People

The Fountain

The Fountain has built deep relationships with elders and spiritual leaders from many Original Nations cultures from around the world.

Our People

Everything we do is based on right relationships, reciprocity, and partnership, operating in respect and collaboration with the original principles shared by elders and through ceremony.

 

Elders

The Fountain has built deep relationships with Elders and spiritual leaders from many nations, among them the Four Nations of the Sierra Nevada, Otomi-Toltec, Lakota, Ezza Peoples of Nigeria, and Mohawk.

Partners

We have partnerships with many other groups called to work in these ways, among them the Center for Sacred Studies, International Council for Environmental and Economic Development, Tree Sisters, LeCiel, Mother Earth Delegation of United Original Nations, and a wide variety of NGOs.

 

Founding Council

The Founding Council members form an extensive network of supporters, collaborators and experts that have shaped The Fountain’s co-creative journey, and continue to inform, advise, and share on this sacred journey.

 

Operational Team

Our dedicated team helps support the different areas of endeavor The Fountain addresses day to day, bringing cross-disciplinary skills and decades of experience in service to the vision we collectively share and work towards.

Elders and Partners

Jyoti (Jeneane Prevatt, PhD)

Jyoti (Jeneane Prevatt, PhD)

Spiritual Elder & Founder

Jyoti Ma is the Vision Keeper of the Center for Sacred Studies and co-founded Kayumari. She helped to convene the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and Unity Concert. She founded The Fountain in order to restore an economic model based on reciprocity and collaboration guided by Nature and the Sacred. She is a delegate of the Mother Earth Delegation of United Indigenous Nations. Through her work, economic, social, and environmental solutions have developed, creatively addressing the global challenges of our times.

Mamo Lorenzo

Mamo Lorenzo

Lorenzo is leader of the Saisama community of the Arahuaco people, one of the Four Nations of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The Arhuacos are a deeply spiritual people, they believe in the existence of a creator and great father: Serankua, from whom came human beings and material beings; other parents like the sun and the snowy ones, and other mothers like the earth and the moon. Thus, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is considered the heart of the world and the house where the creative father lives.

Following 90 days of spiritual trance, Mamo Lorenzo was named ‘Summumpawiun’, meaning ‘Messenger of the gods on Earth’. He has a deep understanding about the ancestral wisdom and cosmogony of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta cultures, and as such he has guided retreats of cleaning, healing, payment and spiritual offering to nature.

On the 20th January 1992, Lorenzo received a mission from his spiritual guides to strengthen the 115 native groups of Colombia. His primary objective is to enhance the trust between them, creating brotherhood; then, indigenous groups can show the readings of each territory from their government and in this way, resume the path of spiritual medicine (“eysa’riunhawi”).

Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook

Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook

Loretta, a Lakota Elder, is committed to ensuring the world is a better place for her grandchildren. She is a keeper of her culture and the female Sundance Leader for the Afraid of Bear/American Horse Sundance. Fluent in Lakota, Loretta serves as cultural specialist for The Fountain, and is the only representative who speaks both languages perfectly on the board of the Paha Sapa Unity Alliance Black Hills Reparation, another organization with which she is affiliated.

Loretta carries an enormous mission: gathering and presenting to the Obama White House a consensus for the return of the stewardship of the Black Hills to the peoples of The Great Sioux Nation. Loretta holds that consensus: “The Black Hills are not for sale. We want all the unseated lands in the Black Hills returned to the nine tribes of The Great Sioux Nation.” She also sits on a number of international boards including the Running Strong Foundation, The Sacred Healing Circle and the Black Hills Unity Alliance.

Mamo Evangelista

Mamo Evangelista

Mamo Evangelista is part of the Wiwa tribe. He lives in the mountains of the La Sierra Nevada in Colombia, where the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo guard the land and balance the planet through the spiritual work of the Mamos. This is a man rooted in nature, who learns from his connection to the Earth, the stars and the information they share with him- knowledge that we can’t find in books.

Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz

Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz is the Sacred Sites Ceremonialist for the Center for Sacred Studies and the Director of the Original Nations Program of the Fountain and until July 2020 has been the Director of the Original Caretakers Program, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2017- ) and General Coordinator of the Otomi-Toltec Regional Council in Mexico, a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi-Toltec peoples, and has been an Otomi-Toltec Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988. Born in Tultepec, Lerma, Mexico, he holds a Doctorate of Rural Development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Mexico. He has written on the relationship between the State and Indigenous Peoples, intercultural education, collective intellectual property rights and associated traditional knowledge, among other topics.

Mindahi holds a doctorate in Rural Development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM, 2010), University Medal of Merit; M.A. Political Science, Carleton University, Canada, 1996, Pass with Distinction; Bachelor: Tourism, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Mexico (UAEMEX, 1991).

Mamo Alejandro

Mamo Alejandro

Mamo Alejandro is part of the Kogi tribe. He lives in the mountains of the La Sierra Nevada in Colombia, where the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo guard the land and balance the planet through the spiritual work of the Mamos. Mamo Alejandro is an elder rooted in nature, who learns from his connection to the Earth, the stars and the information they share with him- knowledge that we can’t find in books.

Council

Chief Kate Onwe

Nikki Kilmer Barber

Christiane Pedros

Molly Harvey

Elders of the Four Nations of La Sierra Nevada, Columbia

Susan Davis and Walter Moora

Lawrence Ford

Bethany Yarrow

Roberto Arcila Restrepo

Tracey Osborne

Dave Room 

Bill Anderson

Princess Irene of The Hague

Mary Beth Yarrow

Darlene Hunter

Virginia Lyons

Margin Broux

Ben Christie

Andrea Langlois

Katy Molloy

Brandon Barber

Nicole Tostevin

COLLABORATING Partners

Ken Kititani and I-CEED

I-CEED Website

Tree Sisters

Tree Sister Website

Steven Lovink

 Strategic Advisor A strategic advisor, systems transformation thinker, and out-of-the-box change agent with an extensive network of relations serving whole-system enterprises, initiatives, projects, and entrepreneurs dedicated to visions, missions, and values advancing a new source code for creative human enterprise in harmonic resonance with nature’s wisdom, the universe of life, and the internationally agreed upon UN SDGs.

The Fountain Team:

Jyoti Ma

Jyoti Ma

Spiritual Elder & Founder

Jyoti Ma is the Vision Keeper of the Center for Sacred Studies, and co-founded Kayumari. She helped to convene the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and Unity Concert. She founded The Fountain in order to restore an economic model based on reciprocity and collaboration guided by Nature and the Sacred. She is a delegate of the Mother Earth Delegation of United Indigenous Nations. Through her work, economic, social and environmental solutions have developed, creatively addressing the global challenges of our times.

Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook

Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook

Cultural Specialist for The Fountain

Loretta is a Lokota elder committed to ensuring the world is a better place for her grandchildren. She is a keeper of her culture and the female Sundance Leader for the Afraid of Bear/American Horse Sundance. Fluent in Lakota,  she is the only representative who speaks both languages perfectly on the board of the paha Sapa Unity Alliance BlackHills Reparations, another organization with which she is affiliated. Loretta carries an enormous mission: the return of the stewardship of the Black Hills to the peoples of The Great Sioux Nation. “The Black Hills are not for sale. We want all the unseated lands in the Black Hills returned to the nine tribes of The Great Sioux Nation.” She also sits on a number of international boards including the Running strong Foundation, The Sacred Healing Circle, and the Black Hills Unity Alliance. 

Zahra Indigo Rønlov

Zahra Indigo Rønlov

Executive Director

Zahra Indigo is a sacred witness to the unfolding complexity, beauty, and mystery of this existence. She is honored to serve as Executive Director for The Fountain. Zahra Indigo received her master’s degree in transpersonal psychology and ecopsychology from Naropa University and is a Minister of Walking Prayer with the Center for Sacred Studies. With an endless entrepreneurial spirit, she is the owner/operator of Sacred Witness LLC. As a Priestess of the ancient Egyptian goddess Ma’at, Zahra Indigo is dedicated to serving Truth in every way she is able to perceive it. It is her intention to live life in service to the health of our planet and all who reside here, and in this she has discovered something quite profound and rewarding.

Trish Noble

Trish Noble

Director of Finance and Administration

Trish Noble is the Administrator and Finance Director for The Fountain, applying more than 25 years of non-profit experience. Trish is a bridge between our modern western culture and ancient spiritual traditions shared with her from Elders all around the world. The Fountain’s vision and mission are in complete alignment with her purpose to serve, restoring sacred economics based on reciprocity and the original principles of the natural order. Previous to her work with the Fountain, Trish held the position of Administrator and Operations Director, as well as Co-Facilitator of Educational Programs for The Center for Sacred Studies and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

Christiane Pedros

Christiane Pedros

Director of Regenerative Alliances (Europe)

Regeneration Alliances Seat weaves the tapestry of relationships in support of biocultural restoration programs and sacred economic project initiatives of the Fountain. Christiane focuses on The Fountain’s European partners. She has a background in consulting social enterprise and entrepreneurial start-ups through her Changemakers Business Academy.

Lisa Chacon

Lisa Chacon

Director of Advisory & Education

Lisa is a strategist and innovator in multiple contexts including consulting, start-ups, and corporate R&D. She specializes in developing strategies, facilitating innovation. system theory and design, sustainability, renewable energy and efficiency, communications, marketing, brand identity, chemistry and materials science.

Margin Boux

Margin Boux

coming soon

Eleonora Ascencio Dahl

Eleonora Ascencio Dahl

Assistant & Translator

coming soon

Mindahi Bastida

Mindahi Bastida

Director of the Original Nations Program

Mindahi is the Sacred Sites Ceremonialist for the Center for Sacred Studies and the Director of the Original Nations Program of the Fountain. Up until July 2020, he was the Director of the Original Caretakers Program, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and General Coordinator of the Otomi-Toltec Regional Council in Mexico, a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi-Toltec peoples. He has been an Otomi-Toltec Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988. Born in Tultepec, Lerma, Mexico, he has written on the relationship between the State and Original Peoples, intercultural education, collective intellectual property rights and associated traditional knowledge, among other topics. Mindahi holds a doctorate in Rural Development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM, 2010), University Medal of Merit; M.A. Political Science, Carleton University, Canada, 1996, Pass with Distinction; Bachelor: Tourism, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Mexico (UAEMEX, 1991)

Nancy Glidden

Nancy Glidden

Executive Assistant

Fueled by soul growth and spiritual evolution, Nancy is a lifelong learner who seeks to understand versus to be understood.  Naturally curious and intelligent, she loves to make people laugh, especially children.  Heart-centered and Spirit-led, Nancy trusts in the universal flow of abundance and follows her inner guidance.  Not averse to risk, she has remade herself and her career many times over. Nancy lives a life of gratitude, inspired by beauty, harmony, nature and human connection.  A natural caregiver, Nancy feels her best when being of compassionate service to others whether through her technical, administrative, caring/healing, or real-life nursing skills.  Nancy is a Minister of Her Walking Prayer, ordained by the Center for Sacred Studies in 2013.  Originally from Boston, Nancy has been living in California since 2000.  Currently, home is among the coastal redwoods in beautiful Bonny Doon, CA.

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