Rachel Bagby, JD (Stanford) is a wind instrument for life. She is passionate about helping daughters of every age give voice to their life-affirming visions. Author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices, Rachel began honing the life-saving power of daughterly wisdom at the age of 11. Rachel inspired her father to replace his drug and alcohol addiction with the joys of singing in a choir.
Simultaneously raised in the laps of violent poverty and extraordinary privilege, she is the fourth-generation of an activists and healers lineage that reaches across the lines of race, class, spiritual, rural, urban and artistic traditions.
After studying the nexus of belief and value systems, societal behavior codes (laws), and social change at Stanford Law School, Rachel spent over 25 years practicing and teaching the vibralingual laws of transformation. She was identified as a thought-leader and mentor by several participants in the Collective Wisdom Institute’s groundbreaking research on the field of collective intelligence and spiritual wisdom in groups.
Rachel’s teaching career began in second grade when she created study groups to help her classmates learn how to read. She designed and taught her first creativity programs for younger daughters at the age of 15. Her multifaceted career has since taken her to India, Japan, South Africa, and throughout North America to work with thousands of people devoted to bringing their voices to life.
Her spirited vocal talents—which earned Rachel a place in Bobby McFerrin’s improvisational ensemble, Voicestra—sustains a growing, world-wide audience. She has released two recordings of her compositions, Full and Reach Across the Lines. Full features her soundtrack for the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Dialogues with Mad Women. She also co-produced Becoming Consciously Vibralingual, an inquiry into the relationships between sound, vibration, and collective wisdom.
Muse, a 70-voice women’s choir conducted by Cathy Roma, commissioned and premiered Rachel’s DaughterWise Suite, a collection of new spirituals about the joys and challenges of eldercare. Rachel’s publishing company, Breathing Music, distributes her compositions.
Earth, one of Rachel’s eldest elders, inspired her to create Singing Farm, a solar-powered, 20-acre organic learning center in Central Virginia. As a daughter of music and growing things, Rachel inspires human beings—a singing species—to create restorative relationships between nature and culture.
Her publications include articles about sustainability in Natural Home, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Ms. Magazine, Women of Power, and others, as well as poetry in literary journals. Her anthologized contributions can be found in Nature and the Human Spirit: Toward an Expanded Land Management Ethic, (Venture Publishing, State College, PA, 1995); Circles of Strength: Community Alternatives to Alienation, (New Society Publishing, Philadelphia, PA 1993); Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism, (Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA 1990); and Healing the Wounds (New Society Publishing, Santa Cruz, CA: 1989).