TWELVE AND ABOVE : THE WISDOM COUNCIL
The concept for the Council of Twelve Elders originally began in 2004, when spiritual advisor Jyoti (Jeneane) Prevatt, PHD, had a vision of an indigenous grandmothers’ council to address the current threat to their healing traditions in the face of modern westernization.This led to her creation of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. They have met across the world for each of the last ten years to pray for healing of the planet. In 2014, social and environmental investor Lawrence Bloom proposed recreating another council, under the auspices of the United Nations, to raise humanity’s consciousness, for the benefit of the planet and all of her inhabitants. Lawrence is Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a UN Inter-Governmental Organisation. Le Ciel Foundation was created to complete this mission, among others, and started the search for the spiritual Elders in September 2016. We are honored and filled with gratitude to have been guided into making this vision a reality, and to have the privilege of working in close relationship with Jyoti and her extended community.
Throughout their history, indigenous cultures, in the face of extreme pressure, have successfully maintained a deep understanding of how to live in harmony with Nature. These ancestral Wisdom Traditions hold many essential keys, in the form of both practical and spiritual wisdom, to redress the balance between Nature and Humanity.
In November 2017, Le Ciel brought together twelve highly spiritual Elders from indigenous and wisdom cultures across the globe to meet at the United Nations in New York City. These Elders meditated on solutions to implement a more ecological society as well as how to spread this consciousness on a global scale. Following this, Le Ciel hosted The Holistic Visions Symposium bringing together wisdom tradition Elders with innovators, investors and global influencers. This community collaborates year round to deliver an actionable plan to help transform social, environmental and economic paradigms. The symposium addresses some of the most important issues facing the planet today, through solution-oriented workshops that range from educational and financial models, to sustainable energy solutions and community building . At its core, the symposium offers an opportunity to integrate indigenous wisdom into our modern worldview, thus shifting from a perspective of Separation between humanity and the natural world, to one of Interconnectivity.
These twelve Council Elders, between whom there is an entirely flat hierarchy, have been chosen for their unique possibilities to lead change. The encounter combined the Twelve’s specific keys to maximize their contribution to humanity: their profound understanding of how to live on this Earth in harmony with Nature.
Grandmother Aama Bombo from Nepal, Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein and Marie Meade from Alaska,Grandmother Julieta Casimiro from Mexico, Aba Gebrewahid from Ethiopia,Kgomxoo Tixhao and Kgao Qame from Botswana,Mamo Evangelista from Colombia,Hiroyuki Aoki from Japan,Barbara Gibson-Thorpe from Australia,Floriza Pinto from Brazil,Lyudmila Khomovna,Phra Kru Samatah Vikrom from Thailand and Atome Ribenga have all taken a seat at the Council.