Why Tortoise? At The Tortoise Institute, we align with the version of Aesop’s Fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare”, that focuses on perseverance. Slow and steady applies to a deliberate process of changing a mindset, with no shortcuts. With practice on paying attention, an attitude of kindness and curiosity, as well as confidence in the outcome, we can learn to be different. Like the tortoise, we carry our “stuff” with us wherever we go. The Tortoise Institute teaches people how to recognize and work with beliefs, behaviors, triggers and thoughts. Our services and practices are steeped in self-awareness, compassion, and resiliency. And finally, like the tortoise, sometimes you must poke your head outside your comfort zone in order to grow and change. It can be uncomfortable but certainly not impossible.