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Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Social Healing 

Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Social Healing

Dates for 1st "Catalyst" Training: Friday March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 2022 from 8:30AM to 4:00 PM
Dates for 2nd "Catalyst" Training: Monday, May 16, 2022 to Friday, May 20, 2022 from1:00PM to 8:30PM

$120 BIPOC for Community
$360 for Non-BIPOC Community 

Scholarships are available on a limited basis. To be placed on the wait list please email us at theheartwellinstitute@gmail.com 

32.5 CE Credits 

Childcare is available to those who need it

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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, safety, 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn a broad repertoire of informal and formal meditation and mindfulness practices and cultivate a systematic way to integrate them in their everyday lives. 

  • Participants will learn to look inward with compassion and less fear to learn about the multifaceted connection between culture and identity and to understand the role they play in shaping racialized systems or systems of inequities in our society. 

  • Participants will learn to recognize one's conditioning to operate under dynamics of privilege and oppression and become aware of their unconscious biases and the habitual patters of perception and interaction they drive.

  • Participants will learn about the Compassionate Consciousness Framework (based upon the cultural competency continuum) as a tool to improve cultural and racial literacy and gain clarity about the language, thoughts, and actions embedded in inequities and social injustices.

  • Participants will learn to cultivate deep listening and mindful communication to foster authentic and meaningful relationships.

  • Participants will learn to become more aware of the mindsets and choices that emerge and become part of the solution towards promoting a socially just and compassionate world. 

CE Credit Guidelines

  • APA: The HeartWell Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. The HeartWell Institute maintains responsibility for this program and content. 

  • NBCC ACEP: The HeartWell Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 7058. Programs that do not qualify for CE credit are clearly identified. HeartWell Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

  • NASW - MA Chapter: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at theheartwellinstitute@gmail.com for the status of social work CE accreditation.

  • MA-DESE: The HeartWell Institute is an approved provider for Professional Development Points (PDPs) for educators. PDPs are awarded after a minimum of 10 hours of programming has been completed. Programs can be combined for this purpose.

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About the Instructors

Zayda Vallejo, M.Litt., is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor who has been training professionals and the general public in English and Spanish for more than 18 years. She co-authored the Compassionate Consciousness Framework and the Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Collective Healing program with Dr. Bertha-Elena Rojas. The training promotes mindfulness as a vehicle for personal and relational growth of collective healing through culture and racial literacy.


Dr. Bertha-Elena Rojas is the Director of Operations at the HeartWell Institute in Worcester, MA. Dr. Rojas connection with The HeartWell Institute emerged as she researched the intersection between mindfulness and social justice. She co-authored the Compassionate Consciousness Framework and the Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Collective Healing program with Zayda Vallejo, which promotes mindfulness as a vehicle for personal and relational growth and of collective healing through cultural and racial literacy.