2021 Equity and Interdependence Curriculum

2021 Equity and Interdependence Conversations

Last Wednesday of the Month (except third Wed, Oct-Dec), 7pm ET / 4pm PT (90 mins)

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At a time when the world has pivoted to work and leisure at home, we have found a need to shed light on accessibility. In this conversation, we will discuss what it means to access, or not access, basic needs as well as our worth and wisdom. Touching on disability and illness will allow for an open dialogue on difficulty, and what we might gain from our deepest challenges.

Martel Catalano is the executive director and co-founder of Beyond My Battle, a nonprofit focused on reducing the stress of serious illness, rare disease, and disability. Martel is dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with health-related uncertainty by cultivating self-awareness, compassion, and supportive relationships. She has studied with mindfulness teachers near and far and has a lifetime of experience living with an incurable disease. Martel is legally blind and spends as much time as possible in nature – in the Adirondacks or on her family’s farm – to connect with the world around her.

Join us on Wednesday, September 29th at 4pm PT / 7pm ET for our 90 minute conversation.

The theme for September is Accessing.

iBme’s Equity and Interdependence Conversations are designed to further institutionalize our commitment to our values. Through this yearlong co-learning program, the whole iBme community is invited to explore and engage with monthly themes of equity and interdependence and apply their experiences and perspectives in a diverse learning environment.

iBme’s ecosystem consists of standing committees, working groups, community stakeholders, and our external world. For more information regarding iBme’s ecosystem and collaborative leadership, please visit our Equity and Interdependence Dashboard.

Sep 29th
Accessing: Disability, Illness and Deeper Understanding

Aug 25th
Liberating: Including the Non-Human World in Our Vision, Values and Actions

July 28th
Centering: Code Switching

June 30th
Loving: Pride in who we are

May 26th
Empowering: We Belong Here

April 28th
Sustaining: Reimagining the Food System

March 31st
Nurturing: Guiding Young People with Care

February 24th
Remembering: Black History Month

January 27th
Grounding: Setting Intentions

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Last Wednesday of the Month, 7pm ET / 4pm PT (90 mins)

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Support this Work

iBme’s Equity + Interdependence Fund

We believe that justice and equity are at the core of mindfulness and compassion. If you believe this too, we ask for your support in helping us to live out these values. We are dedicating more resources than ever to this work including two staff positions on our Collaborative Leadership Team. To learn more about our goals and ongoing projects, please visit our Equity + Interdependence Dashboard and explore our 10-Year Progress Report.

We have now reached a “no turning back” mark in our journey to disperse historically consolidated power within dominant identity groups to a multiculturally-led organization, and to further integrate equity and justice work into the growth of our programs. As we continue on our journey towards a world free of domination and injustice, we commit to leveraging our resources each year to facilitate a safe container for the communities that have often been neglected from the formal mindfulness ecosystem as it is structured today. We commit to doing the difficult work of divesting from racist, patriarchal, and heteronormative modes of access, communication, and decision-making and investing in opportunities that are equitable, grassroots-driven, and liberating.


Equity + Interdependence Fund

Help us build capacity and make structural changes to live out our values of Equity + Interdependence in everything we do.

$53,860 of $60,240 raised from 10 generous donors