Healing-Centered Education

Virtual Summit


Play, Slow Work & Our Collective Flourishing 

October 7th - 10th, 2022


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Play, Slow Work & Our Collective Flourishing 

October 7th - 10th, 2022

Register Now
Become a Sponsor
Access 2021 Summit
Summit Agenda



We are honored to invite you to our second annual Healing-Centered Education Summit. After sitting with the afterglow of our last summit, where we explored pedagogies for collective recovery, we now return to hold space for play and slow work. We hope to create a generative container for deep practice and a robust community through fireside chats, panel discussions, healing modalities that enable slowing down and live design-and-play sessions. Our intention is to continue to seed the field of healing-centered education–a paradigm encompassing restorative justice, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, trauma-sensitive teaching, decolonizing education and much more. Our long-term mission is to transform K-12 and adult education by activating a generative social field that will inspire new scholarship, pedagogies, and communities of practice.


Mission & Vision

As we continue to navigate a lingering pandemic and wrestle with multiple crises in our communities, this year’s summit is a call to slow down. Our vision for this gathering is to integrate insights from the slow work movement, the timely emergence of healing-centered education and the benefits of engaging in a sense of playfulness. Our mission for this summit is to hold space to nurture our collective flourishing by curating conversations and experiences that explore healing-centered theories, practices and modalities. 


Coming from a range of backgrounds–education, psychology, public health, neuroscience, philanthropy, indigenous science and the healing arts–our speakers will explore how we integrate slow work and play in our professional and personal lives. With a focus on key approaches–healing justice, social-emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness, contemplative education, and trauma-informed care–our goal is to nurture a community of curious teachers and learners who want to engage with healing-centered approaches to education.


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Sará King


Bayo Akomolafe

Drisana McDaniel

Angel Acosta

Kia Darling-Hammond

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Maria Tan

Solana Booth 

Luis Alejandro Tapia

Thomas Hubl

Justis Lopez

Ian Levy

Jasmine Syedullah

Jen Gowers

Adam Falkner

Cory Greene 

Shawn Ginwright

Angela Kariotis

Arlene Casimir 

Jerry Tello 

Resmaa Menakem 

Ebony Green

Anna Stetsenko

Core Questions 

During this gathering we’ll explore the following questions: 

  • How do we create conditions for thriving and flourishing in our classrooms, educational and organizational settings through slow work and play? 

  • How do we lean on healing-centered practices and contemplative approaches to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work?

  • How can we leverage the momentum of mindfulness, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, culturally relevant education and anti-racist education to to enhance our approaches to slow work and play? 

  • What is the role of embodiment and embodied practices to strengthen our leadership and presence in doing this work? 

  • How does slow work and play connect to liberatory and equity-centered design principles in enhancing healing-centered approaches to education?

Summit Agenda

Who is this summit for? 

Who is this summit for? 

All are welcome.








Somatic Practitioners 


Aspiring Activists 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultants

Anyone interested in building community and exploring the healing-centered paradigm 

Summit Co-Chair

For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. 

Summit Co-Chair

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning associate professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  

Summit Co-Chair

Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond is an educator, researcher, and creator of the Bridge to Thriving Framework.

Summit Co-Chair

Maria Tan is an educator and founder of House of Thriving. 

Pricing & Registration

 We want to make this Summit online experience as affordable as possible. With the support of existing and growing sponsors, we hope to significantly reduce the price for admission. Contribute based on your relative financial needs & standing. 

Summit Agenda

Subsidized Registration


  • Reduced registration for full summit access
  • Access to summit digital infrastructure for three months 

General Admission


  • Regular admission and access to registration for full summit access
  • Access to summit digital infrastructurfor three months 



  • Admission and access to registration for full summit access
  • Special access to educational resources and guides 
  • Access to summit digital infrastructure and recordings for three months 
  • Pay-it-forward for someone else to experience the summit

Additional Support


We have small number of partial and full scholarships for community members who might need additional support. 


Group Rate

Multiple Registrations

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


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The Acosta Institute is an emerging digital learning and research hub fostering innovation at the intersection of healing-centered education, contemplative social science and slow work. It is a DBA of Acosta Consulting, a contemplative-based and healing-centered firm committed to supporting institutions with their organizational learning needs.