Our Core Team

Sarah purple.jpg

SARAH QUEBLATIN

Co-Founder | Executive Director

Sarah Queblatin is passionate about designing for resilience and regeneration through applied whole systems thinking and inclusive impact innovation strategies.

 

She weaves collective experiences in environmental education, cultural heritage advocacy, peacebuilding, and humanitarian recovery locally and globally. She co-founded Green Releaf Initiative to support in regenerative solutions for communities in transition from disasters, displacement, and (unsustainable) development in the Philippines. She previously worked for the United Nations advocacy engagements of the Global Ecovillage Network and currently serves as its representative for the Oceania and Asia region.  She advocates for the promotion of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) especially through her work in indigenous communities affected by climate change and weaves this in her practice in permaculture. She studied Advanced Permaculture Design from Aranya Agricultural Alternatives in India and Permaculture for Development from the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute in Australia.

 

She is a member of Re-Alliance and Permaculture for Refugees, and serves as a board member for Communities for Alternative Food Ecosystems Initiative. As an artist, she weaves art and media based documentation of TEK through her Living Story Landscapes project together with culture bearers and creatives. Sarah is currently completing her professional certificate in Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes from Wageningen University and Research.

profilepic1.jpg

TERENCE OSORIO

Co-Founder | Programs and Operations Director

Terence Osorio is a justice and peace worker whose activism dates back to college days and nurtured by various engagements over the years with civil society organizations doing advocacy work on human rights and environmental rights, peacebuilding, and facilitating organizational development. This includes working as regional coordinator of the Hong Kong-based Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples.  She brings her rich experience of coordination and networking at both national and regional levels, as well as her module writing and documentation skills, into her role in Green Releaf.

 

Terence did her master’s degree in Social Services and Development at the Asian Social Institute a few years after she left religious life.  Her exposure to marginalized communities during her years as a religious and church worker, however, developed in her a strong bias for capacity-building, formation/training and development, and research.  Terence also has her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service, a certificate in Religious Studies and masteral units in Fiscal Studies.

 

After a much-needed sabbatical in 2015-2016 and the release of Laudato Si (Pope Francis’ encyclical), Terence decided to focus on care for the earth and found particular resonance with regenerative solutions for the wholistic and holistic development of peoples and the earth.

 

Grounded in a firm belief that “everything is everywhere” and “as within so without”, Terence tries to exemplify in her own life what it means to co-create with the Universe.  She is passionate about helping both individuals and collective in their inner journey, and bringing the gifts of this journey to the service of others and the planet.

42257188_712967669057271_192960196711861

ARTHUR BAGALACSA

Co-Founder | Finance Director

Arthur’s passion for ecological sustainability, responsible waste management, and clean energy, inspired him to co-found Green Releaf. He leads the crucial legal registration of the organization through the complex government regulatory compliance for non profit organizations. He lends his financial wisdom as Finance Director, guiding Green Releaf’s grant funds management and reporting, sharing his insights on fundraising, and co-creating its design to become a social enterprise.

His corporate background comes from diverse industries and roles. He was a financial analyst of a manufacturing company and an export manager of a handicraft company in Thailand, to name a few. Today, he concurrently runs a real estate marketing and brokerage firm and manages private trust funds. He regularly supports and collaborates with fundraising and environmental conservation initiatives.


He believes change starts from one’s self and one’s immediate neighborhood, so he is also active in a homeowners association in his building. As a regenerative land management advocate, he dreams of conserving land for reforestation. He follows a spiritual path with meditation and energy healing.  


Arthur has a business degree from Ateneo De Naga University. Naga City, Philippines.

Our Facilitating Team

press to zoom

press to zoom

press to zoom

press to zoom
1/8

Our Facilitating Team is composed of gardeners, artists, community workers, activists, and advocates who believe in whole systems and regenerative solutions.

Bios to follow