If the primary symptoms of physical and mental health arise from disconnection, why don't our medical and mental health systems teach people how to connect?
THE RESTORATIVE PRACTICES ALLIANCE
ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE FOR HUMANS IN A TOXIC CULTURAL OPERATING SYSTEM
The Restorative Practices Alliance is a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural alliance. Our advisors range from world-leading experts in 20 academic disciplines of well-being to indigenous elders connected to the most ancient and ancestral wellsprings of wisdom.
Our work is respectfully derived from everywhere and in service to all: every race, culture, gender, gender orientation, sexual orientation, religion. What we teach and study is connection and the healing of disconnection: how to be in relationship with ourselves, one another, and the living world in healthy reciprocal ways.
The Restorative Practices Alliance is represented by the 'ensō ' - the Zen circle. The circle is an ancestral technology, a living example of symmetry, the sacred, and equality, where all points on the perimeter are equi-distant from the source. Sitting in a circle we can all see one another. There is no place of greater worth or lesser. This teaches us that every perspective is valuable.
Turn on Connection
We are students of connection phenomenology, with a mission to help individuals and collectives re-establish safety and connection as the basis of our physiology and culture.
We live in a moment when 60-80% of visits to primary care physicians are stress-related. A moment when modern culture has normalized the fight or flight response as a physiological baseline. We are here to help one another change that.
We are here for self-care, for community care, for nature care, because restoration happens through community. We are here to re-charge our batteries by intentionally creating an authentic, shared, multi-culture where we can be our real selves and get real support. Well-being happens in community.
Your friendly neighborhood culture repair
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“This work feels like a foundational piece of wellness and overall health that I feel has long been missing from the medical conversation. I love how it is based in the science of how we function- it is very practical, very direct. I’ve witnessed its effectiveness with my patients. These are places that I don’t think traditional medicine or mental health has succeeded in reaching, and I find this work extremely inspiring and hopeful in its implications for healing.”
DR. NADINE BURKE HARRIS MD MPH FAAP, FIRST SURGEON GENERAL OF CALIFORNIA
This has been one of the most impactful and eye and heart-opening experiences I can remember. I'm stil integrating so much of what we did together. The conceptual learning as taught through the films is really quality, but beyond that the shared group learning was incredible. I'm not sure I've ever witnessed people exploring with such vulnerability, authenticity, and willingness to sit with discomfort for the sake of growth - aided by the loving container the facilitators held - like I witnessed and experienced here. It was truly something special and I'm grateful to be a part of it. Thank you Gabriel, Tiara, and Gloria for your exquisite facilitation of that space.
I use the tools we are learning in Restorative Practices every single day. With myself, with my family, with my clients. Everybody. Every day.
I’m not even sure how to talk about the healing I experienced in ordinary language. Things happened in my body when we were practicing together that I’ve never experienced before. At the end of the second day I felt more relaxed and settled than I’ve ever felt. Unbelievable.
The Restorative Practices training has been exactly what I’m looking for in the next step of personal and professional development. The ways in which neuroscience, direct practice, systems thinking, nature connection, and self-exploration are woven together has made room for me to be more skilled, present, and nuanced in my work and in my life.
I was looking for professional development that would revive my work and my soul. The work of the Restorative Practices cohort has been transformative. It is a convergence of many of my own paths and integrative in ways I had not expected. I am more aware of myself and aware of the subtle changes in others – more in tune to them, listening to the deeper, heartfelt, needs and issues. I am more aware of my “gut” feelings and less “in my head” – which is a victory for me. I am growing, learning, moving, more alive and much more connected than I was when I started. I believe I’ve started on a path that will extend far beyond the cohort and want to express my deep gratitude for this journey.
The Restorative Practices program challenged me in ways which were both ’eye-opening’ and ‘heart-opening.' I learned a tremendous amount about the essential qualities of being connected to myself and the participants, and the difficulties of doing so with ease. Despite these challenges, I felt 100% supported by the wisdom of the participants and the skills of the facilitators. This course is not for the faint of heart, though it will surprise you with the growth potential that you didn’t think possible.
After years of facilitating leadership groups for resilience and wellbeing with my background in holistic wellbeing,I was completely blown away with the heart and spirit of this cohort/community in Restorative Practices.I was longing to meet Real people who have real conversations about real things in the Real world. I noticed my own armour/mask dissolving and I recovered huge chunks of my own heart which was fragmented and numbed through years of protection from covert discrimination and injustice which I had accepted as part of my life. It was an incredibly healing experience and I feel restored as I claim parts of me and find courage in community. I came home to my self and was inspired by a real community, am deeply grateful and have stepped up in my life to truly serve. I notice my energy is flowing once again and am still integrating and learning. A deep bow and feeling blessed is the only appropriate response here.