The Inner Work of Facing Racism (for White-Identified Participants)
August 19 @ 4:00 pm - August 21 @ 12:00 pm
So much is troubling in our culture today that it can become completely overwhelming. The daily news cycle brings an ongoing reminder of the constant displays of violence toward people of color. We want to make a difference in creating more vibrant, life-giving communities in which all are safe, welcome, and embraced. Some have been engaged in antiracist work for awhile and are weary – others may not even know where to begin.
Healing the wounds of racism begins within our hearts.
This retreat will provide the chance to slow down, learn vital listening skills, and experience what it is to “move at the speed of trust.” In this safer space, we will have the chance to do our deeper identity work, investigate our stories and listen to those of others, and sit with discomfort as we navigate the wounds of racism through the lens of our whiteness. Traversing these distressing times and moving forward with courage can open us up to the vitality we are meant to embody, providing the necessary foundation to do our best work. Based on the principles and practices of a Circle of Trust®, this retreat offers the chance to…
- Pause and reflect in solitude and with others in a nurturing, trustworthy environment.
- Tune in to a quieter rhythm, learning to listen to our inner wisdom, instead of the myriad voices of often well-meaning others.
- Press the re-set button, recalibrate and find our way by diving deeply into habits of mindful attention, self-care and our necessary inner work.
Together we will explore foundational writings and images, prose and poetry, periods of silence, reflective writing, and practices which foster mindful attention and the chance to reconnect with body and soul. There will be time for individual reflection, and large and small group sessions, as well as creative ways to give expression as we dive deeply into our identities of “whiteness” and explore what wants to be known.
WHAT THIS IS AND ISN’T
- It will not be a space for shame and blame.
- We’ll each be here to reflect and point a loving gaze inward – not pointing our fingers outward. It is a sincere invitation for each of us to explore where we are in terms of our own whiteness and to draw toward next steps to healing, whatever they may be.
- It will provide the foundation for each of us to leave this retreat to engage in our antiracism work from a more grounded place.
WHEN: Session begins at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 19, and ends just before lunch on Saturday, August 21.
PROGRAM COST: $500, which includes lodging, meals, and program materials (everything but travel). Special early bird rate, $435, till May 31. Doubles rate, $455 (only available for members of the same household).
Email Marcia Eames-Sheavly (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your place and receive registration materials.
Registration Deadline: August 13, 2021
Participation is limited to 10 individuals (unless New York State changes its COVID-19 guidelines). As such, early registration is encouraged.
Prior to July 15, program fee can be refunded less a $25 fee.
July 16 to August 11, we can grant a refund of half the registration fee.
After August 11, no refunds can be granted.
Marcia Eames-Sheavly is an ICF Certified Integral Professional Coach and Circle of Trust® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. In these roles and as a university teacher and artist, mindfulness, creativity, and community development are cornerstones of her work, whether she is facilitating a Circle of Trust®, spending time with students in the classroom, online learners around the world, or community members from New York to Belize. She has been engaging in her own identity work, while exploring the intersections of the work of courage & renewal with healing the wounds of racism for several years, viewing this as an ongoing, life-long journey. Marcia is the recipient of numerous teaching and writing awards.
Christy Croxall is the Managing Director of Light on the Hill Retreat Center. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Delaware. Her teaching has focused on the intersection of race and religion in American history. She first encountered antiracist frameworks and the critical analysis of whiteness two decades ago as an M.Div. student at Union Theological Seminary (New York City). She has been engaged with the cycle of self-reflection and action ever since. In addition to her work at Light on the Hill, Christy teaches at two local prisons through the Cornell Prison Education Program. She also volunteers with a prison reentry program.