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 past seven years has seen The Fountain build 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 other groups called to working in these ways, among them the Center for Earth Ethics, Forum 21 Institute, SourceCode4Life Consortium and ICV. Expert organizations we are also partnered with include Prometheus Community Energy, JustOne Organics and a wide variety of NGOs.

Council

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

A dedicated team of nine helps support the different areas of endeavour 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 is the founder of The Fountain. An internationally renowned spiritual teacher, her background spans education in cross-cultural spiritual practices, program development and transpersonal psychology training at the Jung Institute in Switzerland. She has devoted her life to bringing unity to the planet by facilitating the development of alliances as well as collaborative relationships with organizations that are focused on spiritual, economic, social and environmental solutions. 

We are beginning to redefine economics based on our understanding of “what is life-sustaining?” In ancient times, the Fountain, or well, was at the center of village life. As the new sacred economic model unfolds, Jyoti is keen to support the return to a localized, cultural system based on reciprocity and collaboration. At a certain point, the new model will manifest a positive alternative for service organizations and businesses bringing the ethical considerations of accountability and visibility while honoring the Earth.

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, 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.

Ken Kitatani

Ken Kitatani currently serves as the Executive Director of the Forum 21 Institute. He is an ordained minister of Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development and is the Chief Administration Officer of their UN NGO (with special consultative status with UN ECOSOC). He also Co-chairs the Advisory Board of the Center for Earth Ethics of Union Theological Seminary and is on the Executive Board of the United Nations Committee for Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns and the Committee for Religious NGOs. Ken graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies.

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 director of the Original Caretakers Initiative at the Center for Earth Ethics.

He serves as the General Coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi people, and has been an Otomi Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988. Born in Tultepec, Mexico, he holds a doctorate of rural development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and is the President of the Mexico Council of Sustainable Development.

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 

Lawrence Bloom 

Bill Anderson

Princess Irene of The Hague

Mary Beth Yarrow

Darlene Hunter

Virginia Ignari

Margin Broux

Ben Christie

With a deeply held belief in the possibility of a more equitable, sustainable and harmonious world, Ben works to support NGOs and ethical businesses develop and achieve their goals. With a career spanning media, communications and business development, Ben has been fortunate enough to gain experience of many different countries, environments and partnerships at first hand. As the Staff Holder at The Fountain, he helps co-ordinate the different activities and missions of the organisation in service to the beautiful vision we envisage.

Steven Lovink

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.

Andrea Langlois

Andrea Langlois supports non-profits to articulate powerful visions for the future and to engage in planning and acting strategically – creating alignment internally and with funders, supporters, and partners. She has a Master’s in Media Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, co-edited two books, and has nearly over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector in leadership, communications, community engagement, fundraising, and research. Andrea is involved in the international movement for the recognition and honouring of sacred plant medicines, has a dedicated yoga practice, loves dancing, and spends as much time as she can in nature in her home community on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Katy Molloy

Katy Molloy delights in bringing together the right people and resources to make things happen. After four years managing clients and creative work in London advertising agencies, she switched to the non-profit sector and spent seven years working internationally to design and lead programs addressing human trafficking. Motivated by transformational processes, she enjoys finding ways to expand the reach of successful initiatives and is experienced in partnerships, problem solving, stakeholder collaboration, strategy and creative communication. Passionate about the evolution of humanity, Katy seeks a return to the ways of beauty, wisdom, harmony and unification through the honouring of diversity.

Trish Noble

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 principals 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.

Branden Barber

Branden Barber is a lifelong environmentalist with a degree in Environmental Studies from UCSC. He started his career journey with Greenpeace International on the Rainbow Warrior and then ran the Victorian State Office for Greenpeace Australia in Melbourne. Over the last 25 years he’s worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, from start-ups to S&P 500 companies and NGO’s, large and small, with special focuses on brand strategy, user experience and graphic design, engagement and fundraising. Most recently Branden has been involved with various environmental organizations as staff or as consultant , was on the Leadership Teams at both Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch, and is currently the CEO of Rainforest Rescue. He is ardently committed to the “voiceless” natural world, believes in the power of complexity – thank you biodiversity – and brings a wealth and breadth of experience to the Fountain. He has grown enormously through his work with indigenous peoples, cultures and experiences and is committed to the resanctification of Nature. 

Nicole Tostevin

Nicole Tostevin is a multidisciplinary digital designer, animator and award-winning independent filmmaker who has spent the past two decades working with a wide range of clients, non-profits and corporations throughout the San Francisco Bay area and on global remote teams. She loves working with the transformational community to create engaging and innovative experiences, both through digital and real-world touch-points. Nicole has a BFA from Pomona College of The Claremont Colleges and a MFA from California Institute of the Arts. 

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