I Am Virago is a philosophy inspired by deep soul searching, hard-earned perspective, and the sacred knowledge that we are all meant to be magnificent. I Am Virago is the philosophy of, “Why not?” It is the philosophy of “Take the First Step.” It is the philosophy of Empowerment, Discovery, Creativity, and Productivity.
I practice what I preach. After the first time I was laid off I told my husband I was fulfilling a lifelong dream to live in Spain and learn Spanish. I spent four months meeting amazing people and developing a wicked Spanish accent (fluency escapes me). I launched a podcast focused on fabulous women doing amazing things in the world, imperfectly. I planned on 52 episodes and 26 episodes were produced in six months (weekly podcasting is hard work!). I took the plunge, partnered with a group of powerful women, and wrote a chapter in the book, Women Who Illuminate. The book became an international bestseller.
I took the opportunity to step away from corporate America to pursue my passion for helping others access the magic that lives inside them. Nearly four years later I have a thriving practice and enjoy the deep satisfaction of engaging in Right Livelihood. The road has been bumpy. I’ve tripped now and again, skinned my knees, and have the scars to show for it. Without question, the rewards have been beyond worth it.
For those interested in the details, you can view my work history on LinkedIn.
The short version – I have experience in radio promotions, online travel, business development, e-commerce, telecommunication, NGOs, sustainable tourism, product management, marketing and communications. I have a B.A., Communications and an MBA, Sustainable Business.
I also own and operate Virago Camp, an 18-site campground on the Olympic Peninsula. Virago Camp is the future site for the Virago Retreat Center, a yurt-centric facility designed to provide a space for the creative freedom to learn and explore new ideas and skills while surrounded by the beauty of the rainforest.
Who are we as humans when we stand up—courageous, powerful, and passionate?
Who are we when we speak truth to power, embrace our authenticity, and our vulnerability?
Can we put a word to the feeling, the power, the energy that needs expression through us in the world today?
YES! THAT WORD IS
In ancient Rome, women of strong character who were commanding, courageous, and wise held the title of “Virago.”
Over time, the word was stolen and transformed into a derogatory term to demean “aggressive, abrasive, spiteful” women.
It is time to claim back Virago and polish it to a high shine with the female beauty and power resonating today.
Instead of modifying male terms and phrases - strong woman, female warrior – we can simply declare ourselves Viragos.
WE COME IN ALL SHAPES,
SIZES, AND COLORS
We come together, shoulder to shoulder, to harness our collective energy to manifest our power and our intent.
We are leaders who are ambitious, determined, compassionate, and most importantly, connected.
THIS IS NOT A BATTLE TO OVERCOME, OR AN EFFORT TO DOMINATE, ANYONE.
This is an opportunity to bring feminine wisdom, strength, and equity to the world.
Be it soft-spoken or shouted from the rooftops, we can all be Viragos.
Use Virago to channel our pride, our strength, and our power.