The Regenerative Practitioner Series

Mahkato, Minnesota, Upper Midwest Region, USA

Virtual Sessions January 12 – April 27, 2021; Intensive April 8 – 11


Enrollment for this course is now closed. If you would like to be notified when enrollment is opened for 2021, you can sign up for our notification list here

The Regenesis Institute for Regenerative Practice, in concert with co-hosts Katie Boone from Mankato and her regional colleagues Janie Hanson and Aimee Viniard-Weideman, cordially invite you to participate in the initial offering of The Regenerative Practitioner Series for the Midwest region. Join the Regenesis Institute’s burgeoning global network of practitioners sowing seeds and practicing regenerative development in their own regions and beyond.

We are facing many challenges in the Midwest today. Over half of our lakes are deemed unswimmable and our rivers are severely impaired. Coping with a worldwide pandemic has illuminated issues in our food supply chain and relationships across communities and the environment. And individuals, businesses, governments, and nonprofits are all in the midst of adapting to new realities in supporting the economic health, well-being and vitality of all people who call this region home.

We know we can do better, and the lives of future generations are depending on us to do what it will take now, in the time that we have, to create a more equitable and thriving future for all. This series is a unique opportunity to learn from the field of regenerative development, through the use of field-tested concepts and frameworks. Grow your capabilities and tap into the fullest potential of the whole region as we explore the interplay and evolution between people, places, nature, economic and social systems.

Where exactly is Mahkato? Mahkato is a Dakota word for “blue earth,” a bluish/grey clay found along the banks of the Minnesota River Valley in the region around the city of Mankato and the Blue Earth River in southern Minnesota. We recognize that we reside on the traditional land of the Dakota Peoples, past and present, and acknowledge with gratitude the land itself and the people that make this place home.

Join us and collaborate with a diverse group of participants from the Midwest region and other locations to deepen our roots and connections beyond the series. Those outside the Midwest area can leverage what they learn here and carry the seeds of the learning with them to their particular place. For those that reside on these lands, you are welcome to join forces with those who are in the midst of developing a community of practice that embodies the distinctive characteristics of our unique place that we call home.

What is regenerative practice?

Regenerative development works to align human activities with the continuing evolution of life on our planet, reversing ecosystem degradation while growing community wellbeing. As a practice, regenerative development is based on the premise that we cannot make the outer transformations required to create a truly sustainable world without making inner transformations in how we think, how we work, and who we are.

The Regenerative Practitioner is a distance-learning seminar series for practitioners interested in integrating regenerative development into their practice. The series introduces and explores proprietary regenerative development concepts and frameworks that have been developed and extensively field tested by Regenesis over the last two decades.

How does the Series work?

The Regenerative Practitioner provides a deep dive into the fundamental shifts in how we work and how we think that underly a regenerative approach to development of all kinds. Participants work together deeply over a four-month period to engage with the course curriculum, Regenesis Institute instructors, and one another.

The Series consists of ten two-hour videoconference sessions culminating in a three-day, online intensive workshop. The videoconference sessions include preparatory reading assignments and exercises. The sessions themselves combine live instruction with open group dialogue and one-on-one “fishbowl” time, where a single participant works with our instructors to explore a project they are actually working on as a way of bringing the frameworks to life for the entire group. The sessions are recorded and made available for download, so you can catch up if you miss a session. Participants typically spend between 5 and 7 hours per week preparing for and engaging in the sessions and course assignments while this portion of the course is underway.

For each cohort the series is limited to 20 participants, so that everyone has the option to engage around his or her work.

Participants are organized into study cohorts that are encouraged to work on course assignments together as a group. Each study cohort receives two coaching sessions with Regenesis instructors.  

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

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

Is this course right for me?

We encourage potential participants to self-select around whether or not this course is a good fit for you. To help with this, you might ask yourself whether some or all of these statements apply to you:

  • You often see bigger potential than is being realized on the projects you’re involved in but haven’t found a way to help your collaborators and/or clients see and align with that potential.
  • You know that sustainability will never accomplish its aims if we can’t change the way we think and work, but you’re not sure how to achieve this.
  • Your work is important and meaningful to you, but you still feel the drive to learn and develop along a path so that your work and the essence of “who you are” become further and further integrated.
  • You have a track record of accomplishment, and yet you continually see possibilities beyond the level that you are currently able to realize.
  • Your schedule provides you the time necessary to commit to 5-7 hours per week preparing for and engaging in the sessions.

If so, you may be a good candidate for the series. If you are considering enrolling in TRP but unsure as to whether the course is right for you, you may request a conversation with a faculty member to mutually assess whether it’s a fit.

What material does the series cover?

The series is structured around a systemic framework that has been drawn from and tested through decades of working on regenerative development projects in communities all over the world. The framework integrates four core elements that enable regenerative thinking and working across the nested systems in which we work. The learning outcomes of the series are as follows:

  • Greater ability to assess design and development practices for their regenerative potential
  • A deeper understanding of how regenerative development unfolds at the project and community level;
  • Greater ability to define how a regenerative approach would apply to various sectors and fields of practice relevant to your work;
  • Increased capacity to manage complexity as a means to deliver greater value to clients and stakeholders;
  • Strategies for growing a successful regenerative practice; and
  • The support of a local learning community of peers and colleagues who share your commitment to creating profoundly innovative work in service to a healthier community and world.

For more information about the content covered in the series, you may download the course syllabus.

Schedule for the 2021 Midwest Series

Update, November 10: If you have viewed this schedule previously, please note that the dates have been updated.

All Videoconference sessions are held via videoconference on Zoom on Tuesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 pm Central Time. The dates are as follows:

  • Videoconference MeetUpJanuary 12, 2021
  • Videoconference Sessions: January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23
  • Videoconference Intensive: April 8 – 11. We will gather on Zoom for an opening evening session from 5:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursday, April 8 and all day from 9 am – 5 pm with breaks for lunch and reflective journaling on Friday – Sunday.
  • Final Videoconference Session: April 27

Investment/Tuition Fees

Tuition for the Midwest series is $2400 USD. You have the option to pay in full or choose a six-month payment plan.

Scholarships: To promote inclusion, diversity, equity and access for the benefit of the entire community of learners as well as the communities and places where we come from, we are able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships to practitioners and organizations who require financial support. In considering scholarship requests we are looking for true financial need as well as a commitment to create meaningful impacts in one’s community.  When you fill out the registration form you will be given the option to indicate that you are requesting a scholarship. All scholarship applications must be received by November 17, 2020.

Because our scholarship pool is limited to a set number of partial scholarships, we also encourage you to explore what creative ways could you leverage resources to support you being a part of our learning together. For example, some participants have used crowdfunding campaigns, reaching out to family and friends, leveraging professional development funds, etc. as means to enable their participation in TRP.

AIA members: This course is eligible for 46 CES LUs.

Reservation Process – Deposit Required

In order to confirm the series, we need to fill the cohort by obtaining a minimum of 20 reservations by December 1. There is a $100 deposit required to reserve a space and be counted towards this enrollment target. To reserve a space, please fill out the registration form, pay the $100 deposit, and set up your preferred payment arrangement for the tuition. Note: Those requesting scholarship consideration are not required to pay the $100 deposit until they are informed of a scholarship award.

Once we’ve notified you that the course is confirmed, your account will be billed automatically on December 9 for the remaining tuition, either in full or via a six-month payment plan, according to the arrangements you set up when you make your reservation.

In the event that the minimum enrollment target is not met and the course does not proceed, the $100 deposit will be refunded to you.

  • Reservation deadline: December 1
  • Scholarship applications due: November 17
  • Spaces confirmed: December 4
  • Tuition billed: December 9
  • Series begins: January 12

Donate to our scholarship fund!

Would you like to support the development of our community of practice? Donate to our scholarship fund! Each year we provide over $50,000 in scholarships to regenerative practitioners in need of financial support. All donations received through this link will be reserved for participants hailing from the Upper Midwest region of the United States, to promote inclusion, diversity, and equity of access to The Regenerative Practitioner series. The Institute is a registered 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

 Photography credits: Soybean field, courtesy Janie Hanson; Cornfield, courtesy Croptomize; Farm road and farm site, courtest Janie Hanson. 

All illustrations by Ian Durneen.