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Racial Awakening for White Folks

“The history of white people has led them to a fearful, baffling place where they have begun to lose touch with reality – to lose touch, that is, with themselves…” – James Baldwin

“Healing is learning to love the wound because love draws us into relationship with it instead of avoiding feeling the discomfort.” – Lama Rod Owens, Black queer Tibetan teacher

This six-week class series will explore the ways that a mindfulness/meditation practice can foster awakening in white folks around racial hierarchy, prejudice and separation. Drawing from the intersection of contemplative practice and racial justice work, participants will investigate and reflect on the ways that white-body supremacy is reinforced and maintained in our lives, paying mindful attention to the wisdom our bodies have to share in the journey towards racial equity. Our class time together will include sharing experiences and insights within the larger group, reflection in pairs, and guided mindfulness meditation. Homework will include practical reflections for journaling or discussion, as well as optional readings and podcasts. Registering for this class with a friend, partner or family member is encouraged – support and accountability in this work is invaluable! Re-framing and building white community centered on justice work is one (of many possible) brave and necessary steps forward for ourselves and for our country.

This course will be offered on Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 6:45pm, September 9th through October 14th. This is a live virtual class held via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

The 6-week series is being offered at Pay-What-You-Can $30-$120. The value of the series is $120. Sign-up here.

You can register online or over the phone at (434) 218-7677.

Please note: No substitutions. Cancellations for this series must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the first class; refunds will not be issued after this point. Refunds are not available for missed classes.

Liz Reynolds has been studying the intersection of contemplative practice and racial justice for the past four years. Supporting her in this journey are her decade-long meditation practice and (an almost complete!) 3-year training program in the Alexander Technique. Participation in a long-standing white racial affinity group, under the leadership of Ruth King, has cemented the pursuit of social justice as a pillar of Liz’s spiritual practice. She is a teacher-in-training with the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville and grateful to the practices of so many contemplative artists there and around the country for nurturing these teachings.