Embodying Antiracism

February 2nd—March 2nd

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    Racism causes suffering and violence. Our four week class will bring the tools of embodied, heart-centered practices (like mindfulness, the dharma, creative writing, movement, and storytelling) to a deep exploration of racism and white privilege, or “whiteness.” We have three aims: 1) understand the historical and social roots of racism 2) use embodied practices to investigate our deep conditioning around race and whitenessand 3) work toward transformation at multiple levels: our own hearts & minds, our communities, and the larger institutions that reproduce racism.

    Facilitated by Jennifer Tucker & Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt

    Application Deadline: December 16, 2018

    We anticipate there will be more interest than spaces available, so be sure to apply by the deadline of December 16 (link below).

    We will use creative and mindfulness practices, study, reflection and discussion to look at how racial conditioning shows itself and how the privileging of whiteness harms us and others. Our curriculum is a revamped version of Waking up to Whiteness, which has been held at the Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center in 2017 & 2018. This class drew from curriculum developed by committed dharma practitioners affiliated with the East Bay Meditation Center and Spirit Rock. We learned a lot together in those classes, which will inform this new iteration, Embodying Antiracism.

    Many participants found Waking up to Whiteness useful, saying:

    “This course has been seminal to my advocacy work and life changing as a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation”

    “The class allowed me the time and space to delve more deeply into my role in perpetuating or dismantling racism...Engaging, talking and meditating with others at AIMC was an extremely valuable experience that has enlivened me to engage in further actions toward racial justice.”

    “The curriculum truly does what is intended. The difficulty of the material, which can be anxiety provoking and heart breaking, is held with compassion through the sangha.”

    Class expectations

    All participants will be asked to do about 3 hours of prerequisite homework, which will be sent out in the weeks leading up to the class.  

    Throughout the course, there will be class homework consisting of short readings, mindfulness & creative practices and check-ins with others.

    We ask participants to commit to the entire course. Diving into the dynamics of whiteness is turning toward racial suffering. It’s not easy and you may feel tempted to turn away. We are seeking a cohort of participants who commit to supporting each other in sticking with it.

    This class responds to calls from people of color in our sanghas and communities, saying that white folks need to do the work of understanding and dismantling racism and white privilege. Our curriculum is designed to focus on whiteness. Anyone, of any cultural background/s, wishing to examine their lived experience of whiteness and white privilege is welcome to apply.

    Link for the application

    There are a limited number of spaces available in this class. The application should take about 10 minutes.

    The application is here.

    Please direct questions to: [email protected]

    Cost of the course

    This course will be offered in the tradition of dana, or generosity. There is no fee for participating in the class. Participants will have the opportunity to support the teachings through making donations, in the spirit of generosity.