Johnnie A is the Executive Director of INITC (the InterNational Indigenous Initiative for Transformative Collaboration) Johnnie served as the Wellness Initiative and Interfaith Coordinator for the duration of Oceti Sakowin Camp near Standing Rock 2016-2017. He has published numerous academic papers and articles for ideas investigating the understanding needed for transformative environmental, cultural and social justice. Johnnie is also a writer, artist and performing musician.
Steven N is a legal scholar and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the doctrine of Christian Discovery. His book “Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.” (Fulcrum, 2008) was made into a film. He is the co-producer of the documentary film ‘The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code (directed by Sheldon Wolfchild 2015)
Lisa works as a psychologist, yoga teacher and facilitator of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion. As a mother and grandmother, she is passionate about finding a compassionate way forward in the pursuit of human and planetary flourishing. She is eternally grateful to live and work on the beautiful lands of the Gumbaynggirr People.
Nawang Tenzin (Dr Alex Anderson) – With a background in rainforest ecology, especially climate change impacts in biodiversity, Tenzin began his path focussed on an intellectual understanding of interdependence. The forest being a wonderful meditation teacher led Tenzin to the Dharma. Tenzin is grateful to have studied and practiced under Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in the Vietnamese Zen tradition, and reminds himself he is an “Australian Buddhist”. Tenzin has an interest in the application of mindfulness to living in harmony within oneself, within community, and with the natural world. He is passionate about Deep Ecology and the exploration of the cross-over between these domains the science of ecology and environmental activism. His involvement and guiding energy of the Gaia Forest project as a modality for exploring healthy individuation and connection with the planet in this time of ecological crisis is an ongoing project.