Meet Tara Kinden, Creator of Soul Flow

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soulflow2[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]A[/dropcap]t Feminist Wednesday, we know the power of women’s stories. It’s what we’re built on and fueled by. Tara Kinden knows it too. She’s the creator of a project called the Soul Flow – she raised $10,000 on Kickstarter to travel across Canada, meeting inspiring and courageous women and telling their stories to the world. Doesn’t that just sound like a dream project? This week, we chatted with Tara about feminism, courage, and the lessons she’s learned so far.[wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]M[/dropcap]y name is Tara Kinden and I’m the owner and founder of Muskoka Yoga Studio, as well as the Soul Flow. The biggest project right now on my plate is the Soul Flow. It’s a new level of mentorship for women. What I want to create is a platform for sharing these powerful stories of how women were able to overcome challenges, to find courage, to step forward into their futures and create futures that they really love. I’ve seen women who are just average women, amazing women, but they’re up to really cool things. So I wanted to interview and share these stories of what people are up to, to inspire other people to believe that that’s possible for them, too. But the only difference between these women is they took action.[divider type="dotted" spacing="10"]

How does feminism play a part in what you do?

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]F[/dropcap]or myself, I work mainly with women. I really appreciate the camaraderie and the network. There’s something about the old boys’ club that doesn’t work for me. Amazing, empowered women are helping other women, instead of putting blocks that are like, “Oh, I don’t want her to get too close to what I’m doing, so I’m going to hold back on what I’m sharing.” I’d rather create an environment of open sharing, because no one has that same unique talent and gift, and that unique combination of what makes us so cool individually. No one will ever have the same secret recipe that you have, with education and skills and your upbringing, experiences – no one will ever have the same combination, so they’ll never ever create the exact same thing.

So it’s like, why can’t we share how amazing we all are and help each other to elevate and to start mentoring each other, because if we could find a way to do that, we could be so much more successful than trying to do it all on our own.[divider type="dotted" spacing="10"]

What’s been the best part of the project so far?

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]he support from women. A couple of weeks ago, we were so far away from our Kickstarter target that I was in tears. And I thought, “How am I going to make this happen? This is so big. I’ve lost my mind doing this.” The studio manager at my studio was like, “Are you nuts? Get yourself together. You’re helping people learn about courage and telling them to be courageous. You have to do it, too.” And I’m like, “Good point.” So, having the support of other people when you can’t see it – you see it for yourself because you envisioned it and you’re doing it, but everyone gets a little sideways halfway through a project. So you need people reminding you why you’re doing this, and that you can do it.[divider type="dotted" spacing="10"]

What’s been the most challenging?

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]C[/dropcap]ommunicating what I’m doing. Communicating it in a way that makes sense, so that people understand that I’m not just doing this Kickstarter project to go on vacation for two weeks, that it’s actually going to be an intense tour. So I think that the biggest challenge is being able to see it all laid out and knowing that everything is going to line up appropriately, and if it doesn’t, it’s okay. I’ll just go with the flow and make it happen. But sometimes that’s really hard to see how it’s all going to fit together. So that’s what I’ve been struggling with the last two weeks.[divider type="dotted" spacing="10"]

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from women you’ve interviewed that have stuck with you?

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]he reminder that everything that we’re all creating and doing, you’re going to fail at things. But that’s the lesson. It’s like, was it a failure, or did it just take you to the next level? Everyone has challenges, but it’s what you choose to do when you’re down. For me, failure is not an option on this project.[divider type="dotted" spacing="10"]

Any plugs or upcoming initiatives our readers should know about?

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]G[/dropcap]o to thesoulflow.com to find links to in-person and online workshops, or go to the Muskoka Yoga Studio website to learn about retreats we do!