Beyond Separation: Whiteness and the Embodiment of a New Story
* Are you a white person grappling with how to show up for racial justice and solidarity?
* Do you often feel alone addressing these issues, but unsure how to connect with others in the struggle for liberation?
* Are you concerned that you don’t know enough to speak up or show up effectively?
* Are you looking for courageous conversations that move beyond critical analysis to include personal and collective healing?
In this highly interactive weekend workshop for white-identified people*, we use multiple learning modalities, including multimedia, mindfulness, applied improvisation, and movement-based activities to examine what it means to be white. We unpack the stories that inform whiteness and explore how we embody them in our lives. Topics covered include: how our individual narratives intersect with broader currents of US history, how whiteness functions personally, culturally, and institutionally, how it resides in our body-minds, and, finally, how it impacts our own individual and collective well-being.
We believe that white people coming together to build trust, share stories, and be real in regards to our whiteness is an essential step in the long journey to collective healing and liberation.
Course Facilitators: Elana Isaacs and Angela Sevin (bios below)
When: (December 6-8 2019)
Friday December 6, 6:15 pm - 9:30 pm (arrive at 6 pm)
Saturday December 7, 9:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday December 8, 10 am - 4 pm **
Cost: $575 - $375 (Payment plans and limited scholarships available)***
Location: 1919 Addison St. Suite 301, Berkeley, CA (code will be given to registrants) Easily BART and bike accessible, limited parking, more information given upon registration.
Accessibility: The room is on the third floor, there is an elevator and it is wheelchair accessible.There is physical movement integrated into the curriculum. We will do our best to design and accommodate our activities to meet all body types and abilities. Please see
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What our participants are saying:
“I cannot recommend this course enough. Gregory, Elana and Angela are excellent facilitators and taking this course has been fundamental in opening my eyes to the realities of race and identity.”
“The takeaway for me has been immense. I literally feel as though I have woken up. I now have a much better understanding of institutionalized racism, how it came to be, how it manifests in absolutely every aspect of life, why it persists and most importantly, what my place in it all has been and is. The class and the teachings have rocked my world..."
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*We believe that, as white-identified people, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves about racism. In addition, coming together in a white-only space can enable us to be more honest about feelings and experiences that might otherwise be held back out of embarrassment or fear of causing pain to people of color. Honest dialogues about racism among white-identified people disrupts the white social norm that discourages these conversations.
**Because this work requires trust-building, we request that participants commit to attending the entire weekend.
***Please consider paying as much as you are able in order to support this work. We have partial scholarships and payment plans available.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS:
Elana Isaacs is an able-bodied, white, queer, cis femme, Jewish, upper-middle class raised, performing artist, national consultant, trainer, and facilitator with extensive experience custom-designing equity, embodied leadership, and team development programs for businesses, non-profits, and schools. She works with organization leaders and staff to guide social and racial equity goals using modalities such as Applied Improvisation to address implicit bias. Recent clients and partners include Whole Foods, Energy Solutions, Toyota, TechInclusion, Urban Habitat, College Preparatory School, Bill Baren Coaching, School for International Training, Institute for Creative Integration, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alameda County Healthcare Services and San Leandro Juvenile Justice Center. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Tamalpa Institute for Expressive Arts Therapy and Education. She is also a Senior Trainer with The Justice Collective.
Angela Sevin is an able-bodied white, cis female, rural middle class raised educational consultant, facilitator and visual artist. Passionate about racial equity and stewarding the world we inhabit, she works holistically in collaboration with cutting edge leaders, developing solutions with and for resilient communities. After earning a graduate degree in Experiential Education, she helped start and run several small democratic schools, co-designed the groundbreaking Pathways to Resilience re-entry project and directs the Green Life environmental literacy and self-sufficiency peer education program at San Quentin. She encourages people from all walks of life to come together and share their hopes and desires as well as sorrow and despair about the condition of life here on our planet home. Since the mid 90s, she has worked toward creating educational environments inclusive of social change ideals and activist principles balanced with individual empowerment.
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