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Inspiring Conversations with Staci Levine of Sacred Woman Collective

Today we’d like to introduce you to Staci Levine.

Hi Staci, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?

Hello and thank you for having me. I come from a family of fashion entrepreneurs and always knew I wanted to be in the fashion industry. After many years of working in various capacities within fashion, I joined a leading fashion PR and marketing agency in Los Angeles, eventually becoming a partner. I ran the agency for 25+ years, traveling the world and working with some of the largest brands in the industry, but later discovered that it was no longer my life’s purpose. I had become passionate about the wellness industry and yoga, but didn’t know where I fit in. My life’s purpose would eventually find its way to me just purely by taking chances, trying new things, and saying yes.

One day over lunch with a friend, we shared that we both had a desire to create a retreat business as a way to foster community, inspire women and travel the world. So, we launched Sacred Woman Collective in early 2019 before the pandemic. Neither of us knew what we were doing, we just led with our hearts and found our way (my event background and organizational skills came in handy). We hosted our first sold-out retreat in Palm Springs in March of 2019.

When the pandemic hit, my partner decided to step away and I decided to put my whole heart into Sacred Woman. I also decided that partnerships and collaborations with various facilitators including yoga teachers, sound healers, and wellness specialists would be a beautiful way to offer my community a wide array of experiences and for me to support women working in the industry.

Not long after Sacred Woman was launched, I had also co-launched a similar group, but it was focused on supporting women in business who prefer collaboration over competition. It was called the Creative Business WMN Collective, and we began hosting monthly meetings at various locations on the Westside of Los Angeles to help entrepreneurs level up. I recently merged it with Sacred Woman Collective and it’s become a place for female business owners, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to come together to network, collaborate, share resources, and elevate one another. I curate high-vibe, inspirational events with topics ranging digital marketing, social media, accounting or even manifestation workshops, understanding hormones and fashion pop-ups. Food and drink are provided with time for mingling and networking with other like-minded and creative entrepreneurs.

I can now say that I’m living my purpose, which is bringing women together to inspire, empower and elevate one another, to create sacred spaces for us to connect on a deep meaningful level, and to do it all without judgement or competition.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Starting anything new is never easy, but I’m determined and passionate about what I’m doing. The pandemic wasn’t easy on us – obviously retreats and events came to a halt, but I pivoted online and made the best of it. I got to know some of the women in this community who don’t live locally and that was really special. I see every challenge as an opportunity… as long as I’m leading with my heart, I can trust that things will work out as they are meant to. I speak with my teenage daughter a lot about grit. Life isn’t a smooth road and we will always face challenges, but if we have tenacity and perseverance, we can overcome anything.

As you know, we’re big fans of Sacred Woman Collective. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?

Sacred Woman Collective is an inclusive place where women from all walks of life come together on retreat, at gatherings and curated events to inspire, empower and help elevate each other. We hold space and support you in all aspects of life, from your personal, spiritual, and self-healing journey to your business and entrepreneurial explorations. We believe that living mindfully, intentionally, and with a sense of balance in all aspects of life is paramount to living joyfully. We also believe that community is vital for our overall health and happiness.

As I mentioned, we were founded in 2019 as collaborative retreat company that began purely from a desire to create beautiful and inspiring sacred spaces. It’s our goal to be a nurturing place for women to be authentic, connect in sisterhood and be supported by community without judgment or competition. Council, the backbone of our program, provides a platform for women to speak their truth, be truly heard and to learn the skill of listening from the heart. An awe-inspiring experience for most, we are forever brought closer together in sisterhood when we sit in circle.

An important overall aspect to me that I diversify my events by collaborating and partnering with people of varying races and backgrounds, I feel happy when I sit in circle with women of all ethnicities. I also started a Sacred Woman Scholarship program last year where I offer a free place on retreat and at events for women who would love to go on retreat but can’t afford it for whatever financial reason. For now, I underwrite the cost of this but ultimately, I’d love to seek brand sponsors that would underwrite these costs so more women can experience the power of having a supportive female community.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?

Bringing women together to foster community, taking competition and judgment out of the mix and opening our hearts to one another. My mission is to be a place where women from all walks of life come together on retreat, at gatherings and curated events to inspire, empower and help elevate each other. When we come together in this capacity, I do believe we change the world.

I keep saying this but connection is absolutely our greatest currency. It’s been said that the number one thing for our overall health and happiness is community – and if I can help build relationships, mitigate stress though things like meditation and sound healing, foster a sense of inclusion, and support self-care, I think I just might help make for a better, kinder world.

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