Origin Story


With its mission to restore a sacred economic model based on collaboration and reciprocity with nature, the founding of The Fountain birthed a powerful initiative now actively working to propel a return to the Natural Order for Our Existence.

The idea for The Fountain was initially conceived in 2010 when the Center for Sacred Studies – a US charity dedicated to sustaining ways of life based on collaboration and reciprocity with the Earth and all Her beings – realized that changes in the global economic system were threatening to affect the capacity for not for profits and service organizations to attain funding.

The Center, which had been holding activities and carrying prayers for world peace and unity for almost twenty years, now recognized the need to address this next step of economic sustainability in order to move forward.

Joyti, Spiritual Director of the Center for Sacred Studies, started to formulate a vision for restoring a holistic economic model catering to the diverse needs of the whole of our society. An economic system that would carefully consider how we expend energy to operate, how we can meet the emotional and spiritual needs of all those we walk with, and one based on the feminine principles of collaboration and reciprocity, maintaining balance with the natural order of life.

We began to explore existing models under development which were using these principles, as well as the traditional systems of First Nation peoples that supported the wellbeing and health of villages within indigenous societies.

Following direction given through meditation, Jyoti envisioned the basis for a new economic model that could evolve alongside the current unification process unfolding globally for the First Nation peoples. She duly received some funds in 2012 allowing her to follow Nature’s direction, having received a template in meditation for bringing together eight visionaries to explore the discovery phase of The Fountain, a high level collaboration initiative that could support the creation of a fountain of resource based on this feminine model of cooperation and reciprocity.

The eight visionaries consist of three representatives from the First Nation, four from the worlds of business and finance, and one with a background working for not for profit and service organizations.

The original principals for The Fountain were duly formulated by the group, creating a foundation for the new economic model to be seeded. In this first phase, as the group set the intention for Nature to proffer further allies to direct us in developing the model, an opening came via an elder of the La Sierras in Colombia, for a small group of Fountain representatives to travel to Colombia to meet with the Mamos and Sagos, the spiritual leaders of the Four Nations of La Sierras (Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo).

Fountain visionaries on this important journey to Colombia included Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook of the Lakota, who is pioneering The Fountain’s Earth Initiatives, including the Black Hills initiative with its incentive to return the Black Hills to the guardianship of the Great Sioux Nation. The Colombia journey seeded a deep alliance among the Fountain group, furthering its mission of unification and the return of sacred sites around the world to land preservations and to the stewardship of our First Nation peoples. Two elders from the Four Nations came on board as Fountain visionaries, assisting in the coordination of their tribes’ contribution to The Fountain.

When Joyti shared with the Four Nations elders a diagram of the template for The Fountain, they were amazed, immediately recognizing it as an ancient symbol of the Kogi tribe. They agreed that this felt like the right platform for restoring natural order, allowing The Fountain to serve as an instrument for restoring balance to the Earth at this critical time of environmental and financial crisis.

Soon after returning from Colombia, Loretta and her husband Tom facilitated a Sundance in honor of womankind which included the ritual use of sacred plants that Loretta had been given by the Mamos to share with the male dancers. Loretta tied 405 prayer ties on the sacred tree in honor of the newly formed Fountain alliance. At the same time, back in the La Sierras, the Mamos and Sagas held a nine day ceremony, seeking Nature’s direction for our next steps.

It was duly arranged to bring some elders from the Four Nations to the U.S. to convene with leaders from other First Nation peoples, including the Clan Mothers of the Mohawk in New York, the Hopi, and the Dogon from Africa who were visiting the U.S.

The Fountain visionaries have continued to follow Nature’s direction as it was revealed to them.

As Joyti remembers from the 2012 visit to Colombia’s La Sierras:

“I will say that after we met the Mamos and the Sagas on their sacred mountain, all of us present felt the hand of the Creator and we were deeply touched by the power of that moment and of the blessings of that holy mountain. In this model, we are directed by Nature through ceremony and ritual and then take the next steps with practical feet. Each movement forward helps us to restore another part of this very old model of economics.”

As celebrated ‘Earth Pilgrim’ Satish Kumar recently stated during the recent FutureNOW spiritual ecology conference in Bristol UK (November 2014):

“The origin of the word ‘Economy’ refers to the management of our planetary home. The origin of the word ‘Ecology’ talks about the intelligence of Nature. And the future of our planet depends on our ability to marry the two.”

We are investigating several fields of expertise looking for collaborators that can assist The Fountain to realize its mission to restore this sacred economic model.

To date, the Fountain visionaries are holding the following areas of expertise to support the emergence of this new paradigm:

1) Social Investors and Social Entrepreneurship–Molly Harvey (Liverpool)
2) New Economic Paradigms Currently in Use–Jyoti (California)
3) Economic Models That Flow/Sacred Economy–Nikki Kilmer-Barber (Switzerland)
4) Impact Investing—Georgette Wong (Washington)
5)Creative Financing–Susan Davis & Walter Moora (Ecuador & U.S.)
6) Collaboration through Earth Initiatives–Loretta Afraid of Bear (Lakota, South Dakota)
7) First Nation Economic Models– Supported by the Four Peoples of Gonawindua, the Kogui, Arhuaco, Wiwa and the Kankuamo Spiritual Authorities of La Sierra Nevada (Colombia)
8) Cross-cultural Communication and Sensitivity (Greenhouse for new organizations to join in the new model)—Chief Offia Nwali of the Ezza, Nigeria