Author, Nature Advocate
Nature as Self is at the core of Vanessa Chakour’s work. A naturalist, herbalist, former pro-boxer, and fierce advocate of Earth, she founded Sacred Warrior to inspire ecological awareness — from medicinal plant walks and herbalism courses in Brooklyn to partnerships with the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, The Jaguar Rescue Center in Costa Rica, and Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands. Her teaching and work experience spans herbalism, competitive boxing, nature connection, writing, meditation instruction and visual art. Practices that have helped her heal, peel back layers of conditioning and connect more deeply with her animal nature. Rooted in the belief that healing happens through reclaiming an intuitive connection to ourselves, the natural world, and our own “inner-wild,” Vanessa has been curating and facilitating rewilding retreats and workshops for over a decade.
Vanessa’s writing and work have been featured in Spirituality & Health, Town Hall Seattle, The Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, Aligned Magazine, Ravenous Zine, Culture Trip, and she has shared her work as an inspirational speaker at the United Nations, Brown University, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Harvard University. As a sustainability consultant and life-long activist, Vanessa created events & non-profit initiatives on behalf of luminaries such as The Dalai Lama and Hip Hop Legend, KRS One. She is a long-time member of United Plant Savers and is on the external advisory committee of the Program For Evolution of Spirituality (PES) at Harvard Divinity School.
Her memoir, Awakening Artemis published by Penguin Life in the US and UK, and Ullstein Press in Germany, shares her journey of healing through the lens of 24 medicinal plants. Her next book, Earthly Bodies: Embracing Our Animal Nature will be published by Penguin Life in summer 2024. She writes a weekly Weeds, Wolves & Wild Women Substack and lives with her partner in Western Massachusetts where they are stewards of Mount Owen Forest Sanctuary. Their mission is to promote ecosystem diversity and resilience through forest stewardship and propagation of native and endangered plants and fungi.
TOPICS: Environmental Justice, Writing, Health