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