BIOS

Sophie Monpeyssen

Sophie is a graduate of the Sorbonne holding an MA in Musicology, Psychology and Pedagogy. She has devoted herself to the study of healthcare philosophies and practices that harmonize mind, body and spirit, including sophrology and massage.

Having become a certified instructor from Body Balanced University and Polestar School, Sophie taught Pilates from 2009 to 2016. She is also a certified instructor in Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis®.

In 2011, she created the French Professional Federation of Pilates Practitioners- since renamed FPMP- and served as President of this Federation for six years. Sophie remains an honorary member of FPMP.

Inspired by her training with Bwiti Masters since 2007, Sophie coaches companies and individuals to become the best version of themselves.

Sophie is currently travelling across the world gathering twelve Masters from different Wisdom Traditions who will meet together for the first time in history at the United Nations in New York City in late 2017.


Peter Giblin

Peter graduated from Eton College and holds a BA in American Studies and Film Studies from Yale University. He holds an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. He also trained at the Three Doors Teaching Academy of Lama Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and is a founding member of the Yale Alliance of International Alumni.

Peter worked as an assistant for Merchant Ivory Productions on “Remains of the Day” and was a co-producer of the award-winning feature film “The Broken Giant,” and the student Oscar-winning “Tree Shade”.

He developed an interest in producing international conferences at an early age with the Young Presidents Organisation. He was a co-founder, curator and moderator for the Rising Tide Summit Series, a co-curator of Poptech Conference, co-founder of MLOVE Mobile Technology Conference, co-producer of WIRED Magazine’s first UK conference, producer of Innovation Lab at the Festival of Media, Montreux. From cross-pollenating the worlds of science, technology and art, his main focus now is supporting the growth of consciousness in all fields.

Inspired by twelve years of study and two years of teacher training under Lama Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and training with a Bwiti master from Gabon since 2012, Peter coaches individuals and companies to become the best version of themselves.

Peter is currently travelling across the world gathering twelve Masters from different Wisdom Traditions who will meet together for the first time in history at the United Nations in New York City in late 2017.


Olivier Girard

Olivier graduated in marketing and international business. He worked as a senior product manager in the Music industry for 10 years, than as a Video Game producer both in Los Angeles and Paris. In 2006, he finally walked away from corporate marketing and media to be fully aligned with his values, and thrived as a music producer, illustrator and freelance web developer.

In 2016, he went on to co-found Le Ciel Foundation, to embrace his life mission and full-time spirituality, as well as becoming a spiritual consultant and coach both for individual and companies.

Olivier started meditating and studying spirituality through the teachings of Buddhist master Tich Nath Han in his Plum Village monastery, then followed Maud Sejournant’s Tolteque training program. He was finally introduced to the Gabonese Bwiti culture and spiritual way of life in 2005, into which he has been initiated through numerous rituals and ceremonies. This is a path which he pursues to this day.

His implication in Le Ciel Foundation covers the development of spiritual tools, coordinating structure and expansion models, global image, digital marketing, PR and active support in the Council of Twelve. He is also joining Sophie and Peter in travels across the world to gather twelve Masters from different Wisdom Traditions who will meet together for the first time in history at the United Nations in New York City in November 2017.


Nannette Balfour-Lynn

Nannette holds an MA in History of Art and Spanish from the University of Edinburgh and is currently  studying  Environment and Sustainable Development MSc at University College of London.

She is passionate about contributing towards a more ethical, ecologically-minded and conscious global society and strongly believes in empowering each and every one of us to create positive changes as individuals and within our communities to regenerate, nurture and protect both humanity and the Earth. In inspiration, she turns to  the sacred wisdom held by indigenous and wisdom cultures that she believes is essential to reintroduce into our modern paradigm in order for mankind to find its place by nature’s side so that harmony may prevail.

Inspired by her training with a Bwiti master from Gabon since 2012, Nannette coaches individuals and companies to become the best version of themselves.

As an artist, Nannette’s water colours portray the beauty of nature, as a representation of one’s own true nature.

She is currently co-curating Wisdom and Nature, an art exhibition being held in support and honour of the Wisdom Council taking place in Autumn 2017.


Mattijah Sedlak

Mattijah is driven by helping people reconnect to the true meaning of physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Pursuing different career paths in his own life has helped him to better understand his life purpose and goals. After working as a paramedic for many years his focus has now shifted towards mindfulness, energy healing and consciousness. Mattijah is a reflexologist who has developed a unique approach by supporting his clients with meditation.

Mattijah is currently responsible for many of the logistics involved in bringing together the Wisdom Council, as well as being the main point of contact for the masters, their assistants and translators.


Lucy Martens

Lucy Martens is a Freelance Director, Cinematographer and Editor for – International Documentaries, Commercials and NGO Films. Her work has been broadcast on BBC 3, BBC Storyville, PBS, ARTE and CNN.  She shoots and edits films for UNHCR, UNICEF, UN World Food Program and National Geographic.

Her feature length documentary “Out of the Ashes” (BBC Storyville) was co-produced by Sam Mendes and won the prominent British Documentary Award “The Griersons” for Best Newcomer Documentary in 2011.

She was DoP of “Peace Unveiled”, one part of the four part PBS series “Women in War and Peace”, which won Best TV documentary on International Affairs for the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best TV documentary in 2011. 

Lucy is the DoP of the full length documentary “The Speed Sisters”, which premiered at Hot Docs in 2015, is currently showing at US cinemas and has been translated into more than 30 languages.

She spent two years filming the life and death of a Lakota medicine man on Pine Ridge reservation and is currently filming The Twelve, a feature length documentary that exposes the depth of knowledge and wisdom of twelve distinct indigenous elders from around the world, who will unite for the first time, at a historic meeting in New York in October 2017.


Carla Bamberger

Carla is a graduate of The National Ballet School of Canada and attended the University of Minnesota majoring in Theatre Arts and French.

Carla modelled for Paris haute couture houses for two years before working in radio producing an English-speaking programme that was cabled into 5-star hotels and a show from the Cannes Film Festival for WGBH radio Boston.

Carla worked freelance in the contemporary art world for over 10 years throughout the 1980s, with artists, auction houses, charities, galleries and private collectors in Rome, Paris, New York, Houston and Beijing organising art exchanges and exhibitions. In 1988, she assembled a contemporary art sale for Sotheby’s, held in The Forbidden City, Beijing in aid of Save Venice and in 1989, organized a charity auction sale for Drouot in The Workers Palace in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

In London, Carla has served as a trustee for The English National Ballet School and for Action on Addiction. She has also organised numerous fundraisers for charities in the UK such as The Coram Foundation.

Carla is currently co-curating Wisdom and Nature, an art exhibition being held in support and honour of the Wisdom Council in 2017 and serves as Chairwoman for Le Ciel Foundation.