Mindfulness of Whiteness in America: Part Two
February 26 (Friday) at 9:00 am (GMT-06:00)

Online Class

Sydney Spears, PhD, RYT-200
Class length
7 hours
Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness 11100 Ash Street Suite 103 Leawood, KS 66211
Part Two of Mindfully Exploring the Meaning of Whiteness in America incorporates the attitudes and practices of mindfulness to take a deeper dive into the history of racism in the US, it's ongoing harmful effects, and how white people can work to dismantle racist ideologies and structures. This workshop is designed to help white people expand our racial perspective, make more informed decisions that are in closer alignment with our deepest values, and change our relationship to whiteness in service to the greater good. 

Through experiential exercises, guided meditations, and group discussion, we will more deeply explore:
  • the history of racism in America
  • the role of implicit bias, privilege blindness, and colorblindness in creating and maintaining racial injustice
  • the harmful effects of racism on individuals, relationships, institutions/organizations, systems and the environment
  • ways we can personally and collectively help build a more just and sustainable society
All experience levels in racial justice work and mindfulness meditation are welcome to attend, but participants should have already completed the first workshop. Although this program is suitable for the general public, up to 6 CEs are available for KS & MO licensed mental health professionals. 

During the pandemic, online attendance is the default so please send us an email at least 24 hours in advance if you prefer to attend in person - space is limited.

Teachers: Sydney Spears, PhD, Tracy Ochester, PsyD and Sami Aaron of The Resilient Activist

There is a two part process to reserving your seat in this class:
1. Register using this form, and 
2. Purchase the appropriate pass by clicking the link below: 
No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No reimbursements will be provided for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses. Passes expire within one year of purchase.

Here's what participants say about Part One of this workshop:

"I have engaged in a number of programs and workshops on social and racial justice. This was the first time I had the opportunity to explore my identity as a "white" person in America. I can tell how important this will be to my own healing and to my ability to contribute to community healing as a mindful anti-racist and amplifier of oppressed voices. This is also the first time experiencing the practice of mindfulness in the context of social/racial justice workshop. For me this nurtures the conditions for deeper learning and more effectively managing the barriers common to doing this work - shame, denial, overwhelm, grief, striving/fixing. Thank you! I look forward to part 2."

“The three presenters were extraordinary. I was able to identify unseen layers of work that needs to be done. Beginning with the initial agreements until the end, the entire workshop was delivered by the three presenters with a mindful presence, elegance, compassion, and with depth and breadth of content.”

“I would like to say that this was the most beneficial and helpful course for CE credits I’ve attended in a while, thank you!”

“I was blown away with the level of the people there. Not only were the leaders skilled and knowledgeable, the participants were very skilled and wonderful. In some of the breakout sessions my experience was very humbling.”

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