Growing a New Heart is a collective of like-minded professionals in the fields of social justice advocacy, sexual and domestic violence, addictions, art, communications, dispute resolution, community building and self healing. Our mission is to facilitate deeply respectful and ethical power relationships and communications in our families, our workplaces and communities through training, retreats, writing, storytelling, traditional indigenous healing practices, and the arts. We hope you’ll join us.

Teen Leaders Program

Responses from the Teen Leaders Program 2022 serving Pioneer Valley Region Massachusetts. This project is a collaboration between Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Growing a New Heart, and the Collaboration for Educational Services

Video by Aiden Patrissi

Bring Growing A New Heart to Your Organization

Create welcoming workplaces

Build Inclusive Leadership

Increase Staff Diversity

JAC Patrissi on being

Happy and Hard-to-Fool

(Excellence Reporter)

Dialogues Across Differences

A Message From Black Women to White Women

Transformative Justice

Growing a New Heart is a co-founder of The A Call for Change Helpline, a free, anonymous, and confidential intimate partner abuse prevention helpline serving Massachusetts adults and teens.

Growing a New Heart is a partner in Alliance for Boys and Men of Color’s Healing Together Campaign. Learn more here.

What our participants say

“Compassionate Accountable Conversations lives up to its name. This training taught me very specific ways to engage with individuals using abusive behaviors and help deconstruct the reasons behind the actions in a caring and holistic way. This is hard work, but through caring and supportive facilitation, I felt comfortable and well prepared to move forward in it.”

Compassionate Accountable Conversations Training Participant

What our participants say

“This training should be mandatory for anyone who wants to impart change on others but doesn’t know the steps or how to stay grounded in peace during the process.”

Dialogues Across Differences Training Participant

What our participants say

“I felt like I wanted to take a class in every idea presented. It is a MEAL. And her delivery is so transparent and easy to follow. I could listen all day—I did! And I never got tired. Usually, I leave trainings early. I was disappointed it ended.”

Can They Really Change? Can We? Training Participant 

What our participants say

“With JAC’s gentle guidance, the words came together in a way that the participant was able to feel truly heard, possibly for the first time.”

Story Telling for Change Workshop Participant 

What our participants say

“This training is a true gift. To those who struggle with oppression, inequality, or control, this training will help you to not only speak your truth without compromising your integrity or kind heart, it will also inspire you to continue leading with it, encouraging light instead of dark. Justice over fear and Truth over Manipulation.”

Compassionate Accountable Conversations Training Participant 

What our participants say

“This training should be mandatory for all organizations in order to start the process of Change.”

Dialogues Across Differences Training Participant 

What our participants say

“In thirty years, I have not heard this material. It is fresh, practical, and eye-opening.”

Can They Really Change? Can We? Training Participant 

Register For Upcoming Events

Contact JAC Patrissi directly to register for upcoming seminars and educational programming.

Making Change—Film Trailer

Social Justice at BHN