Our Team

Alexandra Schwarz-Schilling

I was born in 1964. I am a book author, business economist, psychologist, senior and teaching coach, and founder and managing director of Coaching Spirale GmbH in Berlin. The earth is very close to my heart. I wish for a more people- and life-friendly culture in many areas. Much of what we do seems normal to us, but is not natural at all, but actually hostile to life and destructive. That is why I am committed to pristine natural areas and indigenous cultures like the Huni Kuin. With the founding of Living Gaia e.V. in 2013 in Berlin and my many years of voluntary board work, I am making my contribution to our world.

I can be reached at [email protected].

Simon Benjamin Knoop

 My connection with Indigenous peoples in Brazil began in 2016 when I produced a documentary with the Pataxó people in Bahia. Since then, my focus has been on supporting indigenous societies and protecting biodiversity. In 2018, I completed my Master's degree in Primate Conservation. From then on, I worked in environmental education, as well as scientifically on the impact of poaching on biodiversity and the influence of evangelical missionary work on Indigenous cultures.

Since 2021, I have been active as a project manager for Living Gaia e.V. The work fulfills me because species conservation and the preservation of Indigenous cultures are put into practice here.

Feel free to contact me if you have general questions about the work of our association or specifically about the Amzon conservation project, or if you are interested in volunteering.

Mail an: [email protected] 

Jaci Meinhold


Professionally, I am a psychologist, coach, psychological alternative practitioner and co-founder of the Ainbu Dayá association in Brazil. I am fascinated by nature and the earth in all its beauty, complexity and diversity. It is a matter close to my heart to work for the protection of nature. I have been working with the Huni Kuin people for 8/9 years. I love living in the Amazon, in the villages of the Huni Kuin, where people live in appreciation and harmony with wild nature. I am fascinated by their communication through prayers and traditional songs. Over time, many deep friendships, connections and shared visions have developed. At Living Gaia, my focus is to realize projects together with the Huni Kuin women in the forest, but also in Europe. Through the close connection to the Huni Kuin women, my Brazilian and German roots, I work a lot as a bridge between the Huni Kuin and the people in Europe and Brazil.

I can be reached as a contact person at [email protected]

Marie Wiechert


I was born in Berlin in 1987. In 2015, I met Alexandra and her family, and since then a multi-layered friendship has developed. When I decided to cancel my sails in Hamburg as a speech therapist in 2017, I travelled to Brazil for the first time and participated in the Encontro on Living Gaia, the healing biotope. Afterward, I visited the Amazon of Acre and dived deeper into the indigenous culture of the Huni Kuin. Both places with their different, beautiful nature and people gave me many (self-)insights and inspirations.
I want to support the Huni Kuin women, promote intercultural exchange and protect our planet! My voluntary work for Living Gaia e.V. connects and translates this bit by bit into reality.

I can be contacted at [email protected] for donation receipts and other office matters.

Our Partner Organizations

Ainbu Dayá

The indigenous women's association Ainbu Dayá in Jordão, Acre, Brazil is an organization that works for the Huni Kuin women. Central aspects are education, equal rights, nature conservation, women's rights, medical care as well as general basic care. The association consists of women who work to improve the living conditions of their community. They organize trainings and workshops to help other women understand their rights and realize their full potential. They are also active in conservation and work to create a sustainable future for their community.

Instituto Yubekã

Founded in 2021, the Instituto Yubekã aims to achieve positive social and environmental impacts for the Huni Kuin and ribeirinhos (non-indigenous traditional communities) of the Amazon. The Institute develops projects in partnership with local communities aimed at conservation, cultural empowerment and sustainable development. For the Amazon conservation project, Instituto Yubekã is our closest partner organization. The non-profit organization from Rio de Janeiro is mainly responsible for the legal processes and the implementation of projects on the ground.

Regenativ Ltda.

Regenativ is a limited liability company based in Rio de Janeiro. Regenativ's goals are to develop strategies for the protection of the Earth and our own species, while creating wealth. Regenativ is mainly responsible for the regenerative economic projects in the Huni Kuin Conservation Area.

Ian Lazoski

Ian Lazoski is Brazilian and lives in Alto Paraíso, Brazil. Ian is co-founder of Instituto Welight and Impact Bank. He advises us on a wide range of legal, financial and operational issues.

 Associação Povos da Terra (APOTI)

The non-profit organisation APOTI has its headquarters in São Paulo and a branch office in Tarauacá, Acre. 
APOTI's main goals are to support Indigenous and traditional societies, recognize their importance for global biodiversity and sustainability on the planet.
We have been working with APOTI since 2016; especially in the technical implementation of solar and well projects in the Huni Kuin villages.

Instituto Guardiões da Floresta (IGF)

The Instituto Guardiões da Floresta, founded in 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, is a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization. It implements projects for the conservation of biodiversity and the empowerment of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon region. Together with the IGF, we carry out various projects with the Huni Kuin, such as the production of photo and video material, the establishment of small businesses on site, or applications for the rights of the Huni Kuin with Brazilian authorities.

Alistair Langer

Alistair Langer is a networker and community organizer. He understands the importance of indigenous knowledge for a healthy society and a healthy earth. Together with Living Gaia e.V. he organized the Huni Kuin Tour 2022. Alistair currently supports us on a voluntary basis with his networking and event organizing skills.


Welight is a public benefit corporation (B Corporation certified) based in São Paulo. It is a leader in acting as a transparent bridge between global foundations and Brazilian non-profit initiatives. Welight is our partner for secure money transfers to our Brazilian partner organizations.

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