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To realize the vision of a compassionate and nonviolent world, we begin with our own life. We educate ourselves, discover the tools necessary for building a compassionate culture, and make commitments that support a thriving environment for every person.

Restore Life Skills Teachers The Restore! Life Skills Program is a way to work directly with individuals of all ages and backgrounds to realize this vision. By learning to consciously connect with our breath, we can demonstrate a greater capacity to make positive decisions, respond rather than react, become ready to learn and concentrate, and manage strong emotions in stressful situations. When we take the time to get in touch with our vision and values through a structured dialog process, we are able to connect, feel, hear, and see each other as equally human and discover the inherent goodness and common core of our humanity.

Restore! participants will learn and engage in:

  • a dynamic dialog process for improved communication and group morale 
  • restorative breathing practices for inner peace
  • meditation techniques for optimal wellbeing
  • relaxation techniques for reduced stress
  • concentration practices for enhanced focus and productivity
  • personal tools for long term success

The Restore! Life Skills Program is currently being offered in four capacities:

This program component serves individuals who work in high stress sectors of our community. Many providers are experiencing compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress, commonly known as "caregiver burnout" with its symptoms of pervasive fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, inability to focus, loss of productivity, and the experience of self-doubt or incompetence are increasingly common in our service sectors.

Participants in this program engage in a dialog process to connect back to their passion, learn meditation and breathing exercises for stress reduction, and learn new tools for enhanced wellbeing.   

This program component is a dedicated time for students and teachers to reboot and recharge through the practices of restorative breathing and meditation. Just like musicians in the symphony who take time to carefully tune his or her instrument before a performance, children also need time to tune their instrument – the body, mind, and emotions.

What would it look like if we provided kids with life-long tools to support them in living happier and more balanced lives? What would it look like if children in schools learned the skills to consciously connect with their breath, to learn how to calm their minds and bodies, and to cultivate more kindness and compassion? Classrooms and entire schools can be transformed as we strengthen our capacity to know ourselves better and to shift the way in which we interact with each other. 


This program component supports kids and caregivers in an afterschool program setting. Participants learn how to calm and balance their bodies through restorative breathing techniques and meditation practices, stretch and balance exercises, and various art projects centered around mindfulness. 

If we nurture the inner life of children and cultivate emotional intelligence, self-awareness, attunement, and the tools necessary to face challenges of many forms, we can develop the specific competencies that are vital to creating a more harmonious future for our children. By connecting inwardly children become more attuned to their mind, body and senses and feel more secure, stable, and familiar with who they are.


This program component supports those who are incarcerated. Participants learn how to have shared dialog and deep listening skills, learn meditation and breathing exercises for stress reduction, principals for higher ways of living, journaling, coloring, and writing assignments.  

Clients who attend this program have the opportunity to experience directly the positive effects of the practices learned and report feeling an overall sense of inner calmness and freedom. With the pressures of meeting the daily demands of their program, to the challenges of reintegrating back into the community, and for most staying sober, the tools learned provide a chance for them to reboot and recharge.  One conscious breath and the practice of calming the mind has the potential to change the course of an individual’s future by learning to simply pause. One breath can turn the tide in a person’s life and the lives around them. 

For more information about how you and your organization can benefit from one of these programs, contact CTV's Executive Director, Shelley Swan at 408.490.1442 or email