GOOD FEST LA SPEAKERS
More speakers to be announced soon
Lauryn Evarts & Michael Bosstick
Lauryn Evarts & Michael Bosstick are the duo behind The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast
Each week Lauryn & Michael invite entrepreneurs, health experts, authors, celebrities, & more on the show to go DEEP.
Lauryn created The Skinny Confidential, a lifestyle brand, book & blog while attending college in order to create a community for women to share their tips and secrets for living their best life. Michael is a serial entrepreneur who owns, invests & consults on various businesses.
The couple lives in San Diego & Los Angeles with their two chihuahuas, Pixy Bean & T.Boone Pickens.
Web || theskinnyconfidential.com
FOUNDER OF THE BALANCED BLONDE, HOST OF SOUL ON FIRE PODCAST, AUTHOR OF BREAKING VEGAN
Jordan Younger is the blogger behind the #realness-based wellness and lifestyle blog The Balanced Blonde. She is also the creator of the Soul on Fire podcast, and author of the memoir Breaking Vegan. When she isn't caught up in writer-blogger-land, you can find Jordan on the yoga mat, snuggling with her kitten, sipping on green smoothies in Venice, laughing way too hard at her own jokes, and training for marathons because she's crazy. Oh, and she's a Snapchat addict, so you can follow her life with username @jojoyounger if you like to stalk! (She sure does.)
Web || thebalancedblonde.com
founder of philosophie, certified raw food chef, yoga instructor and writer.
Sophie Jaffe founded her company and wellness brand, Philosophie, with the goal of making it easier, more inspiring, and more delicious to attain optimal health and radiant wellness.
Sophie also works with Tastemade Studios, creating superfood video recipes for live audiences of over a million people each week, collaborates with huge brands to create magical partnerships visually and energetically, and writes for publications such as Well + Good, The Chalkboard Magazine, The Body Book, and Mind Body Green. She has been featured in Shape Magazine, Yoga Journal, Bazaar, The Los Angeles Times, and Angeleno Magazine and was selected as the cover model for Yoga Journal Russia. Currently, Sophie is filming and launching LA Yoga Girls, a reality show on Z Living Network slated for August 2017.
IG || @sophie.jaffe
Web || thephilosophie.com
Opening Speaker + Moderator
Founder of Women against negative talk
Katie Horwitch is a writer, speaker, artist, activist, and the founder of WANT: Women Against Negative Talk – a platform that gives women tips, tools, motivation, and inspiration to move forward in their lives by shifting their negative self-talk patterns. WANT was founded out of the realization that there were zero places for women to not only receive inspiration, but actual tools and resources to change their limiting negative talk patterns in a lasting way that works very personally and specifically for them.
Katie was a founding editor of The Chalkboard Mag and has been featured in countless publications such as mindbodygreen, Darling Magazine, xoJane, and more. As an actress, singer and host, she’s been seen on TLC, Entertainment Tonight, and Fox Business Channel, as well as in feature films and on stages both regional and Off-Broadway. She has been teaching group fitness for over a decade, and holds a BA in Drama from University of California, Irvine, where she also studied sociocultural anthropology and creative writing.
IG || @katiehorwitch
Breakout Session Leader
sEX & LOVE EXPERT, SEXUAL EDUCATOR
Shan Boodram is a sex/ love expert certified as a sexual educator and as a clinical sexologist. Her book, LAID was a Canadian bestseller and she has worked as a sexual educator on CNN Radio, Fox News, ABC, CBC, CBS and MTV. She has over 18 million views on YouTube and has appeared in New York Times, Forbes, TIME and on The View.
Web || shanboody.com
Breakout Session Leader
Clinical Nutritionist, bestselling health author and international health blogger
Jessica is fast becoming one of Australia’s and LA's most sought after wellness and lifestyle advocates. She is also the beloved voice behind the ‘JSHealth brand’, passionately teaching people how to achieve a balanced lifestyle and body through wholefoods. She believes we need to give up ‘diets' for life in order to live a healthy life - she shares personally how she went from fad dieter to whole food eater.
Her philosophy is focused around building a healthy relationship with food, placing emphasis on balance with food, mindfulness at meals, healthy body image and learning to be moderate with food. She has become passionate about helping people overcome disordered eating, orthorexia and quiting diets extremes around food.
Jessica has built a vibrant and loyal social media community on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube and maintains her blog where she updates her community with her thoughts on her own health journey and everything she's learning along the way.
Web || www.jessicasepel.com
Actress, Food Blogger/Host, Body Image Activist
In 2009, Lynn Chen started The Actor's Diet, a daily food journal she hoped would help her come to terms with a lifelong eating disorder struggle. By putting her meals online, she found a way to channel her obsession with food into a healthy one. Today, she is one of LA's most prolific food personalities. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her work in the food world, including both the People's and Editor's Choice for CBS LA's "Most Valuable Blogger" and BlogHer's "Voices of the Year." Marie Claire Magazine profiled her as part of a "New Generation of Social Activists." She has been an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) since 2012, and has worked with The National Organization of Women (NOW) on their "Love Your Body Campaign." Lynn hosts videos for BuzzFeed, Tastemade, and Hello Giggles that have seen over 30 million views, and is a contributor to Season 7 of Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets. When she's not eating, you can catch Lynn in movies, TV and video games (Saving Face, Silicon Valley, Fear the Walking Dead, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3). Follow Lynn on social media @mslynnchen.
Web || lynnchen.com
Kelsey J Patel
Leading Meditation + Breakout Session
spiritual empowerment coach, reiki healer, meditation teacher and multi-faceted entrepreneur
Kelsey J Patel is one of Hollywood’s leading wellness and reiki experts. She is a certified reiki master, yoga instructor, meditation teacher and specializes in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). She also owns Pure Barre in Beverly Hills, and co-owns I Am Vibes Activewear. Kelsey runs healing corporate workshops and one-on-one sessions are that are designed to blend her corporate experience and her spiritual trainings to help those in need stand in their own truth, release old patterns, and begin leading authentic and fulfilling lives.
Panelist + Breakout Session Leader
Founder OF Waterthruskin and wts connect, yoga instructor, plant based chef
Vegan. Yogi. Social entrepreneur. Risk-taker. She worked in the Private Banking Industry as a VP for almost 5 years unAl she switched it all to start WaterThruSkin- Miami’s blog about a lifestyle with a conscience. Since then, and for the past two years, she's been traveling the world visiting the most exotic, eco-friendly, and soul-enriching places not only to acquire a vast knowledge of different cultures, green design and exotic plant-based cuisine but also to promote new eco-friendly and cruelty-free brands, products and hotels she works with. In the past 3 years since WTS’ inception, Valeria and her team have reviewed and promoted over 200 brands and hotels worldwide. Valeria also founded WTS Connect. The first conscious blogger agency.
Web || waterthruskin.com
Ayurveda Made Easy Session
author of the official Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda, Certified Ayurvedic, Holistic and Sports Nutritionist, host of the Highest Self Podcast
Sahara Rose is the best-selling author of the official Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda (Penguin Random House) and has been called “a leading voice for the millennial generation” by Deepak Chopra. She's a Certified Ayurvedic, Holistic and Sports Nutritionist who specializes in blending ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with modern nutritional science, as well as host of the Highest Self Podcast, listed as Top 7 Podcasts by Yoga Journal.
Web || iamsahararose.com
Panelist + Moderator
CREATOR OF PARTy in my PLANTs.com, Host of party in my plants podcast
Talia Pollock is the creator of partyinmyplants.com, a hilarious hub of healthy living help. Through her popular podcast, LOL cooking videos and sought-after coaching, Talia proves that it’s practical and possible to live healthfully without compromising your social life. She has appeared on The Doctor Oz and Rachael Ray Shows and her writing has appeared in Mindbodygreen, The Huffington Post, The Every Girl, Bustle and Success Magazine. As a stand-up comedian turned health coach, writer, speaker and plant-chef, Talia’s mission is to help others eat more plants so they can have endless energy to live a life as epic as a party!
Podcast || Party in My Plants
Leading Breakout Session
MA Psychological Astrologer, Meditation Guide + Writer
Combining literature and philosophy to form her own major, Daniella graduated Magna Cum Laude from NYU with a BA in Humanities in 2003. She then spent nearly 10 years in the media world in New York City and Los Angeles working with various organizations that specialize in politics, education, film, television and modern culture. Seeking to broaden her perspective, deepen her psychological knowing and understand herself more fully, Danielle returned to the classroom, receiving her MA in Spiritual Psychology in 2012, followed by an additional training year in Consciousness, Health & Healing in 2014.
IG || @danibeinstein
Web || daniellebeinstein.com
High Vibe Livin'
Kundalini Yoga Instructors
Founders of High Vibe Livin, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructors, High Vibrational Living Experts + Writers
In September 2016, Britt & Tara went to see John of God, a spiritual healer from Brazil, at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. They stayed in this adorable airbnb barn out in the woods and it was there, after they saw John of God, that they experienced the most incredible and equally insane spiritual experience of their lives. Britt & Tara had what can only be explained as a download from the universe, through vivid visions. Tara’s eyes were locked on to a vortex of energy in the hallway of this barn for almost 2 hours. There were six “entities” or angels that delivered them multiple messages and Britt’s mom showed up from the other side to give them messages as well.
They saw themselves working together, sharing the knowledge they’ve accumulated over the past 7 years, teaching, speaking, writing and inspiring others to live in alignment with their highest path. This experience completely blew them away, and they felt an immediate shift. They haven’t looked back since!
Web || highvibelivin.com
chief yoga officer of playlist yoga, professional dancer + personal trainer
Nicole Sciacca is a yoga teacher, professional dancer, personal trainer, and (most importantly) a mother to her four year-old son Beau. She is currently the Chief Yoga Officer of Playlist Yoga in West Hollywood, where she spearheads their programming and works with teachers to turn each class into the kind of unique, music-driven experiences that have earned Playlist the nickname “The SoulCycle Of Yoga.”
After suffering a horrible back injury in 2003 that changed the trajectory of her dance career, she was introduced to what would be her to her greatest passion. Nicole simultaneously began yoga while recovering…and knew she was onto something. Although she had tried all genres of fitness and danced professionally her entire life, it was yoga that transformed her mind, body and spirit all at once. She felt she could not share these gifts fast enough. Nicole began teaching locally in Venice and she soon realized there was a personal connection and investment that was not as strong as it could be. She opened her dream studio Hustle & Flow Fitness on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, where she worked to create a community that was relationship-based. When Hustle and Flow was forced to close, Nicole met Playlist owners Jorden Cohen and Rob Rubano. The timing could not have been more perfect – and Nicole found her new path as the face of Playlist.
Web || nicolesciaccayoga.com
Energy Muse Founders
Breakout Session Leaders
Founders of Energy muse inspirational crystal jewelry
Heather Askinosie is a leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui, and holistic healing. For over 25 years, she has had the privilege of studying with the best healers from all over the world, who have passed down ancient teachings on how to utilize energy technology. In 2000, Heather co-founded Energy Muse with business partner, Timmi Jandro. Energy Muse is a conscious lifestyle brand, providing tools of empowerment, inspiration, and hope in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Together, Heather and Timmi are helping people reconnect with the energy of the Earth to align with their highest self, realize their true calling, and tap into their own personal magnificence.
Web || energymuse.com