7:00 PM19:00

Mindful and White: Developing Racial Awareness for White People

Kat is guest teaching on Feb 19th

This three week class uses key teachings of the Buddha to look at racial conditioning and interlocking systems of oppression with the intention to transform white supremacy from the inside out.

The Buddha gave clear instructions that guide us to look at harm, internally and externally, as we seek to undo racism in our hearts and the world. With dharma talks, reflection, embodied practices and mutual support, we will build a shared understanding of our commitment as white dharma practitioners in the US to facing the suffering of racism.

This class is for self-identified white people. Please inquire with any questions to Amanda at adelante@riseup.net

Please register here.

This class series will be followed by a Daylong on March 9 with Arinna Weismann, Eugene Cash, and Howard Cohn.

*This program is meant as one opportunity for those of us who are white to explore our own conditioning in order to increase our capacity and develop our skills to support these communities in our sangha and to eventually be able to hold space for affinity groups of marginalized communities, including POC.

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Antidotes to White Fragility - SURJ Bay Area
8:30 AM08:30

Antidotes to White Fragility - SURJ Bay Area



White Fragility is defined by Robin DiAngelo as “A state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation (2011).”

What skills, tools and approaches are useful in encouraging white people to sustain balanced engagement with anti-racism/racial justice education and work? How can we cultivate resilience (as opposed to white fragility) in ourselves, our communities, and our movements? Resilience is, in part, defined as:

  1. Staying with the conversation
  2. Giving and receiving information and feedback from facilitators and peers without becoming highly defensive, reactive, or shut down/dissociated for long periods of time
  3. Managing the guilt and shame that can arise in learning about the history and current reality of race and racism in the US.

This workshop will explore the role of the body, community, spirituality, intellectual knowledge and other themes that you bring from your experience. We will cover basic information about how the brain and body responds to perceived threats, and explore how to work with this toward greater resilience in moments of challenge.

About the workshop leaders: Katherine Roubos, MSW, completed their masters thesis "Cultivating Resilience: Antidotes to White Fragility in Racial Justice Education" in collaboration with the White Noise Collective in Oakland. They teach mindfulness at Kaiser and other locations and are dedicated to bringing embodied awareness into racial justice work. Zara Zimbardo is a co-founder of White Noise Collective, an anti-racist feminist training and resource organization and is faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies. 


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Exploring White Privilege through Yoga and Meditation
12:30 PM12:30

Exploring White Privilege through Yoga and Meditation

Are you White and feeling shocked, dismayed, angry or overwhelmed by the election? Join me and Kimber Simpkins to use tools of embodiment and awareness in a caring, connected environment to access our internal sense of center and cultivate skills in working with Whiteness / White Privilege in ourselves, in others, and in our new political landscape.

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4:00 PM16:00

Self-Compassion in Difficult Conversations: What helps us stay open?

Guest Speaker in Kimber Simpkin's Radical Self Compassion Immersion through Namaste Yoga Studio. Explore and name physiological and psychological activation that can arise in difficult conversations, focusing on activation around racism and white privilege. Participants explore experiences of fragility and shame while identifying and practicing embodied tools for self-regulation and resilience. Open to all identities; focus and frame for white practitioners in particular. 

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