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Meet Kate Van Horn of The Good Fest in Beverly Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Van Horn.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began as a food blogger, before eventually transitioning away from food altogether in my content! I wanted to share my experience with disordered eating, anxiety, and depression in a way that connected and inspired other women to nourish, move and love their bodies unconditionally. Ultimately, the food blog route felt less in alignment, especially after I took up yoga and meditation and found such relief and new found love for what my body was capable of. I chose to head in a more holistic direction including lifestyle content, yoga, meditation and even intuitive practices like tarot. I consider these routines and my lifestyle as a “toolbox” which keep me accountable and recovery focused as I continue to live without an eating disorder.

In addition to my work through my blog, social media and yoga teaching, I co-founded a business called The GOOD Fest. We host wellness festivals and retreats for 100-500 women. Our content and community is meant to inspire and empower everyone who attends, and we cover topics far beyond food or fitness including mental health, sexual health, and more.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think the greatest struggle was finding my voice. I’m a yoga teacher, but I’ll eat pizza, drink beer, and use swear words. I’m an entrepreneur… but I doubt myself somedays and have moments where I wonder if I’m cut out for it. Essentially, I’m human. Much like the audience and community I speak to. In the beginning, I was trying to be too perfect and have it too together for them. I’ve noticed a change since being more true to myself and showing all sides of my life.

The GoodFest – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?
GOOD Fest is rooted in community and showing our audience that one size does not fit all in the wellness world. I pride myself in the inclusive community we’ve built, which gives all women the permission to be themselves and love and enjoy wellness.

As a personal brand and yoga teacher, I’d say the same rings true. Accessible, body-loving, REALISTIC interpretations of yoga are what I strive for.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment was the first LA-based GOOD Festival in early 2018. It was our largest event yet, with over 500 attendees, and was a HUGE undertaking to put on. To see so many women connecting because of our team’s labor of love for ten months prior, was a joy.

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