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You’ve been called too medicine to heal others. You’ve seen how the healthcare system isn’t up to the task and now, you’ve been called to action

We train “deep into the bones” how to face some of the most pressing issues for healthcare professionals so that you can sustainably thrive and be a force for positive change in your patients, practices and systems. 

Why Heal?

Hear from Dr. Kristi Crymes,
Family Medicine and Residency Physician, Cox Health

In HEAL 1 you’ll learn:

Hear from Dr. Kristi Crymes,
Family Medicine and Residency Physician, Cox Health

Our Sponsors and Accreditation Partners


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the HEAL program and SSM Health. SSM Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ACCME – physicians 

SSM Health designates this live activity for maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC – nurses

SSM Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.0 ANCC contact hours.

One of the most effective and thought-provoking leadership programs I’ve ever taken – surpassed my expectations.

Dr. David Kilgore, Dept. of Family Medicine, UCI

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Here’s how it works:

Online, live, cohort-based program offered in two formats. Select whichever works best for you.

Weekend Version

  • Starts Thurs evening, runs most of the day Fri and Sat (with breaks), finishes Sun at lunch
  • Different sessions accommodate different world time zones; see each session for its specific times


  • What is Zen Leadership?
  • Finding Opportunities in Your Challenge
  • Introduction to Zen meditation and Hara Development
  • Experiencing Your Energy Patterns
  • From “or” to “and” – decision making in paradox
  • From Control to Connect, Increasing Your Influence
  • Realizing Your Vision
  • Crafting Your Way forward

Serial Version

  • Meets for 6 Saturdays, 2 hours most weeks and most of the day (with breaks) in week 5
  • Complimented by video content you can view on your own time


  • WEEK 1: From Coping to Adding Value; introduction to Zen Leadership and hara development;
  • WEEK 2: From Tension to Extension; introduction to Zen meditation
  • WEEK 3: Experiencing Your Energy Patterns
  • WEEK 4: From “or” to “and” – decision making in paradox
  • WEEK 5: From Control to Connect, increasing your influence; deepening  practice
  • WEEK 6: Realizing Your Vision; crafting your Way forward
With both Versions you Get:
Early Bird up to 6 weeks before $489
Premium up to 10 weeks before $429
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HEAL 1 – Weekend Workshop (online)

Begins October 21, 7:00 pmEnds October 24, 12:00 pmOnline – US Central Time Zone

Immerse yourself for a long weekend and see how wonderfully different you feel by Sunday.

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HEAL 1 – weekend in-person workshop

Begins November 4, 6:00 pmEnds November 7, 1:00 pmSpring Green Dojo

This rare, in-person opportunity to immerse yourself in the setting of a Zen dojo is open to the first 10 people to register.

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HEAL 1 – Serial Course (Online)

Begins February 5 2022, 8:00 amEnds March 12 2022, 10:00 amOnline Serialized Program – US Central Time Zone

The best way to jump into Zen Leadership when your busy healthcare schedule can’t let you devote a full weekend to it.

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This program, in a short time, cuts through boundless questions by offering – with supported guidance – the only answer: connections to self, others, the entire world and existence. It offers applicable tools to engage with and manifest those connections to better serve the needs of the situation and all individuals within it. 

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This is not your typical CME. It is transformative in that it develops you into a bigger, truer version of yourself – and gives you the skills to bring that you into your work and your life. 

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HEAL opens your mind and body in ways you can’t predict. I came away with a renewed depth and focused action steps. I also felt empowered to take these steps.

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To enter into the process with an open mind and trust the process that has been experienced and perfected by others, listen to others with an open heard and appreciated the gifts presented. Transformative experience for learning to appreciate more focused energy toward my direction / participate in teaching residents in the healthcare system.

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[This] is a life changing program that can help you from the inside out. 

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You already possess the tools to transform yourself and the world around you. This program allows you the time and space to tune your instrument. 

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What if I register and then something comes up and I can’t attend the program?

We’ll be glad to roll your registration forward to a future offering of the program at the same price.

What if I miss part of the program?

Part of what makes our programs so strong is the sense of community in the cohort, so we encourage you to attend all sessions live.  If you have to miss 1-2 hours, we’ll help you get caught up. If you have to miss more than that, we’ll suggest rolling your registration forward to the next offering.

How do I claim CME for a HEAL program?

IZL’s CMEs are accredited through SSM Health, which is connected to the EEDS CME Credit system. Upon completion of a HEAL program, IZL will send you the Activity Code for that specific program, both numerically and as a QR Code, to log in and claim your hours.

I don’t know if I can quiet my mind or sit still in meditation; can I still do it?

Quieting your mind is not required for meditation, but more of an outcome and we’ll show you how to get started. Sitting in stillness is part of our tradition, and you’ll see it’s as super-efficient way to train because the same things that get in our way in life and leadership come up quickly when we stop moving, but we’ll give you the tools to deal with them like you never had before.

What if I’m not a leader?

If you’re committed to making a positive difference through your life, you fit our definition of leader, and we’re here to help you do it better, even if that positive difference is in your personal life, rather than work life.

What if I can’t afford the program?

If you’re committed to training with us, we’d like to try to make it possible for you.  We have a limited number of partial scholarships available to our programs. If you’d like to apply for one, here is an application.

Is this too Zen-y or religious-y?

We do not ask you to believe anything or adopt any religion. Zen is not religious in the ordinary sense of the word, but rather physical training to break through barriers and free the mind.  It is a foundation for being more of who you are.

Can my whole team attend?

Absolutely, in fact, it’s easier to integrate the program’s learnings in your workplace when multiple people or a team train together. Contact us for group discounts or if you would like to bring a tailored version of the program to your organization.