Instagram

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Lianda Swain is a psychic intuitive who supports women and men to heal and awaken their Soul embodiment, receptivity to Spirit, and purification to their true essence. She amplifies your intuitive nature. For over 13 years Lianda has served hundreds of people on their spiritual journey through psychic guidance, meditation, Reiki, rituals, and dance. She is a certified Reiki Master, Life Coach, Astrologer, and Exotic Dance Teacher for Women, with a background in teaching meditation and ways to enhance your awareness.

She has an uncanny gift to see situations and issues accurately, multi-dimensionally, and the pathway to greater peace. She currently travels all over the world with her work, working with clients privately and teaching Prayer, Reiki and Psychic Healing to groups. 


Jul 31, 2020

Witnessing Janel step into life and relationships as the most true version of herself has been an inspiration.

Janel believes that when we customize our relationships to fit our authentic needs and desires, not social expectations, we create emotional intimacy—which is real relationship security. When we open to be the most true versions of ourselves we are more likely to stay in relationships that empower us to grow with us as we evolve.

In this conversation we discuss dropping the conditioning of society, letting go of what we are told sex and relationships “should” look like and stepping into courage to become who you truly want to be in life and love.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Janel’s journey hiking the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail and what she learned about life, love, and herself on the journey

  • Unlearning myths about sex and relationships that aren’t serving you

  • Overcoming fear and shame in intimate relationships

  • Designing your own relationship that truly fits you and whoever you’re with, regardless of social convention

  • Unconventional types of relationships that work

  • What jealousy really means when it comes up in your relationships

  • Coming out of the closet as who you really are and how Janel navigated becoming more of her true self despite fears of what others would think

  • Janel’s TikTok videos that led to 230k+ followers there

  • Empowering the youth to create relationships that fit who they truly are

  • Relationship tips during the times of Covid-19


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Janel Vitale is a coach for shame-free relationships and sexual empowerment. Though based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her message has a wide national reach through her TikTok channel. Her passion is empowering people to overcome shame and fear in their intimate relationships to create the deep connection and fulfilling sex they crave. An expert in emotional intelligence and vulnerable communication, holds a BA in Communication from the University of Southern California and a sex & relationship coaching certification from the Somatica Institute. You can find her on TikTok, IG and YouTube @lovewithjanel and her website is
Jul 16, 2020

When I first heard Nancy Lucina share her birth story on the Free Birth Society Podcast, I had chills. After hearing countless stories of women leaving a hospital birth experience disempowered, I knew I wanted to sit down with Nancy and hear her wisdom firsthand.

We talk about the journey from pre-conception to birth: from how to connect to the spirit of your baby long before even conceiving, how to let go of control when hoping to conceive, as well as how to navigate challenges and differing desires with family and partners when following your heart in how to bring your child into the world…

In this episode we discussed:

  • The powerful transition from maiden to mother

  • Nancy’s three unique birthing experiences and what led her to have empowered unassisted free births

  • Navigating the challenges of “what people will think” when you follow your intuition to a less-than-mainstream course in life and birth

  • Conscious conception and connecting with your spirit baby

  • Activating your sovereign divinity as a woman and birthing in power

  • What the children who are incarnating now are here for and what they need from us as parents and guardians

  • The birth process our world is going through + the crossroads we are at

  • Conscious parenting + being present through the process

  • How Nancy navigates fear and the unknown


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Nancy Lucina is a mother of three, doula, shamanic facilitator, sacred sound therapist, and women’s coach. She is the creator of the “Sovereign Birth Meditation Series” that helps women to actualize their dream births as well as the "Conscious Conception: Welcoming your Spirit Baby Home" course. She uses her gifts of voice, sound, sensitivity and connection to spirit to guide women from all around the world to awaken their ancient deep feminine wisdom, embody the Wise Woman within and live in truth and power.
Jun 26, 2020

Ever since I was a little girl I sat with existential questions like, “What’s really happening here?” “Why are we doing this?” “What’s the point of it all?”

I didn’t have many people to turn to for answers, until finally after college, I stepped on to a path of spirituality, meditation and yoga. I was led to deeper insight and intuitive wisdom within my body, where I began to remember and ascend.

But it really wasn’t until I went to Egypt two years ago that I began to have an inner knowing that what we learned in history and science class in school about human evolution and Earth is simply not the whole story. Being inside the Great pyramids and temples, feeling the frequencies and beholding the incredible mystery of those lands led me to search for answers. I just knew there was no way those ancient cities were built with human hands. I knew there was a higher, much more evolved influence from the stars.

I began learning about sacred sites of the world (such as Stone Henge and the Mayan Pyramids). I read books of people’s past life memories in Ancient Egypt and dove into the esoteric histories of Atlantis and Lemuria.

Today, I am honored to introduce you to Lorie Ladd, Ascension Guide and a Multi-Dimensional Channel for the Galactic Federation of Light. It was on her first trip to Machu Picchu that the true history of Earth became more clear to her. In this conversation we dive into the possibilities of where this all began.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Lorie’s story from quitting her executive assistant job in San Francisco to saying yes to her calling in Mt. Shasta

  • Trusting the timing in your soul’s journey

  • How everyone’s “purpose” here is going to look different

  • What is the Earth Experiment? Why are we here? What’s the point?

  • The dimensional realities Earth has been moving through

  • Atlantis and Lemuria on Earth

  • As a starseed, how to handle feelings of wanting to go “back home” when things get hard

  • What ascension looks like in our current times and why this is all happening

  • All about Lorie’s book in the making  


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Lorie is an Ascension Guide and a Multi-Dimensional Channel. She takes the complexity of ascension and grounds it into simple and easily digestible concepts.  She teaches on ascension, multi-dimensional living and transitioning into the fifth dimension. Lorie bridges the gap between you and your Family of Light, providing a deeper understanding of your purpose and path.  Today, Lorie dedicates her life to assisting humanity in this planetary shift. Her greatest prayer is that you remember who you are, why you are here and all the Beings of Light that are supporting you. Lorie is honored to be walking side by side with all of you. ​ ​

Jun 17, 2020

With the Summer Solstice Solar Eclipse just around the corner, our planet has been elevating into higher states of consciousness as the dark is being brought into the light.

In this episode I share more about the power of the heart, the golden age upon us, anti-racism work, amplifying voices of color and tools to navigate these potent times.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Let’s take time to learn directly from Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Here are some of our favorite Episodes from Rising Women Leaders:

Episode 20 with Lyla June Johnston 

Episode 27 with Vyana Ma

Episode 44 with Maga Ayala 

Episode 47 with Michelle Johnson

Episode 50 with Mackenzie Green

Episode 55 with Tiffani Lloyd

Episode 66 with Jedaya Barboza

Episode 77 with Lara Rose Duong

Episode 78 with Nikki Silvestri

Episode 80 with Jumakae

Episode 89 with Veladya Chapman

Resources For Further Study:

Holistic Resistance - Anti-racism workshops, trainings, coaching, and singing circles

Layla F. Saad - Me and White Supremacy book and workshops

Michelle Johnson - Intersection of Yoga and Social Justice Trainings

Rachel Ricketts - Spiritual Activism Webinars

Lyla June Johnston - Indigenous Rights, Climate Change & Activism

Jedaya Barboza - Divine Feminine Spiritual Guidance & Awakening

May 15, 2020

As time slows down during quarantine I’ve been so much more observant of the world outside my doorstep. I’ve noticed how the flowers change each day, which plants the bees are most drawn to, new life sprouting from seeds, and how alive and changing the natural world really is when we are still enough to witness.

Today’s episode with Gabriella Takutzima takes us inside the practices of honoring the seasons and cycles of Mother Earth, the importance of ceremony and how to harness our innate inner magic by connecting more deeply with the natural world…

In this episode we discussed:

  • Why do we practice ceremony? Where does it come from?

  • Why is it so important for the modern woman?

  • Shamanism + Paganism and what drew Gabriella to these paths

  • Human history with these ancient religions - specifically the woman's role 

  • Earth Embodiment + Women's Wellness

  • How connection to our Bodies and Desires is the ultimate act of worship to the Goddess

  • Connection of our cycles to the Seasons

  • Witchcraft + Women's Magic - the importance of the Witch in modern society

  • How to reclaim our inner Witch + harness our innate magic

  •  Circling with the Seasons - Gabriella’s course to attune to the Wheel of the Seasons as women


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Gabriella Takutzima is a Pagan ceremonialist, animist, and an initiated Dianic Witch. She worships the Goddess and celebrates her Celtic heritage as she walks the Wheel of the Year. She is also a BIrth Keeper, Massage Therapist, Energyworker, and Wife. She seeks to serve Life by serving Women in the passages of blood, birth, and death. She is 25 years young, and has had the privilege of hosting/participating in ceremonies for five years, including sacred plant ceremonies. She has been studying the tradition of healing and ritual from both her Elders in the Craft as well as from a Marekame Medicine Man from the Huichol Tribe. She is devoted to carrying on Earth religion as the Ancient Ones once did. She and her husband are starting a business in Oregon to grow herbal medicines for Women’s health, as well as crafting Yoni Stools, and will be creating a worship space to gather the community to heal and learn. Gabriella is passionate about praising the Earth, celebrating the Seasons, connecting to the Ancestors

May 1, 2020

Have you been yearning to honor your divine feminine essence? The power of your womb? The blessing of your heart?

Our latest podcast episode is full with feminine mystery. I sat down with Shona Keeli Rose of the Rose Lineage Mystery School to hear her powerful story of healing her womb, and remembering her path as a Priestess and Womb oracle in preparation of this time of global awakening.

We also talk about the path of becoming a mother, conception, pregnancy and birth as a sacred path of service, and how we can honor the path of the Priestess in times of great change.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Shona’s journey healing cervical cancer and receiving direct guidance on how to heal her womb

  • The journey of pregnancy and birth (she is now pregnant with her second child)

  • The power of the rose and the what the rose lineage is

  • Mary Magdalene and The Trinity of the Holy Grail 

  • The invitation of the Priestess in these times

  • Embracing our sexuality and womb wisdom


Stay in Touch with Shona & The Rose Lineage:

Shona Keeli Rose is the founder The Rose Lineage Mystery School, A Mystery School for The Venusian Rose Temple Arts; She is a Mother Priestess, Rose Empress Initiator, and Gifted Womb Oracle.

Shona is present in this time of awakening to support the budding, blossoming, and blooming of the divine feminine expression and exploration of the inner power through The Trinity of the Holy Grail. The sacred heart, the holy womb center, and the yoni ( vagina ) – these three spaces are the birthplace of all creation, and they carry the most pristine untapped erotic energy available to women. By supporting women to remember how to practice and embody supreme self-love,  thus opening the temple gates for a magical manifestation of the most pleasurable and authentic life.

She is here to support women awaken to the throne of their inner Queendom. Shona is a light bearer and energetic midwife to the wave of Rose Consciousness, that The Sophia Christ healing is bringing back to the planet at this time.  Holding an impeccable space for exquisite hands-on healings, supporting women to surrender into self-love, and revelation, she assists the rebirthing of women ready to become a natural authority of their body wisdom to access their fullest, creative and magnetic potential. Her wisdom is drawn from ancient womb religions and practices spanning thousands of years including Lemurian, Gnostic, Egyptian, Mayan, and Tantric traditions.

Apr 17, 2020

It was in a field in Sebastopol that I first cuddled up in a sleeping bag with about thirty other people to receive the wisdom and stories of Stargazer Li while beholding the vast night sky, probably one of my first times really taking it in since I was a child.

Besides the incredible experience of learning about the stories behind the constellations, I also realized how much I loved being in the presence of someone so excited about life, and truly living her dharma.

In this conversation today I sit down with Stargazer Li to hear about how she ended up teaching about the stars (believe it or not, she doesn’t study star maps all day long, she actually held a full time career amidst exploring her love of stargazing).

We talk about finding our purpose, the real “invitation” behind manifesting our desires and how following our natural interests and passions lead to deeper fulfillment in life than something we could have ever planned by ourselves.

In this episode we discussed:

  • How Li first connected with stargazing and how this passion came later in life 

  • The difference between living with intention vs. invitation

  • How Li was led to follow her dharma and passions and the wisdom she offers for others who are looking for purpose in life 

  • Relieving the pressure for your “dharma” to be your primary source of income

  • Star wisdom to this time we are navigating 

  • Really, truly being in the unknown 

  • The dance of the planet Venus and the meaning behind her presence in the sky now

  • Essence elixirs, what they are and how she makes them

  • Connecting with our ancestors and conversing with the universe


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  • Website:

  • Facebook ~ Stargaser Li

  • Instagram:


Stargazer Li is known for eloquently Conversing with the Universe. 

Through sharing stories under the stars, her cosmic updates and much-loved podcast that tell the unfolding story of these transformational times (and her deliciously potent essence elixirs,) she continually invites us to meet this moment well.


Apr 3, 2020

Welcome to the 100th episode of Rising Women Leaders. It’s been almost 5 years of releasing content to you, there’s so much we’ve learned, so many women we’ve had the honor of speaking to on the podcast, and so many sisters we’ve connected with on the journey of starting this community…

In celebration of 100 episodes, we invite you to join us on our Patreon with a donation of $1, $3, $5 an episode to support us to grow our impact and spread our mission to share women’s voices and allow the Feminine to lead the way to reestablish balance in a new paradigm… Make a donation here:

In this episode we talk with natural beekeeper Ariella Daly about the connection between the honey bees and the sacred feminine. Join us as we dive into the mysteries of Priestesses of Melissa and Delphi, the power of beauty and the natural world, the role the honeybees are playing on our planet, healing the womb and our bodies, eros and sacred sexuality and how to connect more deeply with and be a steward for the bees and for Mother Earth. 

In this episode we discussed:

  • How the bees found Ariella

  • The connection between the bees and womb healing, eros and life force energy

  • What we can learn from the bees

  • How the bees & the priestesses are here holding a similar frequency

  • Grief, loss and dark nights of the soul & how we can connect with the Earth to move through initiations & the unknown

  • What gives Ariella hope & helps her get out of bed in the morning

  • The biggest fear she is facing in her life

  • Ariella’s journey & longing to become a mother

  • The importance of awe & beauty

  • Ariella’s offerings of dreamwork & bee apprenticeship


Stay in Touch with Ariella:

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Ariella Daly is a natural beekeeper living in Northern California.  She fell in love with bees in 2010, when a swarm of wild bees moved into the wall behind her bed. Soon after, she began top bar and warré beekeeping.

Ariella teaches and speaks about natural beekeeping, the honey bee organism, and the human relationship to bees. She believes that through learning to listen to the bees, we are learning to heal our own disconnect from the natural world.

Her work with bees is also informed by a decade studying European bee-shamanism with the Lyceum in England. This tradition holds the honey bee as its central motif and ally. Ariella works with bees on both a practical, oneiric and intuitive level, encouraging people to explore the world of bees through the use of all of our senses.

Mar 27, 2020

By this time, I imagine a lot of you are “sheltering in place” at home because of the coronavirus. Like many of you, I’ve navigated the ups, the downs and the fears of these uncertain times.  My heart is with you.  As I’ve gone through all the feelings, coming back to my center through meditation practices, I’ve begun to find the gifts of what is being asked of us right now. Here are 8 messages I’ve received that I feel are the true gifts and invitations of this time…

Mar 13, 2020

This conversation gave me chills.

Ayana Young is a deeply inspired woman, connected to the Earth, the soil, the plants and the animals. She is also host of the For the Wild podcast, and specializes in intersectional environmental and social justice, deep ecology and land-based restoration.

If you’ve been feeling the grief of this planet, wondering what you can do while so much destruction is happening, this conversation is for you.

In this episode we discussed:

  • How Ayana was led to environmental and conservation work 

  • The 1 million Redwoods project and what’s happened since being the most backed farm project on Kickstarter

  • How social justice and environmental activism are interlinked

  • How to approach grief and shame about what’s happening in the world (especially as a person of privilege)

  • What can we do now to protect our Earth?

  • Current projects Ayana is working towards


Stay in Touch with Ayana:


Ayana Young is a podcast and radio personality specializing in intersectional environmental and social justice, deep ecology and land-based restoration. Graduating summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University including a double major in Art History and Theology and a minor in Philosophy, as well as education through Columbia University in Ecology and Eastern Religions and Restoration Ecology at the University of Victoria, Young has a strong academic background at the intersections of ecology, culture, and spirituality. She was studying at Columbia when the Occupy Wall Street movement began and amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group.

Post-graduation, dividends from her early career allowed Young to conserve 500 acres of coast redwood and salmon habitat in Northern California, where she has been living for over five years. Living for the first years, in a tent with no electricity or running water while she established a homestead, and broke ground on a native species nursery and research center, including the establishment of the 1 Million Redwoods Project, which was acclaimed as the most backed farm project in Kickstarter history.

A budding filmmaker, Young is no stranger to the medium having spent her childhood as a prolific working actor, working alongside the likes of Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep. Young’s debut film, When Old Growth Ends is an ode to the complex interweaving of the irreplaceable Tongass National Forest during its last stand as a distinctly wild place in Southeast Alaska. As Director, Producer, Narrator and Featured Cast Member of the film, Young wore many hats in midwifing this compelling and poetic story of struggle and beauty surrounding the Tongass National Forest.

Young leans into her vast experience on the other side of the camera, along with her intersectional approach to ecological restoration to guide her process as the Founder and Executive Director of millennial media organization and nonprofit For The Wild. Learning deeply from the critical dialogue she’s shared with over 100 guests on the For The Wild podcast, including Chris Hedges, Sylvia Earle, Vandana Shiva, Jill Stein, Winona La Duke, Terry Tempest Williams and other thought leaders (including some of the brightest activists, political thinkers, and scientific minds of our time) Young approaches her mission with For The Wild with critical thinking, deep reverence and artistry.

Feb 28, 2020

*Enrollment is Open for the Rising Women Leaders Priestess Initiation ~ we begin March 11, 2020 and there are still a few spots left in the Wild Heart Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii, April 17 - 22, 2020. We hope you can join us!

Have you been wondering why dating seems so difficult? Why the men you really like tend to be unavailable or straight up ghosting you, while the men you’re just not attracted to at all won’t leave you alone?

The answers to these questions may be uncovered through learning about your attachment style. Our guest today Maya Diamond is an expert Dating and Relationship Coach who is best known for helping women finally find their man after years of trying, so that they can have happy, satisfying, and fulfilling relationships. 

In this conversation Maya helps us understand why women may be feeling stuck in their love life and offers tools and wisdom so they can have the love life they deeply desire and deserve…

In this episode we discussed:

  • Maya’s story: from her relationship challenges and what it took for her to find a solid, healthy relationship

  • Building a healthy relationship that lasts

  • Toxic dating patterns that are rooted in our childhood wounds

  • How our attachment styles predict how we are going to relate in love

  • Online dating, dating profiles, and how dating has changed in the last 10 years

  • Why it’s so hard for successful single women to date and get into a great relationship

  • Healing and returning to the dating scene after the end of a relationship


Stay in Touch with Maya:

Maya Diamond is an expert Dating and Relationship Coach who is known for helping women finally find their man after years of trying, so that they can have a happy, satisfying, and fulfilling relationship. Maya believes that having a great relationship positively impacts all areas of your life.  She specializes in helping single women who have the pattern of attracting unavailable men, unwind that pattern, heal their attachment wounds, and create a healthy secure relationship with themselves and their partner.  

Maya is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and holds a Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Maya was named one of the best life coaches in San Francisco by In 2014, she was named one of the Best Relationship Experts in California by Maya’s dating advice has been featured on, fast company, wikihow, and  In November 2018, she shared her message on the tedx stage, with her talk, "The Surprising Key to Building a Healthy Relationship that Lasts."  

You can learn more about Maya at

Feb 21, 2020

*Enrollment is Open for the Rising Women Leaders Priestess Initiation ~ We begin March 11, 2020

While I was preparing for my recent webinar, The Role of the Priestess in the Modern Age, it became clear to me that there were 5 core wounds that have consistently held back the women I’ve worked with from activating their soul gifts and creating world change.

This conversation was originally aired on the Vital Mother Podcast with Jillian Anderson.

What came through in our conversation felt so powerful that I wanted it to reach more women and decided to share it with you today on Rising Women Leaders.

Feb 14, 2020

*Enrollment is Open for the Rising Women Leaders Priestess Initiation ~ we begin March 11, 2020 and there are still a few spots left in the Wild Heart Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii, April 17 - 22, 2020. We hope you can join us!

Did you know that almost every person on this planet, has experienced shame around their sexuality at some point in their lives? Shame makes an imprint on our sexuality, whether we realize it or not.  Our shame story creates conscious and subconscious blocks within us, disconnecting us from our precious, sensitive and sacred sexuality. When we’re disconnected from our sacred sexuality, we disconnect from our truest love and acceptance of Self. 

Our guest today, Alexxa Latta helps people clear these blocks. She helps them access their sensuality; come alive through the senses, activate passion, healing, and connection to themselves and their partners.

This episode is full with feminine wisdom, as well as an invitation to fully claim the gifts we each have to bring to this world (as taboo or scary they may seem!)

In this episode we discussed:

  • Female pleasure and orgasm-and why so many women are “pre-orgasmic”(haven’t had an orgasm), can only orgasm by themselves or with a vibrator, and/or are numb or feel pain internally

  • How to awaken internal sensation to orgasm

  • How Alexxa overcame shame and fear to begin sharing this work publicly

  • The cultural and ancestral shame around the female body and female pleasure/sex - which is a huge reason so many women feel shut down or numb sexually 

  • Desire/libido in long term relationships- why it goes away and how to get it back!

  • PMS/PMDD, hormones, cycle syncing, and balancing hormones

  • Sexual wound/trauma healing with the yoni egg

  • G-Spot and Cervical orgasms and how to have them!

  • Building sexual and sensual confidence

Stay in Touch with Alexxa:

Alexxa Latta helps people access their sensuality; come alive through the senses, activate passion, healing, and connection to themselves and their partner(s). She is an intimacy, self love, and relationship coach, helping women and couples clear sexual blocks, explore freedom in expressing their sensuality, and discover beautifully deep self love. 

She is helping to revolutionize the way women see and relate to their bodies and sexuality and helping couples reignite love, desire and passion for one another. 

Feb 7, 2020

*Enrollment is Now Open for the Rising Women Leaders Priestess Initiation ~ we begin March 11, 2020 and there are still a few spots left in the Wild Heart Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii, April 17 - 22, 2020. We hope you can join us!

Since having this conversation with Halo I have shown up first thing in the morning to my meditation seat for 20 minutes a day. Something about her presence, devotion and knowledge of Taoism and Tantra re-inspired me into a consistent daily practice. (Thank you Halo!!)

In this conversation we discussed feminine and masculine polarity, as well as how to harness those energies for greater balance, ease and grace. When we set in place a structure (the masculine), our more feminine qualities can be more fully expressed... This conversation is full of gems, especially if you wish to deepen on a devotional path.


In this episode we discussed:

  • How Halo was led to the path of Taoism and Temple Dance

  • What is Tantra? And how does it apply to our Modern World

  • Halo’s Daily Sadhana

  • Devotion & Discipline and the Value of Both

  • The Role of the Priestess

  • How to Activate Your Inner King and Queen 

  • Halo’s upcoming India retreat and online programs


Stay in Touch with Halo:

Halo Seronko is the founder and lead instructor of the international and online school Shakti Temple Arts; a school with the mission to re-awaken the feminine traditions of spiritual pursuit such as Temple Dance, Classical Tantra Yoga and the Taoist Feminine Arts.

Living between the holy land of India and the USA for the past 10 years, Halo has been bridging the worlds by bringing ancient traditions of Shakti embodiment to the West. While in India she studies Classical Indian Temple Dance, Tantra, Yoga and goes on extensive pilgrimages to sacred sites of the Goddess. The mysteries of the feminine and of the womb have been her guiding lights upon her quest for deeper and deeper embodied understanding of the Goddess, and thus she has been diving deep into ancient practices of Shakti cultivation from various traditions for the past decade.

Shakti Temple Arts is Halo’s offering to the rise of the Divine Feminine. Through time tested lineages of embodiment, consciousness, health and beauty practices, Shakti Temple Arts offers keys to unlocking the soul's yearning for expression of it's innate divinity in THIS life, and in THIS body.

Halo believes that Temple is a vessel for the divine be it an ancient architectural structure, or our very bodies, breath and consciousness. Temple is a way of life that acknowledges the sacred in all that is, and offers reverence and awe in the form of beauty, and the cultivation of awareness.

Halo has brought these sacred arts around the globe online and in live retreats in India, Guatemala, Australia, Greece, Costa Rica and the West coast of the USA.


Jan 24, 2020

*There’s still time to join us on the Big Island Retreat + for our new free webinar, The Role of the Priestess in the Modern Age*

It’s been so incredible to have access to all we do in this era of technology…. I’ve met so many women through Instagram and podcasts who are doing such profound work to restore the balance of the sacred feminine. Michele Bumbier @magdalene.rising is one of those women, who I’m so honored to introduce you to today.

Michele is a researcher, Earth-based educator and devotee of the Great Mother. She feels there is a strong resonance between women's work and Earth work, and focuses her heart in devotion to these areas.

In this episode we discussed:

  • The legacy and life of Mary Magdalene

  • How Michele came to find Mary and research her life

  • How we connect with Mary Magdalene as a guide and mentor

  • The importance of contemplative practices

  • Tending the Earth as devotion

  • The role of the Priestess in the modern age (also the topic of my upcoming webinar)

Links in this episode:

Stay in Touch with Michele:

Michele Bumbier is a Nature-Based Educator, devotee of the Great Mother, researcher, and gardener living in the humid sub-tropics. She works to benefit all beings by bringing humans into right relationship to the land through regenerative gardening. She also spends her time researching and studying the Sacred Feminine, particularly the life & legacy of Mary Magdalene. She feels there is a strong resonance between women's work and Earth work, and focuses her heart in devotion to these areas. You can usually find her propagating rare plants with her beloved or contemplating the lives of the women she holds dear to her heart. Find more of her Earth work at on IG. For more on Michele's musings on Mary Magdalene follow @magdalene.rising.

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Dec 13, 2019

Kelly and I are so excited to welcome you to our Big Island Women’s Retreat! ( We will be joining together on the Kona coast April 17 - 22 for a week of nourishing self-love and adventure. Join us to swim with dolphins, snorkel the incredible coral reefs, and join together in prayer, ritual and sisterhood.

It’s an honor to introduce you to dear sister Kelly Robinson today on the podcast! She is a kind soul I met on pilgrimage in Egypt one year ago. We quickly bonded, sharing stories of love and hope with each other over the past year. I was honored to celebrate her birthday with her on the Big Island of Hawaii this past October, and am sooo excited to go back with her for our Wild Heart Retreat for women this April.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Kelly’s background designing offices for growing companies like Airbnb, Soundcloud, and Headspace

  • Finding balance in spiritual growth, career, sisterhood, love, family, and adventure

  • How our Wild Heart Retreat came to be

  • Death, Birth, and Rebirth

  • The Big Island and all its magic

  • Sovereignty - what it means and what Kelly has been learning after releasing a relationship this year

  • What wisdom Kelly has for those of us experiencing grief or heartbreak

  • Our experience swimming with dolphins!

Stay in Touch with Kelly:

With a deep understanding of the importance of space and its impact on how we work, live, feel and relate, Kelly designs environments centered on improving health and wellness, inspiring meaningful interaction, and deepening our connection to the planet. With a successful track record of building functional homes for pioneering companies like Airbnb, SoundCloud, and Headspace, she marries business sense with a passion for nurturing the spirit.

Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, Kelly is driven by a deep desire to positively change the way we connect with our environment and ultimately, how we treat our planet. 

Outside of her work with design, Kelly is a yoga teacher, a birth doula, a meditation practitioner, and a seeker. She is passionate about sisterhood, women's empowerment, plant medicines, and the path of priestesshood.

Dec 6, 2019

After touring for years around the world with Nahko & Medicine for the People, Hope Medford decided to have a baby. In this episode, Hope and I discuss her journey of becoming a doula and midwife, what it has been like to attend over 450 births and her experience of performing in front of thousands as drummer for Nahko & Medicine for the People.

"There's something about being with a woman giving birth that just doesn't even compare to performing on stage in front of thousands of people"


In this episode we discussed: 

  • Hope’s first experience attending a birth at 19 years old 

  • Her journey to becoming a midwife and experience of attending births

  • The benefits of water birth 

  • How Hope first felt called to the drum

  • Hope’s journey to becoming a mother and giving birth to her daughter at home in water

  • Raising women’s voices and how we can lift each other up

  • The energy of the Big Island of Hawaii and MAnaFest, the festival she puts on each year there in honor of the sacred feminine


Stay in Touch with Hope:





Hope is a creative force. 
Following spirit and serving humanity as her guides, Hope has walked many paths flowing from & returning to the same source.
Hands in the dirt, beating drumskin, brushing color across canvas, holding a newborn babe, or gathering the tribe; Hope thrives when steeped in raw, fresh energy pulsing around her. She is a visionary who sees the positive direction she wants the world to move toward, and takes the steps she can to manifest it.

Touring Internationally and playing drums with Nahko and Medicine for the People
 since they were first heard of, Hope and Nahko shared a chemistry and frequency which catalyzed Medicine for the People to catapult from busking in the streets to performing in front of well over a hundred thousand people in a few short years. Nahko's music has a message that served as a call to the global conscious community for justice, truth talking, and positive social change.   We were a part of a very special movement. Our music was bringing people together who were healing and wanting to make the world better. 
To Hope, that was one more step in her journey. 

Before that, Hope was a midwife, assisting over 450 births, primarily holistic home and water births, in Africa, Bali, and the US.  Protecting the next generation has always been sacred and close to her heart.  Birth is the moment a fresh soul enters the world and a woman transforms though an extraordinary rite of passage to become a mother.  Hope has always felt honored to spend endless hours by a woman's side in her most primal and powerful birthing moments.  The humility and awe in holding humanity in its first breaths have given Hope a deeper connection, compassion, and grounding in life. 
 This has inspired her to work to raise awareness about families' birth options and the importance of their choices.  Hope created Artemis Healing Arts education program and taught natural birth classes in Peru, Brazil, Bali and at Findhorn Ecovillage, in Scotland, as well as in the US.  

For Hope, the drum has always been a tool of spirit.   Her first teacher was Babatunde Olatunje, who encouraged her to keep playing, and to always play with love.  Drums have taken her around the world; Hope studied with teachers in Brazil, Peru, and West Africa.  She shared the drum with children in India and taught rhythm to youth groups in Guatemala.  Hope has taught over 2,500 students of all ages;  she uses drums to facilitate empowering women's voices in workshops and confidence building with at-risk youth groups.   Drums are a powerful connection to our ancestors.  As ancient healers have always known, when infused with positive vibrations & intentions, drums are potent medicine. 

Hope's connection to nature began as a child and continues to flourish.  Hope co-founded an 
urban non-profit  permaculture education site, Tryon Life Community Farm.  Hope coordinated the education program for years, teaching sustainability techniques such as natural building, permaculture gardening, social ecology, and the arts.  Hope participated in the Global peace walk for 8 years.  She later served for 3 years on the Board of Directors of Honor the Earth, the environmental justice non-profit protecting indigenous lands in North America, founded by Winona La Duke and supported by the Indigo Girls.  Most recently, Hope has allied with the protectors of Mauna Kea, who currently have been standing in peaceful protest for months to prevent development on sacred indigenous land in Hawaii. 

Much of her passion is expressed in rich color and paint.  Painting since she was a child, Hope has experimented with nearly every artistic medium she could get her hands on.  As a result, many of her works are mixed media, often incorporating wood, feather, stone, metal, pencil, marker, watercolor, and acrylic - integrating them into delicate lines and powerful bold swaths of color to tell a story of women's power, strength and beauty.  Creating images of empowered women has been a life long devotion;  in response to being raised in a world where women have not been treated fairly or equally to men, and the earth has been ravaged due to this imbalance between masculine and feminine forces..   Her art is currently shown at the beautiful Wild Heartist Gallery in Hilo, Hawaii. 

Hope's Musical Journey continues forward, she has recorded 3 solo albums, and her sound has been described as 'hypnotic world beat with maternal soul'. Recently when Hope evacuated Hawaii in the 2018 lava flow, she temporarily relocated to 
the Blue Ridge Mountains where she began a new musical project, a trio of women called CedarWing, described as 'world soul folk with a groove'.  CedarWing recently recorded their first album which has not yet been released! ...wait for it!! 

Hope co-founded MAnaFest music, arts & education festival in Hawaii i
n 2015, inspired by the transition from touring full time with Nahko, to giving birth to her daughter.  While playing at festivals across the world, Hope recognized the imbalance of the number professional male performers to female.  She is committed to helping women find their voice and share it!  MAnaFest is a festival that honors the sacred feminine; it is run by women, featuring over 25 female performers, 25 workshops led by women, 5 female live artists, dancers, ceremony, red tent, grandmothers council and more- all on the beautiful grounds of  tropical permaculture retreat center and spa! MAnaFest is inclusive of all people, everyone is welcome.  There is a grandfathers council and purple tent to honor men and gender fluid community.  2020 Clear Vision is the theme of this upcoming 5th annual MAnaFest Jan 24, 25 & 26 - Join us! (

Hope loves to teach 
and give back to her community.  Join her on the Big Island of Hawaii for one of her upcoming juicy workshops:  

Raising Our Voices - 3 day music empowerment workshop, teaching alongside professional songstresses Mama Crow and Mary Isis,  Jan 28, 29 & 30 (starting after MAnaFest)
Wild & Natural Birth - 5 day DONA certified doula training co-facilitaed with Jesse Remer, international DONA certified trainer, Feb 19-23rd and
Creative Spirit Art Journey - 4 day Spring Equinox immersion in the creative process, integrating ritual, art & community March 19-22.
Registration: go to Workshops at

Find Hope and check out her blog at:
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