Why Tortoise?

The tortoise is prominently featured in cultural mythology. The tortoise symbolizes wisdom and knowledge and is able to defend itself on its own. It personifies water, the moon, the Earth, time, immortality, and fertility. A tortoise's longevity is suggested by its long lifespan and its shell, which was thought to protect it from any foe. In African fairy tales, the tortoise is the cleverest animal. For the Chinese, the tortoise is sacred and symbolizes longevity, power, and tenacity.

While there are many interpretations of Aesop’s fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare”, we closely align with the version that focuses on perseverance. The term “slow and steady” applies not only to the tortoise that beat the hare but also to the practice of creating a new mindset. It is a deliberate process with no shortcuts. However, with an attitude of kindness and curiosity, as well as confidence in the outcome, we can be like the tortoise and meet our challenges.   Here at The Tortoise Institute, we teach people how to work with their “stuff” by offering services that are steeped in self-awareness and resiliency.

Our Mission

At The Tortoise Institute, we work with organizations and individuals to be more engaged and fully present.  By teaching how to actually move from autopilot to awareness, our clients make small shifts that enhance connections, improve agility, and build resilience.