Breaking Down Barriers: Reaching for Blackness
January 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm$100 – $350
FACILITATED BY AARON JOHNSON AND PORSHA BEED
This weekend workshop is for white-identified folks to dive deeply and courageously into exploring topics of racism, oppression, and privilege. Please dress comfortably as we will be both talking and physically working on this material. Integrated throughout the experience we’ll be calling upon healing soulful traditions such as yoga, meditation, dance and music to help us stay in the conversation and deepen our capacity to be vulnerable and honest with ourselves and others.
Sunday January 27 https://www.facebook.com/events/1933273870083547/?ti=cl
9 AM – 3 PM
*optional processing time from 4-6pm
$350-$100 Sliding Scale
NOTAFLF (No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds)
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Accessibility: Currently Seattle Tantra Center has limited ADA accessibility. Our practice and meeting space has no stairs and is wheelchair accessible. However, our bathroom currently does not fit a wheelchair. (We are hoping to remedy this in early 2019). We will do our best to accommodate the physical needs of all bodies. If you have questions or concerns about your accessibility in our space, please contact email@example.com.
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What to Expect…
– Deep connection and relating to people across identities about oppression and liberation
– Self-inquiry and witnessing others in deep inquiry
– Being physical and in close proximity with others (consent-based; no intensive exercise, at max we will be doing light yoga stretches that will be made accessible for everyone in the room)
-Expanding your ability to sit with discomfort
-Using your voice in various ways to express and discharge emotions
-Exploring the question – What keeps white people from deeply connecting with black people?
-A one hour lunch break
About Aaron Johnson…
I am an earth builder, a teacher of closeness, and an activist. I graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I use intimacy to dismantle racism; I have made a lifelong commitment to use the skills I possess to end racism. The tools I frequently use for that end are speaking, teaching, closeness to blackness, and minimalism. Deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism.
My goal is to help white people slow down their reality enough to see blackness, primarily through the use of deep questions. I also use questions as a lens that white people can use to look at themselves and see how their own wounds and trauma from racism are stopping them from being close to black people. I am a firm believer that if you cannot get close to black people, you cannot be a true advocate for them. Being close to blackness is the revolution.
https://www.facebook.com/Turnitupnow1982/ and www.holisticresistance.com for more.
About Porsha Beed…
Porsha Beed is a twenty-four year old African American woman from Phelan, California. As an intimate activist and mentor, she specializes in teaching young people and adults about the importance of deep human connection, holistic resistance, and the importance of self-love and resiliency. Porsha is passionate about dismantling racism and oppression. As an earth builder and integrator of race, she strives to build a lifelong community to end racism. Her love for the Earth and for intentional community is the nest in which Porsha has chosen to fight systems of oppression. www.holisticresistance.com
About Jennie Pearl…
Jennie Pearl is the founder of Wake Up, a group for white-identified people to unlearn racism, unpack privilege, and untangle white supremacy from the inside out. They explore how yoga and meditation can help them commit to and sustain the work without spiritual bypassing or diminishing racial justice. As an anti-oppression facilitator, yoga teacher and bodyworker, Jennie has been bridging the gap between social justice and healing work for over five years. A student of Christina Sell, her yoga classes weave humor, love, and a social justice lens. A former outdoor leader, she feels most at home in the natural world and brings a strong understanding of earth-based knowledge into her facilitation. Jennie lives in the Bay Area where she teaches public yoga classes, leads groups, and offers massage in her private practice. www.jenniepearl.com
About Dylan Wilder Quinn…
Dylan Wilder Quinn (pronouns: they/them are favorites, he/she also fine) works towards personal and systemic liberation with a lens of healing our individual and collective traumas through connection, spirituality, pleasure, and autonomy. Dylan works with white people and people of all genders to create trans-inclusive, anti-racist leaders and spaces. Dylan is a working class-encultured, trans nonbinary disabled white person. They are passionate about helping fellow white people reclaim their own indigenous heritage in pre-colonized Europe, to embody the pain of their own colonization and culture loss, and using that energy to fight oppression of all groups from a true place of solidarity. They also provide oppression-informed trauma healing sessions focusing on embodiment and neurobiology, read tarot, create rituals, and collectivize with people who know that another world is possible. Www.dylanwilderquinn.com
Confidentiality and Respect
-What happens here stays here
-Ask permission to share others experiences
-Listen with compassion and practice non-judgment
-Stay present in each moment
Encourage Brave Space
-Support each other in digging deeper and allowing ourselves to get messy
-Vulnerability is encouraged
-Practice being brave in this space so we can be more skillful and courageous outside this space
Take Space, Give Space
-Self check-ins around taking up space and giving space for others
Choice to Participate
-Participation is always your choice
-We strive to create an environment where you can feel comfortable participating to whatever degree is possible in each moment.
-Both/And concepts (avoid rigid black and white thinking)
-Try to speak in first person…from your personal experience
***WANT A SMALLER, MORE PERSONALIZED EXPERIENCE?***
The Deep Dive (Dates: 4-9 PM on 1/28, 1/29, 2/4 & 2/5). Intersecting with Reaching for Blackness and Transness, co-facilitated with Dylan Wilder Quinn, evening of 1/29)
Holding and witnessing the Black story.
Reaching for Blackness is about hearing our stories, feeling the story in our skin, in our voices, and in our tears. The strategies you use to hold and hear African heritage stories will be examined. You are invited to this deep dive to hold witness to the power of reaching for others. It is also about you. What stories do you bring to the room? Have you had space to tell your story? Have you told your story to an African heritage person? The purpose of a deep dive is to start a conversation that continues for a lifetime. I invite you to begin here.
What to Expect
A deep dive has a maximum of six participants with a minimum of two individuals. This event is about connecting and building bonds that dismantle racism. Having a small group can slow down how we see, hear, and reach for each other. A deep dive lasts for five hours. Breaks will be taken as needed. Light snacks and water will be provided and participants are welcome to bring a full meal if desired. The team will consist of two African heritage facilitators with one white support ally. Sliding scale for the event from $250 to $650. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about how to decide if the Deep Dive is right for you.