who I am + what I do
Hello. Ubuntu. Dia duit. Namaste. In Lak’ech.
You found me, proving the universe is unfolding.
Or you Google like a rockstar.
I’m Karin. I believe in the simple poetics of everyday life, cultivating the senses and seeking ways to nurture the collective soul. I also believe in writing my bio in the first person. I know me best.
I founded and am Inspiration Chief of Soultree, Inc., a lifestyle brand of curated ideas, products + methods for luxuriating in those poetics of everyday life which bring us closer to engaging in it both productively and passionately. Soultree serves to liberate the senses + cultivate the soul. Daily. My work-nest is smack dab amidst the creative pulse of the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. Caffè poured with love, emboldened graffiti to continually inspire + myriad depth-charged conversations. Imagination blazing. Travel for work provides endless opportunity for inspiration, collaboration and innovative dialogue. Our collective consciousness has the power to actualize tremendous change; I believe our civic soul depends on a common yearning. Soultree seeks with eyes + hearts open, a very conscious model, in our collaborations as well as those we hope to reach. It starts one stunning flesh+bone spiritually sensual soul at a time. We endeavor to be part of the change. Soultree was a founding alliance partner with Women for Women International, keeps Kiva on re-lend, and is dedicated to supporting both local and global community building. Yes, it humbly takes a village.
Me? Yogini since age six, but prefer going off the mat to swirl my hips wildly to a boombox blaring (yes, boombox, I said it) or venture into nature to be enveloped into the big smallness of it all. I have a constant companion, Lupus, but I call it Fred. My boys, now men, flew the coop. We snowboard + jump off rocks together whenever possible. For near two decades I’ve created and taught methods for unearthing the passionate human spirit and the (sense)ual self; a practice for finding the now amidst an otherwise chaotic and demanding life. I work with private clients, CEOs, tech-industry leaders, in addition to leading both private and public workshops. Cultivating soul-directed living is my jam. My forthcoming book is chock full of all that good stuff, the principles of aesthetic pleasure, and how we can no longer ignore its vital importance in both personal wellness, and the bigger picture as shared experiential healing. 3D tangible and aesthetically fab product design is in the works as you read this. Stay tuned. It’s disco ball worth it, I promise.
I am oft considered a hip-swirling contradiction. But really, who’s not? Go figure. I love dirt and rocks, wide vistas of green, but also a thriving city and the beauty of architecture. I enjoy piloting small aircraft far away from the soil, just as much as folding in child’s pose, third eye grounded to Mother Earth. Dependent upon time and place I’m either fast-walking or über-sauntering, loquacious or reclusive. An open book written in a hidden language. Yep.
I’ve started + closed businesses, changed lives through my work, raised children (mine + others), healed from trauma and it’s inherent self-loathing, been humbled by grief, touched salvation from suffering, created clarity from chaos, and wake up every morning in gratitude (okay fine, sometimes rumbling first, then espresso, then gratitude) followed by putting my pants on one-leg-at-a-time. I believe everyone has a story and every voice deserves to be honored. Nothing less, nothing more…we all have one. Then the next chapter can unfold.
I live sustainably, but never forego the beauty proffered by keeping my eyes open + sensuality intact. Blaze a crackling fire, toss me a cashmere blankie and open a bottle of red. That works. I think homemade cookies rock, getting lost + found in philosophy (you know, hangin’ with the dead guys), as does laughing with abandon amongst good people late into the night. When I’m not climbing trees or teaching barefoot…you’ll find me in stilettos. My nickname since childhood is Dirt, I answer to it.
I could lay down a checklist of degrees acquired, achievements made and accolades garnered. Well, my parents would. Your conscious mind might jump on such ego fodder, but your mirror neurons would still crave the honesty of an authentic human interaction. You know, actually get to know someone, feel out their energy before your gut says its okay to lay the groundwork for a collab or brainstorm late into the night because you’re just so jazzed that ideas are flying. Sometimes these are the people you really need to share a moment with and discuss…whatever. No, it’s not done over text, or a Post-It note or Snap-of-the-IG-moment. Purposeful connection is underrated and desperately needed. So if that resonates, or if you actually read this far, then yeah, what the heck… let’s collide… in technicolor.
Peace In. Peace Onward.