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 LaPorte left quite an impression with our attendees at The Art of Leadership for Women. Her time on stage was incredibly engaging and packed with content. Our audience has been raving about Danielle long after the conference ended and she was definitely one of our top rated speakers. It was an honour having Danielle on our stage.

The Art of Productions, Inc.

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 a poet powerhouse of transformation.

Yoga Journal Maranda Pleasant, Founder/editor ORIGIN Magazine

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 Desire Map events all over the world


Spring Renewal & Desire Map Workshop (Yoga, Essential Oils, Herbal Tea and Self-Care

Led By: Nav Scheie Apr 30, 2016 Edmonton, AB, Canada

Have you have been swamped taking care of your loved ones while ignoring your own needs? Has your career left you feeling disappointed, unappreciated and tired? Has the recent heartbreak and its left you feeling lonely, confused, unloved. If this is YOU, I want to tell you that I am going to teach you and other soul sisters on how to start feeling loved, radiant, free, and joyous again! You are not alone in this! Come to the 1-day Desire Map workshop to FEEL GOOD AGAIN! On Sat April 30, 2016. Tickets: I hold a safe, compassionate, loving space for all! You will make better choices by learning a system called Core Desired Feelings... Tune in and Listen to what your soul is telling you! The Desire Map Workshop opens with the purest intentions with loving mantras, snacks, water and herbal tea served all day. The conversations happen in a safe space of forgiveness, compassion and a soulful guide with supportive women tribe.

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The Desire Map Five Week Discovery

Led By: Jewelli Dollman Apr 30, 2016 Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Each Saturday afternoon we’ll meet in central Mullumbimby, for you to dive in and discover your desires from five life areas. Places are limited to just ten participants to ensure individual attention and a spaciousness in your mapping journey. Beginning 30th April, for 5 weeks until 28th May. During Your Desire Mapping Discovery, You’ll : * Create sacred space – inside and out. Build an altar of shared intentions and creative wisdom. * Surrender old stories and burn your limiting beliefs (figuratively, and maybe literally.) * Explore where in your life you experience freedom – and where you hunger for more. * Uncover your ‘Core Desired Feelings’ – a guidance system for truly fulfilling, decision-making. A GPS for your soul. * Be guided to your most desired feelings in five life areas : Lifestyle & Livelihood, Creativity & Learning, Body & Wellness, Relationships & Society, Essence & Spirituality, and identify what is working (and what’s not) in each area. * Connect with a community of powerful, wise, like-minded souls with whom you will create lasting connections with. * Gain clarity of who you are, how you desire and what it is you truly want

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Soulful Living-featuring The Desire Map

Led By: Jenn Cusick Apr 30, 2016 Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Everyone talks of purpose and following your dreams. “Take the plunge now!” the motivational speakers yell. “Do what you love!” they command. Or, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ” Do those words make your heart beat, the hair stand up on the back of your neck, all while breaking into a cold sweat? Not because you are excited about your dream, but because you have no clue at all what you dream even is, so this dream talk just makes you panic. Pure, sheer panic. If that is you, this weekend workshop is for you! We will spend the weekend covering these important topics: The power of gratitude. Exploring your strengths. What are they? What lights you up? Discovery around how you want to feel in the life ares of Livelihood & Lifestyle, Relationships & Society, Body & Wellness, Essence & Spirituality, Creativity and Learning. You will leave with a GPS for your life. You will figure out how you want to feel, and create plans to make feeling the way you want to feel a priority, even when life sends you challenges. We will include yoga, art and essential oils to ground our commitment to our core desired feelings.

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JOY LAB: The Desire Map Workshop for Mindful Moms

Led By: Jessica Smith-Perry Apr 30, 2016 Houston, TX, USA

JOY LAB Workshop is inspired by The Desire Map and designed for the powerhouses of our world: Moms and Moms-to-be. You'll be guided to a place of clarity in how you want to feel and your path there. This two-day experiential event is led by Certified Executive Coach and experienced Facilitator, Jessica Smith-Perry. She is collaborating with the talented photographer, Amanda Faucett, and each woman attending will be treated to a mini-headshot session. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by Friday, March 11 and you will be gifted with a $100 gift certificate for Amanda Faucett Photography, a one-hour coaching session with Jessica Smith-Perry prior to JOY LAB, and a copy of Danielle LaPorte's The Fire Starter Sessions. This is a whopping $240 value! More information and registration details at

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Desire Map Workshop Level 1

Led By: Lillie Marshall Apr 30, 2016 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Join Katie Stankiewicz and me for an amazing day and a half long experience for discovering your core desired feelings and lighting up your life. 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. We will look at our perceptions around feelings and goal setting. We will examine how we drive and strive, and see where in our lives we experience freedom and where we want more of it. We will create sacred space, inner and outer, an altar, tied together with shared intentions. We are going to burn limiting beliefs. We will offer up our own wisdom, relate, and learn from each other, like women always do. You will make some soul-anchored declarations and attach them to some every day PLANS. Poetic to the practical.

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