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 with no shortcuts. With practice on paying attention with an attitude of kindness and curiosity, as well as confidence in the outcome, we can learn to be different. Also like the tortoise, we carry our “stuff” with us wherever we go. The Tortoise Institute teaches people how to work with their own stuff by offering services and practices that are steeped in self-awareness, compassion, and resiliency.