Meditation as Support for White Anti-Racist Action
Mondays, October 19 – November 23
4-5:30 PT / 7-8:30pm ET • Online via Zoom
Investigating Our Whiteness and Conditioning
A Contemplative 6-week Course for All Ages
This course is for all white folks who want to show up better, and more fully in solidarity and action with people of color in the work for justice. Using meditation as a support we will investigate whiteness and the different ways that racism lives within all white people in an inherently oppressive culture.
The content of this course will consist of relevant weekly media assignments that will prepare us for group sessions and include meditation, activities, and theories inspired by the work and teachings of Ruth King, Rhonda McGee, Lama Rod Owens, Sonya Renee Taylor, Resma Menakem, and a multitude of other Black teachers and activists leading the cause for freedom. We engage fully in this work of reclaiming our humanity in an effort to actively and wisely serve the need for justice in our world.
Please prepare to show up brave, imperfect, and engaged. The work that we do in this course will be grounded in the body, exploring difficult emotions, feelings and trauma and their manifestation in the body. We wholeheartedly welcome anyone interested in this content to participate, and if you are concerned about your capacity to work with the body in this way, please reach out to learn better if this course will be appropriate. All proceeds will be given to grassroots organizations doing on-the-ground anti-racism work in communities.
A couple notes: This course is a deepening of the work we did in the first 4-week course in the summer of 2020. It will support people who took that initial course, as well as those who are new to the material.
This course uses mindfulness meditation as the foundation for our process. If you are new to mindfulness meditation, we highly recommend you introduce yourself to practice before the course begins. Here are a few resources for you to practice:
Khalila Archer is a mindfulness and yoga instructor with 20+ of personal practice. Introduced to yoga and meditation in her teen years, she has attended many multi-day silent meditation retreats, including two month-long retreats. Her background includes over a decade as a wilderness educator leading multi-day expeditions for a variety of educational organizations, as well as teaching interdisciplinary curriculum in formal classroom settings and beyond. She holds a B.A. in Adventure-based Environmental Education from Prescott College and over 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training hours. Khalila teaches meditation retreats for all ages through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) in both residential settings and remote wilderness environments. Her teaching is grounded in nature awareness and connection, mindfulness meditation as a means for insight, care, and well-being, and social justice praxis that recognizes our interdependence and collective need for freedom. Khalila currently serves on the iBme Board of Directors and is part of the core faculty for the iBme Mindfulness Teacher Training.
Mark Wax is deeply grateful to be working with iBme. Mark has been a sincere student of many meditative arts for the last 15 years. He has worked for Yoga International, The Himalayan Institute, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He recently completed his 500-hour yoga teacher certification through Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Training.
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Cost and Accessibility
The sliding scale for this 4-class Contemplative course is $60 – $150. Proceeds will be invested into iBme’s Communities of Color programming.
If your family earns $75,000 or more per year, then we request that you pay the full price. If your family earns less than $75,000/year, you may self-select an amount to pay. If you are in true economic hardship (e.g, recently lost job, health situation, etc.) we are offering the discounted rate of $60. If you cannot afford the discounted fee please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make it work for you. No teen will be turned away for lack of funds.
October 19, 12pm ET
$150 suggested tuition for families making over $75,000 a year • $60 – $150 sliding scale
90-minute sessions, 6 times