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Teaching Agreement Form

Tul'ix Indigenous Arts Teaching Agreement 

Tul'ix Indigenous Arts provides you with the training, teaching materials and teaching support you will need for Arvigo® Therapy Self Care and Bodywork classes.  They also provide an online platform to promote your classes in the form of web listings, email marketing and social media.  They are there for you should any conflicts arise.  Below is a list of your responsibilities as a teacher.


  1. Center and respect Don Elijio Panti’s Masewal Maya culture and traditions via: 

    1. ​​​Sharing the story of the roots of this work accurately and with reverence for how representations of their ancestor may impact Elijio’s Maya descendants today.   See videos on SCTT portal.  

    2. Be transparent about Don Elijio having multiple ‘students’ within the cultural context of their society.  See videos on SCTT portal. 

    3. In light of this, make clear to your students that legacy materials which include video footage of Elijio were produced innocently at a time where sensitivity to appropriation was less developed.  

    4. Practice only what is permitted to be shared.  Unless you are Maya, sacred culturally specific ceremonies such as the Primicia are not for us to offer.  

    5. Honor the bridge that Don Elijio has provided each of us back to our Benevolent Ancestors.  Understand and be willing to do the work to bring them into your practice as guardians of yourself within this work and guides on how to offer this work in right relationship. 

    6. Share with your students that Don Elijio’s descendants continue his ecological, cultural and Spirit work to this day and require our global support, especially at the Elijio Panti National Park ( and that our work is dedicated to supporting them and other indigenous partners (see our website). 

    7. Wherever you can and in context, honor Don Elijio’s core messages of healing and cultural preservation with opportunities to live them, such as daily Dream Circles. 

  2. Compassionate Decolonization is a model that assumes an equal seat at a round table for every single person in an equation, their ancestors and the Living World.  It also makes space for individual wounds to be treated according to need.  In this way, false equivalencies and contrived bias can melt away via radical and kind transparency.  Commit to teaching in a compassionately decolonized way via: 

    1. Removing impediments to educational access that favor people based on their socioeconomic status, culture, ethnicity, gender/orientation/identity, physical ability, religion, spiritual beliefs, educational background and licensure. 

    2. In releasing these impediments, clearly inform your potential students of their responsibilities (specifically in regards to Bodywork Trainings) around completing Anatomy & Physiology Portals and any other preparatory material  prior to attendance and ascertaining that they can work/be insured in their region. 

    3. Commit to doing your inner work around any potential biases, transferences or triggers you may experience with students from particular social groups or lifeways.  Work towards showing up to every member of the group and yourself with a clean heart.

    4. Commit to using language as a tool of healing rather than harm.  

    5. Give direct instructions that eliminate power structures.  Example, rather than saying “I want you to now do the upper abdominal strokes…” say instead “Beginning the upper abdominal strokes..”

    6. Avoid praise and criticism, instead focus on each student’s felt sense and the group’s lived experience to navigate the arc of the class.  

    7. Invite students to have a voice in the class via sharing circles, group agreements and reinforcing the idea that they can set boundaries and ask for what they need. 

    8. Use gender neutral language wherever possible, while honoring that gendered language is important for some students and in reference to certain core content.  In short, make space for all people and their perspectives on the spectrum of gender and identity.  

    9. Avoid casual body commentary, including references to body shape, size, skin color, textures, smells, physical ability, voice/speech capacity/pronunciation/accent.  Use neutral language in bodywork spaces that doesn’t single out individuals.  

    10. If possible, focus on speaking to the Soul, the unchanging aspect of each person that is beyond their identity, especially in times of challenge. 

    11. As a teacher, be radically transparent about your existing relationships within the group.  This supports preventing clique creation and facilitates safety.  Strong bonds are the norm in tribal societies everywhere, and pretending they don’t exist creates a schism that prevents group cohesion. 

    12. Understand and name that we have an impact on each other and community care is a necessary ingredient in any group dynamic.  An over-emphasis on personal responsibility without the comprehension of interconnection breeds shadow behavior in groups. 

    13. Allow Resonance vs. Dissonance to be the guiding principle in navigating a class rather than Good vs. Bad.

  3. Teach the content as laid out in the Course Content for the particular class you are teaching in its entirety.   This is available clearly in the Self Care Teacher Training Portal.  For Bodywork teachers, core content is constantly in development and channels of communication need to remain open with Tul’ix Indigenous Arts at all times. 

    1.  If you wish to add relevant, safe and appropriate addendum material clearly mark that on your agenda and make sure everyone is informed.  Please email this to prior to your class to share and discuss.   Relevant, safe and appropriate additional material is supported as much as possible but it cannot compromise core content. 

    2. Agree to reach out for help if you are concerned  about teaching any aspect of a class to Samar on 

  4. Aim to submit your Class Application for an in-person class at least six months prior to commencement and at least four months prior to commencement for an online class.  This is to allow us ample time to post your class to Social Media (Instagram and Facebook), post it on the Calendar page on the website and share it monthly in our newsletter.  This timeline allows a higher likelihood of sign ups for your classes.  We will support you as much possible if your timeline is shorter, but our recommended timeline is as above.   

    1. Agree to fill out the social media caption in the correct formatting (See SCTT Portal for Social Media Submissions)  when submitting a class and submit a photograph of yourself if you want your classes advertised in a timely manner. 

  5. Be clear and transparent about all your policies with your students as soon as you begin advertising your class, including clear dates, times, content, currency, cancellation, scholarships, payment methods and plans, prerequisites, attendance requirements, CE Hours (or not), refund policies etc. 

  6. Agree that you will keep 70% of the total advertised cost of your class and send 30% of the total advertised cost of your class to Tul’ix within 24 hours of the end of your class.   ⅓ of what is sent to us supports our indigenous partners. 

  7. Agree that you will complete all forms and electronic paperwork in conjunction with your class and email them to Tul’ix within 24 hours of the end of your class.  

    1. Self Care: Scope of Practice/Student Evaluation/Teacher Evaluation/Class List

    2. Practitioner: Scope of Practice/Student Evaluation/Teacher Evaluation 

    3. Pregnancy: Student Evaluation/Teacher Evaluation 

    4. Advanced: Student Evaluation/Teacher Evaluation   

  8. Agree to provide your students with current Portals and Companion Guidebooks.  See SCTT Portal for Self Care materials.  Bodywork teachers, please remain in communication with Samar for updated materials.  

  9. Communicate immediately if there are changes to your class, including the class being cancelled. 

  10. Understand that you are responsible for communicating changes to your classes with registered students, including class cancellations or alterations. 

  11. Understand that you are at liberty to make and responsible for upholding collaborations or co-teaching arrangements you make with other teachers.  

  12. Understand that no expenses involved in running classes can be claimed from Tul’ix Indigenous Arts, and that you assume responsibility for pricing sufficiently to cover your own costs.   This includes printed Companion Guidebooks and/or Certificates.  

  13. Understand that all sign-ups for your classes will be directed to you to manage yourself and to collect monies from using your own invoicing and organization system.  

  14. Communicate immediately if there is an issue occurring within your class that you believe Tul’ix Indigenous Arts needs to be aware of.

  15. Self Care Training can be offered as part of a larger container/retreat as long as all core content is covered in a cohesive manner.  Please submit a plan/agenda to prior to listing this offering.  

  16. Agree to the correct use of the registered trademark in conjunction with the word Arvigo®.  This is as follows:

    1. Tul’ix Indigenous Arts replaces what was formerly the Arvigo Institute, and you agree to refer to it as Tul’ix Indigenous Arts.  

    2. Tul’ix Indigenous Arts is the exclusive home of Arvigo® Therapy trainings. 

    3. You may choose to refer to your trainings as:

      1. Self Care Training  (Level 1) and/or Arvigo® Therapy Self Care Training  (Level 1)

      2. Practitioner  Training (Level 2) and/or Arvigo® Therapy Practitioner Training (Level 2) 

      3. Advanced Bodywork (Level 3) and/or Arvigo® Therapy Advanced Bodywork (Level 3) 

      4. Pregnancy Training (Level 3A) and/or Arvigo® Therapy Pregnancy Training (Level 3A) 

      5. The registered symbol must always appear after the word Arvigo®.

      6. In particular, your bodywork students must be advised that they have the right to use the trademark and the choice to refer to themselves as Arvigo® therapists or Tul’ix Indigenous Arts Practitioners.  

      7. You can use the dragonfly logo (which is a registered trademark) on its own, with the words Tul’ix Indigenous Arts or the word Arvigo®  Therapy alongside.  All three versions can be accessed on the SCTT portal. 

      8. Please use the Tul’ix Indigenous Arts Certificates for all classes under which it will state Arvigo®  Therapy and the appropriate teaching level.  Copies for printing are available on the SCTT portal and Kali on will send a PDF of each version to students at the end of class once all information has been submitted. 

  17. For Self Care Teachers, commit to showing up to quarterly Self Care Teacher’s Meetings on Zoom.  We will schedule these together on the Self Care Teachers FB messenger thread.  If you cannot make it a meeting, commit to watching the recording.  Bodywork teachers are a smaller population and in more frequent communication.  

  18. For Bodywork teachers, commit to remaining in close communication with other Bodywork teachers on an as needed basis. 

  19. Work to the best of your ability to treat all members of the Teaching Community and your student body with kindness and respect, honoring their agency and right to choose as well as your own. 

  20. When having to set any boundaries, within and outside of classes, attempt to provide rationale clearly.  

  21. Understand that if there are violations of this agreement, our first port of call will be to attempt remediation with you.  If these attempts are unsuccessful, Tul’ix Indigenous Arts reserves the right to remove any listed classes and revoke your access to materials. 

  22. Understand the importance of being in energetic resonance with the Spirit of this Work.  This is an internal commitment, one that no external force can assess and as vital as any training or skill.  

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