Healing-Centered Education Summit 


Pedagogies for Collective Restoration and Recovery



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Healing-Centered Education Summit 

 Pedagogies for Collective Restoration and Recovery


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We invite you to dive into the recordings of our inaugural Healing-Centered Education Summit. This gathering created space for us to coalesce around the emerging restorative and healing-centered paradigm in educational research and practice. With the challenges facing our world--political polarization, economic inequality, racial and gender violence, and health disparities--the need for practices, policies, experiences, and communities for collective recovery and restoration are crucial. Through workshops, breathwork sessions and dynamic keynote addresses, we activated a generative social field that inspired a new generation of scholarship and pedagogical practices that will influence K-12 and professional education. 


Mission & Vision

Over the last four decades, social-emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness-based and contemplative education, trauma-informed care, restorative justice and decolonizing education have formed part of frameworks that constellate the healing-centered turn in educational discourse. However, the notion of healing-centered education is still fairly new in the realm of educational practice and academic research. Dr. Shawn Ginwright was one of the first educators to conceptualize and use the term healing-centered engagement to describe a more restorative approach to youth development in his book Hope and Healing in Urban Education


Although our human community has engaged in healing-centered practices since time immemorial, the notion of intentionally developing and integrating such practices into formal schooling, university curricula, workforce professional development and adult education is a new phenomena. The vision for this summit is to support the array of scholars, practitioners and curious learners in coming together to contribute to the growing interest in healing-centred approaches to education. At the core, whether we call it healing-centered or some other trendy concept, this summit and this historical moment are about creating the conditions for our children and ourselves to thrive and flourish in the face of multiple crises.


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Sará King


Bayo Akomolafe

Drisana McDaniel

Angel Acosta

Kia Darling-Hammond

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Maria Tan

Solana Booth 

Shawn Ginwright

Fania Davis 

Luis Alejandro Tapia

Jasmine Syedullah

Thomas Hubl

Chris Emdin


Stephen Shigematsu


Mindy Fullilove

Cesar Cruz


Justis Lopez

Laura Rendon 

Jen Gowers

Joaquin Noguera

Farima Pour-Khorshid

Adam Falkner

Ian Levy

Rashid Hughes

Anna Ortega-Wiliams

Cory Greene 

Christina Villarreal

Eliane Ubalijoro

Kamilah Majied

Core Questions 

This event explored the following questions: 

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

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

  • How can we build on the momentum of mindfulness, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, culturally relevant education and anti-racist education to cement the healing-centered education canon? 

  • How do we develop the heartfulness and discomfort resilience to navigate tumultuous times and activate post-traumatic growth while caring for ourselves and for our communities? 

  • How do we deploy embodiment and embodied practices to strengthen our leadership and presence in doing this work? 

  • What is the role of liberatory and equity-centered design principles in enhancing healing-centered approaches to education?

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.  

Tier #1 Subsidized


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

Tier #2 Subsidized


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

General Admission


  • 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

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.