Everyone has culture and no one culture has the authority to impose a universal truth or reality. We create a space and a process for people to privately study their own culture, hold internal dialogues, practice ritual, and ceremony – as well as to come together with people from other cultures to learn from each other and to celebrate, work, and learn together as a unified community. As we move into the future, successful and mutually beneficial interfacing of different cultures will be critical to creating sustainable health and wellness in community.
The existing culture of institutions is a product of the dominate culture and its people. Our understanding and use of cultural and community knowledge is a fundamental characteristic that makes our approach and methodology successful. Our ability to solve problems and get things done in communities is greatly enhanced by doing things in a way that understands and respects other cultural ways. Throughout this society, dominate culture has institutionalized its cultural ways.
Culture is a resource for people in their health and healing. Healing happens when people recognize and accept the wisdom within themselves and their elders and tap into the life-affirming ceremonies, rituals, practices, disciplines and philosophies from their cultural traditions.
The health of one’s cultural identity is directly related to one’s personal health, the health of one’s community and one’s cultural group. Culture and epistemology are integral to understanding human behavior. Reconciliation and bridging between cultures contribute to healing in the cultural dimension, which, in turn, affects community and personal health.