Born and raised in Louisiana, with a degree in Cultural Anthropology from UT Austin, Carolina has been living full-time in Peru since 2013. She had the unique experience of being adopted into a family of the Q’ero Nation and travelled around the world as an apprentice and coordinator for Maestro Juan Gabriel Apaza Lonasco for 7 years.
She is deeply passionate about the exploration of human potential and discovering ways in which intercultural exchange can catalyze well-being in people, communities, and ecosystems. Carolina serves as an intercultural translator for ancestral leaders, ceremonies, & communities. She specializes in the facilitation of unique cross-cultural immersions, community events, and educational courses as a platform for exchanging knowledge of inner and outer regeneration.
She is the founder & director of Reviveolution non-profit organization. Her work aims to sculpt a middle path between ancestral wisdom and modern innovation for a thriving world for all.
Nowadays, you will find her traversing the world with Drupon Lama Dorje as his translator and assistant, sharing the philosophy of life to awaken the human potential.
Quechua Medicine Woman
Leticia grew up traversing the Andes mountains and learning about Inkan plants from the matriarchs of her family, her mom and abuela. She was the only child in her lineage who had a natural gift with plants and decided to dedicate herself to the medicine path.
She pursued higher education in nursing and became a certified nurse in her 20’s so she could have an understanding of occidental medicine. She determined that occidental medicine is very beneficial in many ways yet, in her opinion, also has its downfall in causing many unwanted side effects.
Leticia now bridges the best of both worlds dedicating herself to providing health care for her community through traditional medicines, plant walks, herbal therapies, and medicine making.
She is the Co-Founder and lead herbalist in Hampi Mama Botanical Sanctuary. Hampi Mama means “Medicine Mother” in Quechua. Her dream is to establish additional medicinal sanctuaries in both highland communities and the cloud forest to preserve the full breadth of Andean plant knowledge and habitats.
MAESTRO LUIS QUISPE:
Q'ero Ceremonial Leader
Luis Quispe is a respected Pampamesayoq wisdom-keeper of the Q’ero Nation of Peru. He served on the Q’ero Nation council for 2019, and is a phenomenal reader of coca leaves.
Known as the last living descendants of the Inka bloodline in Peru, and the guardians of the coca wisdom, the Q’ero still follow the ancient traditions of their ancestors by paying spiritual reciprocity to the Mother Earth (Pachamama) and the Apus (mountain guardians) through traditional “saminchay” fire ceremonies. These practices have been passed down through his lineage as a way of harmonizing inner and outer landscapes.
Luis dedicates his life to sharing ancestral wisdom and traditional ceremony with humility and cultural integrity to ensure the wisdom of his lineage continues to feed the spirit of the Earth and benefits all people far into future generations.
DRUPON LAMA DORJE:
Spiritual Advisor of Drikung Kagyu Lineage
Drupon Lama Dorje was born in Limi in the Himalayas and became a Buddhist monk at the age of 5 under the Drikung Kagyu lineage. When he was 24 years old, he entered a 4-year solitary retreat in the mountains of India where he trained deeply in the five-fold path of Mahamudra, Dzogchen and the Six Yogas of Naropa. He has enjoyed the blessing of studying under some of the greatest awakened masters still living today: H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Karmapa, and H.H. Dalai Lama.
Since 2009, he has been living in Chile expanding the Philosophy of Life across Central and South America. His dream is to build a retreat center for traditional training of the mind in South or Central America and to open an intercultural center for integral Dharma studies in Nepal to ensure the unbroken transmission of awakening continues to be accessible to all people in the modern world.
His vision is to awaken the consciousness of all beings, unite all cultures in global peace, and regenerate our home, the Earth, by expanding the altruistic actions of unconditional love, compassion, joy, and equanimity for the sake of all that live.
Lama Dorje serves as the primary spiritual advisor for Reviveolution to ensure ancestral principles of well-being guide our lives and choices on all levels: from the personal, to the project, to the organization, to the community, and rippling out to the global level.
International Permaculture Educator
Penny Livingston is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration and a Diploma in Permaculture Design. Penny is a graduate of the Arven School of Herbal Medicine in Germany.
Penny is co-founder and director of Regenerative Design Institute and has been teaching permaculture and community resiliency internationally alongside working professionally in the land management, regenerative design, and permaculture development field for 30 years. Penny specializes in design and installation of perennial agroforestry systems, biological water purification systems, site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses, and diverse yield perennial farms.
Penny is currently working with Reviveolution as an educator and mentor and community organizer working on community resiliency initiatives involving local food security, watershed awareness and bio-regional mapping.
Quechua Ecological Educator
Senor Mauro is an enthusiastic ecological educator unlike any other! The base of his knowledge of the land comes from his Quechua background growing up in a rural Andean community. He fervently studied the biointensive method of John Jevons- which he shares all around the region of Cusco and in highland communities above 14,000 feet. He has a particular passion working with young children and schools teaching kids from a young age how to grow ample amounts of organic food in the least amount of space- even if their parents have a tendency towards chemical agriculture. He is the head agricultural educator and technician at Sacha Munay Retreat Center in the Sacred Valley and is always excited for any opportunity to walk people around the gardens to educate about the innovative ecological design they have put into place. Senor Mauro has been collaborating with Reviveolution for 4 years- exchanging wisdom in intercultural ecology courses, hosting workshops, and engaging in community land initiatives. His dream is to see the entire Sacred Valley region regenerate the soils and produce fully organic food to increase the well-being of people and the planet.
Council of Advisors
Alexandra Toledo is a food systems activist working across the global food sovereignty movement for the past decade.
Always confounded by inequality, poverty and injustice, she has spent a lifetime looking for answers and contributing to alternatives. Connecting these issues to what we eat and how we grow food is the most tangible, practical, and impactful path she could find. Inspired and driven by food sovereignty — a model of a food system emerging from the global peasant movement and based on justice, democracy, dignity and respect for people and the planet — she has dedicated her energy and skills to this vision.
With Master’s degrees in nonprofit management and Latin American studies with a specialization in food systems, she combines her conviction for food sovereignty with her training in nonprofit management. Over the past decade, she has collaborated with organizations that advance agroecology, support environmental activists, analyze food policy, and advocate for indigenous livelihoods and wisdom. She currently supports grants and reporting for GRAIN, contributes to monitoring and evaluation for Por Eso! Peru, and serves as a founding Board member of Agroecology Commons.
When living in the Sacred Valley of Peru, she took an Intercultural Permaculture Design Course hosted by Reviveolution in 2018, and was enthralled by the spiritual, heart-led approach applied to food systems transformation. She has since volunteered her expertise in resource development and organizational development to strengthen and support Reviveolution’s work as a member of the Council of Advisors.
Her roots are in the US Midwest, her heart is in Peru where her partner is from and her son was born, and her feet touch the ground in the Mediterranean city of Valencia, Spain.
Council of Advisors
Gwen Gruesen is a mother of Filipina & European descent. She works passionately in service for the benefit all life, creating community, potent spaces for growth, and pathways forward that help to ensure a future for the coming generations.
Gwen is the co-founder of de la Tierra, formed in alliance with the Kofan community of AVIE and the Kofan people of the Colombian and Ecuadorian Amazon Basin, working towards a future intentionally created to thrive autonomously within the jungle, empowered by cultural traditions and generational wisdom. She also serves on the board of the Wildcat Canyon Community School and is supporting Reviveolution as a cultural ally and intercultural event coordinator, amongst other superpowers.
She is currently a settler in the occupied territory of the Ohlone People, in what is known as the Bay Area, California since 2009.
ALEXANDRA GROOME KLEMENT: Council of Advisors
Alexandra is passionate about solving the world’s most complex social and environmental issues by helping organizations reach their full potential.
She discovered this passion through a range of work adventures, including: managing international events for a network with members in 73 countries focused on the power of the internet to improve peoples’ lives; fundraising to plant 200k trees and support the climate resiliency of 3000+ smallholder farmers; managing a small grants program for creator of the World Wide Web — Tim Bernes Lee’s organization; co-creating a digital platform to map and connect the global regenerative agriculture movement; and managing customer development at a vertical farming startup.
Alex now serves as Operations Manager at nRhythm, a design and management consultancy, where she fulfills her passion for helping mission-driven organizations grow their impact.
Alex is trilingual and has lived in 7 countries in Africa, Europe, and Central and North America.