The Earth Holder Community of North America/Turtle Island is guided by a the Care Taking Council and a Coordinator. Together, they are advancing policies and addressing organizational needs to fulfill Earth Holders’ founding document. You can learn more about the Earth Holder Community Structure here.

 

Who We Are

 
 

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Maíra loves the scent of wet earth, lots of coffee, baking bread and walking barefoot.

Maíra Fernandes de Melo (she/it) is a journalist, scholar, poet and activist, and Order of Interbeing Aspirant, working on building bridges towards a free existence for all beings – and on burning the ones systemic oppression has built.

Born in the lands of Tupinambás, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she grew up surrounded by the waters of Atlantic Ocean and the mountains of Atlantic Forest. She also lived in Argentina, land of Guaraníes – the dense stream of Paraná River embracing her body. Living in the Global South, she has witnessed all sorts of social, racial and environmental injustice.

Maíra has Indigenous (Potiguara and Puri) and European (Portuguese and Spanish) human ancestors, and is a daughter of Oxóssi, orisha of the forests in Brazilian candomblé. She received the 5MT name Engaged Serenity of the Heart and dwells happily in hammocks and jabuticaba trees. 

 

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~ Harmonious Continuation of the Heart ~

My given name is Ivan Trujillo Priego (he/el). I am an individual who practices and constantly tries to learn how to bring equal opportunities for all beings through direct actions. In my day to day I focus on how to improve infant and children’s health. 

I was born in the land of the Mexicas, previously known as Tenochtitlán, now known as Mexico City. I grew up in the largest city in the world, surrounded by volcanoes , mountains, forest, a city built on top of a lake bed, where prehispanic and Spanish culture are intermixed, creating a unique identity with an odd relationship to nature and among individuals from different ancestral backgrounds. My own ancestry is odd: Native Mexican, Spanish, German and Belgian, providing privilege in some occasions and discrimination in other occasions. 

I am someone who loves connecting with all beings, human and no- humans, who gets energized by others and strives to recognize the value in all beings. Thus, one of my deepest aspirations is to have a daily practice of interbeing  so my actions may manifest true love. 

 

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Himdeep Singh (he/him) is a first-generation BIPOC immigrant. He received his 5 Mindfulness Trainings in 2021, with the name, Gentle Abiding of the Heart. He enjoys learning new things, exploring the outdoors, and discovering every day, what it means to be truly alive. He loves to express himself fully as possible, weirdness, vulnerability, love, and everything, especially through art practice! He is interested in creating spaces that cultivate healing and connections by building healthy, loving, and inclusive communities. As such, he is currently exploring coaching, holistic medicine, and Earth practices to live in a harmonious way with mother Earth and all beings. 

 

 

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Aaron Solomon, Brother Fulfillment, is a mindfulness and meditation teacher, counselor, trauma healer, and climate justice activist. For 14 years he lived as a Buddhist monastic in the Plum Village tradition as a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is an ordained Dharma teacher and member of the Order of Interbeing, also founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. Aaron works one on one and with groups in the field of trauma healing and is trained in Somatic Experiencing. He also uses the teachings and practices of Nonviolent Communication. Aaron has been active in supporting young adult mindfulness communities, organizing and leading listening circles, and supporting a wide array of communities engaged in social transformation and healing, including climate justice activism and earth-holding. Aaron currently lives and works in New York City, and enjoys spending time in solitude, and also with friends, in the forests of New England, and also of his native home of California. Website: Integrated Mindfulness and Trauma Healing

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Simona Coayla Duba, our Earth Holder Coordinator who knows no bounds

Simona Coayla-Duba, (she/her) is a Peruvian-American living upon the lands of the Quechua culture and Peoples in Yanahuara, Peru. She is Aymara, Polish and Irish and, therefore, a lover of potatoes. Simona considers the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the Andes of Peru home. She received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings accompanied with the Dharma name Dancing Presence of the Source in 2015, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Naropa University in 2017. Simona is a lover of the world and finds true joy in weaving webs of community resilience, uncovering creative and collaborative solutions, and climbing up mountains. Simona is the Community Coordinator for the Earth Holder Community coordinator@earthholder.org, a core member of Wake Up Earth Holders, and Chief Administrator to the body of work of Rev. angel Kyodo williams.

 

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