After earning a masters degree in Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College, Santa Monica, Stella now holds accreditations with the North Carolina Acupuncture Board, the California Acupuncture Board, the Pennsylvania Board of Medical Examiners, and the National Certifying Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Additionally, she has been trained in Esoteric Acupuncture, Ortho-Bionomy, Integrative Manual Therapy, and Depth Hypnosis.
While in California, Stella changed her named from Laura Chamorro in an experiment that unexpectedly led to a spiritual awakening. She documented the experience for Spirituality & Health and Reality Sandwich. Her memoir about that time, Star Sister, was published in 2012 by North Atlantic Books/Evolver Editions.
Previously, Stella worked in magazine publishing in New York City. She was an editor at both Bride’s and Condé Nast Traveler. Her freelance stories have appeared in Spirituality & Health, Reality Sandwich, Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle, Budget Living, Lucky, Travel & Leisure, Sacred Hoop and more. She also taught creative writing to teens for over fifteen years, with Connecticut’s Young People’s Institute, as well as with +Writing and Reading in Santa Fe. At the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts (NMAHA), she served as a Physiology/Pathophysiology instructor. In her spare time, she co-founded the Santa Fe Time Bank.
Of Colombian and Virginian heritage, Stella grew up in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and still knows the difference between a quahog and a littleneck. She is married to the writer, Charles Eisenstein, with whom she has one son. She is also stepmom to Charles’s three sons from his first marriage.