Chantal Noa Forbes is 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. Her research looks at Indigenous and Decolonial approaches to environmental engagement with a focus on human-animal relationships in hunter-gatherer cosmology. South African born and raised, Chantal’s professional background spans 15 years of experience in media, corporate communications, and the agricultural development sector. She 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, Chantal has worked extensively throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S. In 2017 she relocated to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. Chantal is passionate about effecting social change through artistic mediums of cultural expression and storytelling. Her broad fields of interest include; human-animal relations, religion and ecology, and the Primal and Indigenous origins of religious rites and practices.