The e-learning platform brings together 3 things. Our remarkable film series, hundreds of practices, and an original interface that links together thousands of ideas so that you can find the ones most important to you.
1) The Restorative Practices Film Series
Funders have told us it should be a series on Netflix. But that will never happen, for a simple reason: films, by themselves, do not change behavior. Our series isn’t on Netflix because its purpose is not to entertain you, it is to first change your mind, and then your behavior. The Restorative Practices film series isn’t a series to watch on the couch, it’s a series to study as part of a vital learning community.
2) Hundreds of practices
For some people, practicing sitting meditation is a great restorative practice. For others, not so much. That’s why we provide instruction in literally hundreds of practices from around the world: internal practices, relational practices, and nature practices.
Part of the origin story of this model is a decade of study in the neurophysiology of mindfulness, and why certain mainstream practices are contra-indicated for certain people. Example: often, mindfulness practices start out by instructing you to close your eyes. Yet for many people, especially if practicing in a group, this will make them feel less safe, which means what follows is likely to increase dys-regulation.
What your body best responds to will depend on a great number of factors, including your neuro-physiological default states, how your body responds to stress and how stressed you are, your social location, your own connection strengths and deficits, and the context of your life and the moment. If fact, there are as many ways of coming back into balance as there are ways of falling out of balance. Our job is to help you figure out where you are, and what you need to do to come back into balance, connection, and regulation. To that end, we provide detailed instructions in hundreds of practices- internal practices of mind, body, emotion, movement, senses. Relational practices of communication, listening, relating, connecting. Nature practices of all kinds. We also actively seek out culturally-based restorative practices from around the world, and the people qualified to share them in a culturally-appropriate and deeply respectful manner, and help them generate a sustainable living doing so.
3) A connection phenomenology platform.
We met with some of the best learning platform companies in the world, but they couldn’t wrap their heads around what we wanted to do: create a completely personalizable non-linear platform configured entirely around what was most interesting to the particular person using it- You.
You see, most learning platforms drive you through a prescribed learning journey. But we know, from cutting edge learning theory, experiential learning, connection phenomenology, and common sense that
you remember things because they are relevant to you, and then because they are connected to other things that are relevant to you.
Working with Kumu.io, a data visualization company based on systems theory mathematical modelling from MIT and the Santa Fe institute, we developed a proprietary learning platform that is totally choose-your-own-adventure. By filling out the assessment, you figure out what you are most interested in, and then the platform directs you to all the ideas, practices, films, and concepts connected to that.