Roots to Thrive


A 12 week Community of Practice program weaving together the medicine of unconditional positive regard and community to bring us back to wholeness

Remembering our inherent wholeness

We are born whole, thriving beings. Many of us learn early on that we are not good enough as we are and believe this to be true. We learn to identify with our roles, actions, and outcomes and are told repeatedly that the things we DO are what makes us whole, and worthy of love and belonging. Doing = Worth. To survive, we look to others for how to act and present ourselves, ensuring we secure the love and approval we need. After trading in enough pieces of ourselves to attain the approval of others, we eventually lose connection with who we are – our very spirit or being – that fuels our passion for life. Our body then sends distress signals, to alert us we are out of tune with our real selves. These signals often manifest as anxiety and depression. Geraldine Manson, an honoured Snuneymuxw First Nation Elder, refers to the essence of who we are, as our pilot light. To tend this pilot light, we must be rooted deeply in the belief that we are indeed worthy, just as we are. The Roots the Thrive journey is not learning to be human, it is remembering our inherent wholeness.

If you are thinking of applying to be a participant in a Roots to Thrive program, here are some questions to help you decide if this is a good fit for you.

  1. Do you have the time, energy, and interest to be an engaged and consistent participant in a small group of people who become a bonded community over twelve weekly community of practice gatherings and three ketamine-assisted therapy sessions?
  2. If you are parenting, do you have solid child-care plans?
  3. Do you have a diagnosis of PTSD, depression, substance use disorder and/or anxiety that hasn’t shifted as well as you wish with medication, therapy, and other approaches although you have been doing your work and have made some progress?
  4. If you have self-medicated your distress with alcohol and/or drugs, is your life stable enough now to allow you to commit to a group process that counts on your open-hearted, fully present weekly participation?

Program Highlights

  • 12 weekly virtual communities of practice meetings
  • Small group supported by two facilitators
  • Multiple education and integration sessions
  • No doctor referral required
  • This is not a medical program

Program Cost: $2000 + tax

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Upcoming Cohorts

Cohort 10: RTT KAT and RTT Resilience

Prep Session

September 5, 2023

First Community of Practice

September 19, 2023

Last Community of Practice

December 5, 2023

Ketamine Sessions

October 14, 2023
October 15, 2023
October 28, 2023
October 29, 2022
November 11, 2023
November 12, 2023

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I entered this program feeling lost, alone, weak, and wrong in all of my emotions, thoughts and feelings. I was given a safe, accepting environment to express myself free of judgement and expectation within a group of individuals, exploring their own struggles. I was amazed with how quickly I was able to pull myself “out of the water” and breathe in the air. I began to settle into a state of calmness and finally was able to evaluate the trauma of the past year and the healing and recovery that was required in my life. Roots to Thrive did not fix me; it presented skills and a compassionate environment to find my voice and begin to speak my truth within my physical professional and personal world. This has made me stronger. I have continued to heal from my PTSD, learning to navigate my distrust and safety struggles within my professional environment. I have found my voice and worth in an environment that had forced me to be small and compromised my core beliefs in myself…I feel ready to finally be the nurse, mother, wife and leader I was always meant to be. My life is now reclaimed.”

Past participant,