HEAL 1 Program – Zen Leadership
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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?

Dr. Kristi Crymes shares a story of a patient and how HEAL training helped her get out of coping mode and into a transformative presence that turned what started as an angry encounter into life-changing possiblity.

Who is this for?

Healthcare practitioners, including physicians and nurses, leaders and administrators curious about working with mind-body as one and expanding well-being in themselves, their patients, teams and systems.

What will you learn?

Learn About CME

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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How does it work?

Live, cohort-based program offered in two online formats.

Weekend Version
  • Starts Thursday evening, runs through the weekend, finishes Sunday 12 noon CT


  • 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
6-Week Version
  • Meets for 6 Saturdays, 2 hours most weeks and all day in week 5
  • Complemented by video content to 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

Photo and hexagram by Dr. Kristi Crymes

With both versions you get:

choose your Program Fee

When registering, you’ll have the option to select the pricing level that fits your circumstances.

Online Programs

A limited number of fuller scholarships may be available, usually linked with an opportunity to volunteer. We welcome a conversation to discuss how to make your participation possible. Contact us.

In-Person Programs

Includes 3 nights of lodging, all meals and program materials. Please note that scholarship and supported rates cover a shared room; regular and benefactor rates apply for a private room.

Register for an upcoming program

HEAL1: Sept 2024

September 26 – September 29

Apply the basic flips of ZL to healthcare with results and resilience in this accredited program.

HEAL1: In-Person Program

November 7 – November 10

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

“This program, in a short time, cuts through boundless questions by offering the only answer: connection 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 all.”

Katie Davenport-Kabonic

Family Medicine Physician

“I was able to re-connect with myself, realize the power I’ve always had and just couldn’t find, and find peace. It is transformational.”

Anne Getzin


“This is a life-changing program that can help you from the inside out.”

Vivien Joy Lamadrid

Staff Nurse – MICU; Founder of Journeys for Wellness

“A time for purposeful clarity and a chance to change or evolve your whole self.”

Dave Rakel


“Be open and you will be filled with amazing insights.”

Dr. John Dally

Owner of Spring Green Animal Hospital

“It is transformative. Best experienced, not described. Individualized to meet participants’ needs.”

Jacob Prunuske

Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Assistant Dean for Clinical Learning


What happens if I cancel?

Depending on when you cancel relative to the program start date, we can transfer your registration forward to a future offering or you may be eligible for a refund. See our cancellation policy here.

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 a 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 make it possible for you. We have a scholarship rate for our programs, and also a limited number of fuller scholarships available, usually linked with an opportunity to volunteer. Contact us to discuss further.

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.