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VIRTUAL: Embodied Nonviolence: Loving Fiercely and Acting Justly

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”  Martín Luther King, Jr

What are the “things that matter” that we cannot be silent about?

Racial injustice, intolerance, hate and bigotry come to mind.

How then do we speak and act from a place of fierce love and authenticity when we see injustice or benefit from the injustice?

This weekend virtual gathering invites you to first learn skills for body centered regulation where you will discover your strongest and most effective voice.  Secondly, we will work to look at our own shortcomings so to allow us to own our complicity in systemic racism so we can be truly free to love fiercely and act justly. Together we will hear new voices, strengthen our voices and find the courage to address the things that matter.

The weekend will involve teaching, practices, small group reflection & sharing, and support to write and articulate a personal intention of nonviolence.

Friday-Sunday, Feb 26-28, 2021

Schedule for the weekend:

SESSION 1 – Friday – 5:00-6:30pm MT (90 minutes)
Tools for Transformation with Judy Bierbaum
This opening segment (90 minutes) lays the foundation for learning skills to access and utilize your strongest and most effective voice in conflictual and emotionally charged events. There is an art and a science to de-escalating such events and in this segment participants will learn to recognize their own emotional triggers and how they are activated in the body. Participants will then learn skills for self regulation so they can access their most powerful and effective voice

SESSION 2 – Saturday – 10:00am-Noon MT (120 minutes)
Why Are We Silent In the Face of Injustice? with Zamil Salhab and Kendra Toth
In this segment (120 minutes), participants will explore how white supremacy culture is designed and protected – of which the personal journey is distinctly different for black, brown, indigenous, persons of color and white people. We will step into the discomfort of being honest with ourselves (and others) about the ways we contribute to systems of oppression & privilege.

SESSION 3 – Saturday – 2:00-4:00pm MT (120 minutes)
How the Past Has Shaped Our Present Moment (Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery and its impact on Indigenous People) with Sarah Augustine and Rev. Anita Amstutz
In this segment (120 minutes), participants will explore the “Doctrine of Discovery”, a philosophical and legal framework dating to the 15th century that gave Christian governments moral and legal rights to invade and seize Indigenous lands and dominate Indigenous Peoples. These patterns of domination and dispossession continue today through legal and economic structures embedded in our society. This Doctrine originated with the Christian church and it is now the church’s responsibility to dismantle it.

Sarah will also speak to work being done in Indigenous communities and how they are models of deep resilience and continue to stand against the harming of their people, their land and displacement by extraction industries.

SESSION 4 – Sunday – 10:00-11:00am MT (60 minutes)
Creating an Intention of Nonviolence with Kelsea Habecker and Adonna Rometo
In this session (60 minutes), we’ll use embodied practices to foster introspection about and connection with the content presented throughout the weekend. Guided activities will invite you into deeper engagement with the ideas, helping to bridge the gap between thought and action. This experience will provide clarity and insight, preparing you to set your own authentic intentions for your vow of non-violence.

SESSION 5 – Sunday – 2:00-3:30pm MT (90 minutes)
Panel with all the Instructors and Closing Sharing and Ritual
In this closing session (90 minutes), the presenters from the weekend will join together to respond to Questions posed by participants. There will also be a final group sharing with an opportunity to voice your Intention of Nonviolence and a final large group closing ritual.

Note: This course will be capped at 95 paid registrations plus 25 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) guests.

Suggested Rate: $95
+$30 ($125) – offer support
-$30 ($65) – fixed income or need support

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  • Rev. Anita Amstutz
    Rev. Anita Amstutz

    Rev. Anita Amstutz, Mennonite minister with 17+ years of congregational ministry, currently offers on-line counseling and spiritual companioning with Wisdom Ways of Being, teaches practical soul care, based upon her 2018 book, Soul Tending: Journey into the Heart of Sabbath, and contemplative courses at the Center for Action and Contemplation. As a beekeeper, Anita founded Think Like A  Bee, an education/advocacy organization for pollinator protection and healthy food in New Mexico. 

  • Session 1. Judy Bierbaum LPCC
    Session 1. Judy Bierbaum LPCC

    Judy Bierbaum, LPCC, is a psychotherapist who has worked with children and adolescents in the area of trauma and sexual abuse for the majority of her career. Judy also gives retreats for adults on themes of spiritual growth. She has given workshops on the practice of non-violence and the effects of trauma in numerous places, including the U.S., Colombia, Bolivia, El Salvador,Juarez and Thailand.

  • Session 2. Kendra Toth
    Session 2. Kendra Toth

    Kendra engages clients interested in exploring the impact of racial whiteness and how systems of oppression and privilege impact their lives – both personally and professionally – through a personalized, problem solving approach. She has over 15 years of experience in classroom teaching, school leadership, facilitation, and one-on-one mentoring. Kendra is a certified mediator and hold certification in Mindful Facilitation: Theory and Practice. She has strong skills around collaborative problem solving, innovative program design and implementation, facilitating difficult conversations, and aligning policy and practice with organizational goals. Kendra designs and facilitates workshops and one-on-one sessions for white people to explore their proximity to institutional power and how to cultivate abolitionist practices.

  • Session 2. Zamil Salhab
    Session 2. Zamil Salhab

    Zamil Salhab is a first generation, genderqueer colonised settler and disabled Post 9-11 veteran. Their personal experiences within the militarized industrial complex and within mainstream society, illustrated how the roots of white supremacy culture – and its effects – are designed to actively oppress and suppress QTBIPOC/POC folx.

    Zamil speaks to the continued practise of deconstructing whiteness within colonised bodies, and the creative expansion of healing needed for QTBIPOC/POC folx to thrive.

  • Session 3. Sarah Augustine
    Session 3. Sarah Augustine

    Sarah Augustine is founder and co-chair of the Menonite Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition. She is the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakama and Kittitas Counties and adjunct professor at Heritage College. Originally from Nambe Pueblo in New Mexico (Tewa), she and her husband founded SIHF and live on the Yakama Reservation in Washington State with their son. A well known and compelling speaker and writer, Sarah recently published her first book, The Land is Not Empty.

  • Session 4. Dr. Adonna Rometo
    Session 4. Dr. Adonna Rometo

    A scientist by training and a seeker by nature, Dr. Adonna Rometo received from the University of Arizona, her PhD in Physiological Sciences with minors in Neuroscience and Pharmacology. Her passion for studying the human body led Adonna into work in the fields of massage therapy, natural therapeutics, energetic healing arts, meditation and mindfulness, yoga, and embodied movement. Adonna continues her lifelong love story with the human body by teaching anatomy and physiology at the university level.

  • Session 4. Kelsea Habecker
    Session 4. Kelsea Habecker

    Kelsea Habecker is a poet, writer, and teacher. In 2007, her book of poetry, Hollow Out, was selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic for publication. For five years, she was a teacher in an Inupiaq Eskimo village in the arctic region of Alaska, where she used writing as a form of self-awareness for high school students. She earned her MFA in poetry from Bennington Writing Seminars and her BA from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She teaches graduate writing courses as well as community poetry classes in Seattle, WA.


Feb 26 - 28 2021

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