Healing-Centered Education Summit

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Play, Slow Work & Our Collective Flourishing 








Play, Slow Work & Our Collective Flourishing 

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We invite you to dive into the recordings of our second annual Healing-Centered Education Summit with 20+ hours of powerful content. After sitting with the afterglow of our last summit, where we explored pedagogies for collective recovery, we returned to hold space for play and slow work. We created 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 was 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 was a call to slow down. Our vision for this gathering was 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 was 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 explored 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 was 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

Keith Yamashita

Angela Kariotis

Arlene Casimir 

Jerry Tello 

Resmaa Menakem 

Ebony Green

Anna Stetsenko

Core Questions 

These are some of the questions explored during this gathering: 

  • 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 significantly reduced the price for admission. Register based on your relative financial needs & standing. 

Summit Agenda



  • Reduced registration for access to full summit recordings with 20+ hours of content from 20+ renown speakers
  • Access to summit digital infrastructure 
    with additional resources and access to social networking community with over 400 members 

General Admission


  • Regular admission and access to full summit recordings with 20+ hours of content from 20+ renown speakers
  • Access to summit digital infrastructure 
    with additional resources and access to social networking community with over 400 members 



  • Admission and access to full summit recordings with 20+ hours of content from 20+ renown speakers 
  • Access to summit digital infrastructure with additional resources and access to social networking community with over 400 members 
  • Pay-it-forward for someone else to experience the summit

Group Rate

Multiple Registrations

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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.