We believe in a world of harmony and balance where all life, including humans, animals, vegetal and mineral life forms, on Earth and beyond are respected.
We are here to catalyse a rapid shift in paradigm, to evolve to a way of living and being based on spirituality, ecology and oneness.
To create a better world, we focus on three foundational pillars :
Education because learning to understand and navigate our reality with the right tools and experiences is an everyday need to fulfill our soul, and grow as people.
Inclusion because it’s time to let go of the separation the system has embedded throughout society, to finally embrace the rich complexity of oneness. We are all Brothers and Sisters, part of Nature.
Preservation because we can’t only be grateful for all we receive from Nature. From the food we eat and the land we live on, to the infinite source of knowledge she offers and the privileged experience of living on this Earth. It’s time to give back.
To pave this path, we produce educational and engaging media content, solution-oriented workshops, gatherings and events with the potential of creating individual and collective change.
We are creating a model for society governed by a sense of community, values and principles to guide all actions for the greater good.
We promote unity, transformation, interconnectivity, and evolution by recognising that all life is part of a whole. We are here to transform perspectives and interconnect consciously to evolve from a state of ignorance to a state of being conscious.
It is our responsibility to spread values of integrity, collaboration, reciprocity, simplicity, transparency, unity and evolution by thinking, being and acting in alignment with these values until we fully embody them.
To bring about the change so urgently needed on a global scale, these values need to be diffused through an ever-evolving ecosystem of co-creators.
Across the globe, the message from indigenous Elders is the same.
2026 will be a turning point for humanity and the chance to go from a revolution (circling to the same point humanity is at today) to a transcending evolution, spiraling up towards the unknown.
This sense of urgency is reinforced by reports from the U.N.’s intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC), urging society to drastically reduce its carbon footprint on the Earth and change its ways.
We need to embrace our true place in the global universal plan in full humility.
It’s time to act.
Our story and team
Humanity is facing unprecedented ecological and societal crises.
Le Ciel Foundation recognises that one of the main root causes of this crisis is a systemic separation between the material and the spiritual: our society has forgotten how to instil daily actions with purpose, values and principles that integrate within a global vision based on interconnectivity and collaboration with life. And so, each one of our initiatives exists to catalyse this much-needed transformation.
Guided at every step by the values of Primordial Wisdom, we adopt a holistic and multi-layered approach to impacting change, addressing our individual and collective beliefs, behaviours, actions and systems.
Le Ciel Foundation was founded in 2017, by nine international co-founders aged between 25 and 50.
We’re a group of dedicated people from all walks of life who answered the urgent call to come together to be in service of each other’s mission in order to help usher in a new era, led by the values of integrity, transparency, harmony, hope, authenticity, evolution, collaboration and love. We view the foundation as a perfect template to discover and know ourselves better and learn through every experience we are invited to go through. For us, every situation is a matter of learning and we are grateful for the journey.
Our principles of co-operation, both internally and externally, are inspired by nature’s ecosystems and are the very essence of our work and the services we provide through Le Ciel Foundation.
Each one of us holds a small part of a common project and like in ancient times, we believe that alone we cannot do much. Every person who works in the foundation is key. We work together for the good of one thing- the success of a joint mission that spreads out across numerous projects, over many years.
Working with a group synergy based on being true from the heart, each one can quickly develop their potential and discover for themselves unexpected capacities. Union and unity bring to life evolution and the opening of possibilities.
Please see our Articles of Governance to learn more about our charity.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Director of The Twelve
JESSIE BALFOUR LYNN
NINA LOUISA MARTENS
Creative Associate, Filmmaker, Co-Director of The Twelve
Administration – Event Manager
OUR ETHICAL CHARTER
We at Le Ciel Foundation,
Are in service, to Nature, to Humanity, to the balance between both,
Work in consideration of Nature and the generations to come,
Acknowledge and respect all life including planet Earth,
Recognise that everything is constantly evolving,
Keep a constant eye on the global picture,
Are in service to Humanity’s evolution,
Live in the present moment,
Observe the synchronicities in everyday life,
Are grateful for the opportunity to work together on what matters to us,
Talk and act from the heart,
Do not judge,
Do our best to stay centred and conscious, and to cultivate and spread light in everything we do,
Operate in full transparency,
Respect and love our partners and collaborators,
Act for the greater good and collaborate without competitive mindsets,
Respect, live and work with the sacred within, outside of any dogma or religion,
Take care of our whole being: body, heart, spirit, mind,
Keep our calm in challenging situations,
Stop, regroup and meditate- especially in a time of crisis,
Keep faith that we’ll be guided to a positive outcome, even in the midst of difficulties,
Transform rather than destroy,
Support missions aligned with our own,
Communicate our needs and issues truthfully and respectfully,
Act as one and use ‘we’ instead of ‘I’ in every possible situation,
Take every decision in collaboration, as one, under guidance,
Respect personal processes we can all go through, without judgement,
Recognise the importance of constant self-improvement,
Stay positive and happy in our exchanges,
Are kind to each other,
Strive every day to better understand and integrate life’s teachings,
Aim to fully embody our set of values and principles with joy every day!
OUR ALLIES & PARTNERS
Below are organizations and brands that have generously helped us in our projects and missions in varied, significant ways. We are very grateful for our collaboration and are proud to share values and a global vision.
We are building a community of extraordinary individuals who, by virtue of their wealth, knowledge and caring, can advance corporate responsibility, capitalize businesses at significant levels, and influence systemic and sustainable change in the world.
The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.
Our mission is to provide care for the white bison in a non-kill sanctuary and DNA-tested white bison breeding programs, in order to promote healthy white bison population growth. We provide educational programs that tell the story of how the white bison became a very important symbol of peace. And we provide husbandry, sustainable agriculture, water conservation, wool mill production and wilderness survival skills.
SEEDS isn’t just a better way to pay. It’s a solution to the greatest crises of our time.
It’s a digital currency and financial system like we’ve never had access to before. One that serves, rewards and finances the people and organisations committed to creating a healthier and more equitable planet.
Crafted from systems that reflect the latest in financial, social and political innovation, SEEDS is the web that connects and nurtures a globally regenerative culture.
Thanks to technological developments, information is now more freely and widely available, active participation is easier than ever to facilitate, and awareness of the right to be actively involved as citizens is increasingly strong among the general population.
Our mission is to bring decision-making back to the people and their communities, through nurturing e-democracy and developing innovative technologies for higher quality collaborative decision-making.
TreeSisters exists to elicit collective responsibility for planetary restoration at the grass roots level with a focus on women and tropical reforestation. We are growing a global network of women who donate monthly to fund the acceleration of tropical reforestation as an expression of collective planetary care.
For more than 153 years, Pendleton has set the standard for American style. With six generations of family ownership, the company remains dedicated to its American heritage, authenticity and fabric craftsmanship.
INDUSTRY OF ALL NATIONS
We aim to positively affect those around us and to provide opportunities to anyone who is out there working locally and well. We work together to develop clean and sustainable industries around the world using this to create noble and long lasting everyday goods. This is the industry of the people, the Industry of All Nations.
By any measure, Debevoise is among the leading law firms in the world. Nearly 85% of our partners are recognized by Chambers, The Legal 500 or IFLR. The firm was also the winner of The American Lawyer’s “10-Year A-List,” a ranking of the law firms who have earned the highest cumulative score on the A-List since its inception. Debevoise is recognized as one of the leading firms for diversity. We believe that a diverse workforce, where all of our colleagues feel respected, builds a stronger firm, and benefits clients and the wider community.
As a world-leading art auctioneer, Christie’s strives to manage its people and practices responsibly in order to leave a positive, enduring impact on society, and to enhance the communities in which we live and work, through cultural stewardship and arts advocacy.
Phillips is the destination for international collectors to buy and sell the world’s most important twentieth-century and contemporary works of art, design, jewels, watches, photographs and editions.
As a responsible global technology company, Flashbay believes that it is crucial that we show our environment the level of care and respect that it deserves. We aim to help protect the environment by preventing pollution, making continuous improvements to environmental relevant processes while abiding by laws and regulations.
UNIFY orchestrates Globally Synchronized Events that inspire community-driven action campaigns for world peace. During these events, we invite people of all backgrounds to meditate, host local ceremonies, pray, and contribute to a more loving, peaceful world in their own way. By unifying at these times we create a living example of a fundamental truth–we are all one. Together, we can give rise to an emerging planetary culture that embraces the interdependence and well-being of all.
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CO-FOUNDER, TRUSTEE AND ADVISOR
Owner of several successful companies, and founder of a re-wilding and permaculture organisation, Sam co-founded Le Ciel Foundation to create and be part of an ecosystem that could have a positive impact on the planet.
NINA LOUISA MARTENS
CO-FOUNDER , CREATIVE ASSOCIATE AND FILMAKER
With a passion for building bridges through storytelling, Nina Louisa has followed lives and captured voices from all corners of the world. As a cinematographer, director and editor of documentaries and NGO films, some of her clients include BBC Storyville, BBC 3, PBS, ARTE, CNN, SWR, UNHCR, World Food Program and National Geographic Learning. Her feature-length documentary, “Out of the Ashes” (BBC Storyville) was co-produced by Sam Mendes and won a 2011 Grierson Award. She is part of Ripple Effect Images, a nonprofit collective of world-class storytellers whose work supports aid groups that empower women and children.
Creating films with Le Ciel Foundation allows her to work on what she cares for most – bringing new perspectives to viewers that can help to create a happier, healthier and more equal world for all.
Together with Olivier Girard she is Co-Director and Producer of “The Twelve”.
CO-FOUNDER, COMMUNITY MANAGER
CO-FOUNDER & ACCOUNTS - OPERATIONS - EVENTS
Maciej was responsible for much of the logistics involved in bringing together the Wisdom Council in 2017. Detailed oriented, he has a background in the production of health retreats, culminating in bringing that experience into the Holistic Visions Symposium in 2018 and 2019. Maciej takes care of administration and event management in Le Ciel.
He is a former paramedic, whose focus shifted towards a holistic approach to health, is currently a student at The London School of Osteopathy as well as AAT Accountancy Level 3 student and a reflexology practitioner.
JESSIE BALFOUR LYNN
CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Driven to leave behind a positive footprint on this Earth for future generations to live in an era in which humanity and nature co-exist in harmony, Jessie co-founded Le Ciel Foundation with this mission at heart.
Passionate about contributing towards a more ethical, ecologically-minded and conscious global society, she is a strong advocate of the role of education in restoring a sense of balance and direction among individuals and communities, for the good of people and planet.
Jessie’s goal is that in her lifetime, respect for the natural world become an inherent consideration in every thought and action. To realise this vision, she does her best every day to bring Le Ciel’s missions to fruition and support the co-creation of tangible, scalable solutions founded on wisdom knowledge.
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATIVE OFFICER - CO-DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER OF THE TWELVE
Olivier has spent half of his professional life in branding and marketing for the music and video game industry, and the other half in content creation as a music producer and art director/designer both in web and graphic design.
In 2016, he went on to co-found Le Ciel Foundation to fully embrace his life mission and put his creativity, experience, skillset, and insatiable curiosity in full service of Le Ciel’s global vision and team effort.
To him, this is the right time for dreamers and visionaries to rise up, come together and manifest alternate paradigms for a better and more conscious future.
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 his actual spiritual path in 2005, in which he has been initiated through numerous rituals and ceremonies by diverse spiritual Elders. This is a path which he pursues to this day.
Together with Nina Louisa Martens, he is Co-Director and Producer of “The Twelve”.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Sophie holds the vision of a society that lives in respect and integrity with itself, society, and Nature close to her heart and strives to bring this vision to reality every day. To her, everything is possible when you align yourself with the values of the universe, and are dedicated to carrying out your mission.
Passionate about growth and transformation, she’s worked in the field of consciousness since 1996. Over the years, her research has brought her to all corners of the world to learn from the wisdom of indigenous cultures.
Her drive is to discover how we can be the change and create a movement for humanity to evolve and adopt a new way of being that is more ethical, responsible and ecological.
In search of solutions for the world and more specifically for humanity, she listens to ancestral wisdom.