ZOE HELENE, M.F.A., is a classically trained artist, cultural activist and psychedelic feminist working for women’s self-liberation, healing and empowerment through intentional journeying with natural psychedelics. Bearing witness to the state of women, wilderness and wildlife as a frontline sustainability advocate called Zoe to found Cosmic Sister, an eco-feminist advocacy group promoting a balance of power between genders and re-creation of antiquated concepts of “gender” as the only way to a system in which all parties (human and non-human) thrive. Cosmic Sister’s trio of psychedelic feminism educational grants—Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance, Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis and the merit-based immersive Plant Spirit Grant—promote women’s voices in the field of psychedelics and our fundamental right to journey with evolutionary allies from the nature such as ayahuasca, cannabis, peyote, and psilocybin mushrooms. Zoe advocates for cannabis as a sacred psychedelic plant for journeying, for post-ayahuasca integration work, and an “ambassador plant” for moving the greater plant medicine conversation forward. She also advocates for the rights of indigenous people—especially women and children—and gives back to communities by promoting mutually beneficial cultural preservation, exchange, and evolution. Cosmic Sister’s Women + Wilderness + Wildlife advocacy projects support women’s voices in wildlife rights and protection of wilderness as essential habitat.
Zoe spent her first decade in the USA as a child artist surrounded by professionals in the fine arts and high sciences and the following decade in New Zealand, where her ceramic sculptures caught the attention of master Disney animator John Ewing, her first professional mentor. In graduate school, Zoe was mentored by the legendary theatrical designer Patricia Zipprodt. Zoe was the chief creative officer for several pioneering high-tech companies serving Fortune 50 clients during the first decade of the digital revolution. She then joined the natural products industry, where she met her husband, ethnobotanist Chris Kilham.
Zoe’s work has been featured in articles and interviews in Forbes, Outside Magazine, BBC Travel, Bust Magazine, Brides, Bustle, VICE, VICE | Broadly, VICE | TONIC, LA Yoga, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Chicago Tribune, New York Magazine, Fast Company, Newsday, Utne Reader, Wisdom Daily, AlterNet, Organic Authority, Oyster, The Valley Advocate, Newsday, MIT Technology Review, Organic Authority, MassRoots, Psymposia, Oyster Travel, and other top tier media venues. She has been interviewed in psychedelic podcasts such as Psychedelic Parenting, Psychedelics Today, Utne Reader’s Abstract Notions, Susun Weed’s People Making Change, James Jesso’s Adventures Through the Mind and Paul Austin’s The Third Wave. She appeared with her husband and partner, Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, on NBC Nightly News and in The New York Times. Chris’ books The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook and The Five Tibetans (Second Edition) are dedicated to Zoe.