RSS Resilience and Play

Help make the Santa Barbara Foundation Behavioral Health and Resilience Educational Series More Personalized, Interactive, and Intelligent, and Directly Applicable to the Communities of Your Greatest Concern.

An App to Fill the Gap!

For Benefactors and Sponsors of the Santa Barbara Behavioral Health Educational Series

Paying Forward Charter Sponsor Packages

  • Our Initial Donation Goal for This Project is $50,000.

Use of Funds:

  • Refining the present program
  • Building, testing, and marketing a special “App to Fill the Gap”
  • Developing other special educational programs in this Behavioral Health Series.
  • Making these programs freely available to economically disadvantaged, minority, and vulnerable members of the community.


  • Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable directly to “Resilient Santa Barbara Fund” at the Santa Barbara Foundation
  • For more please click the FUND button on the top right of your screen.

Springs of Amethysts- $ 100

  • Public Recognition as a Community Health Charter Sponsor
  • Signed individual copies of Piloting through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind (Julian Gresser/2013)
  • Free gift membership in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange

Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • Amethysts awards plus:
  • 5 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange
  • Resilience Reflex Ball

Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of Amethyst and Moonstone awards plus:
  • Public lecture in your honor
  • 10 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange

Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, and Opal awards plus:
  • ½ workshop/ training/consultation with any organization or company of your choice in Santa Barbara
  • 15 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange

Jade Eddies - $10K

  • Amethysts, Moonstone, Opal, and Pearl awards, plus:
  • Two ½ workshop/training/consultation with any organization or company of your choice in Santa Barbara
  • 20 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange

Sapphire Brooks of Laughing Hearts - $25K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, and Jade awards plus:
  • 20 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange
  • Development and delivery of specialized Behavioral Health and Resilience Program for communities of special concern or interest to you.

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Ruby Streams of Laughing Hearts - $35K

  • All of the Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Jade, and Sapphire awards plus:
  • 10 hours of dedicated free consulting time to community causes of highest priority to sponsor
  • One full day (1) training program with materials for organization of choice to you.
  • Special prize award to designated cause of choice.

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Diamond Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $50K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Sapphire, Ruby awards plus:
  • Two full day (1) training programs with materials for organizations of your choice.
  • Matching grants to designated organizations of choice any time within the next three years.

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Resilience and Play—The “Good Karma” Reflex Resilience Ball

The Resilience Ball is a form of Taoist practice where we can enter an ageless state of childlike innocence, play, fun, and exploration. In neurological terms the practice is a form of “cross crawling”. It builds hemispheric coherence. When we play with the ball in a park, it has the odd quality of attracting kind-hearted curious people who want to join the game.

Psychologists have identified some of the ‘internal’ factors that make a person resilient:

  • A positive attitude
  • Optimism
  • Ability to regulate emotions
  • The ability to use failure as useful feedback
  • Problem solving abilities.

Childhood provides a unique opportunity for developing resilience. One study notes the child’s brain has the potential to develop at an astounding pace, never repeated (700 neuronal connections per second). As Professor Angie Hart continues:

  • “Taking a resilience perspective involves finding ways to beat the odds for individual children and also to change those odds for disadvantaged children more generally. Play therapists have an important role to play in supporting children to imagine, process and practice “resilient moves” they can make for themselves. As part of their wider professional responsibilities and networking, play therapists can advocate for change on behalf of disadvantaged children in general.”

On the premise it is never too late, even in advanced age, to have a happy childhood, we are launching the “Good Karma” Reflex Resilience Ball. The Resilience Ball is a form of Taoist practice whose goal is no goal in particular other than to play, have fun, learn, explore, and discover. As each time I practice I make new discoveries, I have come to view the Reflex Ball as a master teacher, as it itself embodies resilience. It is somewhat startling when we realize the Reflex Ball, you or I are one, because after all, it is attached to our heads.

One key principle in playing with the Resilience Ball is to relax, or being loose. As qigong grandmaster Li Junfeng advises, “no bones, like a snake.” No matter how hard the ball comes back, if you can remain loose, you can adapt quickly and move with the ball. This is also the beginning of flow. When my wife plays with the Resilience Ball, she tell me she feels, “ageless.”

The Resilience Ball has the added quixotic quality of being a social magnet. When you play in the park, curious people will come to you and ask how you are able to connect to the ball when it appears to levitate in thin air.


There is some interesting research suggesting that boxing with a bag may improve outcomes with Parkinson’s patients. The Reflex Ball may offer an alternative.

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