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About Zoe Helene
Zoe Helene is a multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist. She is building a global network of sustainability trailblazers called Cosmic Sister. Zoe and Chris travel together extensively, exploring remote regions of the globe, working to promote environmental protection and cultural preservation. Zoe works tirelessly with media and broadcast professionals to help communicate messages of hope, conscious living, and informed pro-activism to a wide audience.
As Sustainability Correspondent, Zoe contributes to venues such as Huffington Post, Organic Authority, Reality Sandwich, and Organic Spa Magazine, a leading premium sustainable lifestyle print magazine. Through this work Zoe is enjoying sharing positive stories about women, wilderness and wildlife, the animal rights movement, the arts and archetypes, and children, as stewards of the future.
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.
As partner and "copilot" of Medicine Hunter, Inc., Zoe produces MedicineHunter.com, and supports producers, journalists, business partners and event directors. Zoe also developed New Tribe in support of the greater community, and produced the new edition of The Five Tibetans, Chris' best-selling yoga classic.
Zoe Helene, Copilot
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), and Vanuatu, South Pacific (Tamanu, Kava). Zoe's expedition photos and videos have appeared in a variety of venues. Upcoming expeditions include Siberia and the Peruvian Amazon. When Chris travel's solo, Zoe womans the fort.
Zoe Helene: Huffington Post
Longevity Tips From My Super-Powered Greek-American Mom
Ric Scalzo: Growing a Better Future
A Deeper Love: Artful Hearts for Valentine's Day
Master Guitarist John Sheldon Creates Memorial Song for Yellowstone Wolf 06
Eco-Fashionista Bianca Alexander on Feel-Good Style in the Snowy Season
Teach Your Babies Well: Adorable, Life-Affirming Gifts for Little Ones
Artisan Up-Cycled Jewelry: The Everything-Old-Is-New-Again Fashion Trend
It's All About the Yum: Cook It Up at an Organic Spa Retreat
Great Gifts for the Healthy Gourmet on Your List
Seed-to-Table Bounty: Wisdom From the Organic Gourmet
Eco Mom and Health Coach Autumn Bree Fata on Leading a Spectacular Life
Midwife & CEO Karen Farrell Langevin on Becoming an Eco-Mom
Eco Mom and Gaia Herbs VP Angela May on the Joys of Juggling Her Dream Jobs
Trudie Styler on Rainforest Preservation and Human Spirit
Zoe Helene: Organic Spa Magazine
Ocean Commotion: The Plastic Pollution Crisis, Health (PDF)
Ric Scalzo: Serving Mother Earth and Her Children, Giving Back (PDF)
Bianca Alexander: A Passion for Feel-Good Fashion, Eco Style (PDF)
True Gems, Eco Jewelry Feature (PDF)
Summer in Maine, Eco Fashion Feature (PDF)
Easy & Elegant, Eco Fashion Feature (PDF)
Trudie Styler on Rainforest Preservation and Human Spirit, Interview (PDF)
Caring and Sharing, Eco Mom Home Feature (PDF)
Summer, on Spring, Interview and Eco Fashion Forecast (PDF)
Cooking up a Fresh Feast, Eco Home Feature (PDF)
Valentine's Day at Home, Eco Home Feature (PDF File)
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 collective venue connecting kindred spirit women on the path. The website is currently in development, but the project is underway and experiencing inspiring momentum. Join Cosmic Sister on Facebook.
“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
The Animal Rights Movement
Over the course of our lives we will witness still more species move down the IUCN Red List from Vulnerable to Endangered to Critically Endangered to Extinct in the Wild, and then, in some cases, to that oh, so final category—Extinct. Because of us. Zoos, aquariums and captive breeding programs are desperate measures, not solutions, as are tracking collars and tags, egg harvesting, sperm banking, and freezing of genetic codes. How would you like it?
“I was disappointed to have not seen an alligator in the Amazon. Zoe helped me understand how most of the animals had either been eaten or sold as exotic pets, or made into ‘handbags, belts, and shoes’. She awakened in me a deeper, more holistic love and respect for the Rainforest.” - Rachael Carlevale, Yoga Teacher and Sex Educator
Rachael was one of 15 students who traveled with Chris and Zoe to the Peruvian Amazon in the first UMass Amazon field course, The Shaman's Pharmacy 2010. She is also the first recipient of the Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Award, 2013. More on this soon...
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, The Dial Store and Unilever. Interactive strategies and solutions Zoe worked on during this period earned innovation awards from entities such as Discovery, Verizon, IBM, Lotus, Yahoo! and EPCOT Center, and were featured in media such as the The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Mass High Tech, Fast Company Magazine, Computer World, LA Times, Boston Business Journal, The Boston Globe and (a personal favorite) the MIT Technology Review turn-of-the-millennium cover story. As Chief Creative Officer, she also served as company liaison for top advertising agencies such as Wieden & Kennedy, R/GA, and Arc Worldwide. Zoe’s unique experience in the futurist arena makes for a heightened perspective of the Digital Revolution.
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's 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.
In 2002 Zoe chose to transition from serving predominately conventional Americana brands to supporting brands in the Natural Products Movement. As an independent she and provided strategic consulting and creative content development for brands such as Annie’s, Healthy Handfuls, and 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.”
In her early career, Zoe 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 has designed costumes and sets for numerous award winning full period pieces and modern dress shows.
Education and Training
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 believes teaching to be one of most noble forms of art, and is grateful for all the educators who have enriched her life. As a way of giving back, Zoe will on occasion mentor a gifted young person, if their calling is strong.
North Carolina School of the Arts
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.
Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Zoe spent the years from age nine to nineteen in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and was influenced strongly by the experience. When approaching the remote island by sea, New Zealand forms a graceful arch along a curved horizon. White clouds collect above the land mass, creating a strikingly beautiful visual. In awe of this, the indigenous Māori people named New Zealand Aotearoa, The Land of the Long White Cloud. When Zoe’s family first moved to NZ they traveled by sea. She likes to think her first memory of the island is like that of Māori, so many years ago. Zoe bonded with the island through the spirit of sweet spring lambs. She is working with others around the world to help save New Zealand's endemic dolphin, the Maui's Dolphin. See: Help Save the World’s Smallest Dolphin.
The Maui's Dolphin
Zoe spent the years from age nine to nineteen in Aotearoa (New Zealand). She is a passionate advocate and is working with experts around the world to help save the Critically Endangered Maui's Dolphin, New Zealand's only endemic dolphin and the smallest dolphin in the world. See: Help Save the World’s Smallest Dolphin.
Zoe Helene Media
Is Marijuana Booming Among Boomers?
Forbes, by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, May 2013
The Adventures of Black Vulture and Little Bear
The Valley Advocate, by Mark Roessler, August 2011
The Shaman's Pharmacy Takes 16 Students to the Peruvian Amazon
The Mass Collegian, By Alissa Creamer, November 2009
World's Biggest Pharmacy May Have Short Shelf-life
NBC Nightly News, with Anne Thompson, September 2008