We have started a group that can really make a quantum leap difference on this planet…I look forward to what we all create together.Alastair Rendall, Director, ARG Design
The Regenerative Practitioner Series
The Regenerative Practitioner is a distance-learning seminar series for practitioners who are interested in creating regenerative effects in the places that they live and work. The series is a three-month engagement, structured as a series of weekly online dialogue sessions culminating in a 3.5-day, in-person intensive gathering.
The Regenerative Practitioner series introduces the core concepts and frameworks that define the practice of regenerative development, a process and methodology for harmonizing human activities with the continuing evolution of life on our planet, even as we continue to develop our potential as humans.
What is Regenerative Development?
Regenerative development is a process by which cities, towns, and other human communities bring themselves back into life-giving alignment with the ecological systems that support them. As a practice, it seeks to create a built environment and human systems that are capable of co-evolving with nature rather than focus on restoring degraded ecosystems without addressing the human-centered processes that degraded them in the first place.
As a starting place, regenerative development begins with the premise that all human activities have the potential to feed new life into ecological systems–and that to discern specific ways of doing so in each place is the key to bringing new levels of health and wealth to human communities. To practice regenerative development is to ask the question: How can we use the very processes that create and sustain the economy and culture of this place to drive the regeneration of our ecological systems? And, how can the development of new potential for those ecological systems in return create new potential for our economy and culture?
In this way, regenerative development re-centers a place’s ecological commons as the foundational enabler of the health and future prosperity of our human communities, rather than treating ecosystem restoration as one more thing to “add on” to the already-long list of work that’s needed in each place. In so doing, it necessitates that the core thrust of the creative work required be taken into the hands of people in disciplines and community sectors beyond those that would traditionally be focused on ecology. This only becomes possible through the committed development of an entirely different way of thinking and working.
Why is regenerative practice different?
While regenerative development needs to happen all over the planet, it’s not possible to actually do the work at the global level. Each ecosystem is completely unique in its working and in the way it shapes the life of the human community that forms in response to it. The complex interface between human systems and ecological systems must be studied, understood and navigated uniquely in each unique place.
This means that there can be no template or checklist for regenerative work. Instead, in each place practitioners from a broad range of different disciplines and community sectors–public and private, nonprofit and for-profit–must come together to engage in deep and sustained co-learning around how to practice the art of regeneration in that place. As a practice, regenerative development is based on the premise that we cannot make the outer transformations that are needed in our communities without first making inner transformations, both individually and collectively, in how we think, how we work, and, ultimately, who we are as people.
The experience of studying regenerative development has filled me with hope for the future. Rather than repeating the patterns of the past, I would love to see these emerging ways of living and working on more project agendas. Regenerative development is a shining light of hope in sustainability – a story worth sharing.Ash Buchanan, Director, Cohere
This is amazing and inspiring work that is immediately useful and life-changing on multiple levels. I am deeply grateful for this work coming into my life and into the world.Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann, Owner, ProjectPlace
How do I become a regenerative practitioner?
The Regenerative Practitioner series is designed as a survey course that enables participants to take a deep dive into learning how regenerative development unfolds at the project and community level, as well as an introduction to the inner capabilities required for the practice.
However, building the capability to engage in regenerative work is a lifelong process. For this reason, we provide continuing education opportunities to graduates of the TRP program who wish to continue developing their mastery of regenerative practice into the future. Both the TRP series and the follow-up continuing education program are rapidly evolving to support practitioners in organizing local communities of regenerative practice based in their own places and/or bioregions.
How Can I Participate in The Regenerative Practitioner Series?
In 2018, groups of practitioners in four cities–Auckland, the Bay Area, Vancouver, and Austin–have been working to organize local cohorts of The Regenerative Practitioner Series as a way of catalyzing a local community of practice that, in the long term, can work together towards shared aims for the regeneration of the place and bioregion that they collectively inhabit.
Practitioners located in any of these cities or their surrounding areas can sign up below to be notified when the next application window opens in that city. Additionally, we will have space within these cohorts for a handful of “exchange participants” based in other cities. Exchange participants enrich local cohorts with the value of their outside perspective while gaining an experience with TRP that they can then take back to their own communities to seed future work. Exchange participants will be able to apply through our open application process beginning in April 2018.
The 2018 installment of The Regenerative Practitioner series based in Auckland, New Zealand began on March 1. Auckland has hosted a TRP series every year since 2016, and their growing community of practitioners is now approaching 60 members. If you’d like to be notified when the 2019 series is scheduled, please email us.
The local participant application for the Bay Area cohort of The Regenerative Practitioner series is open now and will close on May 7, 2018. The series will begin weekly videoconference sessions on August 2, with an in-person intensive gathering in the Bay Area on October 25-28. To learn more about the Bay Area cohort or to apply, you can visit our course information page here.
The local participant application for the Vancouver cohort of The Regenerative Practitioner series is open now and will close on May 7. The series will begin weekly videoconference sessions on August 2, with an in-person intensive gathering in the Vancouver area taking place on October 25-28. To learn more about the Vancouver cohort or to apply, you can visit our course information page here.
The local participant application for the Austin cohort of The Regenerative Practitioner series is open now and will close on May 7. The series will begin weekly videoconference sessions on August 2, with an in-person intensive gathering in the Austin area taking place on November 1-4. To learn more about the Austin cohort or to apply, you can visit our course information page here.
Participants located outside of the cities that are organizing cohorts this year may apply to participate in a TRP course through our exchange program beginning in May 2018. If you’d like to be notified when the application window opens, please email us.