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Supporting community-based learning

The Catalyst Initiative honors and fosters culturally authentic self-care practices to advance health and well-being.


For communities in need, including people experiencing current and/or historical trauma, toxic stress, inequities, or lack of access to opportunities, this initiative is here to help. Here’s how it works:

Educate and Inspire

We foster understanding about the benefits and importance of self-care, trauma healing, and well-being.

Scale Generative Norms

We synthesize what we learn and connect networks and leadership that embed culturally authentic healing practices in communities.

Shift Systems

We champion policies, practices, and investments that advance self-care as primary care.

Seed and Innovate

We boldly invest in promising practices in self-care and healing.

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Sowing Seeds of Healing

The Catalyst Initiative creates sustainable systems change by giving communities what they say they need. Catalyst focuses on building resilience, healing trauma, and contributing to positive health outcomes at the individual, organizational, and community levels. Learn more about this innovative work in this article from the Bush Foundation.



Waging Peace

To be effective warriors for peace, we must intentionally nurture our bodies, minds, and spirits. Being grounded in radical self-care is required if we are to move beyond simply surviving and step fully into thriving.

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In This Moment

In these times, it is more important than ever to access the spaciousness of calm on a regular basis. Here are some resources to help you connect with self-care practices.

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Visit The Learning Hub

This video showcases the beautiful and necessary work of our community partner Rebeka Ndosi. Rebeka has pivoted to a virtual format during the pandemic and continues to expand the network of BIPOC healers. Check out more Catalyst Initiative videos here.

Let's Get Started

We’d love to support you or your organization with the Catalyst Initiative’s efforts. Contact Suzanne Koepplinger to learn more.

Suzanne Koepplinger
Director, Catalyst Initiative