FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kindred Minds?

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Kindred Minds is a cohort-based membership with regular group sessions to help manage their mental health and explore life’s bigger questions with others who get it. We hope to build an experience that leaves people feeling more aligned and connected with themselves others. We prioritize community over everything else. When you sign up for membership, you will join a cohort of 8-10 other people along with a facilitator and will meet twice a month for 3 month increments.

Throughout our program, you'll learn about evidence-backed frameworks to manage stress and anxiety such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),  Somatic Therapy, meditation, and mindfulness. By the time you complete your first three months, our hope is that you've built meaningful relationships with people in your cohort and cultivated a deeper sense of meaning for yourself.

How Do I sign up?

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To sign up, you must first attend an introductory experience. This gives you an opportunity to experience Kindred Minds for yourself before signing up. Cohort-based learning requires a commitment to show up and invest in the community. It isn’t for everyone which is why we require you to try out an introductory session before becoming a member. 

Memberships are opening in Summer of 2022, so join an introductory experience now to learn more, experience it yourself, and get early access to become a member.

Is this a replacement for therapy? 

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Kindred Minds is not a replacement for clinical therapy or a substitute for professional treatment. However, many of our members have found that our programs have helped them manage their mental health. 

We like to think of ourselves as group fitness for mental health. You typically go to a fitness class to train and build strength, resilience, and endurance for whatever physical challenges life throws your way. In a similar way, Kindred Minds helps you build emotional and mental muscles that will help you live a  grounded, resilient life. 

What is the typical flow of a session? 

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Our sessions are built on three pillars: connection, reflection, and intention.

We start by grounding ourselves through a short meditation. This is followed by KM Check-Ins which aims to build deeper connection and vulnerability amongst the group. We then dive deep into the topic for the session by reflecting on our learnings and discussing how it applies in our lives. We leave with clear takeaways and actions that we'd like to implement to improve our day-to-day going forward.

Who will the other members in my cohort be?

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​​We are a community of curious seekers on a quest to live a meaningful life. We are looking for deep connection. And we are working towards being the best version of ourselves. The others in your group share a similar commitment to building a more mindful life and a passion for taking care of their mental health.

The average age of our members is 22-40 years old. That said, Kindred Minds is open to all who believe in our shared values of basic goodness, intentionality, and connectedness.

What's INCLUDED IN THE MEMBERSHIP?

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‍Our membership includes several core offerings: 
1. Our  online community
2. Bi-monthly sessions with a facilitator-led cohort of 8-10 others
3. Expert-developed exercises and activities that correlate with your upcoming session. 
4. Regular coffee chats
5. Unlimited access to our quarterly expert-led workshops (including recordings of past workshops)

What does the “expert-developed” curriculum mean? 

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When we build out our curriculum, we partner with licensed therapists and coaches who are certified in teaching the particular framework or topic. For instance, when building out the curriculum related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) frameworks, we worked with a therapist who is a licensed CBT practitioner.

The experts we partner with are responsible for developing the specific discussion prompts for the cohorts, the exercises, and learning content during off-weeks, and helping lead our quarterly workshops.

Who will the other members in my cohort be?

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​​We are a community of curious seekers on a quest to live a meaningful life. We are looking for deep connection. And we are working towards being the best version of ourselves. The others in your group share a similar commitment to building a more mindful life and a passion for taking care of their mental health.

Kindred Minds is open to all who believe in our shared values of basic goodness, intentionality, and connectedness.

What are examples of some of the expert-developed, asynchronous activities? 

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All of our expert-developed, asynchronous activities have two parts: learning and action. Typically for learning, you will either watch, listen, or read a piece of content our expert team has put together. The second component will be action-focused - taking what you learned and putting it to action. This may be a 20-minute journal prompt, an interactive piece of content (such as identifying how particular emotions manifest in your body), or a particular challenge that involves interacting with members of your community.

If you’re interested in trying some of the content, sign up for an upcoming introductory session and you’ll get immediate access to an activity or tool that works in conjunction with the topic for that session. 

How much does the membership cost? Can I get a discount on the price?

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The membership costs $149/month (less than the cost of one therapy session) and requires 3-month commitments. This is because you will be paired with a cohort of 8-10 people who you will meet with for three months. 

While we don’t discount any of our programs, we have a limited number of scholarships available for qualified individuals. If you’d like to inquire about a scholarship, please drop us a note at team@kindredminds.com so we can send you the scholarship application form.

Why is there a three-month commitment? Can I try it before I commit to 3-months? 

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Community is the heartbeat of Kindred Minds. It takes time to build a meaningful connection with the other members of your cohort and for that reason, we require 3-month commitments - or 6 sessions. This gives you ample time to build a meaningful connection with others, learn from our frameworks, and build resilience to the stressors of everyday life. 

We do require everyone to attend an introductory session to experience cohort-based learning prior to making a three-month commitment.  

Can I cancel my membership? 

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At the end of every three-month commitment, you will have the option to commit for another three months and update the days/times that work best to meet with a cohort. You will also be able to cancel your membership at the end of every three months. Outside of extenuating life circumstances, we do not allow early cancellation within the three months period. 

We do require everyone to attend a live introductory session to experience cohort-based learning prior to making a three-month commitment.

Why is there a three-month commitment? Can I try it before I commit to 3-months? 

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Community is the heartbeat of Kindred Minds. It takes time to build a meaningful connection with the other members of your cohort and for that reason, we require 3-month commitments - or 6 sessions. This gives you ample time to build a meaningful connection with others, learn from our frameworks, and build resilience to the stressors of everyday life. 

We do require everyone to attend an introductory session to experience cohort-based learning prior to making a three-month commitment.  

What if I need to miss a session. 

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Commitment is one of the cornerstones of Kindred Minds' experience. When you sign up, we ask that you try your very best to make each session. It keeps us, and the group, accountable to one another.

That said, we understand that life comes up and you may need to miss a session or two. However, if you miss three sessions within a 3 month commitment, we will ask you to drop the program.

Can I expense this to my company? 

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Many of our members expense the programs and/or workshops to their employer. Often times, employers offer a mental wellness stipend or L&D budget. Kindred Minds works great for that!

Why the name “Kindred Minds”?

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We are bringing together people from different backgrounds on a similar journey to understand themselves and how to live their best lives. These kindred spirits are inspired not only by deep connection, but also a thirst for knowledge. Knowledge that helps them unlock themselves and be the best version of themselves.

What if my question isn’t listed here?  

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Drop us a note at team@kindredminds.com and we’ll get back to you shortly.