Retreat – The Work of Racial Justice: Deepening Our Capacity

Thursday, May 25th – Saturday, May 27th

Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island, WA

At this sociopolitical moment, the flames of racism are being widely fueled and fanned. It is a time of much pain, anger, and uncertainty. And it is a time for deepening our commitment to personal and social transformation.

If we are to seriously and continuously work for racial equity, we need to build our recognition of the nuances of racism and develop our skills and stamina to interrupt them. We also need to recognize that the impacts of this sociopolitical moment are not the same for people of color and white people. Therefore, key aspects of resistance work are also not the same and need to be done separately. People of color need fellowship, a safe space to heal and work on internalized oppression, and a reprieve against the relentless pressures of white supremacy. White people need to see how white supremacy has shaped them and build their ability to recognize and interrupt its manifestations within themselves, their relationships, and institutions. In recognition of these differences, many components of our work in this retreat will be done in affinity groups. Overall, this retreat will include awareness building, personalized coaching from a multi-racial team, and identifying next steps for anti-racist action and practice.

During our time together you will:

  • Understand racial power dynamics and our positions within them.
  • Practice self-care techniques for balance when feeling hooked.
  • Spend significant time in affinity groups.
  • Receive personalized coaching.
  • Work with both cross-racial and same-race facilitation team configurations.
  • Learn about identity development models and their use to help us process our emotions and responses.
  • Possibly engage in inter-racial dialogues, depending on the group’s racial demographics

This retreat is best suited for people with a basic understanding of the reality of institutionalized racism.

Time: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25th – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27th

Cost Options:

  • Tuition plus all food and lodging covered (2 nights; 7 meals plus snacks): $795
  • Tuition plus all food (you provide your own lodging on the island): $630

A limited number of scholarships are available.

Please note: Because it is important that everyone be fully present for the entire two days, we will not accept part-time attendance.

Cost of Registration

In order to make this retreat affordable for as many people as possible we are offering at the minimal price. If you are able to make a donation towards scholarship, please do.

Please email LeAnne Moss at leannebmoss@gmail.com for an application and more information. Space is limited.


FACILITATOR BIOGRAPHIES

Natasha webNatasha Aruliah has worked as an advocate, activist and change agent both within organizations as well as independently, in the UK, Canada and internationally, for over 20 years. Trained as a counseling psychologist, Natasha’s passion is supporting individuals and groups to develop emotional and cultural competence to be able to engage fully and with compassion in difficult conversations across power differences, that promotes healing and social justice. She now works as a consultant and facilitator in all areas of diversity, social justice, equity, and inclusion. In addition, she is on faculty and facilitates courses at University of British Columbia’s Centre for Intercultural Communication and the Justice Institute of BC’s Department of Counseling and Community Safety.

Robin diAngelo PhD webDr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design, develop and deliver the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. She has numerous publications and just completed the 2nd edition of her book, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has been featured in Alternet, Salon.com, NPR, KUOW, and Colorlines.

LeAnne Moss 1LeAnne Moss is the Co-Founder of Leading from the Heart (LFTH) based in Seattle, and is also the interim Sr. Director of External Relations at the YWCA Seattle, King, Snohomish. With more than 20 years of experience as an executive director for social change organizations, LeAnne understands the demands, rigors and joys of working for social justice. Prior to starting LFTH, LeAnne spent nearly 15 years at the helm of the Seattle-based Women’s Funding Alliance and founded and directed a micro-enterprise organization in Michigan.

Victoria_Santos_Print_Victoria Santos designs and facilitates group processes in community, organizational and school settings, often with a racial equity focus. Her approach emphasizes compassionate presence and creative pathways that help cultures to evolve. She delights in sensing the energy and opportunities available in groups, and guiding authentic communication for healing and discovery. Victoria’s commitment to social justice and service into has expressed itself in many forms over the past 25 years: school-based counseling, community enrichment programs for underserved youth, sustainable development and community organizing in the U.S. and internationally.