Our Facilitators

All our facilitators have two things in common: they walk the talk, and they know how to hold space for your growth. If you would like to reach out to any of us for a customized course for your group or organization, reach out here.

Jaya Ramchandani

is an educator, researcher, and curator. She founded We Learn, We Grow at the start of the pandemic to democratise learning for a better world. Jaya is a third culture kid and has experienced many ways of knowing and being in the world. She's worked in both informal & formal education and advocates for learner agency, self-direction, transformative learning, interdisciplinary learning, and project-based learning. She is driven by the optimism of will to co-create a peaceful and sustainable future.  

Cary Reid

has been engaged with teaching peace & politics in various contexts for about 12 years. Prior to teaching, Cary served as a diplomat in the Jamaican Foreign Service and represented Jamaica at the United Nations and the European Union. He brings a holistic view of education to his teaching practice and he believes that it is essential that we, as educators, put learners at the center of their learning experience.

Veljko Armano Linta

is the director of the design & architecture Studio Armano Linta and practices a participatory design process aimed at personal and ecosocial wellbeing, so that we can use our (built) environment to regenerate our worldviews and practices in order to regenerate our planet. He has created and facilitated participatory workshops, lectures and webinars on sustainability/regeneration, design and teamwork for local communities, primary and high-school students, university students, teachers, NGOs and professionals, including the Cultural Backpack workshops for the Ministry of Education in Croatia.

Dasha Lis

is an educator, curator, and a curious learner. Her passion is to create beautiful learning experiences that go beyond the bounds of disciplines in the pursuit of meaning and connections. Dasha was born and raised in Belarus. She spent 12 years living in the Philippines, where she completed her first degree in Educational Psychology and taught a range of subjects, including history and psychology. She then worked at UWC Maastricht, teaching Theory of Knowledge and World Arts and Cultures. With an eclectic mix of experiences she often finds she doesn’t tick regular boxes. And she prefers it that way!

Simrit Malhi

is a permaculture farmer, who has been living on and running Roundstone Farms, a model permaculture farm and homestead in South India, for the past decade. She teaches and facilitates courses on Permaculture and other sustainable living systems, writes on food and sustainable systems for various international publications, runs a farmer co-op, gives haircuts for barter and is learning to play the piano. She started India’s first permaculture consultancy, S.E.E.D, in Mumbai in 2010; where she designed and grew edible gardens in and around the city. She spent many years in Mumbai living a permaculture lifestyle before she made the shift to the country and believes that the world’s cities are really where true change needs to begin.

Tanya Mackenzie

grew up in Zimbabwe and always lived with the need to confront the realities of living in highly racialized communities. A physiotherapist and doctoral graduate she ended up in clinical practice, research, academia, and education. At the same time, she has been a businesswoman with her own practice, owned a plant nursery, worked as a farmer for 14 years, and worked in hospitality and as a dressmaker. But she was unable to ignore her dissatisfaction with the systems to which she belonged. Somehow every ideology she learned about did not quite help her to make sense of her lived experiences. Constant clashes between the way the world is and how she wants to be in it drew her to study anthropology. It was during these studies that she discovered the theory and practice of decoloniality. She felt she had finally found a way of thinking and being that could unravel her dilemmas. She had an awakening. 

Miti Desai 

is the founder of Miti Design Lab and a Mohiniattam dancer. Communication through the medium of graphic design led Miti to an internal expression of body design, rediscovering classical Indian dance. Dance has been her key to return to her cultural roots, symbols and worldview resulting in an innate understanding of culture, aesthetics and its influence and inspiration in design, education, arts & the environment. Her artistic practice weaves within the realms of design, movement, holistic education and culture, with an environmental consciousness. Miti is also the Executive Trustee at Shaktiyogashrama Gurukulam, an educational and cultural centre. 

Peter Sutoris

is an anthropologist who studies how different societies imagine the future differently. He has written two books, Visions of Development (Oxford University Press) and Educating for the Anthropocene (The MIT Press), and is currently writing his third, Why Technology Won’t Save Us (But Radical Imagination Will). He has had a nomadic life and continues to be fascinated by humanity’s richness and ability to create hope in the face of despair, something he also seeks to do in his practice as an educator.

Karishma Erraballi

is a yoga teacher, a conscious parenting coach and the founder of Soulkatha and Yoga Parent, a space for people to connect more deeply to themselves. She uses the principles and philosophy of Yoga to guide parents into a connected parent-child relationship. She conducts workshops, offers consultations and personally coaches adults to equip them with the skills needed to become confident parents so they, in turn, raise secure and confident children. 

Heather Gross

enjoys hosting conversations, guiding group discussions, supporting groups in making decisions, and fostering engagement through individual reflection and visual representation. Much of her practice includes techniques honed through her connection with Art of Hosting practices as well as Liberating Structures

She has a strong background in working with volunteers, particularly in museum and educational settings and often across cultural differences. She draws on her intercultural competencies to facilitate communication and garner results with extremely diverse groups of people. She was the Deputy Head at Pearson College UWC and was engaged in various roles there for 14 years. Her professional work involved developing educational pathways for international students within intercultural school settings and in university environments.