Our Story

Our team is a combination of a Sacred She embodiment artist (Kalista “Dakina”), Mary Magdalene devotee-scholar (Annalisa), and Protector of the sacred feminine container (Rahman). 

Seeing the need for more venues that celebrate deep feminine expression, Kalista and her beloved husband, Rahman, founded SHE IS LOVE. As the heart of She is Love grew, Annalisa joined to contribute her gifts to the sacred feminine.

We are in service to the deep feminine from around the world, so she can creatively express the profound luminosity of HER heart.


Kalista (her avatar is “Dakina”)

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Kalista is co-founder of She is Love. Her service is to Sacred Feminine creative embodied awakening. DAKINA is the name for her creative avatar and artwork. Dakina represents a sovereign claim and personal mythos of rediscovering and reimagining the Sacred Feminine in her own unique contemporary way. The embodiments are connected to ancient primordial aspects of the Sacred She such as the Dakini, Shakti, Shekhinah, and Sophia in her many manifestations. Kalista also guides women into their embodiments to empower and cultivate their creative capacity through life. Her background includes undergraduate studies in Psychology and graduate studies in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She is currently enrolled in Michaela Boehmn’s Non-Linear Movement Method® and Embodiment Teacher Training. Her artwork and services can be found at: dakina.com (please contact for password)

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The feminine has a beautiful capacity to infuse hidden wisdom and treasures into her expressions. Through her heart, she can bypass the literal mind, blossoming open love’s infinite dimensions. 
— Kalista

Annalisa Derr

Directrix of Education

Curator of She is Love (photo by: Stacy Cornett)

Curator of She is Love (photo by: Stacy Cornett)

Annalisa Derr as Mary Magdalene in her ritual performance piece "Journey to the Goddess" (photo by: Bryan Anton)

Annalisa Derr as Mary Magdalene in her ritual performance piece "Journey to the Goddess" (photo by: Bryan Anton)

A Mary Magdalene devotee, Annalisa made her first solo Mary Magdalene pilgrimage to Southern France in 2014 where she was initiated into the Magdalene Mysteries. Shortly thereafter, the Goddess lead her to Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in Mythological Studies. Annalisa is a ritual theater creatrix with specialized training in masked and physical theater from master teachers in Italy, India, and NYC. Inspired by events in early November 2016, Annalisa began work on a ritual performative series that utilizes menstrual art to promote the female body and female sexuality as powerful, healing, and life affirming. Annalisa has developed and produced monthly women’s events in New York City (Ladies Salon NYC) and  Santa Barbara (Mary Magdalene Spiritual Group), with an emphasis on women’s spirituality, creativity, networking, and entrepreneurship. In addition, Annalisa teaches somatic and Goddess-centered workshops with the aim to encourage women to reconnect to the sacredness of their female bodies. Information regarding upcoming workshops and her ritual performance series can be found at annalisaderr.com.


We are in deep gratitude to Rahman, Kalista's beloved, for holding a strong container for the sacred feminine. He is a man of integrity, depth, consciousness, and protector of the divine feminine.

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