Founding Director

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Lev Natan guides social impact leaders to choose their path of courage and wisdom. He has been catalyzing change as a coach, consultant, teacher, circle facilitator and sound healer for over ten years.

Lev infuses his work with over twenty years of study in Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah; fifteen years of meditation practice, and over ten years of training in shamanism, native wisdom, and indigenous ritual and ceremony, which includes his commitment as a Pipe-carrier and Sundancer
 in the Lakota tradition.

Lev will complete his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership in August 2019; he is certified as an Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner through The New York Open Center's Sound & Music Institute and an Empowerment Life Coach through the Empowerment Institute.  

As Founding Director of AVF, Lev works to enroll members, consults with & coaches members and their organizational teams, initiates peer leadership circles, interviews thought leaders for the podcast, facilitates retreats, and is designing an AVF circle facilitation certification curriculum.


Advisory board

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Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D., is a visionary and group facilitator who awakens women to their true power as healers, peace-makers, and world-changers. In her circle gatherings, which are infused with profound sense of safety and sacredness, women connect in a spirit of authenticity, open-heartedness, freedom and joy. Inner peace and clarity emerge as participants learn to embody the essential attributes of the circle itself: Centeredness, sacredness, balance, unity and wholeness. Women rediscover their own unique beauty and power while simultaneously awakening to the true meaning and importance of sisterhood.

An engaging speaker and teacher, Jalaja has transformed countless lives with her wisdom, compassion, laser-sharp intuition, and warm authenticity. She has trained hundreds of female leaders from around the world to facilitate their own circles and has gathered special acclaim for her groundbreaking work with Jewish and Palestinian women in the Middle East. She led the first women’s retreat ever offered in the West Bank in 2010, followed by the Circlework Training in 2014.

Today, Circlework is practiced in India, Afghanistan, Europe, Kenya, Columbia and other places around the world. In the United States, Jalaja’s students have taken Circlework into diverse fields such as counseling and psychotherapy, spiritual practice, activism and healing work.

Books by Jalaja Bonheim include:

• The Magic of Circlework: The Practice Women Around the World Are Using to Heal and Empower Themselves (2018)
• The Circlework Training Manual (2018)
• The Sacred Ego: Living in Peace with Ourselves and Our World (2015). This book won the Nautilus Award for Best Book on Social Change and Best Book of the Year.
• The Hunger for Ecstasy: Fulfilling the Soul’s Need for Passion and Intimacy (2001)
• Aphrodite’s Daughters: Women’s Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul (1997)
• Goddess: A Celebration in Art and Literature (1997);
• The Serpent and the Wave: A Guide to Movement Meditation (1992)


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Tom Murtha - Senior Advisor, Preventable Surprises

Thomas (Tom) Murtha is enjoying the world. He resides in both New York City and Norfolk, Connecticut and is working with many others to transition to a new story where we make a more regenerative, inclusive, kinder and beautiful world possible. At Preventable Surprises, his work focuses on forceful stewardship and corporate engagement to address systemic risk. After retiring from the Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tom continues work initiated at TNC to close the resource flow loops related to human energy and resource use.

Post TNC, Tom advises pensions and endowments on sustainable investing issues. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES), Tom teaches “Sustainable Investing, “ “Scenarios for a Sustainable World” and “Principles, Tools and Approaches for a More Resilient World.”

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Susanna Maida, PhD

The last 13 years have seen Susanna at the helm of her own coaching business, helping an international clientele of self-funded, purpose-driven, women solopreneurs and micro business owners move from startup to thriving by developing the necessary business acumen and entrepreneurial leadership skills.  She previously served as the Executive Director of The Animus Valley Institute.

She brings a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change in Human Systems from the California Institute of Integral Studies;  The Leadership Circle Profile and The Leadership System training from The Leadership Circle; Co-Active Coach Training and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coach Training Institute;  Indigenous Wisdom Applied to Modern Life and Business from Shaman’s Light; The Practice of Council Training (both facilitator and train-the-trainer) from The Ojai Foundation and the Center for Council Training; Non-Violent Communication Training from Prescott Center for Non-Violent Communication; and Vision Quest Training and  Teachings of the Medicine Wheel from the School of Lost Borders.

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Ann Renee Rosencranz

Everyday Mystic, Woman of Prayer, Ordained Minister, M.A. in Philosophy and Religion

Ann devoted more than a decade of service as Program Director and fundraiser to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. She's an instructor in the Center for Sacred Studies Ministerial Training Program. As a devotee of the Mother Waters, Ann birthed the WaterSongline with Omileye Yeyeochun, and sits on the Mothers of the Water Council. 

Through her life-long devotion to the Great Spirit, Ann has been guided by visions, dreams and miraculous encounters. In the last three decades she has received initiations into traditions from around the world. This journey brought her to the center of her Star origins in her ancestral Jewish and Moravian lineage. She sings and dances to celebrate the many faces of the divine, offering ceremonial ways of transmutation.  For several decades she has joined with her beloved husband growing their spiritual prayer family.

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Rob Garrity

From off-grid cabins in ’01 to a utility scale CDG projects today, Rob has been selling, constructing and developing solar projects in New York for over 17 years. Most recently, from early ’14 to mid-’18, he led Borrego to the state’s largest C&I market share, developing >60MW of projects, from origination & site control through permitting, interconnection, MWB, property tax negotiation and complete entitlement. He now runs his own solar development consultancy.

He has served on NY Solar Energy Industry Association’s (NYSEIA) board since 2013, on the executive committee as both Secretary and President of the board and leading the charge to build-out NYSEIA’s staff, increasing the organization’s impact in the State. He is currently facilitating NYSEIA’s RPTL487 Property Tax Campaign, working with NYSERDA and the Governor’s office.

Rob is also working on a documentary film series about The Great Work. The series highlights, explores and contemplates places, communities, projects and governing structures embodying The New Story of our interconnected place on this wild, awe-inspiring life experiment we call Earth.

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Simon Dennis

Simon currently serves as Founding Director of the Center for Transformational Practice where he practices sustainable living, conducts educational and spiritual programs and networks in the broader region. Prior to this, he founded the Transformational Capacity Project and co-founded COVER Home Repair, Transition Five Villages and Upper Valley Apple Corps.

After spending ten years creating and leading COVER, Simon became deeply inspired by the All World Gayatri Pariwar, an Indian social movement that holds that the new and auspicious era of human history will arrive on the basis of "simple living and high thinking." Following this passion, he spent a year in India writing "Thought Revolution," a book about the philosophy of the movement. He currently serves as the chair of the Selectboard, where he lives in Hartford, Vermont.  His work emphasizes the power of collective leadership to imagine and carry out the solutions to the challenges we face.


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