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Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if everyone was trained for joyful relationships? The quality of our relational connections makes the difference between living with joy and purpose versus loneliness and hopelessness. Sadly, more and more people lack the healthy attachments which lead to the abundant life we are designed for.

What makes THRIVE special?

THRIVE training is designed to create an intentional space for leaders, pastors, counselors and professionals to not only gain relational skills and tools for connection but heal and equip their brains in the process.

This immersive 5 day training puts into practice the relational skill brain theory with hands-on, interactive exercises designed to help you learn 19 relational skills. Each section brings you deeper into understanding how we can share joy, come back from big feelings and synchronize with others in relationship. This is a training event, not a conference. Come prepared to learn and grow!

Our 4 Skill training tracks

Planning on doing all Three Tracks?

Get a discount by purchasing all 3 prep tracks at once! You will have 5 years of access to complete all the online courses and attend the corresponding THRIVE Premiere training.

Flex Track

True Identity

True Identity will help you develop resilience and maturity through fun, interactive training, resetting your nervous system and changing the way you think and feel. In this track you will learn skills that help your brain work the way God designed it to; in JOY! When your brain is fueled by relational joy, you recover quickly from difficult emotions. You will have increased capacity, confidence, gentleness, and security. Learn to integrate the relational skills into your everyday life.

This track is perfect to attend at anytime in your relational skills journey. Unlike Tracks 1-3, you do not need a bonded partner to participate in the Flex Track. 

Thrive: True Identity retrains your brain focusing on:

  • Eating: using food to build my joy.
  • Resting: flowing in rest in my life.
  • Praying: interacting with Immanuel (the Divine with you).
  • Belonging: keeping relationships bigger.
  • Playing: adding play to my life and relationships.
  • Giving: allowing generosity to grow your heart.

Recommended Preparation Reading 

track 1

Positive Identity - Joy & QUiet

In this first year of training discover the gifts of  joy and quiet. This training is created to strengthen love and attachment in your life.  It is important to recognize that the first year of training in joy and quiet can make people quite aware of the missing love and attachment in their lives. We purposely do not try to provide or create temporary bonds and relationships at THRIVEtoday to fill this need. Our goal is to strengthen existing bonds, so bring someone with you! Building joy can trigger pain if you recently experienced loss or feel lonely.

You will need to attend Track 1 with a bonded partner, such as a spouse, family member, or close friend.

In Course 1 – Joy and Quiet, you will learn how to insert the rhythms of joy and quiet into your life and relationships. This material is the foundation for all of THRIVE Training.

track 2

Resilient identity - Return to joy

Here you discover how the painful failure to thrive impacts your life and relationships. Failure to thrive means lives spent in pain, fleeing pain, or rigidly avoiding any risk of pain. Track Two requires more capacity from participants. Each participant will need experience with joy and have enough capacity to deal with unpleasant feelings like sadness, anger, fear, disgust, shame, and hopeless despair in moderate doses. We will teach a cohesive approach and introduce simple repair skills. Track Two is for those who have previously experienced the joy practice at Thrive: Track One as well as the Basic Thrive Skills Guide.

Track 2 participants need to have completed Track 1 and will need to attend with a bonded partner.

In Course 2 – Return to Joy, you will learn more about the rhythm of joy and quiet, along with returning to joy from the “big six” negative emotions: anger, fear, shame, hopeless despair, sadness, and disgust.

Track Two Required Preparation (to be completed prior to attendance):


Recommended (but optional) preparation: 

JIMTalks Volume 24 Download
JIMTalks Volume 24 Disc
The Developing Mind 
Parenting from the Inside Out
The Other Half of Church
RARE Leadership

track 3

shared identity- applied strategy

Three is our favorite track because it ties together all of the previous skill training, once you discover brilliant solutions to pain. At Track Three, learn how to clearly recognize and address the painful deficits that result from a desynchronized control center.

Training focuses on how to pass on the skills to others, how to enhance your nonverbal skills and how to distinguish and resolve specific pain at each of the five levels of the brain’s command center. At Track Three, you not only practice the 19 skills but you train attendees in Tracks One and Two.

Track Three is for individuals who function primarily at an adult level maturity or higher. We carefully designed THRIVE Training to prepare attendees for this level of training after two years of actively building joy, practicing return to joy skills with the big six as well as complex emotions. Your THRIVEtoday Facilitator will train you in mindsight, heart-sight, resolving the five levels of pain, and more.

Track 3 participants need to have completed Track 2 and will need to attend with a bonded partner.

In Course 3 – Applied Strategies, you will learn more about the five levels of pain and strategies to resolve them. You will also learn how to share the 19 relational skills.

Track Three Required Preparation (to be completed prior to attendance):


Recommended (but optional) preparation: 

Outsmarting Yourself – Book
The Anxious Organization – Book
The Immanuel Approach – Book
Renovated– Book

Attention:  A THRIVEtoday staff member may call to verify that you are prepared for the training. This telephone call is to ensure your Thrive  Training will be a blessing rather than overwhelming and/or too strenuous. We may check your references as well.