WHAT WE DO


The Boa Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works in alliance with indigenous communities to preserve and protect sacred land, culture and ancient wisdom. We focus on indigenous-lead projects including strategic land buybacks, restoration of native ecosystems, reforestation, cultural exchange and sustainable living solutions. We believe our social, ecological and spiritual crises presents great opportunity for growth by collaborating with indigenous cultures to learn from their wisdom and experience. 

We support communities that have profound understanding of the sciences of nature. Research shows that the best way to preserve land is by returning it to native indigenous communities. Communities that live and survive off their environments. Communities that work in harmony with their surrounding ecosystems to preserve and protect. 

We facilitate a variety of learning and exchange opportunities for our sponsors and participants in Europe, the USA and our Elders’ native Lands. The purpose of these learning experiences is for people to be educated on indigenous cultures by indigenous leaders and elders. We believe the wisdom held by our indigenous communities is essential to building a future worthy of our children, grandchildren and beyond.


Change The world

OUR COMMITMENT

The Boa Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works in alliance with indigenous communities to preserve and protect sacred land, culture and ancient wisdom.

preserve

TO FACILITATE FUNDING FOR INDIGENOUS LAND BUYBACKS - PRESERVATION OF SACRED LAND AND NATIVE BIODIVERSITY

regenerate

TO SUPPORT ECO-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS IN INDIGENOUS VILLAGES, PROVIDING A REGENERATIVE INTEGRATION OF WESTERN TECHNOLOGIES.

support

TO SUPPORT THE FLOURISHING OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES AND TRADITIONS, AND THE BIODIVERSITY OF OUR PERSPECTIVES AND WAYS.

connect

TO CONNECT ANCESTRAL WISDOM WITH MODERN TECH, INTENTION WITH ACTION, CONNECTIVITY WITH CONNECTION, THE MIND WITH THE HEART.

OUR VALUES

ALLIANCE

CREATING UNITY WITHIN
DIVERSITY

LIFE

 VALUING THE SANCTITY
OF ALL LIFE.

EVOLUTION

KNOWING WHERE WE’VE
COME FROM SO
AS TO KNOW WHERE
WE CAN GO. 

GROWTH

CONTINUALLY STRIVING TO
BETTER OURSELVES AND OUR WORLD.

RELATIONSHIP

HONORING AND NURTURING
ALL OUR CONNECTIONS

INTEGRATION

CREATING UNITY WITHIN
DIVERSITY

ACCOUNTABILITY

CREATING UNITY WITHIN
DIVERSITY

HOW WE STARTED


The Boa Foundation was formed in 2015 by friends and philanthropists Vivien Vilela and Rudy Randa. The Boa Foundation was born from our shared passion to preserve indigenous culture, wisdom and sacred land. Having both spent extensive time with indigenous cultures, learning and understanding ancient practices and wisdom, we made a conscious vow to support environmental and indigenous conservation.

Since our inception The Boa Foundation has evolved and expanded to include gatherings, conferences, land buybacks, sustainable living solutions, reforestation and advocacy of indigenous rights. We are passionate about bridging the gap between the indigenous cultures and the ever evolving West. We understand the importance of learning from indigenous communities and preserving their experience and knowledge to educate future generations. We started The Boa Foundation to support our shared vision. Our mission is at the forefront over everything we do. We are committed to continually working with integrity and transparency


Success Stories!

Our TEAM

We believe in the power of working together to create positive change.

Vivien Vilela, CO-FOUNDER

Vivien Vilela, is a spiritual healer, philanthropist, and activist. Born and raised in Brazil, Vivien, has been dedicating her life to her spiritual studies since 2012 and to the preservation of indigenous culture and wisdom since 2015. Vilela has been initiated in the ancient healing traditions by some of the most respected indigenous elders from South, Central and North America. She has taken a sacred oath and commitment in the Wixarixa tradition to serve her life as a “Marakame”, one that can heal, sing and dream - a master shaman. Vilela is currently a student of world-renowned Ashaninka leader Benki Piyãko and an advisor of his center Yorenka Tassorentsi. She has spent extensive amounts of time training in indigenous villages in the Amazon.

Rudy Randa, CO-FOUNDER

Rudy began his spiritual journey in 2012 when life began to shed aspects of his identity and travel the world alone. In 2015 he met Vivien and their shared interest in learning from and supporting indigenous communities led to The Boa Foundation, Aniwa community and Aniwa gathering being founded. He has completed a spiritual diet with the Huni Kuin. Additionally he went and dieted for 3 months with the legendary Yawanawa paje Yawanari , who closed his diet and died the next day. He has also completed the 3 month diet with Benki and is continuing his spiritual studies with him. He is an advisor to Benki with his center Yorenka Tasorensti. He is a traditional Lakota vision quester (hanblechia) and for the past 2 years he had made the Wixarika sacred pilgrimage to Wirikuta. He is the Cofounder of One Nation Hemp Corp and Native açaí. He loves doing what he does and prays that the world will realign with the natural rhythms of life so we may leave our children a better world.

Benki Piyãko, INDIGENOUS DIRECTOR

Benki is an 'Antaviari' in his culture, which means a ‘Direct Messenger of God’. He has been healing people since he was 10 years old, and championing the rights of his community since he was 12. From 2005-07 Benki was the Environmental Administrator of Acre, Brazil, and is responsible for the repopulation of numerous extinct animal species in his region. .In 2007 Benki created training center Yorenka Antame, where traditional and innovative solutions for sustainable forest management get discussed, discovered and implemented by culturally diverse members of the community. Benki has planted over 2 million trees and created the world's first eco-market which exchanges plastic for food in Amazonian town Marechal Thaumaturgo. He won the UN's Equator Prize alongside his community Apiwtxa for their remarkable environmental work.

Oona Chaplin, TRUSTEE OF BOA

Oona is an actress and activist who you may recognize from cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones. She is Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter, and has inherited his passion for storytelling as well as the desire to use her voice to shine a light on social issues and the miracle of human potential. Oona has worked in Calais volunteering with, has championed film education with Saharawi refugees by supporting the FiSahara, and uses her social media presence to highlight social and environmental issues, natural curiosities and possible solutions. More recently, she landed a leading role in the upcoming Avatar sequels, which seems fitting as she has devoted much of the last 7 years to cultural exchange with indigenous communities from all over the world, particularly Brazil, Mexico, and Chile- part of her ancestry is Mapuche.