Weaver of Prophesies
Rae is a ritual artist, social change strategist, and an advocate for collective liberation and community wellness. She is available to help you craft a meaningful ritual for your next rite of passage that will support your transition and amplify your intentions. She also consults with non-profits and social movements on weaving ritual into winning, creative campaigns.
Rae is a contributing author to numerous books including Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution; Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists; Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories By Women; and Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook. Her articles have been published in various print and online sites from Huffington Post to Tikkun Magazine.
Rae graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights, and received ordination by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.
In her activist work, Rae is a trainer and contributing editor at Beautiful Trouble. She supports a just peace in Israel Palestine through her work with Jewish Voice for Peace, Interfaith Peace Builders, and the Palestinian-led nonviolent economic resistance movement. She was the co-director of CODEPINK Women for Peace for nearly a decade, followed by a two-year tenure consulting on digital strategy for social justice causes at ThoughtWorks. She now runs her own consultancy, Create Well, supporting clients to create impactful events, publish books, coordinate strategic campaigns, mark life transitions with moving rituals, and achieve their wildest dreams. Whether serving on a board, facilitating a training, editing a manuscript, or standing up with social movements, she is curious and passionate about finding ways to disrupt structures of inequality and make freedom contagious in the everyday world.
Rae's matrilineage is Dutch and Belgian; her patrilineage is Israeli and Eastern European / Ashkenazi Jewish. She is a first-generation American on her father's side. Her ancestry informs her relationship to war and oppression, and her actions toward dismantling white supremacy. She was raised on the California coastline with a deep reverence for the ocean and the redwoods.
In ceremony she is a water-pourer and emergent fire-tender. She works with rose, salt, clear crystal, cedar, stardust, gold sparkles, driftwood, breath, ocean, her benevolent ancestors, simplicity.
Rae is a weaver of paths of prophecy, of worlds, words, and ways; she blends ancient traditions with earth-based practices and practical needs intro a tapestry of rituals, casting practical spells for a whole, just, harmonious, and equitable world. Her priestess name honors her parents and her mixed heritages that inspire empathy, truth-telling, audacious courage, intersectionality, and gratitude.
Rites of passage; wedding ceremonies; birth and naming rituals; separation rituals; designing and facilitating ritual for social action campaigns, days of action, and special events; tending sacred spaces at political actions, such as building altars in remembrance; facilitating the Climate Ribbon participatory arts ritual.
Nederland, Colorado and Oakland, California. She’s based in the Colorado Rockies, and frequently travels to California and New York.Available to work remotely and travel.
rae [at] raeabileah.com
The Climate Ribbon
In 2014, Rae co-created the Climate Ribbon ritual project, which was the finale of the People's Climate March in NYC, a central art installation at the mobilizations surrounding the UN Climate Summit in Paris in 2015 (pictured left), a highlight of the Parliament of the World's Religions, and an ongoing global tool for engaging the public in personal reflection around what we stand to lose to climate change. She is available to facilitate this interactive participatory arts ritual, which ask participants to share stories of their response to the question: "What do you love and hope to never lose to climate chaos?"