Karen Ruimy

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Karen Benhamou Ruimy
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Born(1965-05-17)May 17, 1965
EducationESSEC Business School
Occupation
  • Author
  • philanthropist
  • spiritual teacher
  • dancer
  • singer
Years active1987 - present
SpouseEly Michel Ruimy
Websitekarenruimy.com

Karen Ruimy is a bestselling author, spiritual teacher, performer, philanthropist and founder of the lifestyle brand Kalmar. Karen started in 1987 as a banker in mergers and acquisitions at CCF-HSBC then became a director of FINACOR at the age of 28. FINACOR was the biggest French broker on the financial markets. She changed careers at age 30 to become a spiritual author.[1] She wrote The Angel’s Metamorphosis, published in France in 2000 and an English-language version in 2010 by Quartet Books.[2] She then published The Voice of the Angel in 2012, a collection of spiritual writings designed to guide the reader on a voyage to the soul.

As a spiritual teacher, she conducts various workshops and webinars on inner child healing, spiritual transformation, and soul empowerment. She launched the Goddess is Speaking app and oracle deck which include inspiration and wisdom during her writing and conversations with the Goddess. She also founded The Goddess Manifestation Circle, a community for spiritual healing and high vibrational living, where she hosts weekly spiritual channeling Q&As, monthly webinars, meditations, activations, and workshops to guide people in their spiritual journeys.[3]

In 2010 Ruimy set up the GREAT (Gender Rights Equality Action Trust) Initiative with broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and human rights lawyer Jason McCue.[4] This charity helped to write and pass the Gender Equality Act in England.  Karen was also a part of the CIRCLE, a charity created by Annie Lennox.  The Circle is a women rights Activist foundation.

As the founder of wellness brand Kalmar, she partners with Forest Carbon, Women for Women International, Black Minds Matter, and NHS Charities Together for their environmental and social sustainability efforts.[5]

In November 2013 Ruimy co-founded the Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Arts (MMPVA).[6][7] She has also been invited to sit on the board of Tate, Outset and the ICA and is a patron of Serpentine.[8]

Ruimy is a contributor to the UK's Psychologies Magazine, for which she has conducted a series of interviews, including with Eva Longoria. She is also part of their expert LifeLab series.[9] Ruimy is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post[10] and Harper’s Bazaar's online Arts Channel.[11]

Early life and family[edit]

Ruimy was born in Casablanca, Morocco. Her family moved to Paris when Karen was seven. She earned an MBA at the Grand École ESSEC in Paris. During her studies, she learned flamenco dance with Adrian y Blanca from Seville.[12]

She mostly lives in London, and frequently travels to Paris, Morocco, Los Angeles and Arizona.[5]

Music and dance[edit]

Ruimy became a professional flamenco dancer at the age of 35. She has produced dance shows called Flamen'ka at Casino de Paris, Flamen’ka Nueva at Folies Bergeres, Cabaret Flamen'ka at La Cigale, Sangre (directed and choreographed by Redha Benterifour; opened at the Riverside Studios),[13]), Zik’r (co-produced and co-written by Martin Glover; performed at the World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodphur, India),[14] ZIK'r (also created with Martin Glover; performed at Sufi Sutra Festival in India), the Marrakech Biennale, Sadler's Wells Lilian Baylis,[15] Union Chapel,[16] La Linea Festival at The Peacock Theatre, and When Jazz Meets Flamenco in Sadler’s Wells, London.[17]

Ruimy has released the following albums: Essence de Femme,[18] and Come With Me, which were recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios with Justin Adams.[19] The album was co-written with Adams and produced by Martin Glover. A version of "Shake it Up" featured on the Telegraph Live Music Sessions.[20] In 2021, she released Black Coffee, a trajectory into jazz territory featuring six tracks sung in English and French, with legendary producer and Grammy awards winner Phil Ramone and Martin Glover and producer-musician Tim Bran.[21]

Activism[edit]

In 2015 Ruimy signed an open letter by the ONE Campaign to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.[22]

Founder of Kalmar[edit]

Founded by Karen Ruimy in 2016, Kalmar[23] is a London-based wellness brand built on the values of wellbeing and self-care. Everything Kalmar creates is designed to empower people in their daily lives and personal care rituals through vegan, cruelty-free, and FSC-certified products. Kalmar supports Forest Carbon, Women for Women International, Black Minds Matter, and NHS Charities Together.[5] Kalmar is stocked at Liberty and Fenwick in London and various online retailers.

Works[edit]

  • The Angel’s Metamorphosis (France, 2000, ISBN 9782844451149 and in UK, 2010, IBN 070437188X )
  • The Voice of the Angel, IBN 070437286X (2012)
  • Deep Healing of the Inner Child: Virtual Webinar and Activation (2021)[3]
  • Healing of the Inner Child Workshop at Mind Body Spirit Festival London (2022) [24]
  • Flamen'ka at Casino de Paris
  • Flamen’ka Nueva at Folies Bergeres Cabaret
  • Flamen'ka at La Cigale, Sangre 
  • Zik’r at World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodphur, India
  • ZIK'rat Sufi Sutra Festival in India, the Marrakech Biennale, Sadler's Wells Lilian Baylis, Union Chapel
  • La Linea Festival at The Peacock Theatre
  • When Jazz Meets Flamenco in Sadler’s Wells, London [17]
  • Essence de Femme
  • Come With Me
  • "Shake it Up" on Telegraph Live Music Sessions.
  • Black Coffee (2021) [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kay, Toby (2013-03-01). "Karen Ruimy: from boardroom to the boards". High50. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  2. ^ Ruimy, Karen (2010-02-28). The Angel's Metamorphosis. ASIN 070437188X.
  3. ^ a b "Karen Ruimy - Divine Channel For Spiritual Healing". Karen Ruimy. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  4. ^ "How We Met: Karen Ruimy & Mariella Frostrup". The Independent. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  5. ^ a b c "Causes We Support". Kalmar Lifestyle. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  6. ^ "In pictures: Morocco focuses on photography". BBC News. 2013-09-14. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  7. ^ "Karen Ruimy Interview". 12 January 2013.
  8. ^ "13 Questions With... Karen Ruimy". Soulventure. 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  9. ^ Ali.Roff (2014-04-02). "How do you teach boys to be men who respect women?". Psychologies. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  10. ^ "A Fight For Gender Equality In India: 'The Spice Girls'". HuffPost UK. 2014-05-02. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  11. ^ "Harper's Bazaar UK homepage | Fashion, beauty, art, culture, travel". Harper's BAZAAR. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  12. ^ "Flamenco Flamen?ka, a Flamenco dance show by Craig Revel Horwood at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave from 18 Sep 2008 featuring Karen Ruimy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
  13. ^ "Karen Ruimy: Sangré". Time Out London. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  14. ^ "World Sufi Spirit Festival". Archived from the original on 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
  15. ^ Bellotti, Alex (2014-06-12). "Sadler's Wells' Zikr charts Flamenco's journey with post-punk producer Youth". Islington Gazette. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  16. ^ "ZIK' R exciting flamenco show comes to Union Chapel Islington". www.theresident.co.uk. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  17. ^ a b Debra (2021-11-27). "Karen Ruimy Presents: When Jazz Meets Flamenco - Sadler's Wells, London". The Reviews Hub. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  18. ^ "Karen Ruimy - Essence de femme (MP3 Album) » Karen Ruimy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
  19. ^ "Karen Ruimy - Come With Me". www.femalefirst.co.uk. November 15, 2012. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  20. ^ "Video: Karen Ruimy and Youth perform Shake It Up: music session - Telegraph". 2014-08-09. Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  21. ^ a b "Karen Ruimy – 'Black Coffee'". London Jazz News. 2021-07-01. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  22. ^ Tracy McVeigh (7 March 2015). "Poverty is sexist: leading women sign up for global equality | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  23. ^ "Kalmar Lifestyle". Kalmar Lifestyle website.
  24. ^ "Karen Ruimy - Healing of the Inner Child". www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk. Retrieved 2022-05-10.