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Co-Rebelles in Creative Crime

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Andréa Balt

Founder

Writer, Creative Troublemaker, Communication Warrior, Life Alchemist. In addition to Rebelle Society, Andrea Balt is also creator of the online writing bootcamp 30 Days of Writing: Write Yourself Alive!, the Creative Rehab Art & Adventure Events, the Warrior Woman Rising experience as well as our upcoming ALL-NEW Rebelle Wellness, the health & wellness branch of Rebelle Society & I Art You, our online e-shop for Dreamers & Doers.

Andréa Balt holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®.

In her work, she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Mind, Body & Soul + Darkness & Light into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of her own life & the world she observes and experiences.

She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as our official Superpower and essential Human Right — to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration.

Visit her website – AndreaBalt.com to learn more about collaborating or working with her and catch up on her latest musings. Connect with her in the social media matrix — FacebookInstagramTwitter & Pinterest — and sign up for her Museletter to stay in touch & receive FREE creative goodies, special bonuses & event news.

For all communication & business inquiries, you can also reach her via email at [email protected]

P.S. Her name is pronounced un-DREH-ah (like “Andrea Bocelli”).

 

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Soumyajeet “Jeet” Chattaraj

Editor-in-Chief 

After a more socially acceptable start to his academic and professional career, which included standing first in his High School exams (and joint seventh in all of India in his education board), a BE (with Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from one of the top engineering institutes in India (BITS Pilani), a 2250 in GRE with absolutely zero preparation, and a first job at Infosys, one of India’s top IT concerns, Jeet decided to venture out into the big, bad world to ditch bookish education and substitute it with an experiential one!

In his spare time, which is sparing at best, he loves engaging his geeky side to the fullest extent — and obsessively engages in absorbing random trivia, and solving puzzles of any and every kind, primarily crosswords and sudoku — one of his proudest achievements being able to completely solve the New York Times crossword 137 days in a row before being forced to break the chain due to 18-hour workdays that included weekends.

Having gone up to a High Red belt in HapKiDo, before being forced to move due to a job change just before his Black Belt test, he hopes to get back to it some day, and credits Yoga and his newfound love of running for staying in somewhat of a decent shape, while always being mindful of the ever present room for improvement. He also wishes to go back to writing poetry some day, something which has always occupied a special place in his heart, and helped him win awards in college.

A universalist when it comes to approaching people from all over the world, he considers himself to be a global citizen first and foremost, instead of identifying with any exclusive and divisive tags.

A lifelong and certifiable black sheep (irrespective of skin color, since that would have qualified him as a ‘brown sheep’), Jeet feels uncomfortable with certainty and strives for a meditation-driven comfort in uncertainty.

In spite of English and Mathematics being two of his greatest loves, his engineering degree placed him in IT, which is where he tries to make himself useful during regular work hours, and spends the rest of his time trying to accommodate other social and extracurricular activities, with an optional and approximately four-hour gap for sleep.

Other than his work as a Jack-of-All-Trades and Editor-in-Chief at Rebelle Society, he tries to spread positive awareness through Facebook, random acts of kindness, and recruiting of fellow dreamers — a la John Lennon — to be his kindred souls in this short journey called Life.

He’s a member of the Triple Nine Society, IntertelMensa and the International High IQ Society, and can be reached for all Rebelle Society editing/submission/website-related questions at [email protected].

 

 

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Shanna Shafer

Managing Editor

A writer, artist & dreamer, Shanna has been potentiating talent since childhood. She is moved by nature, the arts, and academia, along with the vast mysteries of our inner and outer worlds. She has novels, art installations and several creative projects living inside her mind, each of which will eventually outgrow the cranial limits of both space and time, serving as proof that dreams grow into reality.

Shanna has a BSN, and has spent the majority of her career caring for others. She is now exploring new and novel ways to nurse the world back to health, tapping into the powerfully creative powers of Love and Compassion along the way.

When she’s not writing or dreaming her future alive, Shanna acts as an agent for evolution, raising up the world’s children so that they, too, may one day change the world.

She can be found any place under the sun or moon, and prefers life on the road to living in a box. It is possible to share your dreams & talents with Shanna by emailing her at [email protected] and you may connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

If all else fails, she’ll likely find you in a dream, in which case, please feel free to introduce yourself.

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Kristi Stout

Social Media Editor. In-House Designer.

Kristi L. Stout is a loving spiritualist, inquisitive adventurer, and die-hard dreamer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation.

Spending the entirety of her current life believing she was an artist who enjoyed writing, she later learned that she was more a writer, who enjoyed drawing. But then in further discovery, she learned she pretty much loved any and all things creative. Creation is the source of life!

Her current endeavors are with Rebelle Society as a contributing writer and social media editor extraordinaire. She also owns a publishing house called The Angel Publishing, LLC and has just published her first work, The Quest of Heart: An illustrated, allegorical short-fiction which is the first in a series.

The following is a compilation of various words, all of which Kristi dominantly associates with, but is not limited to: Lover. Mother. Daughter. Warrior. Goddess. Seeker. Do-er. Dreamer. Writer. Artist. Scientist. Existentialist. Spiritualist. Naturalist. Idealist. Realist. Romantic. Ninja. Jedi. Unicorn.

She loves the smells of Scotch-tape, roses, day-old cologne, fresh-roasted coffee, rain and the forest floor. Is riveted by angels, sand dunes, thunder, black Andalusian stallions, silk and the Pacific Northwest.

Participates in dance, aerial acrobatics, aerial Yoga, social coffee drinking, astrological study, philosophy, vegetarianism and emotions—every kind of emotion. Has been brought to instant out-of-the-blue tears by seeing the Milky Way from the Andes, a music venue by Jónsi, the movie Avatar, reading Harry Potter, and a handful of times by extra precious things her daughter does.

She currently resides in Southern California (though she has moved more times in her life than she can count).

In addition to Rebelle Society, you can find more of Kristi’s work here or connect with her on Facebook. You can also email her at [email protected].

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Jillian Kristina

Social Media Editor. In-House Astrologer/Cosmic Connection Columnist.

What a long, strange trip it’s been, and Jillian’s is just beginning. Having just left all everything she’s ever known — including all of her possessions — behind, Jillian’s recently traded in water and electricity on tap for a simpler, extremely challenging and insanely gratifying life in the heart of the wilderness. A gypsy for most of her adult life, she’s putting down roots in uncharted territory and getting intimate with nature in a way that all the manicured trails and well-traveled mountain summits could have never afforded.

Now, she’s finally laying the groundwork for the life she’s always wanted: remote, independent and completely creative. She draws discipline and passion from her years as a metal and hardcore music journalist, and dedication from past lessons of veering off her true north path — a path which, incidentally, led her straight to the heart of the southern woods.

With Orion as her guide, Jillian’s writing the next chapter of her life… one that she thought for sure she’d live only in her wildest, most radical, most existence-affirming dreams.

Follow her backwoods breadcrumbs on Instagram, and enlist her holistic healing services at her website.

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Hope McGehee

Yoga Editor

Coffee fanatic, Spotify junkie, avid runner, and Yogi. Inspired by those who follow their bliss and are captivated by the breadth of this life. She holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Music, a testament to her ongoing thirst for balance between deep study and creative expression.

Her days are spent as a Clinical Coordinator in lung research at National Jewish Hospital, teaching Yoga from her home with her partner-in-crime roommate, and exploring the vast beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Her recent graduation from Vital Yoga’s 200-hr teacher training in the fall of 2013 has deepened her craving for the openness of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon pose), the sweet release of inversions, and complete surrender of Shavasana.

In practicing under Denver’s mecca of influential instructors, including Ian Maxwell, John Friend, and the Springer sisters, she continues to nurture a love for self-exploration through asana and the philosophy that is Yoga.

You can reach Hope her via email at [email protected].

 

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Hannah Harris

Editor

Hannah Harris is made from the earth, fire, air, and wind. She has a rainbow heart and an aquamarine soul and feels certain that creative expression will save the world.

Life is her school and her chosen studies are Yoga, compassion, expansion, alchemy, ritual, magic, art, and you. Mornings are spent with an almond milk coffee and an ocean view; evenings are spent in a rose oil bath with a book of Mary Oliver.

She has lived in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, but only California truly has her heart — that’s where she rides atop a lioness through the redwoods singing songs and casting spells. Her current home is San Francisco, where she writes, sleeps, cries, rejoices, marvels, and teaches Yoga.

You can reach hannah via email at [email protected].

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Dana Gornall

Editor

Dana is a mom of three crazy kids and a dog. She has been writing stories since she could put words into sentences, and is completely in love with language. She has edited for a variety of online publications and loves the heart and soul at Rebelle Society.

She also works as a licensed massage therapist, a certified sign language interpreter, and is always looking forward to even more personal growth.

While not interpreting, giving massage, or being with her family, she loves going to Yoga. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

You can reach Dana via email at [email protected].

 

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Sharon Pingitore

Field Anchor & Connector

Sharon Pingitore, better known as Mamaste, is a yoga teacher by passion and supreme people-connector by default — in other words, by nature. Her interwoven talents include (but certainly aren’t limited to): mother, mentor, yoga teacher + connector, eVision board designer, editor, ambassador, interviewer, blogger, Pinterest pro, Facebook fanatic, and head cheerleader.

She has an uncanny magnetism for bringing people together and is a firestarter for ideas, concepts and more than anything — Believing In You.

She will help you get to know anyone, anywhere. She uses her sixth sense to project you further into your dreams and into living a life you absolutely love.

She believes in the power of a supportive community and if one getsthere, we all do.

Connect with Mamaste on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and on Instagram. You can also reach Mamaste via email at [email protected].

 

Got any questions, suggestions or ideas? 

Contact our editorial team: [email protected].

Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST and we do our best to respond within 24-48 hours.