Public Programs

Welcome!  The Sofia Center’s public programs are designed to bring together educators from diverse schools and organizations for collegial, dynamic, and aesthetic shared learning.  From the importance of play to the role of wonder, from design thinking to place-conscious education, topics and themes are chosen to offer intellectual challenge, invite reflection, and inspire individual and organizational shifts in practice.  We hope you will join us.


Connect with colleagues.  Investigate a topic.  Refuel and rethink your practice.  Act!

Reflect : Innovate : Act is a monthly series of monthly seminars and workshops open to educators throughout the community.  These events encourage professional inquiry and shared expertise, while also offering rich content, inspiration, and an aesthetic experience that honors the passion and hard work of educators.  Each month we investigate a different topic or issue, and sessions are led by the Sofia Center Director and educators from across the community.  Sofia Center participants represent a wide range of schools and organizations, including public, charter, and private schools, pre-K through university level.  Since launching Reflect : Innovate : Act in January 2013, we have been thrilled to welcome educators from over 250 schools and organizations.

The 2020-2021 Reflect : Innovate : Act Series

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March 18th RIA Event

Please join us! Free & open to any educator, but registration is required. Click on link below.

Recent RIA Program Highlights

RIA Program Topics 2013-Present

Oct 2020Reclaiming PlayOct 2016The Labyrinth of Teaching + Learning, 2.0: Bosque Retreat Center
Sep 2020The Pedagogy of LoveSept 2016Play + Learning, Play + Leading
May 2020Emergency : EmergeMay 2016Diversity + Equity: 3 Workshops on Race, Gender, Power and Privilege
Mar 2020The Power of Play *postponed due to pandemicApr 2016Restore
Feb 2020Mindfulness & Education with Special Guest Michelle DuValMar 2016Educators as Artists: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Jan 2020Tend the Rituals of the SchoolhouseJan 2016Colloquy 5      
Dec 2019Walk Off the Trail--And Find the True North of Your Educator JourneyDec 2015Emotional Intelligence
Oct 2019Social Justice in the SchoolhouseNov 2015Imagination + Learning
Sep 2019The Pedagogy of Love: Exploring the Transformative Possibilities of Centering Love in Our Education PracticeOct 2015Reflective Practice: Define + Discuss + Design
May 2019Share Your Story: Design with UsSept 2015Teacher Leadership
Apr 2019Movie Night: Brilliant Talks + Inspired DialogueMay 2015Year in Review & Mapping the Road Ahead
Feb 2019Educators as ArtistsMar 2015Ritual & Ceremony in Education
Jan 2019Mindfulness & Education with Special Guest Michelle DuValFeb 2015Colloquy 4: Movement & Learning                                    
Dec 2018Winter Stillness: Workshop with ABQ Poet Laureate Michelle OteroJan 2015Mindfulness and Education                                       
Nov 2018Colloquy #9: Teaching + Leading with Courage in Troubled TimesDec 2014The Idea Exchange
Oct 2018Ode to the Natural WorldNov 2014Reggio Emilia & The Wonder of Learning:  NM Museum of Natural History & Science
Sep 2018The Pedagogy of Love: Exploring the Transformative Possibilities of Centering Love in Our Education PracticeOct 2014Colloquy 3: Place-Conscious Education                         
May 2018The Science of HappinessSep 2014The Labyrinth of Teaching & Learning      
Mar 2018Colloquy 8: Teaching, Leading & Taking Action in the Aftermath of School ShootingsApr 2014Design Thinking for Educators
Feb 2018Reflective Practice: Models for Deepening Practitioner Skill & WisdomMar 2014Teaching as a Creative Act
Jan 2018What's Your Superpower?Feb 2014Colloquy 2
Dec 2017Colloquy 7: Gender EquityJan 2014Social Justice & Cultural Competence
Nov 2017The Power of StoryDec 2013Tell Your Story: Educators’ Voices
Oct 2017When Grief Comes to School: Navigating Grief with Students, Families, & ColleaguesNov 2013Reclaiming Wonder
Sept 2017"Education is an Act of Love" (Paulo Friere)Oct 2013Colloquy 1
Apr 2017Ritual + Ceremony in the SchoolhouseSep 2013Listening Matters
Mar 2017Mindfulness + Education with Special Guest Michelle Duval                                       Sept 2013Building Inspirational & Innovative Professional Development Programs (Sat. Retreat)
Feb 2017Building Authentic Community Partnerships: Pedagogy, Purpose, & Models with Keynote Speaker Dr. Monica KowalApr 2013What’s Your Superpower?
Jan 2017Inspiration 2017Mar 2013Seminars & Conversations
Dec 2016Setting the Stage: How We Use Space, Materials, and Design for LearningFeb 2013Mid-Winter Mini Retreat
Nov 2016Colloquy 6: Teaching  + Leading after the ElectionJan 2013Share What Works


What happens when we lead with a sense of wild possibility?  What emerges when we shift the wild ride of leadership from something stressful or out of control to something wonderfully innovative and full of heart?  Each spring, the Sofia Center brings together education leaders from public, independent, and charter schools, pre-K through University level, along with education leaders working beyond schools, for inquiry, rejuvenation, and strategy focused on leading with intention and passion.  

What is Wild Leadership?

The Wild Leadership Retreat began in 2015 as an exploration of what it means to lead with courage and wisdom, defining wild as going being conventional expectations and doing so with passion.  Over the last five years, the Sofia Center has developed a set of eight Wild Leadership principles, informed by a wide range of education scholars and practitioners.  These principles offer a vibrant framework for our retreat and a pathway for education leaders as they navigate the challenges of leading with a strong combination of savvy skills and full heart.  Please join us to expand your leadership capacity, build your leadership network, and refine your leadership mission.

NOTE: For Spring 2021, we have designed a virtual offering for education leaders.

Our 8 Wild Leadership Principles
Our 8 Wild Leadership Principles

Welcome to Wild Leadership 2021

For five years, we gathered for three days in the spring at the beautiful Bosque Retreat Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and welcomed education leaders into an embodied, interactive, and rejuvenating experience centered on the Sofia Center’s 8 Principles of Wild Leadership. When we had to cancel last April’s immersive gathering due to Covid-19, none of us imagined that we wouldn’t be convening in person in 2021.  Here in March of 2021, as more and more people are getting vaccinated, we are filled with tremendous hope about the future but recognize that it’s still not possible to have a fully inclusive in-person gathering. While we look forward to that in 2022, we felt that this year — of all years — was not a year to forego the Wild Leadership Retreat.  If there were ever a time to pause, reflect, and reconnect with our purpose as leaders, it is now.  That brings us to this year’s offering…

A year into the pandemic, we’ve had the opportunity to think deeply about what kind of virtual container could offer a connected and restorative experience for those leading the way through this challenging time.  The result is Wild Leadership 2021: A Retreat for Education Leaders.  In our planning sessions, we’ve been calling it Wild Leadership: The Zoom Retreat of Your Dreams! as that captures our hope and intention! We’ve designed the retreat to be vibrant, spacious, interactive, and joyful.  While there are big ideas to explore through reflection and dialogue, we’ve made plenty of space for play, music, poetry, movement, and connection with one another.  We have not simply tried to adapt our highly-embodied retreat experience to a virtual platform.  Instead, we’ve streamlined, redesigned, let go, and created anew an offering that will be dynamic, energizing, and restorative.  We’ve taken seriously the word retreat and designed this year’s virtual gathering accordingly. We want every participant to leave the retreat restored, grounded, and rejuvenated — with new ideas and tools that will support the uncertain journey ahead.

A Few Details

– We will mail you a Wild Leadership package in advance of the retreat; this will include a journal and other supplies for our virtual gathering! Look forward to good old-fashioned mail!
– Please plan to attend the entire retreat.  We want to create the strongest sense of connection and community we can in the virtual space, and it simply doesn’t work well if everyone’s not present for the entire gathering.  Start and end times for the program portions of each day are listed on the invitation.
– We will send additional details and a welcome email with all login details, etc. a few days before the start of the retreat. 
– Of course, please contact us with any questions.

Who Participates?

The retreat is designed both for experienced leaders in need of reconnection with the purposes of their work and a tune-up of their leadership skills, as well as for emerging leaders who are at the beginning of their leadership journeys.  Past participants have included school principals, instructional coaches, department leaders, and deans, as well as education leaders working in education non-profits and government entities. Most have come from communities across New Mexico, although we have had participants from across the country.  Part of the richness of the retreat is the meaningful connection forged among participants coming from diverse organizations and backgrounds. We value shared expertise and the voice and wisdom of each participant.

Who Are the Retreat Leaders?

We look forward to meeting you at the retreat and hearing your leadership story!  In the meantime, here is a little bit about Sheryl, Tamisha, and Elsa, the Wild Leadership retreat leaders.  

What Participants Say about Their Experience

My experience at Wild Leadership was beyond wonderful.  It gave me great tools, connections, and insight into the work I do now and what I want to do in the future. -Giovianna Burrell, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Albuquerque

Getting the chance to meet and work with a very diverse group of educational learners is key for me. It is wonderful to explore and learn about current educational topics with individuals from private, public, urban, and rural schools, as well as from educational non-profits. I have been able to gain much deeper insight and have developed a much more global view of how various topics and initiatives affect different educational systems. Lori Arnold, Cleveland Middle School, Albuquerque

It matters so much to me to know I have colleagues across the community who share in the vision of leading with love and bravery. To not be alone in these dark times is something of a solace, and Wild Leadership gave me new tools for accomplishing what I would like to as a leader. Tanesia Hale-Jones, Escuela del Sol Montessori, Albuquerque

Leaders benefit when they have an opportunity to read, think, and reflect. The Sofia Center’s Wild Leadership Retreat fosters critical thinking and challenges educational leaders to innovate. Julie Radoslovich, South Valley Academy, Albuquerque

The Sofia Center’s Wild Leadership Retreat was a marvelous and inspiring experience. The combination of wise leaders sharing their insights and passions with us, and the beauty and peace of the bosque, was magical.  Topics ranged from engendering positive cultural change to honoring and including the most marginalized in our communities to brass tacks items such as making meetings meaningful and effective. I emerged feeling re-energized and hopeful about my own potential as a leader and about what might be accomplished at our school. Leslie Livingston, Desert Academy, Santa Fe


Sofia Center Course Offering

Fall 2019


Please join us for a vibrant, restorative gathering of educators – where the focus will be on individual rejuvenation, collective inquiry and reflection, and reconnection with the larger purposes of our work as educators. There will be no talk of standardized tests, assessment protocols, article deadlines, or papers to grade! Instead, there will be rich discussion with colleagues, walks in the beautiful high desert, inspirational readings, and time for your own renewal and reconnection with your calling. This retreat is open to all teachers, pre-K through university level; from public, charter, or independent schools; and whether working in traditional school settings or educational non-profits.

The first educator renewal retreat was held at the beautiful Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Please check back for information about future retreats.

As a public educator and school administrator I have benefited personally from the innovative professional development efforts of Bosque School’s Sofia Center. The Sofia Center offers a place where teachers and school leaders can come together and imagine an educational setting in which the art of teaching is celebrated, whether it is bringing mindfulness into the classroom or engaging young minds with play.  I am a better leader and our teachers are better educators – all because of the unique learning opportunities offered by the Sofia Center.

                             – Julie Radoslovich, Principal/Director at South Valley Academy, Albuquerque