Join us for a special Climate Conversations – an all-day exploration on the mindfulness of whiteness in America.

Many of us who would check off the “White American” box in the racial categories section of the census have never had to intentionally explore what it means to be white in America. So in our racialized culture, white people are racial beings moving through life with very limited racial literacy. Mindfulness can help empower us all by expanding our racial perspective, helping us make more informed decisions that are in closer alignment with our deepest values, and changing our relationship to whiteness in service to the greater good. Through experiential exercises, guided meditations, and group discussion, we will mindfully explore:

  • the social construction of race and associated concepts
  • the history of racism in America
  • implicit bias and colorblind racism
  • the ongoing cultural, social and interpersonal effects of racism on human relationships, institutions/organizations, systems and the environment
  • strategies for breaking free from toxic socialization and connecting with the true nature of our histories, stories, and hearts
  • ways we can personally help build a more just and sustainable society

If by reading this class description you notice some strong feelings arising, know you are not alone – we invite you to adopt “curiosity mind” and take this opportunity to explore the reactivity that arises in a protected space with compassion, courage and presence. All experience levels in racial justice work and mindfulness meditation are welcome to attend. Although this program is suitable for the general public, up to 6 CEs are available for KS & MO licensed mental health professionals. Register Here

Teachers: Tracy Ochester, PsyD & Sydney Spears, PhD with Guest Speaker Sami Aaron of The Resilient Activist
Date & Time: Saturday August 15, 2020 from 9 am – 4 pm CDT (this event will be repeated Friday Nov 13, 2020)
Fees (click below to purchase your member or nonmember pass, then click here to register for the workshop):

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be canceled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No reimbursements will be provided for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses. Passes expire within one year of purchase.