Black Lives Matter.
We at Nurturing the Heart stand with our Black brothers and sisters this day and the days to come in the sustained effort to undo systemic racism. We believe that through opening ourselves to humble listening, we can empathically resonate in ways that will ensure we stay connected to this work for as long as it takes - connected through body, heart, mind, spirit, and action.
Vanessa Timmons and Bonnie Badenoch offered "Embodied Conversations about Racism and Antiracism," three free webinars in autumn of 2020 sponsored by Natural Lifemanship. Here are the links to those compassionate conversations.
Link for Part 1: "Haunted by History"
Link for Part 2: "A Complicated Web: Exploring the Intersection of Our Personal History and Systemic Racism"
Link for Part 3: "Difficult Conversations and Big Ideas"
Practical Support for Black-Owned Independent Bookstores

Nurturing the Heart

with the Brain in Mind

Quite unexpectedly, all the classes for 2021-2022 have filled.  We would be glad to put you on the waiting list since sometimes people's plans change after they sign up. After those classes complete, Bonnie and Jo will be retiring from teaching the IPNB Immersion and Heart of Trauma. In 2023, some of the long-term students of this work who are both wise in IPNB and deep in their capacity for presence will begin to teach these classes. You will find more information here as the process unfolds. Thanks to everyone for your interest in and dedication to this work!

Welcome to Nurturing the Heart!


In a world where distraction has become the norm and we are often challenged by living in fearful times, we need spaces and relationships that offer safety and connection. Warm, responsive bonds nourish and strengthen our embodied and relational brains. We are supported and healed by one another’s presence through every stage of life.


Our programs rest on the foundational wisdom of Dan Siegel, Allan Schore, Iain McGilchrist, Steve Porges, Lou Cozolino, and others. In response to what they have offered, we seek to cultivate spaces in which healing relationships can be fostered while we study and seek to embody the principles of interpersonal neurobiology.  We have found that attending to left hemisphere learning while offering right hemisphere experiences supports personal healing and expands our capacity for presence. And from this, arises greater depth of understanding and compassion for one another.


All are welcome. Therapists, healthcare professionals, teachers, bodyworkers, attorneys, a poet, and an air traffic controller have participated in our trainings. We offer experiences in several flavors – monthly study groups for those who live nearby, group/individual consultations via phone or Zoom for those at a distance, 3-day workshop/retreats, and year-long immersion trainings. As we study together, we find that interpersonal neurobiology offers us a shift of perspective that nourishes our daily lives as much as our work. We look forward to sharing this with you.