Love & Racial Justice: A Multi Tradition Movement Healing Racism

Acharya Charlene Leung, Jozen Tamori Gibson, Myokei Caine-Barrett, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Michaela McCormick and Lyn Fine

June 6–9, 2019

3 nights
Tuition: 50/100/200

“Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” – Rev. angel Kyodo williams


If you are already engaged in the challenge of racial healing in North America and long for spiritual connection in this work, join us for this special retreat. Racial healing in mixed groups is difficult. This retreat offers a unique opportunity for people from various Buddhist and other wisdom traditions to intentionally create a group composed of approximately 55% people of color and 45% white identified. We will practice meditation, contemplation, movement, conversation, racial caucusing, and experiential exercises that get to the heart of healing internalized racism. A deep inquiry into race and racial dominance is essential to our individual and collective journeys of awakening. 

We aspire to ignite a multi-tradition movement that builds capacity toward action for racial justice within our respective sanghas and beyond.  

The facilitation team as well as many of the retreatants have been leading and facilitating this work and we want to re-energize and broaden offerings for our sanghas. Coming together within a spiritual context, as a racially mixed group, creates a ground for both whole group and caucus work that both supports us and challenges us. We can share our respective views and insights and shine light on our own intentions as well as our own blind spots. There will be time to network and begin to identify and develop action plans for local, national and international initiatives.

May we find nourishment and refuge during this retreat to share our respective work, to reflect on what is healing and what is harming racial justice, and to rest in restorative meditation and embodied practices with the mahasangha.


Participant Application (REQUIRED):

Click here to apply for this unique retreat.

While the primary goal is bringing together majority of People of Color with white identified folks, we are also looking for people with a variety of social identities since systemic racism is intersectional.  This application form will help find a good balance of folks to come together for a powerful retreat. Financial assistance is available, please see application.

  • Application deadline:  March 1
  • Acceptance notices: March 15
  • Register by March 30.

After March 15, approval of applications is rolling until full.


If you would like to support the participants of this retreat, please consider donating to the stipend fund by Clicking Here


Acharya Charlene Leung leads meditation and social justice programs & retreats and serves as Chairperson of the Shambhala Diversity Working Group. She is a teacher for the UNtraining, an organization devoted to healing personal and social oppressions. Buddhadharma and Lion’s Roar recently published her article The Healing Practice of Cultural Humility.



Jozen Tamori Gibson  began formal Zen practice in 2004 in Japan and Theravada practice in 2010. Jozen is a senior student at the Brooklyn Zen Center where he also serves as co-facilitator of the People of Color sangha, the Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine group and the Awake Youth Project. Jozen is currently in the Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program.



Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin is the Bishop of the Nichiren Shu Order of North America and resident priest of Myoken-ji Temple in Houston, TX. She is engaged in racial healing and managing conflict since the early 1990s. She is founder of two prison sanghas and is involved with Texas for Heroes for healing warrior hearts.



Kaira Jewel Lingo  began mindfulness practice in 1997. She is a Zen Dharma Teacher trained by Thich Nhat Hanh and was an ordained nun for 15 years. Kaira is in the current Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. One of the books she edited is Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She teaches worldwide and enjoys interweaving art, play, ecology and social justice.



Michaela McCormick is a Shambhala teacher, leader of Queer Dharma, and ten year member of the Diversity Working Group. She leads workshops on white awareness, anti-racism, patriarchy, and social liberation. She is a long-time activist focused on racial and economic justice, currently working in the Poor People’s Campaign.



Lyn Fine was born in 1944 and raised in New York City in a Jewish family of German, Russian, and Latvian roots. She received Lamp Transmission as a Dharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing in 1994, and is currently active with the Plum Village Community’s international sangha ARISE (Awakening Through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity).






This program is made possible through fundraising efforts. Learn more. 



The SMC includes somewhat rough terrain. We will do everything we can to make the retreat accessible to those with limited mobility and other accessibility needs.


Sample Schedule

Thursday, June 6

2:00-5:00 pm   Arrivals, settling in, walks, explore the land

6:30-7:30 pm Dinner

7:30-9:00 pm   Orientation and Program Opening


Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8  

7:00-7:30 am   Meditation

7:30-8:30 am   Breakfast

9:00-12:30 pm Morning Session

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30-2:30 pm   Walks, open time

2:30-5:30 pm   Afternoon Session

6:30-7:30 pm   Dinner

8:00-9:00 pm   Evening activities


Sunday, June 9

7:00-7:30 am   Meditation

7:30-8:30 am   Breakfast

9:00-12:30 pm Morning Session

12:30-1:30 pm  Lunch Celebration


Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.