The Regenerative Practitioner Series
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA


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 Green Building Alliance, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and Jendoco Construction, in collaboration with the Regenesis Institute for Regenerative Practice, invite you to join us for the next chapter Pittsburgh’s The Regenerative Practitioner series. Last year’s series was a huge success in the influence it has had on businesses in the area, and cohorts that were formed during the series continue to work together.

The Pittsburgh region has been a leader in sustainability for decades through the work of visionary community members and organizations. This groundbreaking Series is a rare opportunity to deepen our understanding of the complex interrelationships between human and ecological systems and evolve our thinking, being and doing through regenerative practice.

The Regenerative Practitioner Series offers experienced practitioners an opportunity to transform the way we think and work in order to transform ourselves and our communities. All human intention and activities have the potential to create new life in the ecological and social systems they touch. Regenerative development re-centers a place’s unique ecological identity as the foundation of the health and prosperity of its human communities. The Pittsburgh host team is excited to again offer this deep dive into the regenerative way of seeing the world, allowing us to have a more profound impact on our lives and the well-being of the greater Pittsburgh region.

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 the Regenesis Institute for Regenerative Practice 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 instructors, and one another.

The series consists of ten online videoconference sessions culminating in a three-day intensive workshop, which is being adapted to a virtual format this year in response to the Covid 19 social distancing constraints. 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 Intensive provides an extended opportunity to use the developed frameworks over a 3-day period.

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. We learned from the course last year that this time is necessary and important!

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….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 call 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 2020 Pittsburgh Series

All Videoconference sessions are held on Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm EDT. The dates are as follows:

  • Videoconference MeetUp: July 9
  • Videoconference Sessions:  July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 20, August 27, September 10, September 17
  • Intensive: October 1 – 4. The Intensive begins on Thursday evening and continues Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Details regarding the virtual format will be forthcoming in June.
  • Final Videoconference Session: October 22

Investment/Tuition Fees

Tuition for the Pittsburgh series is $2600 USD. You may pay in full or via a six-month payment plan.

We are able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships to practitioners and organizations who require financial support as a way to promote inclusion, diversity and access for the benefit of the entire community of practice / group of learners. 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 May 4.

Update, April 8: We recognize that many practitioners’ financial situations have been dramatically impacted by the Covid 19 situation. If you are considering taking the course but are faced with this situation, we encourage you to apply for a partial scholarship.

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

The tuition for 2020 reflects generous in-kind contributions from our Intensive host, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Reservation Process – Deposit Required

In order to confirm the series, we need to fill the cohort by obtaining a minimum of 20 reservations by May 18. There is a $100 deposit required to reserve a space and be counted towards this enrollment target. To reserve a space, you’ll need to fill out a registration form, pay the $100 deposit, and set up your preferred payment arrangement for the tuition.

Once we’ve notified you that the course is confirmed, your account will be billed automatically on June 1 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.

Update, April 2: The deadlines below have been extended.

  • Reservation deadline: May 18
  • Scholarship applications due: May 4
  • Spaces confirmed: May 25
  • Tuition billed: June 1
  • Series begins: July 9

Not local to the Pittsburgh area? Apply via our Seeds Program!

Photography credits, top to bottom: Pittsburgh sky, Paul Fisher. Neighborhood work, window view, and kayakers, courtesy Green Building Alliance. Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps, Paul G. Wiegman.  

All illustrations by Ian Durneen.