Connecting with experts, upholding the ethics, principles and values of individual sovereignty.


Founder, Director

Stephan McGuire

Certified Grief educator, End-of-life and Dignity therapist through University of Vermont. Graduate of Dev Om Advanced Mindfulness & Meditation Studies, Rishikesh & Goa, India. Director TreeMedia Foundation creating environmental, humanitarian & action campaigns, Santa Monica, CA.. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in sustainable development from the University of Massachusetts and a Master's Degree in creative & critical thinking and international relations. Also, earned a degree in permaculture through Permaculture College of Australia & extensive learning of Waldorf / anthroposophy. For many years a producer with Santa Monica-based Tree Media where he was associate producer on Leonardo DiCaprio's award-winning The 11th Hour. While living in Namibia, Africa Stephan directed the documentary film Trees on a Canvas and is currently a producer on the upcoming documentary ADHD is OVER!. He is a member of the International Academy of Consciousness, Osho International, The Swedenborg Foundation and Academy of Ideas. He's a dual citizen of Ireland / USA and a resident of Rome, Italy.


From Jehovah's Witness to Hare Krishna, from Buddhism to Sufism, from unemployed vagabond to Hollywood producer, from avid skier to martial arts practitioner, from cocaine addict to meditator, from partier to lone wolf, from self destruction to self awarenessI've been fortunate enough to travel throughout 45 countries and live on five continents. Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and chronic depression, a string of failed and renewed relationships behind and with me, and along with the challenges that come from passionate living, I'm learning at the most intense hardcore levels what really makes life work. Having garnered enough from 54-years of living on this amazing planet,
thinking perhaps I've finally got something to say, or at least the right questions to ask!


Marcus Elstner

Harvard PhD, professor of biology and  physics

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Bobby Ricketts

Arts envoy, cultural creative, postgrad educator in critical & creative thinking

Peter Sapira

Smith College lecturer in literature and creative writing




Andreas Palmieri

Andreas has been member of the Cernunnos Executive Committee since 2015 and has worked as a fundraiser, coordinator and project manager for numerous Swiss NPOs over the past decade. He guided and trained over a hundred fundraisers for Amnesty International and Greenpeace, among others. Andreas has developed new fundraising solutions for Green Cross, ProInfirmis and Child Right Now. He worked directly with politicians (members of the Swiss National Council) and made on-site qualitative assessments for these organisations.


Michael Bircher

Michael is fundraising coach for the NPO Vier Pfoten Schweiz. Over the past 5 years he has also worked as fundraising teamleader and helped to start the Wales UK-based Smart Fundraising organisation and as an advisor and project manager for Corris Fundraising. He is founder and president of the CBO Uganda Hope in Mbale with a second office in Switzerland. Michael has also trained over a hundred individuals in the field fundraising. 


Pierangelo Zanesco

Having grown up and currently based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Pierangelo handles Cernunnos Media’s technical needs and training. Currently a specialized electronic technician in the manufacturing of machine and automation tools, he studied marketing at the school MPM (Marketing Personnel Management) in Lausanne.  In 2003 Pierangelo co-lead a technical and scenic wiring project for the renovation of the Theatre L'Heure Bleue, 1837 historical national interest theater in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Pierangelo also worked in Rome, Italy on the development of the paper transport robot prototype for newspaper Il Messaggero