* Do you often feel alone confronting these issues, but unsure how to connect with like-minded people?
* Are you worried that you don’t know enough to speak up or step up?
* Are you looking for a conversation that moves beyond critical analysis to include personal and collective healing?
In this highly interactive 8-week class 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, Gregory Mengel, Angela Sevin (bios below)
When: Wednesday Nights 6:00pm - 9:00pm; September 26 -November 14 (A Committed 8 week class)**
Cost: $500 - $300 (Scholarships available)***
Location: Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont
Accessibility: The Fireside room, where we'll be meeting, 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 beyondseparation.net/accessibility for more details. For more information about the venue, please see kehillasynagogue.org/accessibility.
Cancellation Policy: 48 hours notice before the first class is required to receive a full refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. A service fee of $50 will be withheld for late cancellations up until the start of class 1. For our refund policy see beyondseparation.net/refunds
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..."
For more, see our website: beyondseparation.net
*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 all 8 classes.
***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 Systems and Design Thinking and modalities such as Applied Improvisation to address implicit bias. Recent clients and partners include 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 Consultant with The Justice Collective.
Gregory Mengel PhD is an able-bodied white, gay, cis male, working class raised educator and writer committed to social, racial, and ecological healing. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He studies philosophy, history, and cognitive science to unpack the stories that shape our collective realities and apply those insights in the service of a more just and vibrant world. In addition to Beyond Separation, Gregory teaches Untraining White Liberal Racism through the UNtraining and serves on the teaching team for White and Awakening in Sangha at East Bay Meditation Center. Gregory’s writing can be found on his blog, CosmologyofWhiteness.blogspot.com as well as the Huffington Post.
Angela Sevin is an able-bodied white, cis female, 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. By embracing differences compassionately, facilitating others (including herself!) to discover their passion, and with a unique focus on collective wisdom, Angela envisions a future where creativity and learning are nurtured in a way that integrates sustainable and regenerative ways of being.05