Testimonials

Here are highlighted testimonials from past and present clients: 

I was very impressed with Saltwater’s nuanced approach to organizational development. The facilitator’s demonstrated a keen understanding of group dynamics and were flexible to the needs of the group. The result was an engaging, productive and useful retreat that resulted in tangible outcomes for our organization.    {M.W.} 

The Saltwater team had a unique ability to hold space for our group while also being fully present as human beings, which created a lot of trust between us. Each member of our team was invited to be whole, to be grounded in their truth, and recognized for their contributions. They are excellent listeners and their ability to tune into exactly what we needed as individuals and a group is very impressive. I would highly recommend that people check out what they can learn both personally and professionally from Saltwater.
{Maisha, Everyday Feminism}

“The Saltwater facilitation team had a super warm & inviting approach, which helped people’s defenses and guards come down. They were clear and unapologetic about doing anti-oppressive work – their approach met people where they were at without being wishy-washy. They were very well-prepared, had a good sense of the organization, culture and staff before they entered the room. We asked for a training that incorporated anti-oppression frameworks throughout, and this day-long session did that very well and really elegantly. The concrete tools helped create a clear entry point into the conversations we needed to have. SALTWATER’s session rebuilt trust & buy-in into our equity work.”     {Staff Member, Environmental Justice Organization}

“I have seen many different people do the workshop on Leadership Styles over the years- the model is commonly accepted. Shreya is the best presenter who I have seen execute this workshop. People they learn a lot about themselves and others and they have so much fun. She is outstanding!”    {Glenn Magpantay, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance} 

“Saltwater facilitators did an exceptional job holding space and guiding staff through this retreat. People came into it feeling nervous and left with not just new tools and frameworks, but also more confidence and comfort.  The facilitators were very transparent, bringing all of themselves into the space; they spoke from personal experience and personal identities and this helped everyone do the same.  The mapping exercise showed rather than told us how important it is to hold an intersectional analysis. We got through the whole agenda and  it never felt like we were trying to rush through one thing just in order to get to the next so that every box could be checked. We moved with the flow of the conversation and it allowed the staff to dig in to whatever hard stuff came up. The facilitator team was a natural fit –  they were gentle, firm, and honest.”    {Devika Ghai, Organizer & Partners Program Coordinator, Pesticide Action Network}

It was a great retreat. The facilitators encouraged everyone to speak and were friendly and welcoming. Saltwater worked hard to adapt our second day material after evaluating what we needed from our first day. I understand the organization better. We’ve been operating under a vague understanding of what our values are, and setting them down on paper was very productive. We have a clearer picture of how we can all work together to work toward those values and hold each other accountable to them. We accomplished a lot in two days and I would have appreciated another day to work with them.    {Staff Member, Youth Empowerment Organization}

Shreya facilitated a session where we as Dalit organizers were able to self reflect and set our own goals. She asked us deep questions about our intentions for the work we do and how we can set goals and strategize. She asked us to name the positive aspects of our personalities to gain retrospect on how abundant our lives are and the potential of our work.”    {Manisha Mashaal, Field Organizer, Dalit Women’s Self Respect Movement, India}

Both Shreya and Heidi were the dream! There were so many times I was simply in awe of their magic, brilliance, and synergistic power. There were so many vulnerable, personal, and hard moments throughout the staff retreat and the Saltwater team was ready to honor it. Shreya’s energy allowed me to stay in my truth and imagine the type of work we do on a larger scale. Their facilitation and inner genius is truly transformative. I loved how intentional each activity was. Everything we did built on something else in such a brilliant way, and I could see how the agenda was tailored to our specific needs as a team and to some of the specific needs I mentioned in the pre-retreat survey. I appreciated that there was so much in-the-moment processing, challenging, and revisiting previous agreements and statements we shared. I personally feel like I’m a better human being after witnessing the way you all handled and navigated such challenging conversations.    {Nikia P, Everyday Feminism}

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