course »Restorative Practices (TM): An Introduction for Child Welfare Workers

Date: 8/28/2019, 1:15 pm—4:15 pm
County: Alameda County
Location: Berkeley
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
Restorative Practices is an approach to well-being that begins from the premise that many modern people are physiologically ill: their stress response has become their physiological baseline. Most people in modern western culture are experiencing chronic, toxic, and traumatic stress because the culture itself has deviated from an ancestral baseline in connection, which was the foundation of how humans lived for 99% of our history.

We observe that the origin of western culture is a story of separation and disconnection, in which people moved out of relationship with themselves, each other, and the living world.

We believe that in order to reclaim our well-being, humans need to learn to re-connect. The doorway to this re-connection is mindful awareness. Mindful awareness is a universal human quality characterized by an intentional attention to present moment experience, with an attitude of acceptance and non-judgment.

Through a variety of restorative practices that train us to be in relationship with our present moment experience, with one another, and with the living world, we can reclaim connection as our baseline state, and experience the transformative benefits this original technology brings.