For the past 14 years, we’ve been helping young people and grown-ups in incarceration, medical, mental health, and educational settings develop the conceptual frameworks and transformational practices to articulate, in the clear and precise language of neurophysiology, and in the local and culturally-resonant voices of their own community and culture, a culturally-informed trauma-sensitive set of mindful awareness practices to help us become more present to our internal landscapes, available for connection with others, and connected to nature. Along the way, we have had, and continue to have a lot of support and mentorship. In our conceptual and theoretical work we draw heavily on the conceptual framework of Dr. Darcia Narvaez, pioneering researcher on the relationship between indigenous child-rearing practices and the development of morality. In neurophysiology, we draw on the work of Dr. Stephen Porges, developer of the Polyvagal Theory, and the clinical applications of Polyvagal Theory elaborated by people such as Dr. Peter Levine and Steven Hoskinson. Awareness teachers who have shaped our view include José Gabriel da Costa, GURUCHARN SINGH KHALSA, Shinzen Young, Vinny Ferraro, ALAN WALLACE. In our somatic and emotional awareness work we’ve been influenced by people like Eugene Gendlin, the CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL BALANCE PROGRAM developed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman, and taught by Dr. Eve Ekman and Alan Wallace. In our relational mindfulness work, Lee Mun Wah is a primary mentor. In our nature awareness work, John Stokes, Jon Young, and Jeffrey Bronfman have been significant. In our work on narrative, Adam Johnson has been a formative mentor. Our advisors include Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, Dr. Melissa Moore, founder of the Karuna contemplative psychology training program, and Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, science director of the Greater Good Science Center. Our mentors and facilitators have come to this awareness through their own study and lived experience, and therefore are able to embody it in their own unique ways while working within a common language and conceptual framework. We come in various colors, cultures, genders, and from different walks of life. As facilitator Earl Simms says, “Some of us did our graduate work at Penn State, some us in the State Pen.” What all of this means is that when you work with us, you are working with a network of minds and hearts that spans cultures and traditions and disciplines, all in the service of life. When we do this work, we access the wisdom of the felt sense and connect again to our own indigeneity as earth-based humans, connected to place and grounded in the experience of inter-dependence, and able to work more sustainably in the service of others and of life itself.