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: Willow, Cayden, Alexandra, Lidia, Athena, Kate, Mina, Paul, Derek, Benny, Leoma, Kendon, Lionel, and our founder Michelle.
Info on other Uplifters coming soon. See yourself here – become a Novasutras Uplifter.
Eco Enthusiast – Intern: January 2023 – present
Willow is a Outdoor Educator, Nature Guide, and Permaculture Design specialist. They majored in Environmental science at MCTC, Minneapolis. They are passionate about exploring the link of direct action protests and community care, to discover how the two can complement each other, to create a more robust and inclusive environmental movement. Pronouns: he/they
Buzz Builder – Intern: November 2022 – Present
Cayden is a business management economics major at University of California, Santa Cruz and is highly passionate about marketing. He has experience working as a brand ambassador and coordinating events (FaZe Clan). Novasutras has given him a platform to grow his unique skill set while being able to contribute to a just cause. As an Uplifter, Cayden enjoys being able to be connected to the world and people around him.
Politically Passionate – Intern: October 2022 – present
Alexandra is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, double majoring in Feminist Studies and Politics. She is incredibly passionate in her activism for sustainability and humanitarian work. She participates in several organizations at UCSC to ensure the university fulfills and expands its promises regarding environmental justice.
Ecoactivism Explorer – Intern: May 2022 – July 2022, Dec 2022 – Jan 2023
Lidia is an Environmental Studies major at CSU East Bay. She had previously worked with Ecology Action and Monterey County Recycling Resource & Recovery Team. With Novasutras, she gained experiences in using project management tools online, and actions on the streets.
All-Around Activist– Intern: February 2022 – June 2022
When she’s not studying for SJSU, Athena chooses to express her love, curiosity, and hope for the world by dedicating her time towards organizations centered around mental health (Crisis Text Line), youth (Ciclovía Salinas), the arts (Artists Ink), ecoactivism (Novasutras), and efforts against mass incarceration. Pronouns: she/they/siya
Creative Changemaker – Intern: October 2021 – February 2022
Kate is a student at CSUMB in the Environmental Studies program, with a minor in Environmental Policy. She likes to express her passion for sustainability in creative ways like reimagining and repurposing old items to be functional again. She is motivated by the possibility of creating positive change in the world, whether big or small.
Intrepid Intern Summer 2021
Mina explores the overlap of environmental and global experiences that we share with each other and with nature, which is also the focus of her studies at UCSB. She enjoys collaborating with other Uplifters and celebrating the diverse perspectives that Novasutras is built on.
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 the Child Eviction Fact Force. He offers presentations based on his expertise in the work Hannah Arendt and his experiences in the redwoods of Northern California.
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 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.
Wise Play Maven
Leoma shares her genius and unique energy in online conversations. Her knowledge of the natural world and research on systems thinking are teamed with an artist’s perception and a penchant for playfulness, guiding us into laughter and fresh perspectives.
Dr. Kendon Smith (1935 – 2022)
Kendon merged a lifelong career as a psychotherapist with a passion for healing the planet, one mind at a time. A devout awe-theist, he explored the wisdom of the implicit self in a quest to help us all reconnect with the truth of Nature, without and within.
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.
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.