Maitreyi discovered in her teen years her passion for holistic education – finding purpose in life through connections to the natural world, our community and to values of compassion and peace. Born and raised in India, a Big Banyan Tree inspired her to pursue the liberal arts. She holds a B.A in Psychology and a Masters in Community Development from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is passionate about issues of social and environmental justice and sustainable development. She is a 2007 Fellow of the Leadership Institute of Ecology and the Economy in Santa Rosa.