Root to Bloom - Season 2

A Holistic Training for Community Based Service Providers to Cultivate a Healing Centered Practice for Transformation & Sustainability

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“Root to Bloom” is a training program for community-based service providers to engage in self healing and transformational tools so they can serve the most vulnerable communities at their full capacity

Our program design cultivates the personal power embedded in your roots (ancestry) that help us through our present day challenges and fight for justice. To bloom (thrive) into a future co-created for all, we must work to reclaim this personal power by practicing self love in the form of fierce skill building leadership tools while engaging in traditional collective healing spaces.

This training is for professionals providing direct service to communities in Bay Area schools, youth programs, institutions, family and community services. Service providers such as social workers, therapists, counselors, case managers, educators, & other front line staff that support the most vulnerable communities are encouraged to participate.



Community-based service providers will participate in a dynamic 7 month training program that meets both online and in-person within San Francisco. Participants that complete the full program will receive a Certificate of Completion in April 2021

**Each month follows the same programming delivery schedule**
Please download this programming calendar for a scheduling overview

Orientation Day (in-person) to meet and connect with other participants and the facilitators to begin this in-depth training and commit to collective wellness

Monthly Trainings (online) - Week 1 with a diversity of topics for a well-rounded & holistic healing & transformative experience with

  • at least 80 hours of training
  • special guest speakers
  • a space to cultivate healing, hope, joy, & the building of a justice centered world

Community Calls (online) - Week 2 opportunities to process, work through training materials, reflect, provide peer support and share within a healing circle

Wellness Activities (online) - Week 3 unique, variety of activities that reinforce creative expression and are designed to be accessible tools to embody as an outlet for stress management and release required of service providers

Community Builders (in-person) - Week 4 intentional time to connect with participants, cultivate joy, skill sharing, provide support, and build a life-long community that's uplifting

Celebration of Completion (in-person) - Month of April complete the journey with much needed community building activities throughout the month and a community-style ceremony with the presentation of Certificates of Completion


Course Overview

Unit 1 - Rooted in Community
Defining & Defending Community
Healing 'Home'
Strength & Reconciliation in Ancestry
Mental Health & Migration

Unit 2- Growth & Germination
The Whole Person - Parts & Shadows
Triggers & Emotional Management
Self Hate & Self Love
Fierce Communication & Self Awareness

Unit 3 - The Blooming
Imagining Justice
Fierce Imagination & Self Determination
Reclaiming Our Connections
Integrating Your Transformation

Co-Creating in Community
Skill shares & Community Building


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A service provider with a heightened awareness of your identity so you can

  • set clearer boundaries for yourself and those you interact with
  • have confidence to work sustainably and prevent burn out, compassion fatigue, or vicarious trauma
  • working with integrity by remembering the passion and conviction you have for your work
  • identify and name your true personal power while interacting with others

A more informed and well-rounded practitioner with more understanding of

  • self awareness, emotional regulation, & resourcing
  • how healing through family lineage stories of migration informs the larger fight for justice
  • how the migration story impacts your mental health & the communities you serve
  • traditional knowledge and tools that can help you through adversity
  • effective communication for leadership development and upward mobility
  • how to develop a robust self care plan to amplify your sustainability

A member of a socially conscious and loving community of care providers who

  • practice reciprocity of love, joy, care, and resources for the betterment of our community at large
  • find safety with each other and stretch leadership capacity through humility and vulnerability
  • practice mindfulness in our relationships with each other and the communities we serve
  • have a genuine interest in building a movement of self care within the industries of social services
"I came to Root to Bloom with the desire to build community in a safe and healing environment...Within RTB I felt empowered, encouraged, heard, seen, uplifted, understood, affirmed, loved, cared for, and I always felt welcome by such strong and courageous individuals - like another home where I could shed my layers and be vulnerable / vulnerageous. I recognized that I was not alone in some of the challenges that I face, I had a space for release, and I felt guided and nurtured in my blooming...spaces like RTB are necessary, especially in the age of COVID-19, and I will cherish the positive experience I had with all the bloomers <3"

- Jay Gash, Youth Program Manager, BAVC


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Your Instructor

Raynelle Rino &amp; Kisai Henriquez
Raynelle Rino & Kisai Henriquez

Comm(UNITY) (CU) was created with the purpose for community-based service providers to have a mobile & collaborative space to build community & relationships within the wide and diverse field of social services. After years of hosting monthly community builders, it became clear there was a critical missing piece. Building community & relationships with each other is essential AND we need & deserve intentional spaces for individual and collective wellness & healing. CU values uplifting and partnering with those already providing services to others. CU partners with Rino Consulting Solutions to create intentional and thoughtful, one of a kind professional development services specifically designed with you/us in mind.

"Root to Bloom" is a professional development training designed to support community-based service providers holistically. To engage in self healing and transformational tools as a collective, so they can deliver services at their full capacities to our most vulnerable communities.

“Acknowledging Trauma, Practicing Joy”

Raynelle Rino (she/her/siya)
was born and raised in San Jose, CA, also known as Muwekma/Tamyen Territory, as a second generation Pinay, or Filipino-American. Both her parents immigrated from the Philippines in the late 1970's, met and married in Sunnyvale, CA.

She is the founder of Rino Consulting Solutions and a professional of color working in the social sector for more than 10 years. Raynelle began her career in the sciences as an ecology field researcher then moved onto grassroots environmental education and social justice organizing. Her love for nature and youth development brought her to teach in unique settings like alternative high schools, environmental justice neighborhoods, parks, and juvenile justice facilities.

With her consulting firm she’s able to transfer her unique skills to support and inspire the leaders of today to walk in the confidence of their identities as they move about a world in the midst of social, racial, and environmental transformation. Her "Hike It Out Coaching" Programs blend her science, environmental justice, and spiritual connection to nature by providing "Healing Hikes", where clients increase their capacity to create change with the support and guidance of the nature experience. To read more about the healing hike experience, read this feature in Outside Magazine She is a certified transformational coach through Leadership That Works an entrepreneur, mother, and wife.

Her personal journey through life up to now has carved a well-rounded and powerful pathway with the support and guidance from her Spiritual Mentor, and Curandera, Tereza Iniguez-Flores as well as her Bay Area Filipino Traditional Healer Community & the Bangka (canoe) Journey Family. She is also an original creator of the Healers of Color Movement(™)

Kisai (Key-Sigh-Eee) Henriquez (she/her)
is a queer Domini-Rican womyn born, raised and currently living in occupied Yelamu, Ramaytush Ohlone territory aka San Francisco. She has been working in the youth development and social work field since she was a youth herself. Kisai is the founder and creator of Comm(UNITY) a mobile & collaborative space to build community and practice health & wellness. She is a Program Manager, centering on supporting the academic and social-emotional development of youth and their families at Huckleberry Youth Programs. An action team member focusing on bike access, education, equity and justice with Bicis Del Pueblo, PODER. Co-created Cycle Healers, a bici qrew for the BIPOC womxn, queer, trans or non-binary community. She is also the District 9 representative with the SF Bicycle Advisory Committee. Kisai values cultivating spaces for: partnership, advocacy, healing, joy, equity, self-determination and wellness for the lovers, healers, hope dealers, change makers, and all of those who help their communities shine.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
THIS COURSE WILL LAUNCH with an in-person orientation on SEPTEMBER 25TH! The course will run from September 2020 to April 2021 with monthly trainings, tools, and meetings!
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to this course for the entire duration of the program: September 2020- April 2021
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is this course only for BIPOC providers or inclusive of White identified providers as well?
This space is open to all who provide direct service to community members and organizations in the Bay Area's most vulnerable communities, which often are BIPOC and other marginalized groups. We aim to empower providers with a course that will enhance their skill sets and knowledge to effectively work with these communities. This course tends to appeal to our BIPOC providers and is established from the beginning as a safer space for those in most need to heal through and process the impacts of colonization and white supremacy on those communities being served.
Are there any ways I can still participate if I can't afford any of the pricing options?
We are committed to serving all providers to have access to this amazing opportunity. Since this course is considered a professional development service, we encourage you to first reach out to your employer to ask them to support you. We also encourage you to reach out to your community and/or family to support your growth and development. Full or partial scholarships are always made available by the fundraising efforts of Comm(UNITY) and their generous partners as well as local community-based, socially conscious businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Applications for scholarships will be available in August.