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December 21, 2020

Workshop: Community Grounding Session: A Restorative Circle with Angel Acosta

With the multiple levels of crises unfolding before us, we need to continuously find spaces and communities that nurture and support us. The main goal of this session is to provide participants with a generative and restorative experience. This session will be facilitated as a restorative circle and will provide ample time to connect with community members from around the country and world. Anchored by a grounding talk, this experience invites participants to settle into their bodies and reflect on what is needed to find one’s center as the world continues to change before us. With a deep awareness of the global pandemic, the legacies of structural inequality, and impact of intergenerational trauma, this will be a tender space to authentically connect with others across various dimensions of difference. If you are desiring more intentional community, this is the gathering for you.

Tentative Agenda:

7:10-7:20PM——–Grounding Talk
7:20-7:40PM——–Collective Discussion
7:40-7:55PM——–Contemplative Practice and Journaling
7:55-8:10PM——–Community Breakout Sessions
8:10-8:30PM——–Collective Closing Discussion

This workshop will be conducted on Zoom from 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST on Monday, December 21, 2020. The zoom link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration closes at 6:00pm EST on Monday, December 21, 2020.
For questions, please e-mail events@garrisoninstitute.org.


For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He holds a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Acosta has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development.

After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School. He is currently the Director of the Garrison Institute’s Fellowship Program.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent, and we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.

Registration Options

1 - Standard Registration
2 - Subsidized Registration