Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training
HEARTraining® is the premium, leading edge professional training designed to enhance the skills
of mental health professionals in working with c-PTSD, trauma, stress, and syndromes.
HEARTraining is the premium, leading edge mindfulness, compassion, and resiliency training
for anyone seeking personal development and professional excellence.
With mindfulness and humor, HEARTraining breaks new ground in positive psychology, clinical and somatic training,
professional expertise, and personal development. HEARTraining provides tools honed through decades of developing
and practicing Organic Intelligence® around the world. OI brings a necessary shift in perspective
from pathology and trauma to the proven methods drawn from the science of self-organization.
By Enrolling, You Will Discover:
As a Mental Health
The Most Potent
Trauma Training on the Planet
Learn to use the most innovative, leading
edge interventions, effectively and safely.
Empowerment, for Yourself
and for Your Clients
Find the loving power
of your biology.
in Working with Your Clients
Find relief from
stress and burnout.
Relief from Stress,
Find Lasting Inner Peace
Experience the unfolding of your
innate potential and loving Being.
and Professional Excellence
Find empowerment, and
peak performance in life and work.
How to Live Life
with a Mindful Heart
Acquire the tools to embody
the change you wish to see in the world.
Therapy’s Missing Link
Organic Intelligence is a theory and clinical practice of human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the devastating effects of stress, trauma, and PTSD. OI is based on proven methods and understandings drawn from anthropology, biology, and the science of self-organization. Organic Intelligence uses tools that are well established in mindfulness, psychology, and healing practices but have not previously been integrated. The difference is not just what we do, it’s learning to see when we do it. Ultimately, Organic Intelligence offers the possibility of living a vibrant, authentic life in the here-and-now, free from suffering.
Organic Intelligence therapists come to understand the essence of biological rhythms and how the loss of nervous system coordination leads to human suffering. Our intervention maps clearly describe how to ‘read’ a person’s nervous system phase and intervene in an appropriate, well timed manner. This is a critical understanding. Organic Intelligence teaches essential attunement: how to understand and speak directly and effectively to the body’s signals for coherence and reintegration. This is the missing link.
HEARTraining is a continuing education certificate program consisting of three training years, for a total of six 6-day retreats and ongoing self-learning in the OI Virtual Classroom. Upon completion of all training requirements, HEART Graduates will receive the HEARTraining Certificate.
Human Organic Intelligence wisdom recognizes our compassionate human nature and encourages us to unfold, uniquely, informed by eco- and positive-psychology and, at the systems level, by Deep Ecology.
Empowerment “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” — Jimi Hendrix. Our aim is to overcome malice and doubt in individuals and society through the power of our biology and its capacity to come out of freeze and express compassion and relatedness.
And The most important concept: while polarization occurs both internally and in society, the HEARTraining builds inclusion and provides an essential understanding of the “Both-And” approach. Biologically, personally, ethically, and relationally, there is room for everything and everybody.
Resiliency This is more than learning self-care to support our clients and ourselves, it is the skill and capacity to recognize and allow the support that is already arising from deep within us. It is embodying the unfolding wisdom of the nervous system and the Self.
Training OI HEARTraining provides powerful, leading edge interventions and a new understanding of humans as complex systems. It offers personal development through professional development.
Visit the HEARTraining Curriculum for more information on course objectives.
Experiences from the HEART
“My passion is to bring this to our servicemen and -women, and our veterans; and it’s going to happen!”
“This was an opportunity to learn
from absolutely brilliant people.”
“This training is giving me the
missing link that I need in my work
A Residential Retreat Experience
Something unique happens at the Residential training units of the HEARTraining; a powerful environment is created in which a selfless, heart-oriented path is found and nurtured. Students, faculty, and mentors are all profoundly affected by the deeply interconnected community that emerges. The ease and acceptance of the retreat setting allows a mindful path to unfold in a heart-oriented way.
Steve: “To be completely honest, I have been on the fence about the value of the Residential setting. Out of concern for cost and convenience I was ready to let go of it. I wanted to improve access.
It is now absolutely clear to me that the power of the residential setting is that it creates a unique life experience, of special value to both students and mentors. It has added so much to the learning process, and contributed so significantly to the development of the students, that I’m humbled by it.”
Six Training Modules
The HEARTraining is taught in a unique instructional format for an optimal learning experience. OI HEART is a three year training composed of two, 6-month training modules per year. Each module includes a 6-day, in-person Residential Retreat and ongoing At-Home study in the OI Virtual Classroom.
OI Virtual Classroom for Ongoing Home Study
In-between retreats, you will be able to continue learning and exploring Organic Intelligence perspectives and tools through the OI Virtual Classroom. Your Virtual Classroom provides lectures, audio recordings, and transcripts on an ongoing basis to support your new skills and theory acquisition. You will work at your own pace and study from the comfort of your home or practice, with the ability to immediately incorporate newly learned material into your personal and professional life.
Additionally, each retreat is recorded for home study and made available exclusively to the participants of each cohort.
You will be assigned a Personal Mentor for guidance and support. You can choose how deeply to delve into Organic Intelligence theory and practice as you work with your Mentor to develop a learning plan that suits your own organic pace. Online small group meetings with mentors nurture the connection with your OI Community.
Inclusive, Diverse Community
Organic Intelligence values the unique perspectives that arise from diverse populations and promotes an inclusive community. In addition, a community of dedicated Organic Intelligence practitioners is evolving to develop international and intercultural projects, post-graduate expertise, and nonprofit efforts. If these values resonate with you, we most warmly invite your collaborative participation. Scholarships are available.
An Abundant Life of Selfless Service
Ultimately, Organic Intelligence catalyzes our capacity to experience relief from endless striving by recalibrating the nervous system. This means ease and heartfelt engagement on behalf of society, something previously found almost exclusively after years of contemplative practice. The Sanskrit term Nishkam Karma describes this ease and engagement as, “Taking responsible action without attachment to the outcome.”
Organic Intelligence Training Trajectory
The HEARTraining trajectory has a developmental progression which integrates skill development while studying and practicing the Organic Intelligence Clinical Protocol.
Following the HEARTraining, further clinical implications of the 3-Phase work are taught in the OI Expert Master Class Program. HEARTraining graduates are eligible to move up to this next level of training where the subtlety and sophistication of the Organic Intelligence approach takes another step. Further learning and training opportunities become available, including applying to assist in HEARTrainings around the world, or volunteering for projects with the nonprofit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute (OIOI).
Organic Intelligence is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional.
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