Photo of Charlie Forbes Chantal Forbes

PhD Student
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ecology, Spirituality and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and the co-founder of the non-profit, the Deep Water Initiative. My research looks at indigenous approaches to environmental engagement with a focus on human-animal relationships in hunter-gatherer cosmology.

South African born and raised, my professional background spans 15 years of experience in media, corporate communications, and the agricultural development sector. I received a B.A. in film production from the internationally award-winning film school AFDA, in South Africa, and an M.A. in Middle Eastern History from Tel-Aviv University. In the past decade I have worked extensively throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S. In 2017 I relocated to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D.

I am passionate about effecting social change through artistic mediums of cultural expression and storytelling. My broad fields of interest include; human-animal relations, religion and ecology, and the indigenous origins of religious rites and practices.

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