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Triune Ethics Theory

Dr. Darcia Narvaez explores how morality is constructed through experience rather than cognition. This moves us towards an Indigenous view of morality.
EDUCATIONAL FILM
≈ about 30 minutes

Heartfulness

A deep dive into mindful awareness, or mindfulness, which would be better termed 'heartfulness' in English.
EDUCATIONAL FILM
≈ about a day

Building Peace

Pete Jackson explores the martial discipline of building peace within and around us by dismantling the constructs of war.
EDUCATIONAL FILM
≈ about 60 minutes

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Tell Your Story

Because if you don't, someone else will– and you may not recognize it as your own.
SELF PRACTICE
≈ years

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Bake

Baking as restorative practice.
SELF PRACTICE

Beekeeping

On befriending the most noble of insects.
NATURE PRACTICE

Bicycle

The simple virtues of self-propelled two wheel transport.
MOVEMENT PRACTICE

Bird Language

Because you are the only animal in the forest who doesn't understand it.
NATURE PRACTICE

Bowling

Bowling as relationship practice.
RELATIONSHIPS PRACTICE

Build Friendships

On the challenges and opportunities of building friendships with people who are different than you.
RELATIONSHIPS PRACTICE
≈ years

Cello

The cello is the (western) instrument that resonates most fully with the human body.
HAND-BASED PRACTICE
≈ a tiny practice

Chaordic Imagery

Imagery on the boundary between order and chaos.
SENSORY PRACTICE

Cooling Anger

A checklist of practices for downshifting the fight response.
EMOTIONAL PRACTICE

The Cure for Loneliness

How do we learn to bring our authentic self into relationship with others?
RELATIONSHIPS PRACTICE

Dive

Ocean immersion as restorative practice.
NATURE PRACTICE

Fix Something

The particular benefits of fixing things with your hands.
SELF PRACTICE

Fly Fishing

Ye antique arte of flye fishyng.
NATURE PRACTICE

Forage

On finding food and medicine around you.
NATURE PRACTICE

Forest Bathing

Shinrin-Yoku: sensual immersion in the forest for wellbeing.
NATURE PRACTICE

Form a Band

On learning to harmonize with others.
RELATIONSHIPS PRACTICE

Glassblowing

An elemental creative practice.
CREATIVE PRACTICE

Glimmers

Deb Dana, LCSW, Founding faculty of the Polyvagal Institute, teaches a brief practice on finding micro-moments of connection.
SELF PRACTICE
≈ a tiny practice

Gratitude Practices

Master Tracker and Peace-builder John Stokes, Founder and Director of the Tracking Project, on the importance of gratitude and its relationship with wellbeing.
AWARENESS PRACTICE
≈ about 15 minutes

Keywords

On the holes in the fabric of the English language.
SELF PRACTICE

Knit

On the pleasures of knitting.
SELF PRACTICE

Laugh

When was the last time you laughed so hard you couldn't stop?
SELF PRACTICE

Lift Weights

Sometimes you need to push something heavy around–so it doesn't stay inside you.
MOVEMENT PRACTICE

Night Hiking

Moving through the Living World after dark.
NATURE PRACTICE

Observe Closely

The importance of honing inner and outer observational skills.
AWARENESS PRACTICE

Paint

Painting for creative self-expression and wellbeing.
CREATIVE PRACTICE
≈ years

Plant a Tree

A simple thing you can do to deepen nature connection.
NATURE PRACTICE

Play

Practicing play.
SELF PRACTICE

Ponds

Intimacy with still water.
NATURE PRACTICE

Put on a Play

Theatre for building community.
RELATIONSHIPS PRACTICE

Quiet Your Mind

Learning to settle the mind by tracking the body.
AWARENESS PRACTICE

Racquet Sports

Tennis, squash, padel, pickleball, ping-pong, etc.
MOVEMENT PRACTICE

Read

On the pleasures of curling up with a good book.
SELF PRACTICE

Sleep Outside

The benefits of sleeping outside by choice.
NATURE PRACTICE

Smile

The neurophysiology of the smile and its importance as an access point to the Connection system.
EMOTIONAL PRACTICE
≈ a tiny practice

Soccer

To play soccer is to learn a language of the feet.
MOVEMENT PRACTICE

Stargazing

Night sky musing to put things into proper perspective.
NATURE PRACTICE

Stretch

Since the body is the mind, a relaxed body yields a relaxed mind.
MOVEMENT PRACTICE

Swim

Restoration through water.
MOVEMENT PRACTICE

Take a Nap

The lost art of the siesta.
SELF PRACTICE

Throw a Pot

The mudslick joy of the potter's wheel.
SELF PRACTICE

Use Your Voice

Singing is one way to give yourself a massage on the inside.
SELF PRACTICE

Vinyl

The joys of a record player.
SELF PRACTICE

Vista Views

Looking out from high up is one of the two primal view situations of deepest relevance to our biology.
SENSORY PRACTICE
≈ about a day

Wash Their Hair

In Brasilian Portuguese, the word cafuné describes the sensuality of running your hands through someone's hair.

Weave

On the metaphor, activity, and meditation of weaving.
HAND-BASED PRACTICE

Yoga

Which comes from the Sanskrit word for 'yoke': as in yoking the mind and body together.
MOVEMENT PRACTICE

A Conversation with Darcia Narvaez, PhD: The Evolved Nest

A Conversation with Alika Atay: The Importance of the Aina

The Original Context - A Film by Nic Askew

The Autonomic Spectrum Seminar - Spring 2024

On the relationship between Autonomic State and Mindful Awareness

A Conversation with Kuuyux Ilarion Merculieff

A Conversation with Lee Mun Wah: An Unfinished Conversation About Race

A Conversation with David Mars, PhD: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships

A Conversation with Deb Dana, LCSW: Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory

A Conversation with Vincent Felitti, MD: The Origin and Implications of the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study

The Lost Keynote: Toward Ancestral Futures in Medicine and Mental Health

A Conversation with Stephen Porges, PhD: The Origins and Implications of the Polyvagal Theory

The Autonomic Spectrum Lectures - Autumn 2023

The Deep Learning Platform in Simple Steps

Bringing the Polyvagal Perspective to Your Clinical Practice

Deprogramming the Colonial Mind #1: Re-Languaging Regeneration - ONLINE VERSION

Re-Languaging Regeneration: Tiokasin Long-form Seminar

The Complete Restorative Practices Film Series

Becoming a Real Human Being with Ilarion Merculieff

Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory Masterclass

Becoming Anti-Racist (a course for white folks)

Polyvagally-Informed Self-Care for Wellness Providers

Polyvagal Mindfulness

In this course, specifically created for health professionals and interested lay people, you will learn the foundations of the Polyvagal Theory, and a variety of Restorative Practices that you can engage personally, and/or utilize with patients/clients to support their well-being.