When you learn to conduct THE HUMAN JOURNEY® experience, you can help groups, families, and individuals make meaning in the face of life challenges and play their way toward a deeper belonging.


THE HUMAN JOURNEY® helps families—and families of choice—co-construct their story when they are facing the challenge of their lives, definitely an approaching or recent loss, but THJ® is also relevant to a return from rehab, major news, or a big decision ahead.

Practitioners and volunteers will find THJ® a particularly relevant tool for working with people:

  • in peer support groups;

  • in palliative care or with life-altering illnesses; or

  • who are returning to the family or community after a time away.

Other applications include work with families who are dealing with:

  • eating disorders

  • incarceration

  • a return from military service

  • addiction

  • a need for change of care plan

  • an alteration of mental status.



We are. The game structure makes it safe for those who might be scared off by the idea of anything that looks like therapy, counseling, or even a family meeting to join in.

The ground rules are part of what makes THE HUMAN JOURNEY® experience sing. Here is what trained THJ® Conductors identify as the experience’s strengths:


    “Participants can identify the level of openness, vulnerability, and sharing that feel right to them.”

  • “THJ invites curiosity very naturally. That can be hard to generate!”

  • “The guidelines, the wording of the cards, etc. ‘hold’ participants as we move through this journey.”

In the end, what looks like a game ends up being what one Conductor has called “more of an experience.”

And the game itself is now packaged in a beautiful tin box–smaller than a bread box, and lovelier. You get the deluxe Conductor’s Kit as part of your registration. (THE HUMAN JOURNEY® Tote Bag is sold separately.)

You will receive full instructions for conducting THE HUMAN JOURNEY® online, using telehealth media and Zoom, in addition to the physical Kit, shipped right to your home or office.


How the training works


For helping professionals, learning to conduct the human Journey® will:

  • Build your toolbox for bringing groups of 2 to 6 adults together in BOTH online and face-to-face formats;
  • Teach you to use a non-threatening, playful technique for helping participants exchange communication defeaters — such as tuning each other out, avoiding talking about the important things, and failing to listen for the deeper meanings of statements — for behaviors that promote connection, such as offering quiet attention, asking questions that matter, and demonstrating respect for others’ contrasting experiences;  
  • Equip you with a safe means of engaging those who run screaming from therapists, clergy, organized religion, or anyone they think wants to “improve” them;
  • Rig you up with a method for engaging those who are more visual or physical than verbal; 
  • Help you reach intergenerational groups of adults with a tool that is specifically designed for this purpose; and
  • Prepare you to embrace spiritual and expressive differences in your wider life and work. 

for families and groups of support

  • Provides a safe and novel communication structure that is accessible to — and safe for — all, whatever their language skills or preferred learning modalities;
  • Models asking meaningful questions to seed future interactions among family members;
  • Initiates conversations that matter;
  • Disrupts longstanding communication patterns;
  • Fosters deeper belonging;
  • Supports meaning-making while in the heart of change; and
  • Lights the way for the group to a positive shared future. 

Additionally, when used in a healthcare, hospice, or palliative care setting, THE HUMAN JOURNEY®:

  • Builds families’ strength for engaging in shared decision-making and coping with change and loss;
  • Addresses anticipatory grief;
  • Meets those dealing with advanced illness in their concerns about other family members; and
  • Gives the patient a lived experience of the ability of the family to carry on without them at the center, giving them permission to die (whether or not she or he is well enough to participate actively).


How the training works



“THE HUMAN JOURNEY® trains participants in a structure that can be used with families or small groups, to help members relate to their own and to one another’s histories in new ways.

The structure of THJ® training is immersive: I developed new perspectives on my own life experiences even as I considered new ways of working with clients.

I found it profoundly valuable to learn from someone who is outside of my own field, but who shares many similar questions and concerns about how people make meaning. I developed new perspectives on my own life experiences even as I considered new ways of working with clients. 

The creator of the THJ® system, Sara, has an impressive background that includes the dramatic arts, anthropology, yoga, and organizational consulting.

Sara is also a talented teacher and facilitator, and the take-home Conductor’s Kit materials are thoughtful, beautifully constructed, and in-depth.”

— Libby Bachhuber, MA, LCSW

“Participants can identify the level of openness, vulnerability, and sharing that feel right to them.”

— THJ® Conductor

A powerful and healing game for families”

— Saul Ebema, Hospice Chaplain

“A brilliantly crafted tool that blends the arts, psychology, philosophy, and other disciplines that will assist families, groups, teams, etc., find their way to open dialogue and powerful decision-making!”

— Psychoanalyst Scott Pytluk, Ph.D.

“THE HUMAN JOURNEY® opens the doors of the heart for others.”

—Tessa McEwen, MSW, medical social worker

“Really beautiful: [The] combination of playfulness, empathy, systems work … is really profound.”

— Facilitator

“I loved the full arc.  I was amazed at how quickly the participants went deep and how they were struck by how ‘great these questions are!’ at every turn.”

— Kara Grasso, Coach

“A worthwhile training for anyone helping groups bond & self-cultivate—not just licensed therapists.”

— Matthew J. Smith MA, LCPC

“It allows me to feel closer not only to the participants but to humanity as a whole.” 

— Robert Veeder, Addictions Recovery Coach