A (R)evolutionary Wellness Model
Restorative Practices is a targeted experiential medicine for this moment.
Right now, in America,
60-80% of visits to primary-care physicians are stress-related.
80% of the adult population reports having experienced a significant stressor in the past month.
Of those people, 34% had physical or emotional symptoms such as headaches, 33% reported feeling overwhelmed, 33% reported feeling anxious or nervous, and 32% reported feeling depressed or sad.
As both a cause and effect of this, approximately 80% of the American population has experienced at least one significant Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE).
Heartbreakingly, in the US, greater than 1 in 4 children is physically abused, 1 in 5 is sexually abused, 1 in 7 is emotionally neglected, and 1 in 10 is physically neglected.
1 in 4 families are dealing with substance abuse, 1 in 5 families with mental illness, and 1 in 4 families with parental separation or divorce.
Between 2006 and 2011, inpatient visits for suicide, suicidal ideation, and self-injury increased by 104% for children ages 1 to 17 years, and by 151% for children aged 10 to years old. For children!
These things are not happening to someone else. They are not happening over there. This is us. We are dealing, in isolation, with profound individual and social traumas, while all of the best neuroscience research on healing tells us that the most significant sources of resilience come from deep connection with three things: ourselves, one another, and the living world.
This is not a physical health issue (although people are physically sick).
This is not a mental health issue (although people are struggling with mental health.)
It is a physiological issue.
And it is happening because we have deviated so dramatically from the historical and evolutionary baseline that keeps humans well.
For 99% of human history, the way that we lived was all about connection.
In the 2 million years that humans have been on the planet, the entire foundation of culture was oriented towards optimizing human development and wellbeing by creating a context where we could deeply connect with ourselves, one another, and the living world. At an existential level, as deep nature connection teacher Jon Young explains, the role of culture is to do just that. At a physiological level, this profound orientation towards connection brings online and stabilizes our Connection System, the physiological system responsible for wellbeing. Yet our modern medical and mental health approaches have emerged from a profoundly disconnected individualistic worldview, so they treat individuals in isolation, and they treat the mind and body as if there were separate.
To heal we have to come together. Inside of ourselves, and with one another and the living world.
We are standing on the threshold of a profound revolution in wellness, heralded by the burgeoning mindful awareness movement, breath-taking advances in applied neurophysiology (centrally arising from the Polyvagal Theory), an awakening in science and medicine to the wisdom of indigenous and ancestral cultural and healing practices, and the emergence of new liberatory psychologies. Restorative Practices is a collaborative healing model emerging from the synthesis of ground-breaking work in mindful awareness, neurophysiology, trauma healing, somatic awareness, relational mindfulness, indigenous practices, psychologies of liberation, restorative justice, and work in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our advisors are world-renowned pioneers in their respective fields.
Our mission is to re-unite the human family with themselves, one another, and the living world. As that happens, dis-ease falls away.
a 4 step process
1) Take the Connection Assessment
A proprietary assessment designed to assess the stability and strength of your connection system that maps your strengths and deficits to tailor Restorative Practices to your unique physiology, background, needs, and goals.
2) Join a Face-to-Face Group Cohort
A live, in-person, expertly facilitated small group that meets at regular intervals to engage in experiential learning together for a specified period of time (generally 25 hours of learning in 10 sessions.)
3) Participate in Deep E-Learning
Access to our remarkable film series that lays out the conceptual framework of this work, and then engages deep interviews with some of the world’s leading experts in connection to self, others, and nature. Additional readings, curriculum, and materials, accessible through the cloud, anytime, anywhere, on any device.
4) Engage in Tailored Practices
A complete archive of 300+ restorative practices at your fingertips, indexed to meet your particular needs to enhance connection to self, others, nature, creativity, beneficial mindsets…hands, body, movement, emotions, communication, inclusion, groups, etc.