Dismantling Racism with Meditation: A Workshop for White People
November 18–20, 2016
Do you want to learn more about what you can do to end racism? Do you want to learn how to engage meditation in racial justice work?
Rather than serving as a tool for escaping or ignoring difficulty, meditation can serve as a practical tool for addressing social problems like racism directly. This workshop is about working within a safe community to develop a gentle and non-judgmental approach to addressing racism, racial conditioning, and the need for racial healing.
Workshop participants will learn how meditation can help us understand and eradicate racism by:
● Examining our thoughts as they pertain to race and racism
● Creating space for insight about race and racism to emerge
● Working with the difficult emotions that can arise when we talk about race and racism
● Developing the compassion we will need to address racism on a systemic basis
Participants will learn how to take clear steps to tackle issues of race and racism in their own lives.
This workshop is intended for people from any spiritual background (or none at all), who are perceived as white. No prior experience with meditation is necessary.
Kara Dansky is a lawyer and meditation instructor. Before founding One Thousand Arms, she was Special Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice in New York, Senior Counsel at the ACLU, and Executive Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. Before that, she was a public defender. She is a certified meditation instructor through Shambhala International. She received her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University (both cum laude.)