ISLA’s Annual Leadership Retreat is BACK

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ISLA Leadership Retreat- 1444/2022

From Trauma to Transformation: Becoming Healing Centered Schools

December 2-4, 2022 

Ascend Camp & Retreat Center in Dallas, TX



After 2+ years of navigating the COVID-19 crisis, Islamic school leaders and educators must focus on healing– healing from the physical, social-emotional and school leadership challenges that we all faced during the COVID years, and even that which existed before the pandemic. 

This year’s retreat will have all of its sessions and activities centered around the theme of “Trauma to Transformation: Becoming-Healing Centered Schools.” Healing-centered schools focus on developing the whole child and, importantly, also emphasize the well-being of staff, families and communities. Join us to connect with other Islamic school leaders, learn from one another’s experiences, engage in team-building and wellness activities, and more. 

Registration Link

Retreat Registration Pricing

Member Schools/Individuals: $475/person

Non-Member Schools/Individuals: $550/person

*Note on Pricing:

All pricing is inclusive of conference fee + 2 nights camp-style lodging (Fri & Sat) + 6 halal meals


Lodging is included in the retreat registration for Friday & Saturday night. Check in begins at 3 p.m. and Check out is at 11 a.m.

You will be assigned a twin bunk (no one will be on the top bunk) in same-gender cabins that accommodate on average 10 people per cabin with full bathrooms.

Linens, blankets and pillows are provided, along with basic towels.

If you need lodging for Thursday night, it is an additional $75/person. Please contact by November 18 to reserve your lodging. 

A packing list will be provided to all registered attendees two weeks prior to the retreat date, inshallah.

Retreat Location

Lodging, workshops and activities will occur at Ascend Camp and Retreat Center located at 5218 Kiwanis Rd, Dallas, TX 75236, except for the optional visit to Islamic School of Irving on Friday morning.


The closest airport is Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), which is approximately 20-25 minutes from Ascend.

The next closest is Dallas Love Field (DAL), which is approximately 30-40 minutes from Ascend.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, Dec 2

11 am – School Visit to Islamic School of Irving  (2555 N Esters Rd, Irving, TX 75062) (optional)

12:00 pm – Lunch @ Islamic School of Irving (optional)

1:30- 2:00 pm- Jummah (optional): Post-Traumatic Transformation: The Prophet as a Source of Healing – Dr. Omar Reda

2:00 Retreat Registration Opens @ Ascend 

2:00-3:30 pm – Registration & Check in to Lodging

3:30-5:15 pm – From Trauma to Transformation, Part I

5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner 

6:45-8:00 pm – From Trauma to Transformation, Part II

8:30- 9:30 pm – Bonfire 

Saturday, December 3

6:30-7:00 am – Reflective Morning Walk

8:00- 8:45 am – Breakfast

9:00- 10:15 am – Healing-Centered Schools, Part I

10:30- 11:30 am – Nature Activities & Team Building

12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch

1:30 – 5:15 pm – Healing-Centered Schools, Part II

5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner 

6:45-7:45 pm – Healing- Centered Schools, Part III

8:00-9:00 pm – Dessert + Open Networking

 Sunday December 4

6:30- 7:00 am – Reflective Walk/Yoga

8:00-8:45 am – Breakfast

9:00-12:00 pm – Reimagining Islamic Schools

12-1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm – Conclusion



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