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About Elephant Journal

Why elephant:

Why “elephant”? Do you reallly care? If so, click here for the blow by blow.

We’re dedicated to sharing the good life beyond the choir, and to all those who didn’t yet know they give a care about living a good, fun life that’s good for others, and our planet. The mindful life is about yoga, organics, sustainability, conscious consumerism, enlightened education, the contemplative arts, adventure, bicycling, family…everything. But mostly it’s about this present moment, right here, right now, and how we can best be of benefit, and have a good time doing so.

Elephant has been around since 2002. We started off as a magazine. But after going national in Whole Foods and such, we wanted to further “green” our ways (we were already printed on state-of-the-art ecopaper). Thing is, the bigger you get as a magazine, the fewer copies, percentage-wise, you sell. We were unwilling to join all the other magazines in selling only three out of 10, and wasting the rest (magazines get milled, printed, bounded, shipped from China typically [we were US], shipped another five times…it’s incredibly wasteful after all of that to waste seven out of 10 copies, which can’t even really be recycled—getting inks out of magazine paper is super energy-intensive).

And because we were independent, and indie media is another raison d’etre, another value of ours, we couldn’t get the investment we needed to create our own distribution system, which is a tough wheel to reinvent.

So, we went online. We’re still independent, and we’re getting rid of direct ads, so our editorial (unlike just about everything else you and I read) is fully independent. Because the world needs honesty, and urgently. One of our heroes, Lester Brown, told me that the key to saving the world would be media. Education. Communication. He told me that seven years ago, and said we had very little time, then.

So join us. Sign up as an elephant member. If you don’t like us, cancel. If you do like us, join the elephant community. Know that we’re not about being right (there’s stuff you and I will read that we’ll hate), but rather about respectful dialogue, and grassroots responsibility. So leave thoughtful comments for those who disagree with. And, write if so inspired. Join the cause.

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yoga | organics | sustainability | active citizenship | enlightened education | conscious consumerism | buddhadharma | ecofashion | the contemplative arts

Elephant Journal is your guide to what we like to call the mindful life: yoga, organics, sustainability, genuine spirituality, conscious consumerism, fair fashion, the contemplative arts…anything that helps us to live a good life that also happens to be good for others, and our planet.

Ads, articles, blogs, videos and interviews are added on a daily basis. Send suggestions, musing, thoughts etc to write [at] elephantjournal [dot] com, just as soon as you read our writer’s guidelines.

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ele:mission >> elephant is dedicated to bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society.

ele:svp >> If you like ele, support one of our mindful advertisers, or at least click on their ads and check ’em out. The words “I heard about you in elephant” will keep them advertising, us communicatin’ & you reading.

ele:write >> We can’t pay. Still interested? Contact write [at] elephantjournal [dot] com for our writer’s guidelines, then contact us for wordcount. ele retains future rights to published material—articles, photographs, etc…unless previously arranged in writing. We do offer monthly payment incentives to those authors that write consistently.

ele:legalese >> The contents of this web site are copyright 2016 Waylon H. Lewis Enterprises, LLC. Yoga asanas & bodywork described herein can be dangerous, particularly if practiced without supervision, or with self-improvement in mind. Views expressed are those of our contributors, not, we don’t even know them.

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>> Want to work with Elephant Journal? Check out our current job openings.

Waylon Lewis: Founder, CEO, Editor-in-Chief, Host of Walk the Talk Show, Author of Things I Would Like to do with You, Errand Boy.

Lindsey Block Lindsey Block: Chief Operations Officer
David Rogers Advertising David Rogers: Chief Revenue Officer

Kaitlin-Backlund Kaitlin Backlund: VP of Finance
 Brian Naslund: Director of Product & Growth
Emily Bartran Managing Editor Emily Bartran: Elephant Academy Co-Director & Senior Editor

Catherine Beekmans Editor Cat Monkman: Managing Editor
Nicole Cameron Nicole Cameron: Senior Editor
Caitlin Oriel:  Elephant Academy Dean
 Molly Murphy: Elephant Academy Co-Director
bill-shrum Bill Shrum: Elephant Shop Shipping Operations Manager
Travis May editor Travis May: Editor
Yoli Ramazzina Editor Yoli Ramazzina: Editor
Khara-Jade Warren Editor Khara-Jade Warren: Editor
Sara Kärpänen: Editor
11165260_313078358862940_5618987669782815286_n Bess O’Connor: Marketing & Partnerships
 Callie Rushton: Editor
 Lieselle Davidson: Editor
 Jen Schwartz: Elephant Academy Coordinator & Editor
Pam Uhlenkamp designer Pam Uhlenkamp: Graphic designer of Elephant Books & Elephant Journal (back when it was paper too!)
Samara Stein accountant Samara Stein: Accountant Advisor, Reason We’re Still in Business.

Want to get your foot in the door? Write for us! Elephant also offers New & Social Media, Editorial Apprenticeships:

Interested in learning more about our Editorial + New Media Ethics + Social Media Apprenticeship Program? Send questions to [email protected].


With thanks to ex-elephants of yore:

 Danielle Beutell: Editor

 Leah Sugerman: Editor

Erin Lawson Erin Lawson: Social Media Editor

 Taia Butler: Editor

Ashleigh Hitchcock editor Ashleigh Hitchcock: Elephant Shop Shipping Assistant & Elephant HQ Manager
Toby Israel Editor Toby Israel: Editor
 Katarina Tavčar: Editor
Renee Picard Editor Renée Picard: Editor & Columnist Coordinator

Caroline Beaton Caroline Beaton: Editor & Elephant Academy Director
Meredith Meeks videographer Meredith Meeks: Walk the Talk Show videographer

Evan Yerburgh Editor Evan Yerburgh: Editor

Rachel Nussbaum Editor Co-COO Rachel Nussbaum: Co-COO, Editor, Walk the Talk Show Producer

Renee Jahnke Editor Renee Jahnke: Editor

Emma Ruffin Emma Ruffin: Editor
Author's Photo Alli Sarazen: Editor

colin wiseman Colin Wiseman: Webby Extraordinaire

meagan morris Meagan Morris: Walk the Talk Show Executive Producer

bryonie wise Bryonie Wise: Managing Editor
Sara Crolick Sara Crolick: Editor

 Brianna Bemel: Editor
 Kate Bartolotta: Managing Editor
 Lynn Hasselberger: Editor
 Bob Weisenberg: Associate Publisher & Yoga Editor

Merete Mueller: Managing Editor, e-columnist
 Ty Hammes: web designer

Timmy D’Antonio: Photo

Rusty Ralston: Photo

Todd Mayville: events, blogger

Alex King: elephelini

Evan Finn: video, bike cap & fixie specialist.

Caroline Treadway (at left): photo, e-columnist, resident climbing star & Redford’s aunt

Abbey Smith (photo courtesy Jonny Copp): ad manager, ecofashion, e-columnist; resident climbing superstar, Mrs. elephant & prolific writer.

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