Rachel Winard knows a thing or two about women’s intuition.
As an accomplished violinist who graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School, she realized that while performing music was still her passion, the business side of being a musician no longer felt right to her. She set her sights on law school, but somewhere in the space of late nights studying at Columbia University and becoming an environmental lawyer, Rachel found she was struggling daily with her health.
After receiving a diagnosis of an aggressive form of Lupus—an auto-immune disease—Rachel made the radical decision to listen to her gut: it was either her health, or her job. Something had to give.
Rachel’s quest to heal her body found her trading her job as a lawyer for a very long flight to India, where she spent four months immersed in yoga and Ayurveda. Her insatiable curiosity led Rachel to learn everything she could about these ancient practices, and she began studying folk tales from around the world for stories of healing through natural means.
Upon returning stateside, Rachel knew she had to listen to what her body was telling her. She began the laborious task of researching everything from chemistry to aromatherapy, from folk lore to herbalism. Knowing her immune system would suffer if she used traditional self care products, Rachel made herself a promise: If she couldn’t put it in her body, she wouldn’t put it on her body.
Seven years of self-taught knowledge, trial and error and whipping up product recipes in her food-grade kitchen/studio has led Rachel to where she is today: a “walla” of skincare; an awesome expert of clean, healthy, simply beautiful formulas that care for people as well as the planet, and proud founder of Soapwalla Kitchen.
The W.E.L.L. Summit welcomes Rachel as she inspires us learn to listen to our intuition, to harness its power and how trusting your gut will lead you to a fulfilled, meaningful life.