How did it Start?
Re-Tribe started in Toronto, Canada in March of 2017 when Nick and Melissa, who spent years in frustration, isolation and making unhealthy choices realised their own path to healing needed to involve community and creating safe and solid connections. In today’s world we are bombarded with messages forcing us to compare, compete and criticise ourselves and others. As such we can often feel like our experiences, our challenges and our pain must be faced alone. Re-Tribe started as a way to challenge this notion and offer the ability to connect with others experiencing similar struggles in a way that creates community and change.
Why did it Start?
Re-Tribe exists so that people can build community and connection in a safe and shame-free way. For years, we had a front line view of the need to encourage people to be accountable and “show up” for themselves. In recognising and witnessing the challenges of being accountable to oneself, we wanted to take the pressure off of the individual and create an opportunity for people to attend positive lifestyle services by being accountable to others – to their Tribe. We saw that around 25% of people attend yoga, meditation classes or go to the gym regularly. Another 25% of people are forced to attend clinical services due to mental health and substance use concerns. We wondered about the other 50%; the people who want to go to the gym but hesitate to begin until they “get in shape”, or folks who are lonely, isolated and nervous about trying new things on their own – whether it be from feelings of inadequacy, social programming or fear of the unknown.
What makes us different?
Re-Tribe is unique in its ability to help people find their Tribes based on a common life challenge, rather than a life interest. We have found that when people express vulnerability towards one another a deeper sense of trust and belonging is built, allowing for the chance to make changes from a place of acceptance, support and guidance.
Why does it work?
Re-Tribe was founded on the belief that community creates change and through our existence and hands on work we have seen this to be true. We have witnessed increased ease and ability to attend classes, workshops and outings focused on self-transformation when people are accountable to their Tribe instead of solely themselves.