Unleashing regenerative potential in organisations and land

Unleashing regenerative potential in organisations and land

The principles of Regenerative apply not only to farming and agriculture but also to communities, organisations and even families. One of Ata Regenerative’s partners is a world leader in regenerative design and cross-sector collaboration for organisations, government and larger entities. Meet Tre’ Cates.

Tre’ Cates’ entrepreneurial qualities have seen him do many amazing things throughout his career. After gaining experience in a number of different fields, Tre’ formed nRhythm as a management consultancy in 2009. It was here that he began to see worrying trends in organisations, governments and communities around the world as they succumbed to challenges that impeded their ability to thrive.

In 2014, Tre’ and his team began to turn this around by introducing a Regenerative Framework and applying holistic management practises to organisational design and management. Having seen first-hand the way Allan Savory’s Holistic Management improved grasslands around the world, he felt these same concepts could be applied to the health of organisations.

Since then, Tre’ has built a strong network of organisations within a wide range of industries. Today, Tre’ consults to organisations in over 35 different countries, designing, developing and implementing nRhythm’s Regenerative Framework to create positive, long-term outcomes.


Lessons from Allan Savory sparked idea for Regenerative Framework

After discovering the idea of Holistic Management, Tre’ Cates spent a year studying under the originator himself, Allan Savory. Along with Allan Savory and Daniella Howell, he set up the Savory Institute and became the first COO of the non-profit organisation.

While in the role of COO, he implemented a number of initiatives that became key to the success of the Savory Institute’s growth. During his time, he became rooted in the concept of Holistic Management and was able to envisage how the methods could be applied to organisational environments.

With this invaluable experience, Tre’ was able to form nRhythm with a clear vision of how to use a holistic framework to restore healthy organisational culture.

“nRhythm truly understands that holistically managed organizations function regeneratively with resilience, stability and higher productivity. nRhythm is developing the gold standard of organizational management for the future.” Allan Savory

nRhythm – improving organisational health across 6 continents

nRhythm is a success in its own right. Word quickly spread of the work the nRhythm team were doing and by 2016, nRhythm had expanded its reach and were consulting to a diverse range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, business networks, cross-sector collaboratives, the food service, health and wellness organisations, non-profit organisations, the agriculture sector and the financial industry.

The idea is to build a regenerative organisation. nRhythm explains a regenerative organisation to be:

“a living, evolving and naturally functioning organisations where abundance and resilience are recurring outcomes of its underlying health.”

With a clear set of guiding principles, nRhythm’s approach to creating a regenerative organisation can be successfully applied to any industry.

There are six key guiding principles in nRhythm’s Regenerative Framework. You’ll see in how the idea for each principle stems from what naturally occurs in the environmental ecosystems.


The organisational ecosystem consists of committed team members who, just like grasslands, need the right conditions to thrive. The Developmental principle focuses on growth and health for the organisational ecosystem.


A redistribution of decision-making throughout the ecosystem prevents the risk associated with one central power making all the decisions. The Nodal principle is all about decentralising and distributing to focus more on long-term productivity.


Much like wildlife, organisations are constantly changing based on environmental conditions. The Evolutionary principle enables organisations to embrace change and strengthen their resilience in order to retain their relevance in the industry.


Regenerative organisations champion uniqueness and the possibility of individual genius. The same way environmental ecosystems are made up of mutually beneficial species, the organisational ecosystem is made up of unique members who provide benefit to others. Regenerative organisations recognise each individual’s ability to utilise their specific genius to benefit the organisation as a whole.


To create a regenerative culture, organisations must see the inherent value and dependence team members have in each other. Mutually beneficial relationships are the foundation for healthy environments both in nature and organisations. For this reason, regenerative organisations must recognise and care for all relationships that both depend on and benefit the organisation.


The idea of holism is that everything is interrelated and dependent. When we adopt this belief, we are able to see organisations in a completely new light. A regenerative organisation embraces the idea of organisational ecosystems and uses a different decision-making framework to design an environment that values the entirety of an organisation, recognising the role that each team member plays in allowing the organisation to thrive.

nRhythm partners with NZ’s Ata Regenerative

Ata Regenerative have partnered with nRhythm to bring you a suite of resources and services to assist with your transition to a regenerative model for your organisation or farm. These are some of the services we offer.

Free, live webinars

nRhythm’s live webinars cover new topics each time. Each webinar gains a lot of interest and we highly recommend registering for the upcoming webinars which are set to cover topics like creating the conditions for health in your organisation, monitoring organisational health and much more. You can view the webinars and register for future webinars here.


Leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, managers and business owners benefit from our workshops, teaching them to lead with regenerative design in mind. Live workshops are on hold due to the global pandemic but we will restart these when we get through this crisis. Stay tuned for more info.

Online courses

We are currently building interactive, practical online courses designed to give leaders the skills to transform thier organisations. The online courses consider the essential functions of an organisation while offering all the information you need to create thriving company culture. More to come on these.

Organisational health assessments

Ata Regenerative provides comprehensive organisational health assessments to identify any underlying issues. They will measure the regenerative capacity of an organisation and design actionable solutions to unleash potential.

Conference and retreat facilitation

Organisations are able to attend transformative annual conferences and planning retreats. Focusing on the health of the organisation, nRhythm and Ata Regenerative will facilitate these events to ensure leaders are well-equipped with the right skills to take away. ​These are also currently on hold but will be announced in due course.

Organisational design and support

nRhythm has helped to shape the design of organisations around the world to function in a healthy, regenerative way. Now Ata Regenerative and nRhythm can help organisations with strategic planning, financial and business modelling, operational design, interim COO and CEO functions and team member coaching.

Tre Cates workshop

nRhythm’s Regenerative Framework is transforming the culture of organisations around the world.

Later in the year (postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic) Tre’ Cates and Dr Hugh Jellie from Ata Regenerative will be taking a three day workshop in New Zealand – Designing Regenerative Cross-Sector Collaborations for Social and Environmental Impact. Dates will be announced as soon as we are able to confirm them.

Spaces are limited so Register your interest here and we will let you know details as soon as we have them.

Ata Regenerative are at the forefront of regenerative agriculture practice in New Zealand. With 17 years working in the regenerative space and as the only EOV provider in the country, Ata Regenerative can assist with your transition to farm practice that focuses on the regeneration of soils, increased productivity and biological diversity, as well as economic and social well-being. To find out more, contact us here

Dr Hugh JellieApril 3, 20200

Dr Hugh Jellie

Dr Hugh Jellie is the founder of Ata Regenerative and has spent 17 years researching farming systems and regenerative agriculture around the world. He now helps farmers, organisations and individuals change to deliver improved environmental, social, financial and health outcomes.