April 12th - 26th, 2022 













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Drawing on extensive doctoral research and professional practice, this course invites participants into an exploration of how practitioners and scholars have deliberately integrated the notion of healing into K-12 curriculum and professional education. The evolution of restorative justice, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and trauma-informed teaching reveals a kind of momentum that situates the emergence of the restorative and healing-centered paradigm in educational discourse, practice and research. 

With the many challenges and crises unfolding before us--ecological disequilibrium, political polarization, socio-economic inequality and health disparities--people who are interested in educating others are challenged with how to take care of themselves, those who they teach and the communities within which they work. Also, the COVID-19 global pandemic has exacerbated the preexisting conditions that communities, especially those who are most vulnerable, have to contend with.

This course will provide a foundation for thinking, researching and integrating healing-centered education into one’s professional teaching philosophy and practice. It will be a space to meet others and build a robust community of people who want to build a world where we can all thrive and flourish. Below are some of the questions that will be explored:  

  • How do we define healing, especially in relation to educational processes as opposed to medical ones? 
  • What do we learn about healing-centered education from Indigenous scholarship and cultures?
  • Where is there evidence of healing-centered pedagogies within higher education?
  • Where is there evidence of healing-centered pedagogies within K-12 school curricula?
  • How do healing-centered approaches to community organizing and social justice contribute to this emerging paradigm? 
  • How have healing-centered approaches been integrated into adult education & professional development, especially in regards to work on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion?
  • What does it mean to enact a healing-centered approach in your educational practice?
  • What does it mean to take a healing-centered approach to formal scholarship and qualitative research?  
  • How do the disruptions in the field of design connect to and inform the evolution of this paradigm within education? 



Core Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the healing-centered and restorative turn in education 

  • Network with newcomers and expert practitioners who are integrating similar approaches in their consulting and instructional practices 

  • Contribute to the growing number of scholarship and experiences that canonize and move this paradigm forward

What to expect

  • Interactive lectures

  • Community building activities 

  • Facilitated restorative circles 

  • Contemplative & embodiment practices

  • A reasonable reading load of thought-provoking material  

  • Access to a robust community of scholars & practitioners 


Educators,  Diversity,  Equity and Inclusion Consultants,  Therapists, Psychologists,  Researchers,  Teachers, Parents,  Artists,  Somatic Practitioners,  Activists,  Aspiring Activists & Anyone interested in building community and exploring the healing-centered paradigm. 

Dates & Times 

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022   

6:00PM-9:00PM (Eastern Time)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

6:00PM-9:00PM (Eastern Time)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

6:00PM-9:00PM (Eastern Time)









Co - Hosted by Maria Tan & Dru McDaniel 

Maria Tan is the founder and director of House of Thriving which empowers leaders across education, the arts, and corporations to thrive authentically and powerfully for those they serve. Through Thriving Teacher Project, she designs and facilitates workshops, courses, and community building experiences focused on mindfulness, social emotional learning, and collective healing as cornerstones of thriving.

Drisana (Dru) McDaniel is a mother-worker-activist, and race equity and justice facilitator. tHer teaching addresses social injustice, racialized dimensions of trauma, resilience and capacity, and connecting across differences to experience healing and integrity. Through her practice The Alchemy of Now, Drisana attends to the nitty-gritty of our individual and collective experiences from an embodied, historical, social, and psychospiritual perspective. She envisions transformational justice as the fruit of contemplation and action. As a coworker-cofounder of the Transformative Teaching Collective, she supports organizations and groups by designing and facilitating workshops and gatherings that focus on conflict-resolution, social justice education, empathy, the practice of non-violence, healing and collaboration. She has a passion for curating events to facilitate radical interconnectedness, and is most hopeful about what can happen when we explore our connections to each other and the earth.

Guest Presenter - Angel Acosta

For the last decade, Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice and mindfulness. He recently received his doctorate in the Curriculum and Teaching Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. Angel has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explores healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development.

After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, he began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development, conversations about inequality and healing to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former Trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. Angel continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others.


Price & Registration

We will teach the course again in the coming months. Please sign up to be updated on when registration opens. We want to make this course accessible. We will offer four tiers based on your relative financial needs & standing. 



  • Reduced course registration
  • Access to live sessions & recording 
  • Access to pre-readings & resources 
  • Access to Mighty Network platform with over 200 educators, consultants and practitioners to network with and discuss course content

General Admission


  • Full cost for course registration
  • Access to live sessions & recording 
  • Access to pre-readings & resources 
  • Access to Mighty Network platform with over 200 educators, consultants and practitioners to network with and discuss course content



  • Course registration & access
  • Pay-it-forward and contribute to scholarship fund & subsidized registrations 
  • One complimentary course registration for a friend or colleague
  • Access to Mighty Network platform with over 200 educators, consultants and practitioners to network with and discuss course content

Multiple Registrations

Would you like to purchase multiple tickets for a large group? 

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