We are growing the Novasutras Movement together, working to build community through event facilitation and organizing. Here are a few of our most engaged Uplifters: Paul, Derek, Benny, Lionel, and our founder Michelle.

Info on Francesca, Leoma, Kendon, Nightingale, Bob, and Nancy coming soon. See yourself here – become a Novasutras Uplifter.

Paul Schaafsma

Global Justice Visionary

Paul brings a huge heart, probing intellect, and great passion for change to all his work. He initiated the #Amazon4Amazon and #ClimateJustice4Africa campaigns, and offers presentations based on his expertise in the work Hannah Arendt and his experiences in the redwoods of Northern California.
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Derek Tennant

Conversation Convener

Derek shares his boundless compassion and skill as a conversation facilitator in our regular online events. He brings wonderful insights from his experiences in disaster relief and his knowledge of economics and life in Thailand. He lives within the gift economy/ecology ethos.

Benny Drescher

Ocean Whisperer

Benny combines ecosystem wisdom and yoga, bringing dynamic energy, playfulness, and deep gentleness to his work. His activism includes allyship with local indigenous land protectors, and he has been seen practicing Civil DISCObedience for the climate. He helps organize our Uplifters, and offers hatha yoga guidance.

Lionel Church

Novasutras Prime Catalyst

Lionel has been actively working on developing Novasutras as a healthy organization since mid-2019. He brings years of expertise and tremendous energy to operations orientation for us.

Michelle Merrill

Novasutras Founder & Community Organizer

Michelle cultivated the ideas for Novasutras over many years, until the seedling of the organization finally emerged into the sunlight in November 2017. Michelle now handles most of the content, communications and website development for the organization, in addition to leading guided meditations and other events.
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