Zoe with newborn lamb, CNN Health expedition, Peruvian Highlands. Photo by Chris Kilham
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 Global Sustainability Correspondent, Zoe contributes to venues such as Huffington Post, Reality Sandwich, Conscious Living TV, Organic Authority, and Organic Spa Magazine, a leading premium sustainable lifestyle print magazine. Through this work Zoe shares positive stories about plant spirit, women, wilderness and wildlife, the animal rights movement, the arts and archetypes, and children, as stewards of the tomorrow. She is a passionate, long-time advocate for wild wolves, and marine wildlife, 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.
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 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. Visit Selected Media for a partial list of media placements that Zoe placed, contributed to, supported, was present for and/or was part of in some way. There are many more, but this is a good sampling.
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. “The anaconda is my friend.” – Zoe Helene, Co-Pilot, Ayahuasca Test Pilots
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), and Vanuatu, South Pacific (Tamanu, Kava). Zoe's expedition photos and videos have appeared in a variety of venues. Upcoming expeditions include Costa Rica and the Peruvian Amazon. When Chris travels solo, Zoe “womans the fort.”
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. Meanwhile, feel free to join Cosmic Sister on Facebook, and reach out if you'd like to learn more about who we are and what we're doing.
“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, by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Forbes
“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
Kimerlee Curyl's "Freedom Vanishing," is a special art photography exhibition in support of America's legendary wild horses. America's remaining wild horses are under aggressive attack and rapidly disappearing from government-managed, citizen-owned wilderness spaces.
Zoe Helene: Huffington Post
Elements of Autumn: Five Phases of Wearable Art, in Harmony
"Freedom Vanishing" Photography Helps to Save America's Wild Horses
From Tea Cart Gypsy to Inspiring Eco-preneur
Robin Hood Laptop Project Turns Poverty Into Possibility
Longevity Tips From My Super-Powered Greek-American Mom
Ric Scalzo, CEO of Gaia Herbs, on 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’s features have been published on Huffington Post in “Green,” “Impact,” “Style,” “Women,” “Healthy Living,” “Food,” and “Parents” sections. Read or follow her stories on Huffington Post, and please take a moment to leave a comment.
Zoe Helene: Organic Spa Magazine
Elemental Autumn: Eco & Ethical Artisan Jewelry, Style (PDF)
Ocean Commotion: The Plastic Pollution Crisis, Health (PDF)
Gaia Herbs CEO: Serving Mother Earth and Her Children, Giving Back (PDF)
Bianca Alexander: A Passion for Feel-Good Fashion, Style (PDF)
True Gems: Eco & Ethical Artisan Jewelry, Style (PDF)
Summer in Maine: Eco & Ethical Fashion, Style (PDF)
Easy & Elegant: Eco & Ethical Fashion, Style (PDF)
Trudie Styler on Rainforest Preservation and Human Spirit, Giving Back (PDF)
Caring and Sharing: 3New Eco Moms, Home (PDF)
Summer, on Spring: Eco & Ethical Fashion, Style (PDF)
Cooking up a Fresh Feast: Organic Gourmet, Home (PDF)
Light Hearted Valentine's Day at Home, Home (PDF)
Zoe Helene’s features have been published in Organic Spa Magazine's “Style,” “Health,” “Home,” “Giving Back,” and “Relax/Rejuvenate/Reflect” sections, as well as the annual “Green Gift Guide”. Organic Spa Magazine offers insight and expert advice on organic beauty & skin care, health & wellness, fitness & food, eco fashion & design, green travel, and much more. Subscribing is the best way to support the causes we write about. Thank you!
Chris & Zoe News Stories
Is Marijuana Booming Among Boomers? | Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Forbes
The Adventures of Black Vulture and Little Bear | Mark Roessler | The Valley Advocate
Mareado on the Nauta Road | Chris Kilham | Reality Sandwich
The Quest for Medicinal Plants in Peru | Chris Kilham | Ode Magazine
The Shaman's Pharmacy Takes Students to Amazon | Alissa Creamer | The Mass Collegian
World's Biggest Pharmacy May Have Short Shelf-life | NBC Nightly News | Anne Thompson
On a Remote Path to Cures | Andrew Downie | The New York Times
A Medicine Hunter in Peru | Jennifer Szymasek | The New York Times
Natural Products Movement
In 2002 Zoe chose to transition from serving predominately conventional Americana brands to supporting the Natural Products Movement. 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.”
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. 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, Newsday, 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 front-line experience in the futurist arena makes for a heightened perspective of the Digital Revolution.
The 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 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 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 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.
Saving The World's Most Rare Dolphin
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. Zoe 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.
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