Sheila Berry is EarthLore’s communications and advocacy consultant. She has been actively involved with EarthLore as a board member for five years and as its part-time director for four years. She is a clinical psychologist who has been a strong campaigner for social and environmental justice for more than 30 years. She views Nature as the source of physical, mental, psychological and spiritual wellbeing and health. She draws inspiration from the traditional rural farming communities that EarthLore accompanies and from indigenous people, particularly hunter-gatherer communities in Southern and Eastern Africa, where she worked previously.
Sheila views her work with EarthLore as a powerful way of saying Yes to Life that has encouraged her to plant her own food garden and save and share seeds. This provides a vital counterpoint to her role as an ardent activist saying No to Mining, specifically the Tendele open cast coal mine in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Tendele operates on the boundary of the historic iMfolozi wilderness area, part of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, a 110-year old sanctuary for rhino. Sheila worked in iMfolozi as a wilderness psychologist and witnessed the healing power of the place. This drives her determination not to let this sacred natural area be destroyed by coal mining. In 2014 she initiated the Save Our Wilderness (SOW) campaign under the auspices of the Global Environmental Trust (GET) which, together with ALL RISE, the all-women legal team, support the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) opposing the expansion of Tendele coal mine into their tribal land.
Sheila loves the power of words and is enjoying sharing EarthLore’s inspiring way of accompanying rural farming communities as they rediscover how much their elders knew and who they truly are.
Liz Hosken was active from a young age in both environmental issues and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Later, in the mid eighties, she co-founded The Gaia Foundation, to work internationally, based in the UK. During the first decade of Gaia's work she was initiated into indigenous ways of seeing the world in the Amazon, which resonated with her own. There she learnt that it was possible for indigenous communities to revive their knowledge and practices and reclaim control of their lives, rooted in their own cultural identity. She now works with partners in various African countries to restore Africa's rich cultural, spiritual and ecological heritage through experiential learning and the philosophy and practice of Earth Jurisprudence. She has a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a Masters in Philosophy and Education for Social Change. In 1991, Liz received the Jameson Award. Gaia has received the Schumacher Award, the One World Award for media work on biodiversity related issues and as part of the Colombian Amazon Programme, the Right Livelihood Award. She is an Advisor to the Home of Mother Earth Foundation and various other organisations.
Sulemana has been on the African Biodiversity Network Board of Trustees since 2009, and become the Chairman of the board in late 2013. He has a PhD in Land Economy from Cambridge University, an MSc in Rural and Regional Resources Planning and a BSc in Land Economy. Sulemana has worked for nearly 25 years in the field of development and supported the formation of many local initiatives. He worked for Comic Relief for 12 years, supporting organisations throughout the continent. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Transform UK and CODA International. Abudulai is a keen participant in the Earth Jurisprudence movement and over the years, together with friends and colleagues at RAINS, Ghana, has worked hard to inspire Earth Jurisprudence (EJ) and Community Ecological Governance (CEG) processes in Ghana, his homeland. Abud, as he is fondly called, is currently one of the Africa Field Representatives of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Colin Campbell grew up in rural southeastern Botswana, the son of a respected anthropologist and a mother known for her healing powers. On formative childhood travels with his father he spent much time in the bush, learned from traditional San people the ways of the desert, woke beside lion paw prints, and regularly fished cobras out of his bedroom drawer. At eleven, he was diagnosed as having the illness of calling, which ultimately led to his being trained and initiated as a traditional doctor and sangoma. Through the time of his upbringing he acquired a deep knowledge of Tswana culture and its traditional medicinal and spiritual practices.
Colin is currently a practitioner of traditional African medicine. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa. He receives clients from all over the world and facilitates group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing and personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology. Colin co-founded a training school in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas with his brother Niall Campbell. He is an artist and musician, bridging the traditional with the contemporary.