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Wheeling to Healing

Broken Heart on a Bicycle

Understanding and Healing from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Your Own Wheeling to Healing

A Guide to Healing Yourself and Groups of People Who’ve Experienced
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

James's Story

A former actor and grade school teacher, now a parent education specialist, teacher trainer and public speaker, James Encinas uses his creative skills in experiential workshops to instruct participants about the impact of trauma on childhood development. The non-judgmental space he creates allows probationers to engage in healing their emotional damage, learn about prevention of future child abuse and domestic violence, and to educate teachers to work with students who live in unsafe environments. James wrote Wheeling to Healing...Broken Heart on a Bicycle: Understanding and Healing from Adverse Childhood Experiences, a book and curriculum.  He is a Fellow from the first class of Aspen Institute's Teacher Leaders, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and an activist for healing.

Wheeling to Healing

“James Encinas’s healing journey had two wheels as he pedaled his bicycle from one story to the next across America. With each story we see how there are many pathways to recovery and that our capacity for resilience can overcome the darkest of life circumstances. Wheeling to Healing conveys a message of hope and the amazing potential of our instinct to heal.”

~ Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D., author, epidemiologist and founding director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project  

“The stories of life experiences that are told in Wheeling to Healing help us understand how Adverse Childhood Experiences are common but typically unrecognized, and decades later affect our well-being and social function, and transmute into biomedical disease. Though the links may be lost in time, and are protected by shame and secrecy, the rest of the story here is the role of remembrance and understanding and openness in terms of a person’s ultimate healing.”

~ Vincent J. Felitti, M.D., co-founder of the ACE Study

“I highly recommend Wheeling to Healing to leaders who have the courage and commitment to undertake a deeper understanding of self. This book illustrates how events from birth through adolescence and early adult life shape fundamental views of self-worth, confidence, plus willingness to be led and to lead, against the backdrop of healing.”

~ John Hamm, executive coach, strategy advisor, leadership trainer and author of Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership (2010)

“By gathering stories, as well as methods of delivering hope, James Encinas wrote one story for all about healing with empathy, clarity and grace. Healing comes about when the speaker is honest and the listener is compassionate. This book’s call to action is a movement toward action, practice, and the creation of healing circles.”

~ Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Your Own Wheeling to Healing

"In Your Own Wheeling to Healing, a master listener and storyteller provides insights, tools, and exercises that enable you to realize all lives have meaning. The 26 stories teach you to listen, share the story of your path to healing, and acquire skills to help others."

~ Christopher Poulos, 

2007 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, Aspen Institute Teacher Leader Fellow, Instructional Leader for the Humanities at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT

"Understanding and maximizing our human potential requires being able to recognize and generate a narrative of life's experiences. Here's a method to unlock the mystery of those experiences-trauma and resilience-to produce healthier individuals and communities."

~ George D. Patrin,

M.D., Colonel U.S. Army (Retired), Pediatrician, Healthcare Advocate 

“Your Own Wheeling to Healing gives people a path to actual healing. .. not just talking about it or thinking about it, but actually getting to the business of experiencing it. Healing is a journey. This workbook helps make that journey a bit less intimidating! .if you're serious about moving towards healing, this workbook is for you.”

~ Mercedes Samudio,

LCSW, speaker, author of Shame Proof Parenting

“Your Own Wheeling to Healing meets the needs of tens of thousands of people who manage trauma's effects without access to adequate mental health support. It provides tools and examples to process your life's difficult experiences and get on a path of healing. I believe this book will save lives.”

~ Celine Coggins,

Ph.D., Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Next Event





Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13, 9:00a–5:00p

Followup Workshop dates TBD


Converge Denver
3327 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216