About

Mission

To positively impact the world by providing adequate support, guidance and material assistance to those individuals who have committed themselves to transforming their personal lives while also striving to improve their communities and the wider world as it applies to them.

Vision

To create a global organization where people meet locally and/or online to support one another’s growth, projects and learning. We aim to create a learning hub for leaders who are committed to helping to transform society from the bottom up. 

Values

We believe, above all things, in the inherent value, dignity and intelligence of the human being. This means that regardless of their social circumstances; color of skin; religion; background; mental ability or inability; emotional wellness or unwellness; spiritual walk or the lack of it; political position; gender identification; sexual orientation; country of origin; style of dress; occupation or any other factor against which humans have been measured to identify their worth, at the bottom of it all, each person is worthy of health, happiness, freedom and prosperity in all its forms and dimensions. Each person is also worthy for their voice to be heard, to be seen as they truly are and to be treated as such.

The Creation of R2 Society

Founder, Gabriela LeBaron, created R2 Society to help individuals in their efforts to establish social-impact projects of all kinds. It was conceived when she was working on a social-impact project of her own; one for which she received the Societal Solutions Scholars Grant, from Cornell University in 2016.

Gabriela had long been passionate about social change and had dedicated many years to studying movements, history, economics and social issues. She also spent many years working on her own personal development and emotional healing from having grown up in a violent, polygamist cult.

Through her experience and research, Gabriela has come to understand that in order for an individual to be successful at social-impact work, they must first attend to their personal traumas and social conditioning. They must also have long-term social support, guidance and material help. R2 Society is the solution she designed for this multi-faceted need.

My Personal Bio

I was born and raised in Mexico to an Indigenous mother and an Anglo father who had severe mental illness and created a violent, religious cult. Growing up in this cult, I experienced deep psychological and emotional trauma, and knew nothing else of reality for the first 17 years of my life.

My father died in prison; my mother later died in the arms of her mother, my abuelita, who was 100% Indigenous and spoke Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs).

I was 8 years old when my mother fell ill. She was kept in a hospital and I was swept away and sent to live somewhere in hiding (our endless cult reality). She died four years later. 

After the cult ended, it took me over 20 years to re-learn reality, overcome my PTSD, depression, anxiety and even paranoia. I had been so convinced that the cult I grew up in was “the Truth”, that, when it crumbled to pieces around me, I spared no effort in re-balancing and re-ordering my universe. I really had to know for myself what was right and what was wrong, and, furthermore, why it was so

I was 8 years old when my mother fell ill. She was kept in a hospital and I was swept away and sent to live somewhere in hiding (our endless cult reality). She died four years later. 

After the cult ended, it took me over 20 years to re-learn reality, overcome my PTSD, depression, anxiety and even paranoia. I had been so convinced that the cult I grew up in was “the Truth”, that, when it crumbled to pieces around me, I spared no effort in re-balancing and re-ordering my universe. I really had to know for myself what was right and what was wrong, and, furthermore, why it was so

I could no longer accept any form of authority and took nothing at face value. To the end of finding my own answers, I read countless books on spirituality, self-help and philosophy. I went to numerous workshops and retreats and adopted many different spiritual practices until I found the combination that suited me. 

While undergoing my own healing, I witnessed and experienced the many struggles that the poor face. I began to learn about social justice and made up my mind to do something about it. I then began to observe the world with the eyes of a sociologist. 

It was because I had formerly believed so intensely in something that was so wrong, and because my world had fallen apart so completely, that it came natural to me to dissect any and all other forms of reality that society holds as “the Truth”. This led me to develop my own philosophy about “the human condition” as well as formulate solutions to get us out of it.

This is the gist of what I have come to believe: 

There are things that we, humanity, never question and these things keep us going around the same painful circle generation after generation. It’s deeper than politics, economics, religion and greed. 

I have come to understand that what humans need above all things, is not only basic survival, but also dignity. The truth of who we are is greatness beyond our imagination, and because this knowledge has been crushed for so long, the emotional need to be seen and heard as our true, powerful and intelligent selves causes us to go to any length to make ourselves look good or up our status in society.  

This, then, is morphed into greed and the oppression of other people, cultures and nations. The answer is not more fighting, but for each one of us to walk the journey of waking up. As we walk, we light the path for others. 

On the individual level, once we find that rock that is ours to stand on, we can set out to winning all forms of battles in the “real world”. In other words, we will be much more effective at all that world we dream of changing. 

This lead me to create R2 Society and the Total Life Makeover Program

I dream of seeing radical change at all levels of society, but I am also extremely pragmatic. If a strategy doesn’t work, I toss it. No ego or emotionality allowed. (I gained this strength through the end-of-my-world grinder that I had to survive.) While TLM is focused on the individual, I am also working on creating a system that will support people all over the world. This is the R2 Society network. By taking Total Life Makeover, or any future R2 courses/workshops, you will be participating in greater project that is to connect support and resources to people around the globe (all in a self-selected way). 

The aim of TLM is to put an unbreakable bedrock underneath the people who will rise to help lead the world – in a large or small way. Each individual must be equipped with the tools to win their battles in this new, wild, post-2020 reality we are in. R2 Society is a platform where they can connect to others and share resources and ideas an many other topics. 

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