Toby Israel

Storyteller, editor, vagabondess. Designing transformational retreats and experiences.

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Facilitator, Storytelling Workshops

“Communicating Your Story” — Babson College (July 2018)
Storytelling for Professional Vision — Center for Executive Education, University for Peace (January 2018 and 2019)
Storytelling for Academia — University for Peace (October 2017) 
Storytelling for Social Justice — Cape Town (March 2016)

Creative Facilitator, Transformational Experiences

Yoga & the Art of Listening — Yoga & Mindfulness Immersions (Costa Rica) 
Find Your Flow Retreat (Costa Rica)
Unplug to Reconnect (Costa Rica)

Community Organizer, Festival and Event Planning

PURA BLISS MICROFESTIVAL, co-founder (Costa Rica)
OUT LOUD OPEN MIC NIGHT, founder (Costa Rica)
COSMIC CONVERGENCE FESTIVAL, social media manager (Guatemala)

Content Manager, NuMundo


Editor, Elephant Journal

JUNE 2015 - FEBRUARY 2016



University for Peace — MA in Peace, Media & Conflict Studies
August 2017 - September 2018, COSTA RICA

Middlebury College, Location — BA in Anthropology
September 2010 - May 2014, MIDDLEBURY, VT

Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa.

Tribe Yoga — Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hour
January 2013 - GOA, INDIA


“Toby Israel was my personal editor for over a year. In this time I was continually impressed by not only her professionalism and skill, but also by her genuine passion to help me share my writing as strongly and authentically as I possibly could. Toby has a talent to support that is profound. She does great work in the world of words.”

— Sarah Norrad, Elephant Journal Featured Author, Mindfulness Teacher, & Yogini

“Toby is a rare role model for living a bold life of travel, writing and otherwise blazing one’s own pathways in the world. Conversations with her provided the confidence and information that helped prepare me to begin my own intuitive lifestyle. Beyond her compassionate insights, she is also deeply kind and a joy to talk with, and an amazing yoga instructor.”

— Mandy Kimm

Toby is extremely gifted. Her yoga classes are challenging and engaging for all levels, and she maintains a quiet, gentle space that leaves students feeling refreshed and renewed by the end of class. I couldn't recommend her more strongly!

— Logan

Toby was exactly the teacher I needed on my yoga retreat. She was calm and soothing in her practice - she allowed us to choose our levels and she was supportive of where we were. I never felt pushed or judged - I'm relatively new to yoga - so as mentioned - this was exactly what I needed to keep me inspired to learn more about the yoga experience. She was an integral part of my yoga retreat being the amazing spiritual experience that it was.

— Louisa