Name: Heather Isobel
Occupation: Doula and Birth Educator
Tell us about yourself!: I’m a certified doula and birth educator. I’m passionate about creating empowering and fulfilling life experiences whereever I see the oppurtunity.
What is your definition of what a “wild woman” is?: A woman well versed in her primal desires and the natural rhythm of our world. She intimately senses how all things are interrelated and strives to support the balance of life.
How would you describe your life was like before starting your journey of being a wild woman?: I always been a bit "wild". My younger self would have said I was an artist without a cause, I felt overwhelmed by creative and wild energy. Still, I fell into many of the pathological trappings of western life. I was raised by my family to become a rockstar and from that developed self destructive body image based habits. I spent much of my time inside, watching television, worshiping the most outlandish music videos I could find. When I was 17, my father passed away I started shooting horror photography to deal with my grief. I noticed that the best back drops to my crime scenes were the wild lands behind my home (the foothills of a National forest), this was the beginning of my reverence of the beauty of nature. For a short time I was an alternative model, I adapted a vegan diet (it fulfilled my desire to be thin as well as channeled some of my passionate, rebellious energy). Shortly after, I met an environmental activist. We traveled together and he introduced me to regenerative living ideals. On our trip, I met people dedicated to living more in balance with nature and it completely changed my view.
What were your biggest insecurities before engaging your inner wild woman?: I can't say my insecurities are gone, but they are significantly lessened. Here are a few of them: shame around my weight, fear of being seen without make up, fear of my own body changing or looking like I'd "let myself go", not fitting the tiny waist/ big breast/ pretty face image, lack of understanding around the underlying circumstances that create our worlds problems, fear of being alone, fear of the wilderness, fear of the dark, distrust of my menstrual cycle, fear of childbirth, fear of being judged, fear of conversing with male authority figures, fear of other women rejecting me or being more sought after than me... I've let go of so many patterns that did not serve my goal of living a whole and fulfilling life.
What is your life like now that you are actively engaging your inner wild woman?: At this moment, as I'm building my birth practice and compendium of birth knowledge, I'm in Orange County and I'm living a pretty domesticated life. I've gone through phases of actively engaging in a lifestyle (in the woods or in farming communities) that allowed my inner wild woman to be fully unleashed- but in my current paradigm those times weren't sustainable over the long term . Still, knowing my wild nature exists and is loveable, valuable, and needed motivates most of my major life decisions and actions. I'm acting as a safe access point for more women to realize the value of their undomesticated wisdom and therefore I stay on the edge. I no longer feel compelled towards actions solely to please others that diminish myself and I know where to get support when I feel the weight of living towards my ideals.
What are your five most favorite aspects of yourself as a wild woman?: I feel Fearless, Strong , Joyful , Sexy, and Grounded.
What was the biggest realization, experience, or transformation that most helped you to start unleashing and embracing your wild feminine nature?: It's hard to say as I grow more everyday and where I am now is a result of many little life experiences. Attending births, hiking and camping alone, growing plants, meeting other wild women who are living radical lives that blow my mind, hitchhiking up and down the coast, traveling to and being a part of intentional communities, 5 rhythms dance practice, transformational festivals like Singing Alive/Sol Fest/Beloved, living alone in my own cabin, and being surrounded for a long time by an incredible community in Olympia,Wa. I'm filled with gratitude reflecting on my journey.
What is your favorite part of expressing your wild feminine nature?: The tremendous amount of power that I get to feel that isn't related to anything superficial.
When do you feel the wildest?: When I'm swimming, working with plants, hiking alone, supporting women through birth, dancing, and - of course- during orgasm.
Why did you decide to participate in Wild Women Unveiled.: I want women to see that there are many ways of being wild and strong.
What is your message to other women out there who are just beginning their journey as a wild woman, or haven’t started yet but feel the call of the wild woman speaking to their soul?: When we let go of our powerlessness there is a whole world of possibility. When you need support, ask.