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at the core of our work at Universal Partnership (UP) is the deep belief that at the heart of sustainable movements must be the beat of sustainable people. our mission is to provide innovative self-healing tools, life + leadership skills to support agents of change in sustaining their humanity, + the humanity of the communities they serve, by organizing from a place of wholeness.

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our focus areas 

strategic planning

UP has innovated a unique methodology for developing strategic plans that simultaneously attends to both short- + long-term goals using a somatic lens.

trainings (single or multi-day)

training imparts the analytical structure of somatics + embodied organizing, + teaches specific skills in each of our focus areas.


2-4 days retreats provide an uninterrupted environment that results in far more advancement than the equivalent time in episodic training.

leadership development

UP’s work emphasizes personal leadership skills as the foundation for sustainability + effectiveness.

organizational development

the overarching goal of UP’s work is to reshape organizational culture to prioritize wellness + dignity towards high efficiency + external impact.

somatic coaching

UP engages the whole agency in every focus area + on every level using somatic coaching (individual, staff-wide, executive, + the board).

"i decided to participate in 3|One because i needed to re-center my life. a whirlwind of personal + professional change had knocked me off balance + left me disconnected from my sense of power. thanks to 3|One, i am ready to face the world in my full power - grounded with integrity + extended with dignity."

shaun lincivil rights organizer @ picture the homeless

"thanks for making this happen. it was a game-changing workshop."

earl skinneryouth programs coordinator @ the point

"rusia, you are a blessing in my life. i am so grateful that your wisdom came across my pathway. thanks for this + all the wisdom-sharing you have invested is us, me."

carlos amadorformer board member @ united we dream

"thank you Rusia for doing what you do so well – putting out the truth with a fierce love. this has gotten me thinking about how much we have “othered” in ways that are so destructive + sad, + remembering that we have another option."

claudia horwitzInterim Executive Director @ Rothko Chapel

"i'm sure we all agree that the challenges ahead of us now seem less daunting since we have a better understanding of who we are as organizers, point staff, + individuals."

danny peraltadirector of arts + education @ the point

our partners

Rev. angel Kyodo williams

partner + #OIS facilitator: angel is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change, + coined the name for the field. angel is the co-lead for the Oppression In Soma retreats + UP works with angel + cxc on NY-based 3|One + Practicing Justice.

ian a. dudley

videographer + photographer: ian is an experienced, award winning cinematographer. with 18+ years of experience, ian approaches each project with a unique creative perspective that bridges the technical with the aesthetic.


roadmap consulting

at RoadMap, we believe that social justice organizations are critical to creating transformational change in our society. RM also believes that in order to achieve this transformational change, organizations need support to adapt to new challenges + changing conditions.


the watershed center

the majority of our #freeyourbody: oppression in the soma retreat at this beautiful retreat center. twc is a retreat + resource center for changemakers. teh center offers space to help people align their lives with their own deepest sense of purpose + to facilitate strategic conversations in service of democracy, ecology + liberation.