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Golden Bonds: Healing Families

April 17, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0

This program is for teens and families who want to: excel in school, learn how to manage stress, practice self-care, learn how to be present, have better relationships, and have fun with arts & crafts.

This is an experiential program with systematic training in age-appropriate, mindfulness practices, deep listening, compassionate communication skills, creative arts exercises, and trauma-informed meditation and mindful movement. It is a group intervention using small and large groups to process practices and interactive exercises. Frameworks of social-emotional learning, psycho-educational didactic components on stress reduction, emotion regulation, and resilience are presented.

Five-session commitment, Monday-Friday, April 17 – 21 from 3-7 pm, and dinner is included! Space is limited.

Contact us today to reserve your space: email info@heartwellinstitute.org; call Zayda – 508-963-6460; or call Sandy – 774-243-6800, or Apply Now.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Reliant Foundation.

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April 17, 2023
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
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High schoolers and their families


The HeartWell Institute
1015 Pleasant Street
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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The HeartWell Institute

The HeartWell Institute

Registered Jul 2022
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The HeartWell Institute is a BIPOC woman-led educational institution, positioned to bring personal, relational, and collective healing to the community. We have designed a curriculum that is sensitive to multiple cultures, trauma-informed, and is skilled at bringing participants together to move forward as part of a larger community, with an open mind, compassionate heart, acceptance of the conditioning of ourselves and others, and the need to become agents of change. 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, the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance 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.




Worcester, MA, United States