Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Equity and Collective Healing

Learn how to become aware of your inner world and become an agent of change

October 14, 21,28 and November 4, 11
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Corporate: $1,600*

The support of corporations helps us to offer scholarships. 

Individual: $360*

With the support of grant funding, we are able to offer this program to individuals at a significantly discounted rate. 


When the next cohort is scheduled, scholarship applications will be accepted. 

We are committed to breaking down barriers of access to health and wellness for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and those underrepresented in our society. Grant funding and corporate support help us to keep this education affordable for all members of our community.

*This program offers 32.5 CEU credits. For more information, please visit here or contact us


About the Session

Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Equity and Collective Healing strives to inspire individuals to become agents for social change by using trauma-informed relational mindfulness practices infused by frameworks of psychosocial and cultural competency. The foundational pillars of this program are grounded in fostering trust, acceptance, and compassion to facilitate a transformational journey with life-long personal, interpersonal, social, and global impact.

This program is ideal for individuals who appreciate the layers of conditioning in our current societal dynamics, and who are willing to explore the role they play in such dynamics and the possibilities for growth, choice, and change. This process requires a commitment to self-reflection and a willingness to be vulnerable while being held in a non-judgmental, safe, and compassionate environment. 

Program Type

Experiential program for small or large groups, with systematic training on mindfulness and meditation practices, interactive exercises, and didactic psycho-educational components in cultural and racial literacy as well as social-emotional learning, stress reduction and resilience. This program includes a silent retreat experience halfway into the program to deepen the practices.

Walk Away With:

  • How to use mindfulness in your every day life

  • Practice in nurturing your relationship with yourself

  • The role you play living in a racialized system

  • How to approach your social conditioning with compassion

  • Skills to move towards cultural proficiency

  • Deep listening skills, mindful communication, and authentic relationships

  • The role you play in creating positive change in this world​

  • 4 mindfulness audio files for long-term practice

  • Training workbook to keep for continued reference

CE Credit Guidelines

The HeartWell Institute is approved for CEU credits from 

NASW - MA Chapter

This program offers 32.5 CEU credits. For more information, please visit here or contact us

About the Instructors

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Zayda Vallejo, MLitt is Co-founder and Executive Director of The HeartWell Institute in Worcester, MA. A Certified MBSR instructor, for the past 20 years Zayda has been teaching classes, mentoring professionals, and conducting trainings in MBSR at the UMass Center for Mindfulness, the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Harvard University Medical School, the Center for Mindfulness at UCSD, and Mindfulness Kids Miami. She teaches 5- and 7- day MBSR guided silent retreats. She also holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga. Zayda is a co-author of Treating Co-Occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents with Trauma and Substance-Abuse Disorders, and Moment-to-Moment in Women’s Recovery: A Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Program. Zayda designed the “Mindfulness Immersion” training program, which she has taught for the past six years to educators, psychologists, and social workers. She is co-author of the Compassionate Consciousness Framework and the “Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Equity and Collective Healing” training program with Dr. Bertha-Elena Rojas.


Dr. Bertha-Elena Rojas is a neuropsychologist and educator by background. Her current work focuses on the capacity building of equity, cultural and racial literacy across multiple dimensions, through innovative frameworks that integrate Neuroscience, Education, Psychology, and Social Justice.  Dr. Rojas's connection with The HeartWell Institute emerged as she researched the intersection between mindfulness and social justice. She is a co-author of the Compassionate Consciousness Framework and the Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Equity and Collective Healing program with Zayda Vallejo. Dr. Rojas is a Board Member and the Advocacy Chair of the Multi-state Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) and a Board Member of the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University.