Our mission is to expand the capacity of people to make meaning of their lives and cultivate cultures of healing and justice. People tend to find us when the harm and impacts of living in oppressive systems overwhelms their work and organizational culture. People choose to work with us when there is a need and desire to sustain a deep commitment to healing and equity.
We understand that oppressive systems manifest in experiences of burnout, conflict, disconnection, low morale, stress, resentment and anger. We also know that people carry abundant wisdom, creativity, and resilience from their own lived experiences to contribute to transforming the conditions that are causing harm. We support organizations to align their internal environment with the impact they hope to achieve.
Our holistic approach assumes a dynamic and alive ecology of collective healing; an approach informed by the histories and legacies of white supremacy and colonization and sustained by the resilience of cultures of reciprocity, shared power, and dignity. We put this into practice by providing experiential and responsive workshops, training, consulting, and coaching to individuals and organizations.
A Paradigm of Trauma & Healing
We believe there are many, like us, who share a desire to live in a world where many worlds fit. A world that is loving and just.
We recognize that equity is a core feature of a trauma responsive & healing centered environment, and vice versa. Both are rooted in a need to name, reckon with, and transform the intersecting systemic oppressions faced by communities of Black people, Indigenous people, Latinx people, and other communities of color, ethnic and language minorities, queer and gender non-conforming people, disabled and differently abled peoples, immigrants and undocumented people, economically marginalized communities, children, and women.
To understand the impacts and implications of trauma and healing, we must look beyond people’s individual lives to reckon with the ways that historical legacies, systems, and culture shape our lived experiences. We all must address trauma caused by cultures of dominance (white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, ableism, etc.) as they live within us, our relationships, and our organizations. We guide people toward a deeper understanding of their relationship to power in order to foster new possibilities for reciprocal living.
This work is hard, scary, and complex. Our way ensures that people have access to choice and belonging, so that we do no harm in the process of reducing harm. We practice an approach that centers on meaning making because we recognize that deep transformation requires time, trust, and reflection to write new stories and live into new ways of being.
Facilitating As A Pair
We practice co-facilitation. Each of our meetings, workshops, and coaching sessions involves the collaboration of two facilitators. We honor the trauma-informed principles of collaboration and peer support to ensure that we are able to create psychologically safe environments for dialogue and learning. These principles are no less important for us as facilitators, tasked with holding space for courageous and vulnerable conversations, than they are for our participants. With two facilitators, we are able to offer multiple viewpoints and perspectives, as well as responsibly share the labor of hosting both the technical and relational aspects of facilitated group experiences.
As a cross-racial team of facilitators from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, we model how to foster relational trust while naming and disrupting the ways systemic and structural oppression surface in our interactions. We invite participants to engage in inquiry and examination of the ways that power lives in their own beliefs, behaviors, and identities.
In all of our work we balance critical analysis with laughter and connection. We approach everything we do with gratitude and joy for the opportunity to live our core values of Wellness, Connection, Radical Empathy, Ritual, Visionary Stance, and Dignity.