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Cabal is my word for a way of working together. It is an wholistic space for collaboration with each other and the life streams we are part of. The Cabal ethos rests in the subtle arts of relatedness. For over 20 years, this philosophy has guided my approach to art, design and construction, within very diverse project teams, contexts and mediums.

This ‘deep collaboration’ is an art form of communication and interdependency as we sculpt, weave, design and construct processes for restorative built environments. I treat each creative project is an opportunity to explore with others, finding simple practical tools and processes that we can put into action to help realise our ideals for transformation and regeneration in our communities. Cabal

asks, “what is needed here?” “What are the optimum conditions for wholistic


Cabal is a call to the nourishment of love, life and the restoring of beauty.

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The Regenerative Practitioner™

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recognising and enhancing unity of purpose
where all people, all of Life,
contribute to full potential

artwork by
Caroline Robinson of Cabal
& Desna Whaanga-Schollum

nau mai, haere mai, piki mai

We are a world shifting from a limited mechanical mindset, to a whole living systems paradigm of potential. HOW?

Regenesis Group, CABAL, Living Future New Zealand Collaborative and Jerome Partington of Jasmax warmly invite you to join us for Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Regenerative Practitioner™ training, a ground breaking seminar series for business leaders, cultural leaders, design, development, and planning professionals, artists, healers, facilitators, community activists, creative entrepreneurs, sustainability managers, permaculturists and community organisers.

9 distance learning sessions via video conference
Friday mornings 9am-10:30am NZST, starting Friday 6th May 2016
1 x 3 day residential workshop, venue in Aotearoa New Zealand tbc
11-14 August 2016


The Regenerative Practitioner™ is designed to support you in growing your capability to become a transformative agent while evolving the field of sustainability through your work.

The series is delivered by Pamela Mang, Bill Reed and the Regenesis Group leaders (USA).

Regenesis Group (based in Sante Fe, USA)  are pioneers of regenerative practice. They have developed a program of education offerings to enable entrepreneurs and sustainability practitioners to learn the practice of regenerative development and grow the internal capability required to deliver truly transformational work.

Learn more about the series content below.

There is space for up to 20 people. (We hope to have several subsidies available)
CPD points available.

We look forward to hearing from you, with a ‘yes count me in’, a ‘maybe, keep me posted / need more information’, and any questions or suggestions.

Caroline Robinson

mauri ora!


more info

Schedule for 2016 Series - NEW ZEALAND

Video-conference sessions are 90 minutes long, using the free 'zoom' platform and take place weekly on Friday's at 9 am NZST, with a one-week break between sessions 4 and 5. The scheduled dates are as follows:
    •    Meetup: May 6th.
    •    Eight sessions: May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3, June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8. All sessions are recorded and available to download in case you miss a session
    •    Intensive in New Zealand (venue tbc); Thursday August 11 (6 to 8 pm) and all day Friday – Sunday (9 am to 5 pm) August August 12-14.

Regenesis Group principals also offer 2 hours of coaching conversations for each team of participants over the course of the series.

The Regenerative Practitioner™

There is a growing need to develop regenerative capacity and resilience in social, cultural and ecological systems. The Regenerative Practitioner™ is designed for working practitioners seeking to evolve themselves and their practice to meet this need. Regenerative development works to reverse the degeneration of the earth's natural systems and to design human structures and systems that can co-evolve with natural systems, generating mutual benefits and greater overall expression of life and resilience. This series introduces proprietary regenerative development technologies that have been developed and field tested by Regenesis over the last two  decades.

The Regenerative Practitioner offers ways to reimagine how we work and who we are as we work, and to develop the capability to integrate these insights into our practice. This unique learning opportunity consciously weaves together work on developing oneself (personal development), one’s work community (development of one’s practice/team) and one’s effect in the world (making a meaningful and significant difference).

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. The more we become conscious of how our own thinking processes and assumptions limit what we perceive and the work we do, the more we become free to express who we truly are and serve what we deeply care about.

The Regenerative Practitioner is not a course in theoretical knowledge. Everything you learn will be immediately applicable to your work and life. You will engage with powerful systemic frameworks and processes that use living systems thinking to integrate social and ecological dynamics and grow your capability to work creatively with complex systems. You will work with a team of other participants, using a real project to understand and communicate the potential of regenerative approaches. All of the materials that you will need to complete the course will be provided by Regenesis, including case studies, systemic frameworks, and suggested supplementary texts and videos.

Outcomes that we will help you create for yourself through this series include:

1.    A deeper understanding of regenerative development, including how it extends the effectiveness of other sustainability approaches;

2.    Increased ability to engage co-workers and clients around the ways regenerative development supports and enhances their work and aspirations;

3.    Greater ability to assess design and development processes for their regenerative potential and to design ways to increase their regenerative effectiveness;
4.    An ability to use dynamic systems frameworks to deliver greater value to your clients and your practice. This includes designing processes that keep you growing personally and professionally by integrating inner developmental work with outer development work, growing your capacity to apply systems thinking and manage complexity across greater scales, and developing new ways of thinking; and

5.    Strategies for growing a successful regenerative practice, supported by participation in a collaborative learning community of peers and colleagues who share your commitment to creating profoundly innovative work in service to a healthier world.

backround reading

For more on the capabilities developed by regenerative practitioners please read the following articles:

* What Is Regenerative Development?

* Three Lines of Work

the series

The Regenerative Practitioner consists of eight sessions (teleseminars) scheduled over a two- month period, followed by a three-day, in-person intensive workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Regenesis principals will provide two hours of coaching conversations for each team of participants over the course of the series. The series will launch with an online meet-up, which will include a brief orientation to the series and will also give participants an opportunity to become acquainted with one another before delving into content and teamwork.

Session Topics

Session 0: Meet up

Session 1: Definitions and Basic Concepts

Becoming aware of the mental techniques that we use to process the world. Introduction to the key capabilities required to regenerate our thinking so that we can bring new perspectives and new ways of understanding to our engagements with the complex, living world.

Session 2: Systemic Frameworks

Living systems frameworks are instruments to manage one’s thinking and improve the effectiveness of collaborative work. Together with developmental processes, they are instruments for understanding the complex, dynamic wholes within which we live, so that we can be conscious agents of co-evolution.

Session 3: Understanding Place

The places where we work are complex living systems. The Regenerative Development framework provides a way to understand the sets of nested relationships and dynamics that influence change efforts and the effect and effectiveness of our projects.

Session 4: Harnessing Potential
Moving from project-centric to place-centric is key to understanding a project’s relationship within the nested systems of its place. Imaging a project as a living system, embedded in the living systems of place enables the discovery of greater potential and taps new sources of creativity for working on regeneration.

Session 5: Regenerative Capability

Translating the evolutionary potential of a project and its place into inspiring goals creates the right level of motivation and sets the stage for ongoing evolution beyond the completed project.

Session 6: Regenerative Direction

A project’s direction or overall purpose provides the source we look to in generating and adapting action plans as we move through the different phases of a project. A regenerative direction or purpose provides a collective aim for stakeholders that coalesces, inspires and uplifts aspirations. It helps ensure that choices and actions are in integrity with the potential we see and the ends we’re pursuing.

Session 7: Co-evolving Mutualism

The real regenerative potential of a project’s systemic relationship to its place continues to unfold long after it is “completed.” Strategies for creating a system of mutually beneficial stakeholder relationships extend the project’s contribution while growing its value and resilience, integrating project and place so that the whole becomes more vibrant and healthy through time.

Session 8: Engagement: Looking Back and Looking Forward

One of the most powerful effects of regenerative development is the experience of seeing the world anew—seeing new potential, creative possibilities, and meaning for ourselves, our work, and what we care about. Communicating with collaborators and clients around these insights requires designing transformative engagement processes that enable them to see a higher order of possibility and regenerative potential for themselves and what they are working on.


New Zealand dates
9 weekly sessions, Friday mornings 9am-10:30am
starting Friday 6th MAY 2016
3 day residential intensive
12-14 August 2016



Article by Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Caroline Robinson, Keriata Stuart, Biddy Livesey with Bill Reed


THE REGENERATES (45minute documentary)



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