Here I am

I’m all for the Light the illumination that leads to liberation. My definition of holistic includes green juice and very loud rock n’ roll; pop culture and eastern mysticism; justified anger and deeply sweet empathy. I love the game of business and multimedia. I’m saddened by greed. I believe that generous people have more to give.

I’m a stand for making money in meaningful, eco-honouring ways. I’m an introvert who rarely inserts herself into conversations, but if you ask my opinion, and especially if I have a microphone in my hand (which makes me happy), I will speak very, very clearly about matters of the heart. I think everything is a matter of the heart.

My Core Desire Feelings are Radiance and Devotion, and two other words that I keep to myself.

Music has saved me more than once. I want to do more yoga than I already do, I want to paint more than I have. Being my son’s mother is my greatest honour and biggest laugh mostly, it’s him laughing at me, not with me. Not long ago he said, “So are you a philosopher?” I answered, “Ya. Well, more like, I’m very philosophical.” He thought that was hilarious.

I think the best self-help is self-compassion.

I hear a variation of this all the time — when I get off stage, from readers, through friends of friends: “It was 11:30pm the other night and I needed something [soul salve, a kick in the ass, wisdom for a friend, a confidence boost for work…] so I went to your site and got what I needed. Really, I just wanted some encouragement.”

Give me the hook that’s going to pull me up and out of the pain. Give me the comforting one-liner to clear my confusion. Caffeinate my stuckness. Give me permission to want what I want. Give me a diamond of insight that I can carry all week. Inspire me to go for it. Tell me everything is going to be okay. Please, be encouraging.

The essence of all of my work can be distilled into that. Encouraging someone to be…courageous. Which usually just means being themselves, which ironically is the hardest thing ever.

The Fire Starter Sessions got Creatives and entrepreneurs overhauling their definitions of success.

The Desire Map has become a global movement for women and men to connect with their core desired feelings and create goals with soul.

Really, I just want to keep offering “spiritual” backup. (I put spiritual in quotes because that’s a relative term if there ever was one.) I’m committed to being straight up, as kind as possible, and useful — right now. Now, when you’re in pain. Now, when your life is good but you know it could be so much better. Now, when you’re longing to take that hot heart of yours and really do something with it this lifetime.

I love the phrase Godspeed. It reminds us that the light is right here, in a flash, and that the universe is rooting for us.


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Brave Love

This symbol began as a rubber stamp carving that I did late one night about ten years ago. The heart-key, and an arrow, at first as individuals. And then I thought, “You need both to make it happen in life.” (The answer to so much in life is “both”.) Love opens the door – always. But to walk through the door – to make the most of the opportunity – you need focused intention. Still + Action. Feminine + Masculine. Receiving + Giving. So open your heart. And use your intelligence to direct your Love.


Total whim, these were. I wanted a place to express my, ahem, vast and profound wisecracks. I wanted to be encouraging in just one sentence if possible. I rolled out a few one-liners to my friend Steph and she said, “Well THAT’S a Truthbomb!” And here we are, #Truthbombs have turned out to be one of my most popular makings.

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The Desire Map

Desire Map is my love child. It really poured out from my heart in response to seeing so many people running themselves into the ground for ambition (I was one of them.) Soulless goals make for a lot of…meaningless fatigue. The magical question is this: How do you want to feel? Nobody ever asked me that in school. Or my jobs. Or most of my relationships.

If I can inspire one more person to ask themselves that question, then it’s a very good day. And if The Desire Map can help someone hone in on their Core Desired Feelings – brilliant. And if their Core Desired Feelings become the driver of their life strategies – fucking awesome.

The Desire Map book has sold over 120,000 copies and at last count, is being translated into seven languages. We have 900+ Desire Map Workshop Facilitators and every week somewhere in the world, a Desire Map workshop happens.

This all came from a sticky note I put in my day planner a decade ago that started with: I want to feel….

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The Fire Starter Sessions

This book is an homage to my favourite failures and feats, and my willingness to willfully will things into being. People ask me for business advice a lot. Especially the start up, creative, blood n’ sweat kind of advice. Read The Fire Starter Sessions.

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Creative highlights and lowlights

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Danielle is our OM girl! Her highly entertaining and engaging talk was a huge hit with our Yoga Journal audience. Danielle and her team were an absolute pleasure to work with from their pre-event support all the way through to the end of the night. Our team was highly impressed with Danielle’s personal attention to the attendees during the book signing that followed her event. Everyone left the event on cloud nine!

Yoga Journal Renee LaRose, Yoga Journal LIVE!

“Danielle LaPorte is equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass. … edgy, contrarian, …loving and inspired.”

Entrepreneur Magazine

Self-help meets marketing ninja.


Speaking + Events

My presentations are best described as interactive sermons. I do some spoken word, I get very passionate — and real — about a lot of hot topics, and over the course of 60 to 90 minutes, the audience is invited to shout out concepts and questions at me — on which I riff philosophically. Breaking through fear. Loss. Money. Writer’s block. Sex. Life balance. Burn out. Meditation. Faking it. Making it. There are always big a-ha’s; always laughter; sometimes, tears.

This statement from an attendee sums it up, “I don’t know if that was more stand up comedy or spiritual smack down. But it fucking ROCKED.”

I also do a lot of one-on-one conversational interviews from the stage.

I sign every single book, and hug every last person.

“Danielle spoke at our most recent Texas Conference for Women and received rave reviews from our audience. She is completely lovely to work with and we would welcome the opportunity to work with her again.”

Amy Cooper Program Director, Conferences for Women

“Danielle is a force of feminine wisdom. Her honesty, energy and inspiration was a delight to behold. Our audience … left with the permission to be the kind of leader the world needs now!”

Jono Fisher Founder,

Upcoming events


The Desire Map Workshop for Women – Level 1

Led By: Patricia Geesaman Jan 30, 2016 Sandpoint, Idaho, United States

A 1-day in person course for discovering your core desired feelings … and lighting up your life! Lead by: Patricia Geesaman Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016 Time: 7:30am to 3:00pm Place: Sweet Magnolia Bed & Breakfast, 502 N. 4th Avenue, Sandpoint, ID 83864 Cost: $125 – includes breakfast & lunch, your own very own Desire Map workbook and other goodies! How do you want to feel? In your heart, your body, your career? When you wake up in the morning, when you speak your peace, when you go after what you want? THE DESIRE MAP WORKSHOP – LEVEL 1 is a program for clarifying what you truly want in every area of your life, and using that powerful awareness to guide your choices from now on. You will leave this workshop knowing your “core desired feelings” – a guidance system for your decision-making. A GPS for your soul. You will make some soul-anchored declarations and attach them to some every day PLANS. Poetic to the practical. DESIRE MORE? YA, YOU DO. The workshop is limited to 10 spaces. We’ll meet from 7:30am to 3:00pm. You may purchase your tickets and secure your space using the Eventbrite link.

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Desire Map Level 1

Led By: Audrey Watson Jan 30, 2016 Vancouver/Surrey, BC, Canada

Are you ready? It's a new year filled with possibility and this workshop will give you the kickstart you have been waiting for. We will spend Saturday 9-5 digging deep into how you want to feel in all areas of your life so you can apply those feelings to everything you do in your life, work and play. This is a beautiful safe, comfortable and fun experience with like minded women who are ready to step into their greatness. Will you join us, now?

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Soul-to-Soul Desire Map Coaching or Virtual Workshop

Led By: Adonica Morgan Jan 31, 2016

Just you + me. Six-week workshop. Or, one coaching session at a time. It's all up to you and what you need with undivided attention. Taking you to and through the Desire Map process to be more FREE to live a life you love. All virtual. All love. What is it that you're truly hungry for? To feel more abundant, free, magical, courageous, like a rock star, open, expansive ... more YOU? Let's chat and get you started LIVING a well-fed life. LIVING your core desires. ** NO SPECIFIC START DATE REQUIRED.**

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Private, Virtual Desire Map Level 1

Led By: Deborah Linehan Feb 1, 2016

Note: Fluid start date, we discuss, you decide! I have found incredible power and value in working through the Desire Map one-on-one. There is something sacred about this work and I reverently acknowledge what can blossom when digging deeply with another on an individual level. My private 4 week Desire Map curriculum includes 4 weekly skype or telephone calls with home practice assignments between sessions. Each call lasts 1.5 hrs and can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. Let's have a conversation (free) to see if working this way would be a good fit for you. Contact me through my website - just click the register button below to be taken there.

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The Wow Life (Level 2)

Led By: Tina Smith Feb 2, 2016

Wahoo!!! You’ve done it! Now you know how you REALLY want to feel. You’ve named your core desired feelings and you’re ready to live your life in a way that allows you to feel that way. But, now what? Some of you may be riding high and moving full board into the direction of your dreams. But some of you may be needing a little more help in crafting out a life plan that will support your newly discovered desires. No fear! Level 2 is here! The Wow Life (Level 2) will show you how to put legs on your dreams.

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