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Our programs combine technical information with self awareness and inner practices that help you feel grounded and strengthen your social justice work.

We believe that this integration – and authentic connection with others on this path – is what will help advance and sustain equity and social change leadership.

Leading from the Heart has helped me discover a better approach to the practice of every day life. It contains a powerful space where emotional bonds and trust are built, giving me the confidence and tools to be an effective social justice advocate.”

Andrea Caupain

Executive Director, Centerstone

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Retreat

The Work of Racial Justice: Deepening Our Capacity

May 31 – June 3, 2018 (Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island, Washington)

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.

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The Work of Racial Justice: Deepening Our Capacity Retreat gave me the space to surface, process, and begin to heal racial trauma in community with other folks of color. Living in Seattle, I am always moving through and working in majority white spaces. This retreat gave me a reprieve from white supremacy through the creation of a people of color caucus, an opportunity to build support networks and community, and the space to tune into and strengthen my internal voice.”

Katrina Peterson

Six-session Cohort: White Privilege and Wealth Privilege… When you have both

Starting October 9, 2017

While people of color have been aware that racial inequities continue to exist, it’s been easy for white people to “coast”, thinking that we are in a post-racial society. That is clearly not the case. Having wealth privilege in addition to white privilege adds another layer of complexity. This six-session cohort is an opportunity for white people of wealth[1] to reflect on the intersection of white and wealth privilege. The goal of this reflection is informed action.

[1] “Wealth” can be broadly defined. We are generally speaking of people with a net worth of $1 million or more.

Customized Sessions

We are happy to discuss your needs in terms of introducing your team to inner awareness practices to help with things such as stress, overwhelm, anxiety, as well as sessions on equity.

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Other Retreat(s)

In 2015 a dozen social justice leaders from various backgrounds came together for some fun, meaningful conversation, and exploration of practices and tools to help sustain them in work and life.

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