What is Wild Woman Rising?

We are artists, musicians, actors, poets. Kitchen wizards, medicine women, plant whisperers and earth mamas. We dance, we sing, we listen, we create. We are alive and engaged in life on this planet! We invite you to share in our magic and weave your offerings into the web. Learn more here:

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Barbara Heile

Washington, Virginia, USA

“When the soul wants something to be known,
she throws out an image in front of her
and steps into it.”

This quote by Meister Eckhart was gifted to me recently by one of my sons. It has put my life of painting into perspective. In the past 40 years of painting, she has given me three such images in order to know myself. Woodlands, the trees and the spaces between them. The Kitchen, lit in the evening when the day’s work is done, and most recently, The Birch.

I saw these trees daily on the road between Salzburg and Freilassing, Germany. When I stopped to photograph them the image was made known to me.

The tree was held and supported by the landscape to each side. Nothing reflects my present consciousness more clearly than this image.

The tree is my body, the space holds this body, and we are gracefully becoming one and the same.The visual and visceral impact of this image can have a surprising effect on the viewer. The paintings are a mysterious mix of abstraction and representation.

I make this image in oil and watercolor and collage. I write about my experience of being a woman who paints, walks in the woods, and ponders and feels all of this life we are sharing and caring for on planet earth.

I am a mother of three home grown, home born amazing sons. I live in a beautiful part of the world, near the trees and mountains and fresh water.

Born – 1953
MFA in Painting, American University, Washington, DC – 1982
My original work can be seen in Studio 3 at River District Arts, Sperryville, VA



Cheryl Angel

Pasadena, California, USA

Cheryl Angel (b. 1987) is an artist from Pasadena, California who paints and draws young women on the cusp of a realized adulthood. Set in a dreamscape of messy flowers and vibrant colors, the young women in her paintings retain the feral energy and melancholy of rosy-cheeked creatures who are leaving childhood behind to take on the previously unwanted and unknown pains of love and heartbreak.


Courtney Porto

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Courtney Kenny Porto, is known for her charcoal drawings and yarn paintings. Porto’s work focuses largely on satire, authenticity and feminism, three concepts she feels strongly about. Porto Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kansas) with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. She has exhibited work in numerous juried and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.

Porto has been featured in numerous publications, anthologies, blogs and television interviews. Most recently, she was honored to have been featured on Maxim Feminine Hygiene’s Blog, “Green Feminine Hygiene Queen Blog” as March 2015’s “Fierce Woman.” She has also been featured in Omaha Magazine’s “Her Magazine,” on the “Morning Blend” (KMTV), Channel 6 News, and The Omaha World Herald among many others. She has been an art instructor with WhyArts and the “Artists in Our Community” project through Omaha Creative Institute. She is also an Artist INC fellow. In 2011 She received “Special International Recognition” from Upstream People Gallery, as well as “Best of Painting” at the juried Messiah Art Exhibition. She was recently nominated for “Best Emerging Artist 2015” by The Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards and was selected as 1 of 10 artists to be included in the 2015 FBAlous Project Banner display in Omaha.


Eva Burke

Amsterdam, NL

Eva Burke is originally from Colorado, USA, but for now is raising her three children in Europe. She plans to return one day and settle in a house in the mountains. She enjoys using her studies in philosophy to support her poetic writing, and above that, she loves to support other writers in their journey towards expression. She is the co-founder of a process writing group in Amsterdam which explores the power of spontaneous writing.


Janeen Pergrin Rastall

Gordon, Michigan, USA

Janeen Pergrin Rastall lives in Gordon, MI (population 2). She is the author of the chapbook, In The Yellowed House (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications including: Border Crossing, Raleigh Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Up the Staircase and The Fourth River. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.


Jeri Studebaker

Sebago, Maine, USA

Jeri Studebaker is the author of Switching to Goddess (2008) and Breaking the Mother Goose Code: How a Fairy Tale Character Fooled the World for 300 Years (2015). Currently she lives with her Akita and calico cat in a cabin in the woods across the road from a very large Maine lake.

Jiling Lin

California, Connecticut and New Mexico, USA
Taipei, Taiwan

Clinical herbalist Jiling Lin sees distance and in-person clients on a sliding scale basis, makes and sells wild-crafted herbal concoctions, and teaches herbal, yoga, and nature-based classes in the USA and Asia, primarily in the northeastern and southwestern USA. She teaches with Two Coyotes Wilderness School in Connecticut, the Traditions in Western Herbalism conference in New Mexico, and various other organizations. Jiling travels frequently; contact her to set up a mini class, tea party, or herbal free clinic in your town!


JoAnne Dodgson

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

With 30 years of experience as a healer, teacher and consultant, JoAnne Dodgson offers guidance to awaken authentic ways of being to transform the ways we live and relate with ourselves, each other, and the earth.

Since 2000, she has been living and learning the kala keh nah seh lineage of Ka Ta See, a tradition from the Eastern Andes. A shamanic healer and teacher of these ancient medicine ways, JoAnne offers spiritual counseling, initiation ceremonies, Bone Throws, traditional energy balancing, and spirit journeys which awaken profound healing, deep connectedness, joy and empowerment. Prior to her shamanic initiations, JoAnne completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Holistic Health. She has many years of professional experience as a psychotherapist, community activist, and college instructor.


Kalika Fortin

Boulder, Colorado, USA

In 2005, Kalika Fortin moved from the conservative Midwest into an ashram in Colorado. She was immersed in a new and beautiful world of meditation, service and devotional chanting. Captivated by the sweet, calming energy of the morning chants, as well as the lively evening kirtans, it became clear that bhakti yoga was her path. She enjoyed several years in Shoshoni Yoga Retreat’s resident band, Shiva’s Garden, before forming The Pushpams with Mira Gale and Kumara Etzel.

Her debut album, Flowers for Kali, honors traditions lost and found in a gentle offering of uplifting chants and intimate songs.


Laurie Lahti

United States

Laurie Lahti has always possessed a love for the written word. Spending much of her childhood engrossed in books, she’s always yearned to be a writer. Her passion for reading and writing guided her to become an English teacher and earn a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching; she’s taught for nearly two decades. With a harsh inner critic, it’s only been recently that Laurie has allowed herself to write (beyond journaling) and realize her stories are important.

Along with a love for language, Laurie has been drawn toward spirituality since childhood. Viewing her life as a spiritual journey, she completed a Yoga Teachers’ Training Course in 2011, and she has worked as an RYT 200 since then. She’s passionate about the myriad benefits that yoga offers, particularly its ability to relieve suffering. Relatedly, Laurie is a Reiki practitioner and uses healing energy where she feels called. Laurie is committed to creating a meaningful life and becoming her most authentic self, instead of hiding her voice like she’s done for far too long.

Laurie enjoys sharing her life with a loving husband, daughter, and dog.

Lydia Hesse

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Raised in the tiny artist colony of Taos, New Mexico, I grew up in the midst of creativity. Believing that everyone is an artist of some sort on the inside, regardless of what they show on the outside. I’m still convinced of that.

I taught myself how to paint and everyday is a new lesson. For years I painted whimsical dogs and loved every minute of it, until I didn’t. So I opened a restaurant for a few years and let the creative juices flow as food, until I couldn’t stave off the yearning for a paintbrush, rather than a spatula, in my hand.

I was in Australia when I dreamt of lovely, mighty features with wondrous birds perched atop their heads. Back I went to New Mexico and began to paint them.

They are fixed minutes of simplicity.
It’s as undemanding as that.


Marianne Lyon

Yountville, California, USA

Marianne has been a music teacher for 39 years. She is a member of the California Writers Club. Healdsburg Literary Guild. Published in the CWC Literary Review Summer 2014, Storyteller Magazine (December 2014). Received the California Senior Poet Honor Scroll Award 2013. Published in Golden Words — Volume 20. Published in The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry June 2014, Literature Today September 2014, Trajectory 2014, Sufi Journal 2014, Literary Illuminations 2014, Storyteller Magazine January 2015, Literature Today 2015.

Maya Telford

North Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

My fascination with the creative process started long ago and from the early age of four, I have been dabbling in just about every medium. Clay and fiber, along with paint, have been pretty much constant companions over the years.

In the 70’s I had showings at Rembrandt Studios in North Vancouver and was also on the Board of Presentation House. In the 80’s, while living on Maui, Hawaii, I became involved with the artist co-op there and also with the Wailea Art Centre. And in the 90’s I was an exhibiting artist at Galleria Gordana in Fort Langley for eight years.

During the past 15 years, I have been very involved with textile art, both the dyeing and distressing of fabric and also the creation of art quilts with an extensive teaching and online presence. However, over the last few years, my big passion, that of painting on canvas, has resurfaced. I have been creating a large and comprehensive body of work exchanging oils and palette knives for acrylics and brushes. I have also exchanged abstract landscapes for painting the divine feminine in all the myriad forms She shows to me.

I was born and grew up in Montreal until my early 20’s where I attended Ecole des beaux-arts, then relocated to Vancouver with a few years spent in Hawaii. In 1990, I moved from my home in West Vancouver to the Fraser Valley raising my family there. 2008 saw me moving back to the North Shore where I presently live in the Lynn Valley area.

At the moment, as well as my spiritual work and painting, I am embarking on teaching my form of art, contemporary symbolism, with a heavy emphasis on the sacred feminine.


Melissa Kelly


Raven Dawn Photography has created the Be.YOU.ty Revolution supports the Empowerment and Healing of Women and Girls through Art and Self-Love Workshops.


Melissa (Mei An) Reed

Portland, Oregon, USA

Melissa (Mei An) Reed studies interfaces between Classical Chinese Medical Arts and English Literature. Her research has been published in international journals such as The Journal of Poetry Therapy, Arts in Psychotherapy and Roeper Review. Her poetry has been published by Guild Press, Psychological Perspectives, Los Angeles, The Empty Vessel, and The Red Door Literary Journal of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. She is also an International Baccalaureate Professor of English Literature and Composition, Text and Performance, Theater Arts and Theory of Knowledge. Not only her Eastern-European students, but students throughout the globe mend their souls through literature. Literature makes her come alive and be a catalyst for others to discover what makes them come alive. Literature also takes her to the edge of the world, where perspective allows us to challenge the certainty of completed knowledge and revise our lives.

Mother Turtle

Western Massachusetts, USA

Marsia Shuron Harris aka Mother Turtle, is a musician, photographer and founder of “Healing The Stories We Tell Ourselves.” Mother Turtle is a powerful singer and songwriter who has been performing her original compositions for nearly 25 years. Her voice is distinctive, and her music is rooted in personal growth, love, social consciousness and a greater vision for the world as a whole. Her photography is just as distinctive and displays her own personal style. A graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, Marsia enjoys the “up close and personal” side of photography that portraiture allows. Her images are evocative and convey the spirit of her subject. In 2009 she designed and began offering, “Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves,” a unique interactive, personal enrichment experience designed to help uncover and transform the heavy “stories” we carry that are not serving our lives. As a facilitator, Marsia is gifted with the ability to get us out of our heads and into our hearts. Using her voice as a tool for healing, she can lift us to great heights through her song, as well as move us to those deep places within that are seeking illumination. Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves with Mother Turtle inspires us to see ourselves and the world in new magnificent ways.


Nara K

Blue Mountains

I use Art as a spiritual practice. A meditation. I use it to discover hidden parts of me that want to communicate and show me what i need to know. I delve intuitively, not having much structure but instead allow the chosen medium to guide me on paper or canvas. For me creativity is all about healing myself and sharing it with others so they may feel healed and inspired. My paintings are always bright and vivid in color. I love creating mandalas and using them as tools in meditation. At the moment i am working on a mandala Oracle. A set of beautifully created cards to help open and heal the reader.

Savannah Schroll Guz

Weirton, West Virginia, USA

Born in 1974 in York, Pennsylvania, Savannah Schroll Guz studied under painter Alexander McBride at Juniata College in the mid-1990s. After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Juniata in 1997, she became a Fulbright Scholar in Munich, Germany and worked for Dr. Konrad Renger, then curator of 17th-century Flemish painting at the Alte Pinakothek. In 2000, she received her Master of Arts in art history from the University of Pittsburgh and moved to Washington, D.C., where she became the public information officer for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. While in D.C., Guz became active in the arts community and was closely involved with the D.C. Arts Center in Adams-Morgan. She returned to Pittsburgh in 2005 and currently divides her time between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Weirton, West Virginia. She is Membership Chair for the Pittsburgh Print Group.


Victoria Christian

Ashland, Oregon, USA

Victoria Christian is a self taught oil painter whose mission is to create images that deeply move her audience on emotional and spiritual levels. Through her paintings she is attempting to tap into the mystical sensation of “awe” aroused in her while in nature. She presently resides in Ashland, Oregon and is pursuing a diverse career as an artist, writer, counselor and educator. She recently released a book titled Feminine Mysticism in Art: Artists Envisioning the Divine, which documents the work of over 65 contemporary Visionary and Goddess Artists. You can learn more about the book or view more of her art on her websites:



Wendy Bennett

Melbourne, AU

As a menstrual artist and holder of sacred space, I am in the service of the goddess to empower women. My purpose is to reawaken women to the long suppressed power and sacredness of our bodies, our cycles and our life giving blood. I work with taboos; with my menstrual blood and 3D vulva imagery I invite women to look deeply into their sometimes strong responses and peel back layers of thousands of years of patriarchal shaming of the feminine to reach an innocence which allows self-honoring and self-empowerment in the experience of being woman.

Wendy Mitchell, Judy Zehr & Scott Lockhart

Portland, Oregon, USA

Wendy Mitchell and Judy Zehr have been studying vibrancy and well being together for over ten years and realize the importance of having intention in our lives. They are Road Scholar/Elderhostel speakers and do workshops for women around neuroscience and well-being. From their professional work they created Walk Breathe Dance, a Facebook Page bringing art, insights and reflections together for small inspirations. Scott Lockhart added his stunning and magical photography to Walk Breathe Dance.

Wendy Mitchell, MA, CPC, is a women’s health coach:

Judy Zehr, MA, MHRM, is a therapist and coach:

Scott Lockhart is a photographer, writer, and poet: