Activating our innate, individual and collective human capacity for resilience
Roots to Thrive is a living curriculum stewarded by an ever growing collaborative of patient partners and professionals. While multiple individuals and agencies contribute to the development of Roots to Thrive and RTT-KaT (Roots to Thrive + Ketamine-assisted Therapy). The Roots to Thrive collaborative also operates My Community Journey’s/MyCommunity Thrives, a non profit Society with a focus on psilocybin-assisted therapy for end-of-life distress.
The Roots to Thrive journey promotes the development of personal resources to buffer us from stress and improve our ability to thrive. With resilient roots we can access the inner resources necessary to self-actualize into our highest, most confident and authentic self.
The core evidence-informed concepts from which the work emerges are sense of coherence and congruence. Roots that thrive are deeply grounded in personal authenticity (congruence) and an inner sense of confidence in one’s ability to navigate life’s challenges (sense of coherence). From this place of re-sourced wholeness, we cultivate an ability to live with purpose, joy, courage, and compassion.
The process is not to learn to be human, it is remembering our resources, our desires, values, and passions by reconnecting the body and the spirit. As we act from a felt sense of wholeness, we align and pendulate between the inner world and the environment, people, and activities of the outer world. The seminal humanistic and transpersonal theories and concepts that undergird the curriculum are Polyvagal Theory (Porges, 2011), The Theory of Unmet Needs (Maslow, 1943), sense of coherence (Antonvosky, 1979) and congruence (Rogers, 1951).
Sense of coherence (SOC) centres on our orientation to life. Our ability to reframe and resource with confidence and optimism. Our degree of SOC informs meaning making, comprehension / predictability, and confidence / self-efficacy. Awareness (mindfulness) is key for developing our sense of coherence.
Congruence centres on our orientation to self. It is the aligning of our ‘real’ (actual) and ‘ideal’ (potential) self. Authentic self expression and deepening self-compassion are key for developing congruence.
By developing congruence and sense of coherence, the two primary factors that promote thriving, we come to remember our who we are from a place of wholeness, enabling us to creatively and confidently access all our resources. As a result, we navigate stimuli before they become stressors and ultimately, we develop a greater ability thrive.
We regulate and return to homeostasis in community with others. As such, informed by Polyvagal Theory (Porges, 2011) and trauma-informed principles, we cultivate authentic and grounded communities. The Roots to Thrive journey welcomes diverse peoples into sacred circles to share learnings and core practices that:
· Expand our awareness of who we are and our inner and outer resources
· Empower us to regulate stress, heal trauma, and securely attach to self and others
· Deepen in heartfulness and compassion
· Attune to and align with our essential purpose and calling
Program formats range depending on the unique context and intentions of the individual, workplace, or community group. We provide one day sessions, weekend sessions, six week programs, and weekly virtual groups. To inquire about joining or hosting The Roots to Thrive program (offered in person & virtually) email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org