Human Empowerment And Resilience Training (HEART)

The central training in the Organic Intelligence system is the Human Empowerment And Resilience Training, or HEARTraining. It unfolds through a series of intensive retreats over 3 years, with video content online to deepen both theory and clinical practice, and ongoing support between the retreats, including mentorship, personal sessions, peer practice, and small group coaching around integrating the material into your own work.

HEART Berkeley begins September 2018
with Sean Feit Oakes, PhD
OI Associate Faculty (OICC)

I am excited to announce the first East Bay HEARTraining, which will take place at Rudramandir in Berkeley, starting in September 2018. While most of the HEARTrainings are done in a residential retreat format, HEART Berkeley will be non-residential, increasing affordability and accessibility for folks who may not have the time or resources to join the residential retreat format. Students from outside the area can either stay in nearby hotels or be set up for home-stays with local students. The first six retreats will be non-residential in Berkeley, and the last two will be residential in San Diego, completing the HEARTraining process with immersion in community life and practice.

Learn more about the OI HEARTraining on the OI website.

The HEARTraining weaves contemplative (personal), clinical (dyad), and group (systemic) work together, focused on mastery of the OI Clinical Protocol, an elegant systems-based model for the restoration of resilience and coherence in living systems. While the protocol supports powerful and effective counseling and individual therapy, it also has implications for both personal contemplative practice and group participation and facilitation. As a mindfulness-based process, it builds individual skills of awareness, non-judgmental witness, and tracking states in ourselves and others. As a template for healing work, it supports both trauma resolution and spiritual growth, fundamentally understanding them as not separate. And as a model of resilience in living systems it suggests pathways for re-visioning work with groups, especially around challenging or inflamed issues.

As core faculty for HEART Berkeley, I am inviting artists, activists, healers, and spiritual contemplatives to come train together. We will weave between theoretical and experiential study of Organic Intelligence, supported by meditation and movement work based in Buddhism, Haṭha Yoga, and other forms. All the work we do will be accessible to people of all body types and physical abilities. We strive to make the training as affordable as possible, and discounts and scholarships are available for members of traditionally marginalized populations, groups, household/family members, and graduates of allied somatic trainings. Contact OI here for scholarship information and application materials.

Full info on tuition and scholarships here.

DATES: Weekends 1-6

Weekend 1: September 7–10, 2018
Weekend 2: January 18–21, 2019
Weekend 3: April 5–8, 2019
Weekend 4: July 26–29, 2019
Weekend 5: October 18–21, 2019
Weekend 6: January 17–20, 2020


830 Bancroft Way at 6th St, Berkeley, CA

Dates: Year 3

Year 3 will be residential, in San Diego, taught by OI founder Steve Hoskinson:

Retreat 5: April 20-25, 2020
Retreat 6: Oct 4-9, 2020

For a free consultation call around whether HEART Berkeley would be a good fit for your needs and process, please write me. I look forward to talking with you, and to sharing this powerful work with you and our blessed communities.

Enroll in HEART Berkeley here.