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ABOUT ZOE HELENE (BIOGRAPHY)
“Zoe Helene writes about environmental devastation, most notably about the plight of New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphin, of which a mere 55 survive.” - Outside Magazine, 2014
Zoe Helene, MFA, a multidisciplinary artist, cultural activist and journeyer, is connecting visionaries and activists who share her commitment to the rights of women, wilderness and wildlife. She has been featured in , , , , , , , , , Newsday, , Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, , , and . She appeared with her husband and partner, ethnobotanist Chris Kilham, on and in .
Zoe's sustainability stories, interviews and lifestyle showcases have been published in , , , ,, , , , , , Earth Tribe, Activist News, Nailed Magazine, Organic Authority, , Reality Sandwich and Ladybud.
Zoe is Founder + Chief Visionary Officer of , a collective for women who understand that true balance of power between genders will bring peace, progress and true sustainability. Cosmic Sister connects and promotes trailblazers in socially responsible businesses including media, the arts and sciences, ethical lifestyle, natural beauty, holistic wellness, human and non-human rights, sacred plants, and much more. “We are gathering women who embody the Cosmic Sister ideal and are helping to share their inspiring stories with the world,” Zoe explains.
Zoe is outspoken and unyielding in her fight for the rights of , including the rights of dolphins, wild horses and wolves, which are threatened by aggressive and widespread anti-wolf extremism. “I can’t relate to the people who shoot wolves,” she writes on Huffington Post. She has also written passionately about saving the rainforests, oceans, the Arctic, and wilderness habitat in the United States for Organic Spa Magazine, Endangered Species Coalition, Coco Eco, EcoSalon, Reality Sandwich, and other venues. She’s written about America’s remaining wild horses, “under aggressive attack and rapidly disappearing from government-managed, citizen-owned wilderness spaces” and the critically endangered Maui’s Dolphin, a sub-species of the Hector’s Dolphin and the only dolphin endemic to New Zealand, where Zoe spent her teenage years. Helene writes “about environmental devastation, most notably about the plight of New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphin, of which a mere 55 survive,” Outside Magazine reported.
“When you invest in ethical, heirloom-quality jewelry, you’re also investing in the future. Your purchase supports a creative community of like-minded humanitarians, out there doing important work.” - Zoe Helene, Organic Spa Magazine
As a style and sustainability correspondent, Zoe delivers positive, passionate, and informed pro-activism and promotes ethical trade and environmental conservation through her writing and curating for LA Yoga, Coco Eco, , , , , Nailed Magazine, , Organic Authority, , and Ladybud. Through these venues she promotes women (and men) on the path, sustainable businesses and humans’ connection with plant spirit. She’s written about sacred plants and ayahuasca for various venues, and she was featured in a article about Cannabis reform.
“Like many of her peers, Zoe Helene … smoked marijuana in her early 20s but gave it up as her career in the digital world took off in the 1990s,” the Forbes article states. “Today the multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist lives in Amherst, Mass., and is building a global network of trailblazers called . Since she married an ethnobotanist in 2007, she has returned to using cannabis occasionally — ‘as a tool for evolving and expanding my psyche.’ ”
Zoe began her career in the performing arts. A classically trained and accomplished performer with higher degrees from the University of North Carolina and Brandeis University and credits from professional independent theaters and improv comedy venues, Zoe also designed costumes and sets for award-winning productions. Mentorships with legendary costume designer Patricia Zipprodt and master animator John Ewing, whose credits include Jungle Book and 101 Dalmatians, helped shape Zoe creatively.
“America's remaining wild horses are under aggressive attack and rapidly disappearing from government-managed, citizen-owned wilderness spaces.” - Zoe Helene, Huffington Post
From 1994 to 1996, Zoe was the artistic director for Millennium Productions, a pioneering interactive agency that produced one of the first comprehensive online communities and the first branded web presences for more than 5,000 artists and 500 art organizations in the pre-dot com era. Clients included The Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Musician Magazine, Dance Magazine, and many more. Zoe played a key role in developing the world's first fully functioning portal process for virtual global new media production, directing a team of engineers and animators. “Zoe Helene... chief creative officer, spends her time designing interactive media campaigns that draw inspiration from the arts as well as from artificial intelligence,” Fast Company reported at the time.
As chief creative officer for General Interactive in the late 1990s, Zoe developed projects for blue-chip clients such as American Express, Allstate, the U.S. Senate, IBM, Nike, Calvin Klein, Sprint, Hershey's, Ralston-Purina and Unilever. As chief creative officer for EchoMail from 1999-2002, Zoe worked on the interactive industry’s first and only holistic, scalable enterprise software solution for managing one-to-one electronic communications and dialogue brand marketing campaigns. Her work was featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, LA Times, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and the MIT Technology Review. Through VisionRose, the agency she founded in 2002 and ran until 2008, Zoe provided integrated marketing and communications solutions and interactive content development for companies in the natural products industry and conventional companies seeking to embrace sustainable business practices.
Zoe has presented keynotes and workshops to top-tier corporate executives, including “Working with Evolving Mediums,” “The Future of Digital Marketing”, “Collective E-Consciousness,” “Archetypes of the Digital Age,” “Demystification and the Digital Divide,” and “Demeter's Pallet,” a nature-centered visual vocabulary workshop. She has worked passionately from within the high corporate world to secure support for organizations such as Guggenheim Museum, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, World Music, Defenders of Wildlife, Very Special Arts and Read Across America. “Zoe Helene’s success with corporate work, she says, gives her leverage to work also on such causes for which she feels so much passion,” Newsday reported.
“Positive change takes deep, honest self-inquiry, and that’s what psychedelics are all about. Sacred plants such as cannabis and ayahuasca can help us self-liberate mentally and emotionally. Psychedelics serve a primary role in our ethical evolution.” – Zoe Helene, MassRoots
Today, Zoe travels to remote regions of the globe with her husband, ethnobotanist and , to promote medicinal plants, environmental protection and cultural preservation and to bear witness to the state of women, wilderness and wildlife. She also produces medicinehunter.com, in part to support media professionals in communicating sustainable economic messages. She has worked with NBC Nightly News, CNN Health, Fox News Health, The Dr. Oz Show, OWN, Outside Magazine, Woman's World and many others.
Participating in traditional plant spirit medicine ayahuasca ceremonies with indigenous tribes in the Peruvian Amazon deepens her determination to protect the earth’s diverse biological abundance and inspires her visual art, in the “visionary art” style. The Amazonian Shipibo tribe, with whom Zoe participates in ayahuasca ceremonies, bestowed upon her the name Kata (Little Bear) for her fierce, nurturing nature.
Through the , Zoe helps outstanding women from all walks of life experience the healing and consciousness-expanding journey of ayahuasca ceremony in the Peruvian Amazon. The program was recently featured in , where she explains, how “the ayahuasca experience rebirths, inspires, empowers, and ignites” women to shine. “This is not recreational—it is hard if fascinating work with a big payoff,” she said in , and, “My theory is that the medicine helps us communicate with the subconscious parts of our own psyche, and to our own deepest inner wisdom, which is a nature wisdom," in .
Zoe Helene is an award-winning professional with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting & Design from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts in Professional Theatre from Brandeis University.
Updated: December 2015