Supporting Some Favorite Women

I can’t help myself.

I so want to support women out there doing something huge, using their talents, using their voice.

Having this blog does let me indulge in things near to my heart…

So, may I introduce to you (7) incredible women I’d love to support:


Erin Loechner, Design for Mankind

The lovely blogger/writer, Erin Loechner, has written a book! And it’s available on Amazon for pre-order. (It will be coming out January 2017.) I loved reading the book description, including this: “Through a series of steep climbs—her husband’s brain tumor, bankruptcy, family loss, and public criticism—Erin learns just how much strength it takes to surrender it all, and to veer right into grace.”   Oh, I love this woman and her writing is always straight from the heart – I’m sure this book will be a must read. (The cover is beautiful, too. Spot on typography!)


Aubry Bennion, Hello Maypole

Aubry is a make-it-happen kind of woman and we were lucky enough to meet her because of the blog & retreats. She has THE COOLEST BUSINESS selling felt balls in loads of colors. I would be happy draping felt balls pretty much everywhere for holidays and parties. When we return to NY, we’ll have to buy all new Christmas decor (because we sold everything before moving). So…I see some felt balls in my future. (Also, her darling instagram feed is full of ideas.)


Zina Bennion, Mom’s Stuff

Zina is a powerhouse of creativity, generosity, community, feminism, and spirit. We met Zina in NYC once (because of the blog) and have been honored to stay connected with her ever since. She recently joined her mother, Lee, in a family business called Mom’s Stuff, where they sell the most glorious salve you could ever find. It’s all hand made, hand poured, all natural, and shared with lots of care. Cool branding, too. For years, Danny has used the salve literally every single day (to style his hair) – and I go nuts over the delicious woodsy, piney, manly scent. I also use it to soften my hands at night. And yes, we brought large jars of it with us to Ecuador. That says a lot. 🙂 Follow Mom’s Stuff here.


Kami Larsen, Cleanse Your Life

We met Kami at our retreat and we have loved watching her career online. She is giving her all as a health coach, essential oil consultant, and an aura personality consultant. She LOVES her clients and brings a lot of warmth and care to what she does. Her own family has transformed the way they eat and live (due to food intolerances, allergies, skin, and gut issues)- and she later became certified to be a health coach to teach others how to do the same. She sells an online healing program. She teaches free classes monthly. She sells essential oils. It would be worth it to follow her to see what she’s offering next.


Hilary Rushford, Dean Street Society

Hilary is a savvy entrepreneur we know in Brooklyn. We’ve connected with her at some conferences over the years as she was a blogger. Since then she’s created this insanely successful online course called, “Double Your Instagram Following.” She has seriously cracked the code with this online entrepreneur world and selling this course was huge for her. Her tips + tricks are helping so many to be financially successful on Instagram with their brands and businesses. She’s a delightful soul and a very good teacher. The class is available periodically, so follow her to get in on the next class.


Sara Owens, BK17 Bakery

Sara is a baker we met in Brooklyn as she once sold gorgeous sourdough loaves to our CSA. She just launched a recipe book for her breads called SOURDOUGH, which makes me delighted as I want all her secrets. Here’s what she does: “Baking with whole and sprouted grains, making the most of the seasonal harvest, and healing the body through naturally fermented food.” Sounds up my alley, I’ll tell you that. For this gluten free gal, I’ve actually had the treat of indulging in her bread (!) Her fermentation process is so intense that the gluten is actually broken down. (Have you heard of this?) She is also one of the kindest, most lovely women you’d ever meet, she coincidentally does sabbaticals in Ecuador, hosts bread making workshops in Brooklyn and nationwide, and shares her love of sourdough with anyone interested. No doubt I’ll be hunting down her loaves when we return to B-town.


Laurie White, Great Artist Program

Danny’s own sister has the most creative business and Youtube channel. She’s a die hard, passion-filled art teacher for kids and she now sells her K-6 volunteer-based art program to PTAs in 150 schools. Get more info. if you’d like the program in your own school. AND…check out her Youtube channel where she teaches free drawing classes. Your kids will LOVE it! Hello summer!!!

 (Artwork by a 4th Grader: Cezanne)

(Artwork by a 1st Grader: Moulin Rouge, Henri Toulouse Lautrec)


Feeling inspired?

See another post here, where I highlighted (7) women.

And, do list in the comments if you or any woman you know is out there making something happen. It’s always so, so inspiring to hear!




Don’t miss our 2016 events:

3-Day Body+Soul Camp in PA (July 8-10) – $847
1-Day Love Boot Camps in Portland, Mesa, and Austin (July 16, 23, & 30) – $395
7-Day Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador (Oct. 9-15) – $2,750 (book by July 15 for $500 off)

And you must try our Love Mentoring by Skype or phone. 
Buy one session ($150), get one free until June 15th!

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  1. Ruth May 19, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    WOW! I am going to preorder the book right now! Thank you for the youtube suggestion. I have a daughter that wants to learn how to draw, so it will be good for her this summer. Being a working mom, it is harder to keep the kids busy and not just plugged into electronics, but I have been on the look out for suggestions and this is very helpful! I am very curious about the sourdough book as well and how breaking down the gluten works. Thank you for the light you bring to my life. I look forward to reading your blog, because it always gives me something to think about. 🙂

    • mara May 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Oh, Ruth, you're the best.. thank you for everything!

  2. Mel May 19, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    What a great list! Checking these out!

  3. DanandEmily May 19, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I love this list of influential women!! So great! We are using The Great Artist Program at the school I teach at! The kids love it, it's easy to teach and the art is seriously so beautiful!

    • mara May 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      SO cool that you guys have Great Artist! That's really, really fun to hear. Laurie is the best at what she does and I just LOVE seeing more students get to benefit. I'm so glad you wrote. 🙂

  4. kami May 20, 2016 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness Mara, I feel so flattered to be included among all of those amazing women! Thank you for the love <3

  5. Jenny D May 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Hello Maypole — I'm addicted. I have so many! I splurged a little during her after Christmas sale so I'm ready to deck the halls with felt balls this year. Love her.

    Mom's Stuff — I have two large jars on my night stand. I've been using it for years on me and my kids, but never thought to use it as hair gel for my boys! Her dad, Lee's husband, makes awesome pottery too.

    – My 6 year old spent a couple hours with Great Artist on her YouTube channel the other day, he's hooked! A great addition to our little homeschool.

    – Have you watched Cooked on Netflix? It is SO fascinating! I highly recommend it. It's four episodes and one of them is all about fermentation and ever since we watched it I've been wanting to make my own sourdough bread. Thanks for the book recommendation!

    • mara May 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      This line-up is awesome!!! haha. I love this. And yes, we've heard of Cooked. Though we just watched one part of it. You've inspired me to continue…

    • Jenny D May 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      I will admit, the first episode (Fire) isn't my favorite because I'm not a big meat eater. The episodes get better from there!

    • mara May 21, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Oh – glad to hear it. We saw Fire also – and didn't love it – so I'm glad to hear it's worth it to keep watching… thank you!

  6. Zina Bennion May 24, 2016 at 4:00 am - Reply

    What!? You are so kind. What a thrill to be clicking over to your blog to get inspired and find such a lovely shout out about Mom's Stuff! And to be included with such wonderful women! THANK YOU! Lots of love to you. xoxo

  7. Jenny D May 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Question about your mentoring sessions — do they have to be used before June 15th? I'm trying to coordinate with my husbands schedule and none of your current openings work for us.

    • mara May 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      Jenny!! So glad you asked! You can, indeed, book your sessions for the future. They don't need to take place before June 15th. Though also, we'll be traveling for all of July. But we'll have some times available before and after then. We would so love to meet you guys!!! XOXO

    • Jenny D May 27, 2016 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mara! Just sent an inquiry through your mentoring page so you'll be getting this same question, with a bit more detail. Figured it would be easier to communicate that way.

  8. erin loechner July 1, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I'm so late in seeing this, but Mara, your support means the world. You are such a true, shining soul in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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