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The Why

The Global Wisdom Collective (GWC) supports indigenous and endangered communities in preserving the wisdom of their people for generations to come. GWC serves as a bridge for native nature-based, societies so that the human connection to our Earth is given voice, and is preserved and protected in a way that honors the core integrity of all communities.  

These original and endemic communities have historically been driven out of our modern-day society as a result of colonialism, capitalism, industrialization and humanity’s disconnection from self. This disconnection has led to an ongoing destructive war both internally and externally. Within each nation, these communities have been safekeeping the treasure that is human relationship with its deepest self as well as accumulating natural wisdom and knowledge that is gained only by living in harmony with Earth herself over many lifetimes  The struggle has been to maintain this wealth of information in the face of mainstream societal pressure and appeal to assimilate, increased exploitation of natural resources, and ever-expanding territorial overreach.

Right now, with the disappearance of the Earth’s most precious wildlife and ecosystems, these communities are endangered and at risk for extinction. The loss of even one devastates the whole of our human ecosystem irreparably, placing not only our home (our planet) but our collective body (our lives) at risk.  

Only with thorough and universal understanding can we begin to know how to tackle our planetary issues with a lens that is pure and true and not just the result of siloed research.

The Global Wisdom Collective seeks to ignite the core knowledge that lives in all of us.

How do we protect our most ancient and indigenous communities on Earth?

How do we ensure that their voices continue to be strengthened and will be integrated into the collective consciousness of generations to come?

How do we uplift these voices to empower our solutions for addressing our ongoing and new planetary needs?

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Learning and recording with an indigenous serpent physician (2015)

We were blessed with countless soulful interactions- one after the other. People from all walks of life, wearing the experiences of a hard worked life and a journey well lived.

Dominica Zhu, Founding Director
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Focus Areas


Our work focuses on protecting traditional ecological knowledge and key cultural lifeways pertinent to, for, and alongside treasured and sacred communities that would otherwise be at threat for extinction.


Our work prioritizes channeling resources in protection of sacred natural resources and wildlife.


We create a space of sharing and involvement between generations and cultures that will carry the torch of this preservation work, as guided by our elders and ancestors.


We  empower leaders and change makers to champion the protection of sacred communities and endangered beings.