Vision, Mission and Values
We seek to create a sustainable culture for humanity by helping our clients evolve their consciousness in a way that ripples forward to everyone they touch.
We offer programs and services to individuals and organizations based a unique developmental model. Our offerings provide a methodology and a process that allows individuals and organizations to see the current situation more clearly and then creatively map out how to solve problems, actualize potential, and create the conditions for healthy future development and more positive impact in the world.
In all of our work we seek to embody the highest expression of the values embedded in our vision for the future. Core values include:
- Love, care and compassion
- Developmental rights: Everyone has the right to be at whatever level they are at
- Lower levels of development are not “inferior” to higher levels
- Methodological rigor
- Adaptability and agility
- Impact: Our programs will have evolutionary impact far beyond the direct participants
- Nurturance: Creating the conditions favorable to emergence and trusting the process. NOT trying to engineer outcomes.
- Lead into the positive, the cutting edge, and new growth for us, individually and collectively
About Terri and Kim
Terri O’Fallon, PhD is an Integral scholar who derives theory and research interests from a passionate practice of auspicious wondering, learning, and marinating in life. She is the daughter of a 95-year-old dancing mother, eldest of seven siblings, parent of two adult children, grandparent of two granddaughters, and has over fifty years of teaching from pre-kindergarten through post PhD. She has a PhD in Integral Studies and masters degrees in Spiritual Direction and Special Education. These embodied experiences have supported her primary theory and research and teaching theme: growing up is waking up throughout the lifespan.
Teaching has been a theme throughout her life. Beginning as a preschool and first grade teacher, she has taught every grade, including special education and the gifted. She has had the role of principal of schools and superintendent of schools, and taught in seven colleges and universities. Her interest in life span development naturally arose from this field.
Terri’s research experience spans 40 years including eleven research studies conducted in various colleges, public schools and private research venues. Her most passionate theory, research and teaching work of the past eight years, however, revolves around the STAGES model, which integrates the Integral model by Ken Wilber with the Ego development scale of Susanne Cook-Greuter. The STAGES model was a natural culmination of her life’s experience.
Ordinariness has been the trajectory of Terri’s life. Steeped in philosophy, research, teaching, and a myriad of spiritual practices, her path continues to bring her solidly home to the practical living, breathing appreciation of the simple things in life. We wake up every morning. We grow up, quite naturally. We live through joys and sorrows, and face our family, friends, and neighbors every day. We grow old and watch our life approach its end as we apprehend the birth of our grandchildren. With the gifts of so many experiences, the highs and lows of being, what seems to always remain is what we were advised to value from birth: listening, gratitude, compassion, love, forgiveness, and generosity—lifelong lessons that never seem to end.
“Terri O’Fallon is one of the very most important integrally-informed researchers now working. I highly recommend checking her out at your earliest opportunity!”Ken Wilber
“Terri stands on the shoulders of giants… and in doing so, reaches into new heights of practical wisdom grounded in academic discipline. I especially enjoy that this tiny, softly spoken primary school teacher has become such a giant amongst the great minds of our time.”
Kim Barta, MA is an internationally recognized licensed professional psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work and insights spring from grounded experiential practice with self and others in his cross-cultural and life long-experiences.
Kim worked for gender rights in his small rural school in central Montana. In college, Kim co-founded Students in Union with Nature, which partnered college students with alternative energy advocates in the community to create a solar powered organic garden lifestyle for college students.
Kim graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, and Sociology in a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American Shaman and did his masters thesis in Shamanism and Modern Psychotherapy. He graduated with high marks in 1986.
After developing and implementing a successful construction training program for people suffering from severe mental illness: Bi-polar, Schizophrenia, and Axis ll Disorders, Kim pursued outdoor leadership, becoming an instructor with the International Outward Bound schools. Kim went on to develop a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by 3 hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim founded and continues to co-operate a mind/body healing arts clinic in Polson, Montana, nestled beneath the high mission mountains on the shore of Flathead Lake, in the Flathead Indian Reservation.
Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self and others, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that deeply and rapidly lead to healing. These have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses, weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice globally.
Currently, Kim has teamed up with Dr Terri O’Fallon to present workshops and trainings internationally in a new model of human development designed and researched by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s developmental learning theory fits lock and key with Dr. O’Fallon’s model and his extensive history in clinical human dynamics provides a grounded passion to the workshop experience.
Kim’s website is kimbartatherapy.com.
“Kim is a rare being in the combination of theory and practice. With every point of theory, he recounts an example from his experience as a therapist that brings the meaning home. His descriptions of the patterns of development and their expressions in human behaviour, trauma and therapy are lucid, practical and readily adapted to the mundane and extreme issues of everyday life. He is a pleasure and an inspiration to learn from.”