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Chris Kilham and Zoe Helene in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Ivan Kashinsky
About Zoe Helene
Zoe and Chris travel together extensively, exploring remote regions of the globe, working to promote environmental protection and cultural preservation. Zoe works tirelessly on both sides of the media with in-sync professionals to help communicate messages of hope, conscious living, and informed pro-activism to a wide audience. As Global Sustainability Correspondent, Zoe delivers positive, passionate, and informed pro-activism and promotes ethical trade and environmental conservation through her writing and curating for venues such as Huffington Post, Organic Spa Magazine, Conscious Living TV, Activist News, Reality Sandwich, Nailed Magazine, Organic Authority, and Ladybud.
Zoe brings 25+ years of creative leadership experience to Medicine Hunter and the sustainability movement, most notably in performing and visual arts and interactive and converging media. She has held award-winning positions as producer, creative director, designer and performing artist with professional credits that include dozens of blue chip Americana brands and some of the finest arts, diversity and environmental organizations in the United States.
Zoe is outspoken and unyielding in her fight for 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 Reality Sandwich. She also writes passionately about saving the rainforests, oceans, the Arctic, and wilderness habitat in the United States for Huffington Post 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 in January 2014.
As Partner of Medicine Hunter, Inc., Zoe produces MedicineHunter.com, and supports production companies, producers, journalists, business partners, event directors, as well as the greater sustainability community, via New Tribe. She also produced the new edition of The Five Tibetans, Chris' best-selling yoga classic.
Zoe delivers positive, passionate, and informed pro-activism and promotes ethical trade and environmental conservation through her writing and curating for Huffington Post, Organic Spa Magazine, Conscious Living TV, Activist News, Reality Sandwich, Earth Tribe, Nailed Magazine, Organic Authority, and Ladybud. Stay tuned for stories on new venues, including the Endangered Species Coalition's Stop Extinction, Amber Lyon's Reset.me, and EcoSalon. Visit Current Venues for more information.
Ayahuasca Test Pilots
Zoe Helene is “Co-Pilot” of Ayahuasca Test Pilots, a collaboration of individuals who engage in the ceremonial practice of ayahuasca journeying with skilled shamans. Founded by Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, the purpose is of Ayahuasca Test Pilots is to journey for healing and to explore the spirit landscape, with dignity and respect for La Medicina. Zoe is an active media advocate for proper use of ayahuasca for personal healing, transformational journeying, personal and professional inspiration and paradigm shift revelation. Visit Zoe Helene & Plant Spirit to learn more.
“Over the course of four rough, ego-shattering hours, the ayahuasca shows me that opening myself to love of Zoe and all others is the sure way to tap my deepest and most vital energetic reserves. The lesson is vivid, technicolor, indelibly imprinted on my psyche.” - Chris Kilham, Ode Magazine
Medicine Hunter Expeditions
Zoe has traveled with Chris on multiple expeditions to the Amazon (Cat's Claw, Dragon's Blood, Ayahuasca, Chuchuasi), as well as New Zealand (Manuka), Peruvian Highlands many times! (Maca), San Blas Islands of Panama (Cocoa), Patagonia, Chile (Maqui), South Africa (Hoodia, Sceletium), Vanuatu, South Pacific (Tamanu, Kava), and Costa Rica (Vanilla). Upcoming expeditions include the Green Rush in Colorado. Zoe's expedition photos and videos have appeared in a variety of venues around the world. When Chris travels solo, Zoe will often “woman the fort.”
“Zoe Helene saw Kilham's boar tusk in 2007, and in addition to marrying him, she became his partner in keeping the Medicine Hunter enterprises on the rails.” - The Valley Advocate
Wildlife & Wilderness
The sustainability front-line takes Zoe Helene to inspiring wilderness spaces. An outspoken advocate for animal rights, wildlife and wilderness around the world, Zoe currently develops and/or places features in support of environmental non-profits organizations such as Center for Biological Diversity, The Rainforest Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon Society, Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and the Endangered Species Coalition. Visit Wildlife & Wilderness for more information and a list of stories in development.
“Wildlife needs wilderness--not just to survive, but also to live freely. Sadly, many species struggle to survive due to increased human activity and expansion into habitats they call home.” – Zoe Helene, Huffington Post
Is Marijuana Booming Among Boomers?
Forbes, by Robyn Griggs Lawrence
Marijuana Use On The Rise Among Baby Boomers
Huffington Post 50, by Yagana Shah, March 2014
“I’m not a pothead. For me, cannabis is a loving plant spirit that helps me understand myself. It heightens my senses and reminds me of higher levels of consciousness I can attain. And then I attain them, without it.” – Zoe Helene, Forbes
Zoe feels strongly that there can be no true sustainability without a civilized gender balance of power, worldwide. Towards this end, she is busy developing Cosmic Sister™, a hybrid collective venue/network/guide connecting kindred spirit women on the path. The website is currently in development, but the project is underway and experiencing inspiring momentum. Visit Cosmic Sister for more information.
“Today (Zoe Helene) the multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist lives in Amherst, Mass., and is building a global network of trailblazers called Cosmic Sister.” - Forbes, 2013
Natural Products Industry
In 2002 Zoe chose to transition from serving predominately conventional Americana brands to supporting the Natural Products Industry. As an independent she worked with brands such as Annie’s (famous for their organic Mac & Cheese) and Healthy Handfuls, and provided strategic consulting for The Organic Center, a non-profit organization providing scientific information proving the benefits of organics. It is during this time Zoe met Chris at an industry trade show. She will tell you he was, “Colorful amongst the colorful.”
Today, Zoe Helene supports the Natural Products Industry by interviewing leaders and rising stars in the scene and by developing curated product showcase features that run in a variety of quality venues. Features about triple-bottom-line, sustainable trade, earth-friendly and ethical practices help consumers to understand the authenticity and passion of pioneers in this fascinating arena. Visit Zoe Helene & Natural Products to learn more.
Children as Stewards of the Future
Nobody lives forever, and empowering young people is essential to the future of all good things. Even a little something – a kind word, a bit of wisdom, a helping hand, an introduction - can make a huge difference in a young person’s life. Visit Stewards of the Future for more information.
CHRIS & ZOE IN THE NEWS
Is Marijuana Booming Among Boomers?
Forbes, by Robyn Griggs Lawrence
Marijuana Use On The Rise Among Baby Boomers
Huffington Post 50, by Yagana Shah
In The Jungle With Dr. Feelgood
Outside Magazine, by Steve Hendricks
The Adventures of Black Vulture and Little Bear
The Valley Advocate, by Mark Roessler
Mareado on the Nauta Road
Reality Sandwich, by Chris Kilham
The Quest for Medicinal Plants in Peru
Ode Magazine, by Chris Kilham
The Shaman's Pharmacy Takes Students to Amazon
The Mass Collegian, by Alissa Creamer
World's Biggest Pharmacy May Have Short Shelf-life
NBC Nightly News , by Anne Thompson
On a Remote Path to Cures
The New York Times , by Andrew Downie
A Medicine Hunter in Peru
The New York Times , by Jennifer Szymasek
Zoe is a recognized pioneer in the interactive and converging media industry. She joined the Digital Revolution in 1994 and, in a previous incarnation, played a key role in developing the industry’s premier integrated communications solution, several influential early social media projects, and a variety of industry concepts and processes now commonly embraced. For over a decade Zoe held senior management positions at trendsetter companies serving blue chip clientele such as American Express, Allstate, the United States Senate, IBM e-business, Nike, Calvin Klein, Sprint, Hershey's, Ralston-Purina, and Unilever. Visit Zoe Helene & Digital Revolution to learn more.
“Chief Creative Officer Zoe Helene spends her time designing interactive media campaigns that draw inspiration from the arts as well as from artificial intelligence.” - Fast Company Magazine
EDUCATION, TRAINING & BACKGROUND
Zoe holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts from Brandeis University, where she was mentored by the legendary Patricia Zipprodt, one of the most influential theatrical artists of the past century and partner of 20+ years to director-choreographer Bob Fosse. At age sixteen, she was mentored for three years by master animator John Ewing, whose credits include multiple Disney classics and the original Spiderman TV series.
Zoe had her first on stage experience at the age of two, and for decades was a professional performing artist, devoted to the craft. She is fully trained in method acting and performed in a full range of styles and genres in independent theatres and activist improv comedy venues for 15+ years. In addition to acting, Zoe designed costumes and sets for award-winning full period pieces and modern dress shows.
Zoe was born and raised in a multicultural environment filled with science, art, nature, progressive education and activism. As a girl she was a faculty wild child at the North Carolina School of the Arts where her father specialized in teaching science and mathematics to gifted performing artists, during the height of the counter-culture revolution. Zoe recalls being surrounded by brilliant, bigger-than-life master artists and students who encouraged creativity, diversity, and personal growth and expression. She also remembers sharing a studio with her mother, an accomplished visual artist, and joining her in marches for human rights, the women's movement, and the environment.
ARTS & ARCHETYPES
From within the corporate world, Zoe discovered she had a knack for persuading large companies to give back by funding the arts and sustainability. She was instrumental in procuring hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of support for organizations such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Defenders of Wildlife, World Music, Very Special Arts, the Guggenheim Museum (NYC), National Geographic: The Green Guide, American Repertory Theatre and many others. Zoe is an accomplished artist in her own right, and expresses fluently across several mediums. She is captivated by the depth and breadth of myth and archetypal psychology as the language of soul, a passion that informs much of her creative work.
“Zoe Helene’s success with corporate work gives her leverage to work also on such causes for which she feels so much passion.” - Newsday
“The world's beautiful children will steward the future long after we are gone. What we do today matters.” – Zoe Helene
“There can be no true sustainability without a civilized gender balance of power, worldwide.” – Zoe Helene
State of Wildlife
“Wildlife is being aggressively wiped out all around the globe. 7 billion+ human beings is far, far too many.” – Zoe Helene