Join a Cohort

Available in select locations– and now remotely...
Due to the pandemic, we've begun offering our signature model remotely for people who can't attend live sessions.

The Restorative Practices model is designed to be an immersive in-person learning experience with a cohort of 15 peers. This group is facilitated by two certified instructors, and meets together, every two weeks, for 10-12 sessions. Each session is 3 hours of in-person time, with a focus on creating safety and authentic relationships within the group. Our classes happen in a circular outdoor classroom. This circle, the enso, or Zen circle, is a living ancestral technology. Since our earliest human ancestors descended from the trees, we have been gathering in circles around a fire to tell stories, laugh, dance, sing, conduct ceremonies, and share wisdom. The circle is the ancestral hearth, where every member of the tribe sits equi-distant from the source of light and warmth at the center.

Find Your Place

a growing network around the world

In 2019 we activated a pilot site in the Bay Area of Northern California that hosted regular cohorts of the Restorative Practices model prior to COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, our other pilot locations (Maui, Seattle) have been placed temporarily on hold. In the meantime, we are activating remote cohorts. Although its not ideal, we need connection now more than ever. Remote cohorts allow us to attend to participants around the world. For those hearty souls living in the Bay Area who want to continue to do this face-to-face, we are working to re-open a socially distant version of our Bay Area program in September of 2020.

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Here is the pathway to joining a cohort or facilitating

The Restorative Practices cohort model costs $4200 to change your mind.

Consider it an investment in the future, and in your future. Generally, folks pay for this monthly over 12 months. For six months, you will be enrolled in twice-monthly facilitated group sessions. After that time, group members will have the option to continue in peer-based meetings. (Every one of our previously enrolled cohorts has decided, of their own accord, to do this.) You will continue to have access to the learning platform for one year. At the end of a year, you can continue membership in the learning platform at an alumni rate of $87/month, though you will have access to the entire platform including all films in the Restorative Practices series (the $99/month membership only has access to 4 films). You can also, with facilitator permission, attend additional cohorts as long as your alumni membership is active (that's 75% OFF). In our first two Bay area cohorts, 90% of participants wanted to repeat the course.

Because we are a social justice organization, with a triple bottom line, we don't want finances to stop you from participating in the model. If you need to do this (you'll know), and money is an issue, let us know. We have work study/ trade options, and limited scholarships. In scholarships, we prioritize People of Color, Indigenous people, women, and members of other socially-marginalized groups. Someday we hope to have the resources to pay under-resources folks to participate in our groups. We know that when people have access to tools of self-care, self-awareness, and supportive community they are happier, healthier, and more productive, and that in addition to helping people access these resources because it is the right thing to do, this lowers all of our collective costs because healthy, happy people are less likely to get sick and less likely to harm others. Isn't that kind of obvious?

Here's what comes with joining a cohort

ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE FILM SERIES

10 films

Film One- Turning on the Connection System

Film Two- The State of the Union

Film Three- The Science of Safety (Polyvagal Theory)

Film Four- Heartfulness

Film 5- Universal Language

Film 6- Ancestral Nature Connection

Film 7- Healthy Relationships

Film 8- The Space Between Us

Film 9- An Unfinished Conversation About Race

Film 10- The Faces We Fear

 

The film series is literally blowing my mind. They've managed to create a deep language- in the first three films, a theoretical framework buttressed by exceptional research, and a set of inter-linking conceptual models. Then, in the practice films, these incredibly deep and moving explorations, and incredible human stories of the triumphs and tragedies of connection. I am deeply touched, and I learned so much. Bravo!

–Participant

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES MODEL, BERKELEY CALIFORNIA

 

The film series is literally blowing my mind. They've managed to create a deep language- in the first three films, a theoretical framework buttressed by exceptional research, and a set of inter-linking conceptual models. Then, in the practice films, these incredibly deep and moving explorations, and incredible human stories of the triumphs and tragedies of connection. I am deeply touched, and I learned so much. Bravo!

–Participant

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES MODEL, BERKELEY CALIFORNIA

Tailored practices for your particular needs

Based on your answers to the connection assessment, we can identify particular restorative tools and practices from our database of 350+ that are most likely to be most supportive to your wellbeing. These might be internal practices: meditative, somatic, emotional, movement, sensory, kinesthetic. They might be relational practices: communication, listening, relating across differences, council, etc. They might be nature-based: tracking, learning bird language (yes, that’s a real thing and most wild animals understand it except you), forest bathing, surfing, etc. We’ll also recommend practices that address the particular ways your nervous system gets out of balance when it does…do you tend to get confrontational and combative when stressed? Anxious? Paralyzed and overwhelmed? Each of these responses indicates that something different is happening in your threat response system, and each has different antidotes.

ALL PRACTICES IN THE MODEL

Our compendium of Restorative Practices contains hundreds of practices, in categories: self, relationships, nature, and in sub-categories. In self, for example, are meditation, movement, sensory, sensation, emotional awareness, creative, hand-based, and self-regulation practices. Based on your proprietary assessment, we'll tailor practices for your unique physiology, history, symptoms, and needs.

Our analog app, which turns your 'Compendium of Restorative Practices'
book into the interface for this website.