Awakening Wisdom




Are you struggling with how to support your child in school? You’re invited to learn effective ways that will bring out the best in your children so that they are engaged and empowered.


September 22 & 27, October 25 (at KHIS)

October 13, November 10 & 22 (virtual)

6:00 pm to 8:45 pm


for supporting teachers throughout the school year
(for RENEW AND REIMAGINE participants only)


Saturday, September 17th 12:00pm-4:00pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time
First Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm West Coast Time 10/6, 11/10, 1/5 ,2/2, 3/2, 4/6 and 5/4
Building thriving organizations

Leaders of small businesses and nonprofits

Is your organization experiencing stress and burnout? Learn what you and your colleagues need to create a culture where everyone thrives. Please join us for our in-person workshop: “Building Thriving Organizational Cultures and Preventing Burnout”


October 19: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

October 25: 12:00 – 5:00 pm


Halau ’inana 2438 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96826


(for Leading with Vision participants only)


Saturday, September 17th 9:00 am-12:30pm, Hawai’i times
First Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30, Hawai’i times 10/6, 11/10, 1/5 ,2/2, 3/2, 4/6 and 5/4


Social, Emotional Learning Practices to Renew and Reimagine a Post Covid System

For Teachers

Are you burnt out and seeking renewal from the pandemic?  Would you like to work with like-minded teachers to develop strategies for culture change to promote thriving for educators and students?


July 25, 26, 28, and 29

8:30am – 12:30pm Pacific Time

Transformative Teaching and Renewal: A Circle of Educators

A collaboration of Awakening Wisdom, Transformative Education Network, Parker Palmer’s Courage to Teach, and Tru School:
Recover from the school year, by revitalizing your practice and reawakening your teaching heart through the self you bring to your students, the relationships you cultivate in your school,and the content you offer in the classroom.


June 25, 2022

9am – 4pm Hawai’i Time

at Tru School 1295 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301


Social, Emotional Learning Practices to Renew and Reimagine a Post Covid System

For Teachers

Are you burnt out and seeking renewal from the pandemic?  Would you like to work with like-minded teachers to develop strategies for culture change to promote thriving for educators and students?


June 16, 17, 23 and 24th

8:30am – 12:30pm Hawai’i Time


Trust: Building Resilience In The Age Of Covid


Trust is essential for learning. This webinar will show the rationale for trust building as foundational for an engaging classroom culture and provide strategies to create trusting relationships. FREE

Presenter: Linda Inlay, Executive Director/Trainer of Awakening Wisdom, M.Ed.; Mason Hines, Awakening Wisdom Trainer, M.A. in Conflict Resolution


LEADING WITH VISION to Cultivate Renewal and Resilience in a Pandemic

For Administrators

Are you burnt out from leading your school through the challenges wrought by the pandemic? How might you gain inspired energy to lead with a vision to bring renewal and resilience to yourself and to your teachers and students?


June 16-17 and 20-21 8:30 – 12:30, Hawai’i Time 

Online Workshop on the Art of Deep Listening

A 2-Part, Online Workshop on the Art of Deep Listening

In a time where people are yearning for understanding to bridge divides and connection to foster healing, we must ask ourselves if we are providing others with what we need ourselves – someone to listen.

In this 2-part series, we explore and practice the art of deep listening, the most powerful free tool you will ever use. Join us in creating a safe space, where the trust we build online can serve as a vehicle for you to strengthen your relationships wherever you are – at work, at school, at home, in life. With our strategies and listening protocol, and your willingness to put in the time, “Are You Listening?” will put you on the right path.


Part I: Sept 18th, 2021 12-2PM PST
Part II: October 2nd, 2021 12-2PM PST


Mary Lynn Bryan – Awakening Wisdom Trainer, MA in Education, Teacher

Andy Mughannam – Awakening Wisdom Trainer and Board member, MS, Educator


For registration and payment:

Link for the online sessions will be sent via email after registration and payment are received.


Monday, June 14 – Thursday, June 17
9:00am to 2:00pm HST
12:00pm to 5:00pm PDT


Link for the online session will be sent via email after registration and payment are received.



$295 Early Bird
$325 after June 1st
Title I funding can be used
For registration and payment: Follow the link

Awakening Wisdom Online Summer Intensive 2021

Building Resilience and Re-Discovering Joy In The Classroom

Teachers: As you face the new school year, are you concerned with what the new normal will be? What about your students? More than ever before, the pandemic has made clear the high levels of stress and anxiety among teachers, students, parents, and all school staff. So what comes next? In this online workshop series, we present compelling evidence and practice SEL strategies to build your own inner resilience and re-discover joy in the classroom, for yourself, and your students.

Administrators: Are you looking for a culture shift to create a more resilient and joyful staff? What about yourself? As schools fully open, one thing is clear – returning to normal will not work to create a happy and confident staff, and responsible and engaged students. This workshop will provide insights and practice of SEL competencies for success.

For over 40 years Awakening Wisdom has helped schools create the conditions where students thrive by guiding educators to embody a set of universal principles and core values. This is what sets Awakening Wisdom apart from other SEL programs, the fact that Awakening Wisdom is not a program at all. Our approach is about exploring and shifting old mindsets toward new and more positive habits of mind. With this re-discovery of purpose and wisdom, we can begin to understand how role modeling the very values we expect of students ensures a school’s stated vision becomes a reality.

Classroom teachers will explore their North Star, a desired profile of students, and learn how to set up classroom Trust Agreements to create the necessary space to launch the journey of cultural transformation. These mutually crafted agreements form the foundation for classroom management strategies where students take responsibility for their actions and learn from their mistakes in a climate of mutual respect.

Administrators, this is an opportunity to take a deep breath and join our community as an empowered human instead of carrying the weight of your title and position. You will learn and practice the art of deep empathic listening and responsible, responsive speaking to create collaborative, trusting working relationships to co-create with your faculty a school culture that is effective in realizing your mission. Feel a sense of renewal as you also learn how to respond effectively to conflicts for mutually satisfying results.


Because Awakening Wisdom is a school culture approach to social emotional wellbeing, it helps educators respond to the challenges of a pandemic. Administrators had their plates full of myriad tasks pre-Covid and now must respond urgently to the social and emotional needs of their teachers and students. This online course is designed to address administrators’ self care so that they are able to care for their teachers and students to thrive.

The six-sessions will include:

– The foundations of resilience to inculcate into their schools’ culture. 

– The habits of mind that nurture self-care.

– A collaborative and listening space for sharing concerns and solutions.

Join us for the first session, Feb. 15, 4:30 Hawai’i.

Six  75 -minute sessions
Beginning Feb. 15. Subsequent dates will be determined by participants. 
4:30 pm HT  / 6:30 pm. PT /9:30 p.m. ET

Cost: $300 

Thriving In 2020 and beyond

This 3-week self-paced course guides educators and school leaders to shift their relationship with uncertainty, stress, anxiety to thrive in the midst of unprecedented change. This is an experiential, hands-on course that will show you how to move from reactivity to awareness. You will learn to identify your stress triggers to diffuse them. As you shift your relationship to your mindset and habitual thinking, fresh solutions will arise and you will see the world and your problems in a new light. 

Join this course to receive:

  • More good days
  • Lower levels of stress and anxiety
  • A boost of resilience and creativity
  • Tips to support students’ emotional well-being

3-week series, 6 sessions:
Sunday Nov. 8th, 15th, 22nd (lessons) 
Tuesday Nov. 10th, 17th, 24th (discussions)

4 p.m. HT / 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET

Cost: $75


Thriving In Times Of Uncertainty


Uncertain times call for creative problem solving, resilience, and courage. Stress and anxiety can easily block the clarity you need to be a great educator. Our mindset and where we come from inside ourselves matters more than any singular activity we will do with our students. FREE.

Presenter: Caprice Thorsen, Awakening Wisdom Trainer, MBA, Certified Personal/ Professional Coach


Build Community By Creating Shared Classroom Expectations, Part 1 – Students In Class.


Learn how to create shared classroom expectations so that students and teachers understand how to treat each other to make the classroom a great place for everyone to live and learn. FREE.

Presenter: Alan Little, Awakening Wisdom trainer, SEL school culture coach

Finding Your North Star

Finding Your North Star – What Do Students Really Need Now And How Can I Provide?


What kind of person creates a better world? When we explore the characteristics we desire for our students to thrive, this question is essential. In this webinar, we will dig deep into the outcomes we hope for our students and look at aligning our daily practice to ensure our students thrive, especially during challenging times. FREE.

Presenter: Andy Mughannam, Awakening Trainer/Board member, M.S., Educator, Collective Impact Facilitator

Build Community

Build Community By Creating Shared Classroom Expectations. Part 2


Students in Virtual Class. Teachers should complete Part 1 prior to completing Part 2.

This webinar is for teachers who understand the process of creating classroom expectations with students in class (Part 1) but who will be teaching students virtually. The webinar will present some tools and software to support the creation of expectations in the virtual classroom. FREE.

Presenter: Alan Little, Awakening Wisdom trainer, SEL school culture coach


Re-Thinking SEL In The Age of Social Distanci


Teachers: Are you concerned about the rising rates of student anxiety, misbehavior, and lack of engagement? Do you need restorative classroom management strategies that will shift the culture of your classroom for improved student behavior and achievement, especially in light of the pandemic?

Administrators: Are you looking for a culture shift to create a more trusting and joyful staff? Are you looking for a student-centered approach to SEL? When your staff and students return to school after the pandemic closing , will you be ready to respond to their evolving social and emotional needs?


Summer Institute 2019

June 10-12, Hawaii

Professional Development Center – at Hanahau`oli School
1922 Makiki Street
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Awakening Wisdom is a school culture approach to nurture social emotional well being for educators and for students. This approach supports HIDOE’s HĀ framework as well as any school’s SEL efforts.

$395 Early Bird
$475 after May 1st

Registration includes daily lunch, snacks, beverages, and a 1-hour follow-up online group meeting.

Summer Institute 2018

July 18-20, Hawaii

‘Iolani School, Club 100
Honolulu, Hawai’i
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Ho`āla Foundation for Education presents its first summer institute on Awakening Wisdom, a school culture transformation program to support social emotional well-being and learning.

$150 Early Bird
$200 after June 15th
includes lunch, snacks, and materials
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