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Torah Bontrager

Torah Bontrager (BON-tray-grrrr), raised Old Order Amish, grew up with no electricity and cars and speaks English as a second language. She literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15, with only what she could carry: the clothes on her back and $170 in her pocket. She’s the author of An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again (a memoir) and the first, and so far only, Amish person to graduate from the Ivy League.

Her story’s been featured on MTV, Tim Ferriss’ blog, Forbes.com, and HuffPost, among other outlets. She’s dedicated the remainder of her life to ending rape culture, starting with her Amish people. Torah believes that women and girls hold the keys to bring about this sweeping transformation and therefore, her work is focussed on female empowerment, entrepreneurship/leadership, and health.

As an Amish child, she was relegated to less than second-class status simply for having been born the “wrong” gender. She spent her childhood demonstrating that girls were just as capable as boys. At 11 years old, Torah realized that she’d never had a voice; as long as she remained inside the Church, her talents and abilities wouldn’t be recognized and appreciated. That was when she made the decision to escape.

In today’s MeToo age, the culture of sexual assault and undervaluing women are becoming too costly to ignore. Through her nonprofit The Amish Heritage Foundation, speaking, writing, and podcasting, Torah is determined to keep MeToo from dying out, even if she is the last woman standing. She hopes that others will join her in that commitment.

“I fought the bullies on the playground all through Amish school,” she says. “No one stood up for me. No one fought on my behalf. We women need to find each other and do what’s necessary to make this world safe for our children and the generations to come.”

Self-care is key to Torah’s daily routine for remaining sane amidst the heavy work of trauma. She loves gardening and cooking and feeds herself and her parakeet babies a non-GMO diet.

Bios for Torah Bontrager

2-line bio:

Amish escapee, author, and sexual assault survivor Torah Bontrager works with entrepreneurs and leaders to make the workplace lawsuit-free and safe for women, 33% of whom are #MeToo.

Short Bio:

Torah Bontrager, author of An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again (a memoir), is the first Amish person to graduate from the Ivy League. She works with entrepreneurs and leaders to make the workplace lawsuit-free and safe for women, 33% of whom––including Torah––are sexual assault survivors. Download FREE chapters (choice of 3 themes) at www.torahbontrager.com/Free-Chapters.

Medium Bio:

Torah Bontrager, raised Amish, grew up with no electricity and cars and speaks English as a second language. She’s the author of An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again (a memoir) and is the first Amish person to graduate from the Ivy League. Her story has been featured on MTV, Tim Ferriss’ blog, Forbes.com, and HuffPost. She works with entrepreneurs and leaders to make the workplace lawsuit-free and safe for women, 33% of whom––including Torah––are #MeToo. Download FREE chapters (choice of 3 themes) at www.torahbontrager.com/Free-Chapters. She also hosts a podcast the Amish Entrepreneur Show and feeds her parakeet babies a non-GMO diet.

Long Bio:

Torah Bontrager, raised Old Order Amish, grew up with no electricity and cars and speaks English as a second language. She literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15, with only what she could carry: the clothes on her back and $170 in her pocket. She’s a writing mentor, the author of An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again (a memoir), and the first, and so far only, Amish person to graduate from the Ivy League.

Torah is a recurring sexual assault survivor, a world traveler, a plane pilot, and the worst employee on the planet (luckily she figured out how to become a financially sustainable entrepreneur). Her story has been featured on MTV, Tim Ferriss’ blog, Forbes.com, and HuffPost.

Twenty-plus years after her daring escape, Torah is finally coming forward to share her story with the entire world. A story about a childhood that was so abusive that she had no choice but to figure out a way to leave or kill herself. . . . A story about recurring rape over the course of a year, inflicted by the very uncles who had helped her escape and promised shelter and safety from her parents. . . . A story about living in fear, terrorized by threats of death if she ever reported the assaults. . . . A fear that brought her silence for 13 long years. . . .

Torah’s journey of growth and self-empowerment took her through nearly 30 countries, a 3-year break from college, and a philosophy degree for answers about why bad things happen to good people. In the process, she learned to take back her voice and feel safe again, despite C-PTSD (post-traumatic stress from childhood trauma), Stockholm syndrome, and attacks on her life. She had given up everything—family, security, community—in the hopes that one day her dreams might come true.

Today Torah works with entrepreneurs and leaders to make the world and workplace lawsuit-free and safe for women, 33% of whom are sexual assault survivors. Through her writing workshops and webinars, she also helps individuals figure out how to uncover and share their traumatic stories, so they can be the change that they want to see in the world. Download FREE chapters (choice of 3 themes) at www.torahbontrager.com/Free-Chapters or her FREE guides “12 Ways to Make Women Feel Safe at Work” at www.TorahBontrager.com/12Ways or “The 12-Minute Writing Process” at www.TorahBontrager.com/12Min.

And she hosts an iTunes + YouTube podcast the Amish Entrepreneur Show, collecting 1,111 stories of sexual assault survivors—from all walks of life—for worldwide release. Most recently, she became the founder of The Amish Heritage Foundation, the first organization in the 300+ years of Amish history that advocates for Amish (and Anabaptist) people without a religious price tag, promotes compassionate secular values and nonsectarian harmony, and empowers those who leave the Church.

Through projects like these, the culture of ignoring sexual assault and women fearing for their safety and security is no longer possible. “The survivors of trauma do not have time for karma to come around,” Torah says. “We need justice now.

Self-care is key to Torah’s daily routine for remaining sane amidst the heavy work of trauma. She loves gardening and cooking and feeds herself and her parakeet babies a non-GMO diet.

Torah Bontrager
Phone: (917) 634-3655
Email: speak@torahbontrager.com
Website: http://www.TorahBontrager.com

5 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Me:

I love parakeets. They’re my emotional support companions. I speak to them in Amish, which helps me stay fluent.
I’m the first––and so far, only––first-generation Amish person to graduate from an Ivy League school: Columbia University in New York City.

Language is the window into a culture’s soul. I speak English as a second language. Amish is my native tongue. I can also translate classical Tibetan and I’ve studied Italian, German, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian.

The closest I’ve gotten to outer space––huge childhood dream––is by flying upside down over Long Island. I earned my private pilot’s certification when I was 18.

A portion of all my speaking fees and book sales go to the nonprofit I founded: The Amish Heritage Foundation.

PRESENTATIONS
Presentation Topics by Torah Bontrager for Stargate to the Cosmos

Time Travel, Memory Wiping, and Trauma: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

As a 15-year-old Amish girl, I escaped in the middle of the night from the only world I had ever known––a world that didn’t understand me––and crash-landed into one that didn’t understand me either. I went from one traumatic environment to another. My journey seeking answers about why bad things happen to good people took me through nearly 30 countries, a 3-year break from college, and an Ivy League philosophy degree. In the process, I learned to take back my voice and feel safe again, despite PTSD, Stockholm syndrome, and attacks on my life.

Through my experiences of lost time and memories, ETs, and UFOs, the answer I currently have is that evil exists, not because no one cares but because at least one person cares. This may sound too philosophical at first, but after explaining the profile of a psychopath, it’ll make sense. I’ll then offer a new way of thinking or moving forward that applies compassion according to the Dalai Lama’s definition.

The Amish, the Secret Space Program, and ETs

Like the Secret Space Program and Extraterrestrial cultures, the Amish are shrouded in secrecy and mystery. Most humans on Planet Earth aren’t even aware that the Amish exist, and what’s observed and assumed from the outside (by outsiders) is not at all what actually goes on inside.

If you’re born into an environment of such secrecy, how do you escape it if you’re unable to control it? If almost no one on the outside realizes what’s happening?

And just exactly what is the connection between the Amish, the SSP, and ETs?

Through my personal story as an Amish escapee, I’ll share the mind control routines I was subjected to as a child to ensure that I never broke free from the program (i.e, the Amish), my experiences with ETs and UFOs as a child and adult, and my hunches as to what role the Amish play in helping the galactic slave trade thrive (a piece that I’m investigating, based on what I know about my Amish father’s business dealings).

The Blockchain, Women Leadership, and ETs

Two of the fastest-growing and most potent forces in the world are women and technology.

But women—compared to men—still have no voice in tech, politics, law, finance, and UFO/ET disclosure.

The blockchain could change that. Learn what exactly the blockchain is. And how it can help us disrupt the patriarchal structure––a key piece of which is disclosure––and empower women to have a seat at the world table.

WORKSHOPS
Workshop Topics by Torah Bontrager for Stargate to the Cosmos

Resources for Trauma Survivors in the Age of Disclosure

You are not alone. And your voice matters. When you name names, it lifts the veil of secrecy that the perpetrators are dependent upon in order to operate. The challenges that ET experiencers face are the same that MeToo survivors face: death threats, attacks, ostracism, blame, shame, guilt, fear. . . . Why then would anyone speak out? Where do you even go for help?

MeToo is here to stay, and with it, are a plethora of resources that didn’t exist before. Women all over the globe have spoken out, and continue to speak out. Of particular interest for ET experiencers is a network of mental health professionals and holistic healers who are specifically interested in providing help and support for individuals living in a transitional world toward a post-disclosure society.

We’ll see a list of celebrities and women from closed communities (e.g., the Amish) who’ve publicly said “MeToo”, many of whom are also ET experiencers. We’ll watch a short clip featuring some of the women who have appeared on my podcast, many of them disclosing publicly for the first time. They share their fears and just as importantly, how coming forward has helped them and how they’ve created meaning and purpose for their lives.

We’ll then share our individual stories (1 sentence to several minutes depending on the number of participants, and only what you’re comfortable with disclosing). And I’ll share the tools that have personally helped me, including one that I use almost daily.

This interactive workshop is for people who want to know that they’re not alone and how to start owning their trauma, or keep moving forward.

The Amish, the Secret Space Program, and ETs

I was raised Old Order Amish and literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15––with only $170 in my pocket and the clothes on my back. Like the Secret Space Program and Extraterrestrial cultures, the Amish are shrouded in secrecy and mystery. Most humans on Planet Earth aren’t even aware that the Amish exist, and what’s observed and assumed from the outside (by outsiders) is not at all what actually goes on inside.

Just exactly what is the connection between the Amish, the SSP, and ETs?

I’ll briefly share the mind control routines I was subjected to as a child to ensure that I never broke free from the program (i.e, the Amish) and some of my experiences with ETs and UFOs as a child and adult.

This workshop is for anyone interested in having their questions answered about the Amish by an Amish escapee (who still speaks the Amish language). What you see on reality TV about us is fiction, not fact. The focus is on answering what you want to know. No question is too shocking, appalling, or offensive.

Deconstructing the Blockchain to Empower Women and Aid Disclosure

Two of the fastest-growing and most potent forces in the world are women and technology. But women—compared to men—still have no voice in tech, politics, law, finance, and UFO/ET disclosure.

The blockchain could change that. Learn what exactly the blockchain is. And how it can help us disrupt the patriarchal structure––a key piece of which is disclosure––and empower women to have a seat at the world table.

We’ll look at real-life examples of people who are using the blockchain and go into detail on some ways that the blockchain can help empower women. E.g., A supply chain that maintains the integrity and authenticity of services and physical products that women make for a living, a user-generated database for whistle-blowers, and a new way of doing business that completely bypasses the banking system.

We’ll identify ways that workshop participants can start applying this technology in their own lives and practical steps to take next.

How to Monetize Your Traumatic/Personal Story

Have a story inside you that is demanding to be born? The most intriguing stories are addictive. Nonfiction is the fastest-growing genre: consumers want true stories.

But almost no one knows how to “show” vs. “tell” to keep their audience coming back for more. And almost no one focuses only on helping survivors write a memoir or stories based on their traumatic experiences.

In this workshop, I’ll teach you the 12-Minute Writing Process I developed and used to write my memoir. We’ll go through a live exercise and then I’ll explain some reasons why it works.

After that, I’ll demonstrate what exactly “Show, Don’t Tell” is––a classic fiction technique that even the Ivy Leagues don’t teach successfully. It’s what makes your stories captivate your audience. Everyone talks about it in creative writing classes. But almost no one can teach it in a clear way.

I’ll then talk about the neuroscience behind creating addictive stories. Once you understand that secret, you will forever approach writing differently, more powerfully.

Lastly, I’ll address the emotional investment of writing your traumatic story: it’s steep and requires constant self-care. And a strong support network.

This workshop is for people who want the confidence to write emotionally engaging stories and leverage their personal experiences to optimize revenue and impact.

Intensives
TBD. I’m interested in offering an Intensive based on any of my Workshop topics if enough people want it. I’d feel more comfortable offering an Intensive with the understanding that it’d only be offered based on a minimum of participants. Let me know what your thoughts are about this.

PANELS
Experiencers, Contactees, Abductees
Time Travel, Teleportation, Technology, Solutions
Consciousness, Spirituality
Aliens, Extraterrestrials, Interdimensional
You Tubes Links, Titles & Descriptions
the Amish Entrepreneur Show with Torah Bontrager
“making women safe, one story at a time”
www.TorahBontrager.com/YouTube

the Amish Entrepreneur Show podcast is hosted by Torah Bontrager, an Ivy League-educated sexual assault survivor with C-PTSD (complex post-traumatic stress from childhood traumas). Her mandate is to collect 1,111 sexual assault survivors’ stories––from ALL walks of life––for worldwide release.

She believes that that number is all that is needed to drastically permanently reduce the rate of sexual assault on this planet, and disrupt the patriarchal system. Through projects like this podcast, the culture of ignoring sexual assault and women fearing for their safety and security will soon no longer be possible.

What topics do you cover in your research, books or work?

Topics covered: the Amish, the blockchain, sexual assault survivors, female entrepreneurship, outer space (ETs, quantum physics, time travel, memory, etc.), philosophy and religion, alternative and psychedelic medicines, memoir writing

My work is to establish a new generation of Amish leaders who reclaim our Amish story, engage our silenced issues, and actively engage with and contribute to the global community, guided by enlightenment principles. Specifically, my focus is on empowering the women and girls, undervalued assets who have the power to enforce the changes necessary to make our world safe.

Book Titles, Descriptions & Links:
Book Title: An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again
By: Torah Bontrager

Published by: Know-T Publishing

Available for Sale at: www.TorahBontrager.com, wherever books are sold online, www.books2read.com/AmishGirl, by ordering via an offline bookstore, or by calling 917.634.3655 or emailing AmishGirl@TorahBontrager.com

Retail Price for Print: $15.97
Retail Price for eBook: $9.99

Retail Price for audio: TBD

Softcover Print ISBN: 978-0-9894200-6-8
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9894200-5-1

Book Website: www.TorahBontrager.com

Author Website: www.TorahBontrager.com + www.LeverageYourStory.com

Author Twitter: www.twitter.com/AmishNation
Author Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmishNation

Author Instagram: www.instagram.com/OurAmishNation + www.instagram.com/TorahBontrager

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