Frequently asked questions
What is the history of Pacia Life?
Pacia Life had its informal beginnings in 2007 and kept building over time until the team decided to expand services and open additional locations in May of 2013.
In the beginning, people came seeking Life Coaching support specific to being more efficient in the grit, resiliency, and rigor of traditional college education while paying their way through college. Others came seeking guidance in entrepreneurship, apprenticeships, career development in the workforce, international cultural service and personal growth.
Today, through the motivational interviewing portion of the Tatori System, most student goals fall into one or more of five specific tracks:
1. Traditional high school and college education (PARC Services)
2. Non-traditional experiential education and career
4. Independent financial freedom
5. Personal goal development (Clinical Services, Yoga, Meditation, Personal Education, etc.)
6. International Study Abroad, GAP Year, Domestic and International Service Missions, etc.
Today, there are several geographic locations that young adults can pick from. While each location is independently owned and operated, the directors and owners of each location have adopted the Tatori Method and the clinically informed life coaching model for their location.
What if my “dreams” include things like international service, a GAP year, or starting my own business?
We love to do business coaching and assist those seeking to start their own businesses, international cultural immersion experiences, career-based apprenticeships, investments, crowdfunding, marketing strategies, finances, taxes, etc.
For those who wish to incorporate an international GAP experience into their goals, Pacia Life has programs that include a multitude of countries including Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, various countries in Africa, Nepal, Europe, New Zealand and some unique places closer to home like Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Indian Reservations.
What is the average length of stay?
In our locations located in the United States, where young adults engage in everything from formal education to building their own businesses, to creating self-reliance, the average time of our young adults living in housing provided by Pacia Life is
eight to 18 months.
Time, experience and years of outcome follow up show, that most young adults spend the first 3 to 6 months learning and going up and downs in their overall progress before starting to put all the puzzle pieces together in ways that it sticks and last. (What we call level 2 Tatori).
Young adults typically also utilize our step-up services after establishing their own housing.
Young adults taking advantage of opportunities overseas in GAP year experiences typically spend four to six months and then transfer to another Pacia Life location in the United States or directly into an independent educational or independent living based on their own goals.
Unless pre-arrangements have been made and agreed to in advance, each student is expected to commit to at least 90 days. This three-month commitment is based on historical outcomes that show that actual results for most young adults are based on the following:
1. Adult like relationships that transfer from a parent-child relationship to adult-coaching relationships.
2. Overwhelming mastery life experiences that build self-efficacy that transfer into real-life results.
3. Enough time to produce what Pacia Coaches refer to as the power of habit or level II Tatori. (Students that thrive the most combined level 2 and level 3 Tatori).
The average length of stay is largely dependent upon the specific goals and which one of the five to six tracks that the Life Coaching student is pursuing. We can answer this question more fully after the Life Coaching student interviews have taken place in the admission process.
Using the Tatori method of strength-based personal empowerment, we assist our students in not only achieving self-reliance we also assist them in learning to thrive in life.
Depending upon individualized goals and which of the five tracks a student is signed up for will determine the needed length of time. For example, a student who is in a college or entrepreneurial track may take longer than a student who is on a financial independence track.
Pacia life is based on the premise that peace comes into our lives when self-reliance and independent living becomes sustainable within a chosen life map. In order to reach “sustainable self-reliance,” it is essential that each young adult not only learns tangible daily habits but that certain thinking patterns and paradigms must also shift. Whatever your past situation may have been, we focus on learning from the past, loving our present life, and building a sustainable future with real results. Real results do take time – the length of time it takes is completely up to how hard you work and how focused you stay every day.
If a young adult is of legal age, can they openly use E-Cigs, tobacco, and alcohol?
Upon arrival, we ask all of our Life Coaching students to refrain from “distractions” for the first 90 days. Our systems and research have found that much of our outer success comes from personal habits, nutrition, exercise, meditation, visualization, daily education, etc.
After 90 days, a team meeting will ensure to discuss how you are achieving your primary goals and if introducing these things back into your life will change your stated goals. Our goal is to minimize distractions in first few months until other key elements and personal daily success habits are in place.
Do you drug test?
YES! We do drug testing for a number of reasons. We have learned that in order to benefit from the Tatori Life Coaching Method that illegal drugs have no place. Also, Pacia networks with international GAP partners, apprenticeships in the local communities, colleges, landlords, etc and has a reputation of having quality Life Coaching students who have been screened, and are ready to work.
By choosing to enroll and participate in Pacia Life participants agree to the following:
The release of liability. As legal adults, you are expected to be responsible for your safety. You agree to release any location doing business under the name of Pacia, its agents, and employees from any claims or liabilities of any kind whatsoever, arising from or related to my participation in these activities. You may be required to sign your own liability releases for specific activities in the local community such as taking surf lessons, rock climbing and a wide range of other options.
By enrolling in Pacia Life, you agree to grant to any business doing business under the Pacia name and its authorized representative’s permission to record on photographic film and/or video, pictures of my participation. You further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used, in any form, as part of any future publications, social media, brochure, or other printed materials used to promote Pacia or to share your experiences with others, and further that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation.
Participation in Research
Pacia Life takes part in research projects in conjunction with local Universities and conducts it’s own outcome studies.
What would get me expelled from Pacia Life?
1. If a student needs a clinical higher level of care.
2. If a student's behavior is negatively impacting other students and needs a higher level of care.
3. Trouble with the law will be reviewed.
4. Self-care and safety for self, property, or for others in the community will result in a higher level of care.
5. Parental support is not strong enough for the process or parents withheld or lied in the admission process in order to get their student admitted.
Since 2013 to June of 2020, 6 students have been moved to a higher level of care and returned to Pacia Life after getting additional short term help. Three (3) or .001 students from all locations have been moved to a higher level of care and have not returned. As of June 30, 2020, no student has reached a point of behavioral mis-conduct to be expelled from Pacia Life and sent home.
Can I have my own car?
That depends on the location. Please call us to review.
In some locations where a car is allowed, it is typically not allowed for the first 90 days and other specific goals are worked out in your Tatori, finanical coaching and partnership with your investors/parents.
Pacia Life does have a strict policiy about no student can drive another student at anytime. There are liabilities and other goals that prohibite this. Violation of this rule will result in car keys and car being removed until integrity and trust can be re-established.
Can I date while in Pacia Life?
After the first 90 days and after each student has solid, measurable progress moving in their own Tatori goals, we encourage dating, social life in the community, and more!
Pacia Life coaches know that the friends you hang out with the most are a major part of predicting your future success. In fact, most Pacia Life coaches are bold enough to say things like, show me your friends and who you are dating, and I can tell you your future.
Our coaches can connect you with relationship and dating coaches and some outstanding experiences on how to attract the right people into your life!
In fact, if dating and having relationships is important to you, we want to help you!
One rule: Pacia Life students are highly discouraged from dating other Pacia Life students.
You have the whole world to date! Please don't interfere with the process of other students.
However, if you really feel the desire to date other Pacia Life students, we are happy to engage the two of you in our relationship coaching classes immediately!
Why a 90 day minimum?
Change, growth, education, and outcomes are a process of time combined with grit, work, productive hours in a week, executive functioning, intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, and more.
Most young adults (around 80%) take 3 to 6 months before they start to move from level one Tatori into the power of habit or level two Tatori.
Twenty percent or 1 out of 5 young adults hit the ground running and move very quickly into level two and level three within weeks.