Ilchi Lee (Our Founder)

Mr Ilchi Lee was born in a small rural South Korean town during the Korean war. The son of a respected Primary School Principal, he struggled through his informative years with ADHD and Dyslexia. With an already low self-esteem this was escalated when he witnessed the death of his best friend while out swimming. A combination of these experiences led him to seriously question the meaning of life and so begun his journey to seek answers. After discovering the true potential of his brain through meditation he embarked on a journey to become one of the world’s foremost brain educators. His brain education program is now being taught in 1325 El Salvador schools and a number of schools in Korea, Japan, New York and New Mexico in the US. He is the founder of the University of Brain Education, Global Cyber University and the International Brain Education Association (IBREA), a registered Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with the United Nations. From not being able to read a book to now being the author of 43 published books including a New York Times best seller, he has attributed his transformation to awakening his brain. His story is truly inspirational and is the catalyst behind a profound passion to help youth develop their potential to become inspirational earth citizens and tomorrow’s world leaders.

Yewon Hwang (Managing Director)

Yewon Has been teaching Brain Education, Meditation, Qigong and Yoga in Korea, USA and NZ for 15 years. Yewon trained as a medical doctor and had a goal of becoming an eye surgeon before she gained an interest in learning more about natural healing methods.

Choi Man (Marketing Support)

Choi has been teaching Body and Brain Yoga, Qigong and Meditation for 15 years. Choi has a Martial Arts background including a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo. He has been a healer all his life and has done sports massage and healing for Olympic athletes. Choi first connected with the Body and Brain method in 2004 and received a Brain Education Doctorate Degree. Choi is currently studying an MBA in Business, has been happily married for 16 years with a 15-year-old son.

Kurt Brady (Property Maintenance)

Kurt hails from the Bay of Plenty but was lucky enough to meet a lovely lady from the North. Kurt has a son and a daughter and seven amazing grandchildren. Kurt lived in various places in Australia for 20 years working in the construction sector and on tower cranes. Kurt started working at Earth Village in 2015 and enjoys fishing, watching rugby and diving although he has grandchildren now who he can call on to perform this important role.

Koro Carman (Business Development & Youth Mentor)

Koro has worked in the tourism and hospitality industries for 25 years. In 2004, Koro had the privilege of being one of the founders of the world acclaimed Footprints Waipoua tour company and helped to facilitate the world first Union of Ancient Trees Agreement between Aotearoa and Japan. Koro was also involved in establishing Whakaara Pito Mata ‘The Maori Tourism Academy’ in 2019 and delivered two pilot programs in 2020. For further enquiries contact: koro.carman@earthvillage.co.nz 

David & Kaleb (General Hands)​

David has worked as a tour guide on the Tai Pou Herenga Twin Coast Cycle Trail. David spent several months working in the forestry sector prior to becoming the first member of our Earth Village Youth team. David, loves being outdoors, riding his bike and is a whizz with all things in the tech space and is a budding videographer and photographer.

Kaleb spent a couple of years working as a beekeeper and has maintained the property of a high-profile entertainment personality. Prior to Covid-19, Kaleb worked for an online gifting studio. In his spare time Kaleb enjoys travelling New Zealand with his partner exploring our beaches and forests. Connecting with the natural environment, meditation and playing the drums are among his favourite past times. Kaleb has also cared for and rehabilitated many birds that he finds injured on our roads.