What is one of Polly's LABS/workshops like?

There is usually Q&A sprinkled throughout Polly's very heartfelt and tool-heavy, practical talks with a brief opening and closing reflection period designed to help you feel present and receptive. There are no partnering exercises unless you are in a clearly designated partner workshop.

How long is a workshop/LAB typically?

Workshops are generally 90 minutes to 2 hours long and include a short guided reflection period to crystallize the message for each attendee.

Will there be an opportunity to ask questions?

Yes throughout each LAB, questions are welcome.

What is Polly’s Speaking style like?

Gritty. Real. with a surprisingly well-timed f-bomb every once in while. She talks like a regular gal, makes fun of herself and is as relatable as they come but the information is rich, emotional, scientific and sometimes anecdotal stories of her own fumbles and learnings are sprinkled throughout her LABs.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. We reserve a certain # of scholarship/reduced fee tickets for all of Polly's paid events.

Can I host my own mini-LAB and charge for admission?

Yes You can. Send an email to Polly at if you'd like to host a private LAB. Check our the many topics available on the Host Your Own LAB

Who should I reach out to about hosting a LAB?

Contact Polly if you would like to invite her to facilitate a custom designed workshop in your community on a topic of your choice.



What will the class format be?

In each 90 min session, Polly will teach for 30 min, we will study our own recent reactivity for 30 min and we will close with 30 min of group Q&A/discussion to help the learning be as relevant and real as possible for each participant.

If I already took the Holy Shift Series, can I take it again?

Yes. Every series will be different than the others before it with brand new information for the spring 2019 series and you will be different too if you take it again. Transforming reactivity takes time. The more lasting attention you give it, the bigger the change you will experience.

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself. Your food. Your notepad. A mind that's open for change.

Do I have to talk/share in the sessions?

It's your choice whether you participate quietly or talk. You decide from week to week what feels right to you.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a record of your registration.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

The name of the person who registers has to match the person who shows up. Tickets are not transferrable.

Can I register my partner for this?

You can tell him/her about it but participants must register themselves.

Can I take only part of the Holy Shift Series?

Participants must register for the whole series but can skip any classes if need be.

Is this a Parenting Class?

Not really. It's a class about reactivity which shows up for LOTS of parents and partners. It's a path to learning to DEAL with overwhelm and with surges of feeling without lashing out at others or imploding on yourself.

My kid is always melting down and freaking out. Shouldn't HE just learn how to calm down?

Emotional regulation is a family affair. Our kids will only learn how to steady themselves in a deep and lasting way if parents are actively practicing the same. Emotional regulation is learned by PARENT example.

I feel like I give everything to my kids and they don't listen to me until I blow up at them. In a way, yelling sort of works. Do I need to change?

Chronic blow-ups at home take a toll on your health, your kids' nervous system, and your future relationship with them. Teach your kids how to get through difficult emotions by practicing it in your difficult moments.

Sometimes it seems like I am losing it out of nowhere. I feel so guilty afterwards. I swore I would never do to my kids what my parents did to me, blowup and then never talk about it again, and now I am. Yuck.

If you had reactive parents, learning another way to be upset without being destructive to yourself or the people you love is the biggest gift you can give your family. The second biggest gift is learning how to talk about a blowup after it happens.

I don't really scream and yell but I do feel tense, anxious and impatient. I stew inside, sometimes giving the cold shoulder to my family for days. It's sad and exhausting for me. Does this series apply to me?

Yes. Our kids are just as affected by our chilly stance as you are. It's exhausting and anxiety provoking for everyone when someone is mad but isn't talking about it.