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Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.”

She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries.

Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.”

A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her favourite philosopher, her son.

You can find her @daniellelaporte and just about everywhere on social media.

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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.

Godspeed,

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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.

#Truthbombs

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, who credits green juice to fueling her digital empire, was a director for a think tank on future studies prior to founding her wildly popular website. She also explored the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation. “I’m as stoked about pop culture as eastern mysticism,” Danielle says. “I’ve had conversations with thousands of women about what ‘success’ really means, and I’ve concluded that the best self-help is self compassion. And, true self love includes serving the world around you.”

Danielle believes that our relationship to ambition is inside out, which is why she wrote: The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul. The book turned into an international facilitator’s program. She also wrote the book, The Fire Starter Sessions, to shake up notions of success.

Danielle, who is “often mistaken as an extrovert,” lives in Vancouver with her favorite person, her 12-year-old son. Her charity of choice is Eve Ensler’s V-Day, a movement to end violence against women and girls, because she believes that empowered women heal everything around them.

Oprah's SuperSoul 100

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!

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, WakeUpProject.com.au

DANIELLE'S SPEAKING EVENTS

Choose to Shine Tour 2017

February 20-23, 2017 Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne)

Helloooo, Australia! I’m on my way to you…in February 2017, that is! Tell your girlfriends and grab your tickets.

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Upcoming Desire Map events all over the world

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VIRTUAL EVENT

Practical Soul

Led By: Heather Honold Jan 26, 2017

Create your life with pure and powerful intention. What goes into your cupboards and closets, what goes into your body, the people you spend time with, the gifts you give, how you worship, the thoughts you focus on. Clutter is a choice. Anger is a choice. Resentment is a choice. But so are spaciousness, flexibility,...

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IN - PERSON WORKSHOP

Desire Map Workshop: Connecting with Clarity

Led By: Michelle Turpin Jan 27, 2017 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

How do you want to feel in all parts of your life? Successful goal setting really is all about desire and how we want to feel. Not about what we think we need to do. These 2 days will focus on gaining clarity about our core desired feelings, using these CDFs to define and refine...

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Private, Virtual Desire Map Level 1

Led By: Deborah Linehan Jan 27, 2017

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...

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Aligned and Alive: A Lifeyum Retreat featuring The Desire Map

Led By: Lisa OBrien Jan 27, 2017 Stratton, Vermont, United States

I believe that when we're intentional about our health, our play, and our generosity, everything shifts. 

JANUARY 27-29, 2017Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont (home of Wanderlust Vermont)So yummy you won't want to leave.Through guided meditation, yoga, and journaling, nurture openness and energy in your body. This weekend retreat uniquely includes movement, guided inquiry, fresh...

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Revolutions, NOT Resolutions, 2017

Led By: Erika Menanteaux Jan 28, 2017 Ho Ho Kus, NJ, United States

This year, let's turn traditional New Year's goal setting on its head. Let this be the end of revolution-ditching by February.

This is a one and a half day, in-person workshop for discovering what you want most of out of your life. A holistic way to set New Year's REVOLUTIONS, with...

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