The Trillium community includes a global network of teachers, mentors, and participants committed to the path of embodied awakening in mutuality. Our educational offerings and coaching services are informed by principles from the Waking Down teachings first articulated by Saniel Bonder.
The Trillium path emerged from the work cooperatively developed by a collective of teachers originally associated with Saniel Bonder. As that culture evolved, the original founder-led structure began to constrain expression of the work’s democratic spirit, and in 2005, with Saniel’s full support, two new organizations were formed by seasoned teachers to support the next stage of development:
- The Trillium Awakening Teachers Circle (TATC) was originally incorporated as the Waking Down Teachers Association. It was founded as a 501(c)6 non-profit professional association of awakened teachers dedicated to offering Trillium Awakening services and raising public awareness about the Trillium path. TATC members honor strong ethical agreements and meet regularly in small groups for mutual support and education. Key issues are decided democratically, with each member having one vote. Teachers offer Trillium Awakening in their own style, and some also offer their unique awakening, healing, or transformational work.
- The Institute of Awakened Mutuality (IAM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing Trillium Awakening courses and retreats for practitioners. IAM is an independent body that hires TATC members to staff its courses.
Learn more about our forms of governance.