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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

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The Regenerative Practitioner™ 2018

ko te tangata matariki he tangata ahunga nui
the regenerative human is an awakened being of abundance

Whakatauki (proverb): Isaac Bishara
Image: 'shared purpose' - hands of Living Future Collaborative New Zealand, ceramics by Mike O'Donnell, Tarariki


nau mai, haere mai, piki mai

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

The seminar series includes:

10 distance learning sessions via video conference
Friday mornings 9am-11am NZST, starting Friday 2nd March 2018
3 day waananga (intensive) and marae noho (stay)
24-27 May 2018 (Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island, Aotearoa New Zealand) 


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, Ben Haggard, Joel Glanzberg, Nicholas Mang, Bill Reed - Regenesis Group (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 or on the Regenesis Group website.

Investment: NZD $3500 (no gst) –  Fee includes tuition for the whole programme, plus marae noho (stay) and manaakitanga (hospitality) for the three day waananga (intensive).

Enrolment process

Regenesis Group in Santa Fe, USA, will coordinate the enrolments for The Regenerative Practitioner™ 2018. The enrollment deadline is February 2nd, 2018.

Fees are paid directly to Regenesis Group, USA. You may pay in full (NZD$3500, no gst) or via a six-month payment plan. A deposit of $500 is required to hold your place. This deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals received after January 15, 2018.

We are able to offer a small number of partial subsidies to some practitioners who are doing community-based or education work and/or practitioners who are just starting out in their careers. When you fill out the registration form you will be given the option to indicate that you are requesting a subsidy, and we will contact you to discuss.

There is space for up to 20 people.

New Zealand CPD points available.

Ready to sign up?

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon or Deneen at

Also feel welcome to chat to Aotearoa New Zealand hosts:  Caroline Robinson, Cabal ( and Lucy Tukua, Native by Nature.


The Regenerative Practitioner™

There is a growing need to develop regenerative capacity and resilience in social, cultural and ecological systems. The Regenerative Practitioner™ (TRP) 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.


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

* What Is Regenerative Development?

* Three Lines of Work


the series

Mai Huitaangaruru ki Matariki Ahunga Nui

From February to June, from the months of the flowering of the tangaru tree daisy, Olearia albida to the star constellation period of Piipiri June when people gather their knees to themselves beside the winter fires and speak of the bounty of Matariki.

The Regenerative Practitioner consists of nine sessions (teleseminars) scheduled over a two- month period, followed by a three-day, in-person waananga (intensive workshop) in New Zealand. 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.

All video-conference sessions are recorded and available to download in case you miss a session.


the schedule

Video-conference sessions are 2 hours long, using the free 'zoom' platform and take place weekly on Friday's at 9 am - 11am NZST.

The scheduled dates are as follows:

  • Meetup video-conference session: March 2nd.

  • Eight video-conference sessions: March 9th, March 16th, March 23rd, April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, April 27th and May 4th. (Note that there is no session on Easter weekend, so we skip a week between between sessions 3 and 4)

  • Waananga (intensive) in New Zealand (noho marae, tbc) May 24th-27th; Thursday May 24 (staring with powhiri / welcome, time tbc) and all day Friday – Sunday (finishing 3 pm)

  • Final video-conference session: Friday, June 8th at 9:00 am - 11:00 am


session topics

Session 0 - Mar 2nd 2018: Meet up

Session 1 - Mar 9th 2018: 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 - Mar 16th 2018: 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 - Mar 23rd 2018: 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 - Apr 6th 2018: 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 - Apr 13th 2018: 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 - Apr 20th 2018: 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 - Apr 27th 2018: 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 - May 4th 2018: 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.

Session 9 - Jun 8th 2018: Completion


Is the course right for you?

There are several considerations that may help you assess whether this series is appropriate for you.

First, this is not a theoretical experience. It’s for people who wish to actively develop new thinking that they can apply to the real world. You will be working to apply the concepts and frameworks to a project that you have a real connection to.

Second, you are committed to working on yourself and growing who you are, since this is work that requires us to transform ourselves. Since you’ll be applying what you’re learning in the real world, engaging with real colleagues and clients and stakeholders, it isn’t just an academic exercise. It matters very much that you develop your own capacity so you can come through for them.

Thirdly, you can commit the time required each week, to attend the sessions, as well as undertake the preparation reading and study, deep thinking and reflection processes.


Ready to sign up?


More context for regenerative development

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

THE REGENERATES (45minute documentary)




Matariki Ahunganui
Ko te kai te toto o te tangata
ko te whenua te oranga o te pāharakeke

a herald of abundance
whose fecundity is the blood sustenance
of body, mind and soul on earth for humanity
but it is the land that is the spiritual wellbeing of all my relations


Thank you Isaac Bishara, for supporting whakatauki (proverbs)

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The Regenerative Practitioner™ 2017