Writer. Poet. Speaker. Guide.
Mind of a writer. Soul of a poet. Heart of an activist.
Layla Saad is a writer and speaker, whose work focuses on centering the stories, art and magic of people of colour.
As the founder of Wild Mystic Woman, Layla's work explores the intersecting themes of spirituality, social justice, creativity, feminism, business and leadership.
As an East African, Arab, British, Muslim, feminist, soul seeker, living in the Middle East (Qatar), and sharing her work with the global community, Layla stands at a diverse intersection of identities, from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Layla’s own personal journey as a black Muslim woman, her work with her clients and her writings often confront the oppressive cultures of patriarchy and white supremacy.
Some things you need to know about me & my work:
- I adore words. Reading them and writing them.
- Despite writing a now viral article to spiritual white women about white supremacy (over 200k views the last time I checked), I've made the specific and intentional decision to de-center the white gaze, and instead purposefully center the person of colour gaze. You can read more about that decision and what it has meant for my business here.
- My decision to de-center the white gaze does not mean that white people cannot or should not read my writing, listen to my podcast or support my work. If anything, I believe white allies will find it very powerful to listen to and support the work of women of colour like myself, and the women I feature on the Wild Mystic Woman Podcast. However, the decision to de-center the white gaze means that while white people may enjoy my work, my work is not created for them. It is created to elevate and celebrate women of colour.
- If you would like to support my work financially, you can do so as a patron on my Patreon page or through PayPal donation.
- I use an inclusive definition of 'woman' in my work. My work is for anyone who identifies as a woman. Trans women are women.
- My interests are wide and deep. Having spent years trying to find my 'niche', I finally decided to trust my own curiosity and I now use my work to freely explore the intersecting themes of spirituality, social justice, creativity, feminism, business and leadership.
- I am a Muslim woman. I am also a modern mystic. And I embrace all of these spiritual identities.