Mind The Mat Pilates and Yoga Studio in Alexandria, Virginia has a strong anti-racist commitment and wants to share this class with their clients and their larger community. Anti-racism learning is best done in community with like minded people, shared values and a shared desire for a better world for everyone. This unique offering for the Mind The Mat Community will help you figure out “what is for you to do.” This is an invitation to engage in your own personal development and growth as you take on a more “anti-racist” identity. Join us as we learn together and live out our mutual commitments in seeking social justice in our communities. Join us!
This is “the work my soul must have.” ~ Alice Walker
Developing intercultural competency has long been one of the top four priorities of excellent leaders and influencers. Given the current social climate, it has become more urgent for every single person to factor race into not just their intercultural competency, but also their world view. This is how we make the world a safer place for everyone.Racism is detrimental to white people, black people and all people.
How do we do the difficult work of empowering people to explore their racial and cultural identities, create change and influence their family members, workplaces, small businesses and communities? How do we create safety and do no harm? How do we transform our small businesses into thriving, productive expressions of our deepest held beliefs around racial and cultural equity?
We do that by learning in community! This offering is a 7-module class which will create a brave and exciting community of practice where participants will be empowered to stop harm and create more human dignity for self and others. As we dismantle racism within ourselves and in our work or businesses, we will deepen our understanding of our impact and align our values with a cause greater than each of us. The class will bring together a mix of critical race theory, identity formation and community building using the The CARA Model™, a proprietary integrative liberation framework that moves learners through an exploration of Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppression intentions to an activation of the capacity to become Liberation Practitioners.
Once the group is formed, we will explore self assessments that will help us become aware of our behaviors and ideologies. It will help us distinguish between where we are and where we want to be. It will help us identify our group identity in terms of culture and race. We will do a group debrief of our collective assessment and then have individual private debrief sessions. Then we will begin the task of transformation of self as we create healthy communities of belonging. We will explore the impact of living in dominant cultures of oppression and end with the possibilities of building communities of transformation. We will develop new skills, explore tools, reflect together, learn together, challenge each other and most of all, breathe together even in a virtual learning space.
This is not a journey, but a pilgrimage. When you take a journey, you must leave home. A pilgrimage requires no physical movement but a spiritual, emotional and cognitive shift in consciousness. We do this work in a brave learning community together.
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