Embodying Antiracism: A Conversation and Course for White Folks
Developing Analysis, Stamina & Resilience
You’ve woken up to the realities and pervasiveness of racism and want to do something.
Yet without understanding and accepting that antiracism is an inside job first, it’s easy to cause harm without understanding why.
Good intentions are not enough.
Even in urgent times when there is so much to do, white folks need to slow down, develop skills of self-awareness, self-compassion, analysis, and emotional stamina and resilience.
It is time to…
deepen your understanding of your ability to cultivate culture change
hold the tension between your desire for transformative action and your current skill level
accept and embrace the unique way you show up
return to your innermost spirals of patterning to weaken and dismantle the cycle of white supremacy culture socialization
This work is impossible to work alone.
This is a practice.
Let’s do it together.
This series is designed to support white folks develop analysis and emotional stamina and resilience as antiracists.
During our time together, we will build an antiracist foundation from the inside out. Embodying Antiracism will help you deepen your analysis and find more stability within yourself as you learn to dismantle white supremacy culture and envision a liberatory culture. We will work to better understand our influence to effect change and also strengthen our ability to wipe ourselves off and get back in action when we mess up.
This series, a combination of information, inquiry and brave conversation, will support you to move beyond performative action to antiracism that is integrated and consistent.
We will be working with important frameworks, identifying select characteristics of white supremacy culture, and deliberately moving against the grain of these specific supremacy characteristics in our relationships with self, family, and community.
Characteristics we will examine include conflict avoidance/niceness, perfectionism, either/or thinking.
Excited to link arms in this life-changing work.
Embodying Antiracism begins MAY 16th!
Meeting dates: Mondays on May 16, 23, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, August 8
Time: 4-5:30 pm PT / 7-8:30 pm ET
Two payments of $500 each
Partial scholarships available. Reach out at email@example.com.
Registration closes Friday, May 13th
As someone who likes to stay in my head, Inclusive Life’s Embodying Antiracism workshops provided an experiential bridge for understanding the vital role that embodiment plays in the healing, reconciliation and re-humanization processes that are antiracism work. I really appreciated the somatic based practices paired with the analysis and self reflective exercises and would highly recommend attending.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COURSE:
If you’d like to learn more about the premise and the particulars of Embodying Antiracism and the ways in which white people can work together to change the culture of whiteness, please watch the recording of this conversation between Nicole Lee and Laura Halpin and past participant Pamela Berg.
Components of Embodying Antiracism:
- 11 live virtual meetings
- Weekly recorded embodiment practices
- Curated readings and audio materials to deepen your practice
- Community conversations in a private virtual space
- Homework prompts and questions for reflection & integration
- Access to Laura for clarifying questions and concerns between sessions
- All materials stored in Teachable for ease in accessibility
This course is designed for white folks to grapple with the socialized patterns of whiteness and racism and to build capacity for solidarity with BIPOC.
ATTENDANCE: Even though all sessions will be recorded, please prioritize attending live. Antiracism is relationship work. It is not possible to practice authencity and vulnerability in isolation.
Embodying Antiracism offered me space to show up in my body and identify what feelings arise up when I try to think about racism and whiteness. An image of a fern opening and unfurling invited me to slowly explore the feelings and emotions inside of me. Socialized as a man, this space to sit with feelings shifted a lot in me. I would recommend this course as a means to practice noticing patterned ways of dominate, white culture, while in community with trusted others. In case this sounds daunting to you, know that aiming for a “C-” is encouraged, and I hope you find as many practical takeaways as I did.
Laura Halpin brings a 25 year career of teaching, facilitating, and curriculum design to her role as the Antiracism Facilitator and Program Manager at Inclusive Life. Her work is devoted to the ongoing practice of collective wellness. She coaches white people individually and in groups as they step into antiracism, supporting them as they cultivate the skills of analysis, self-awareness, and self-compassion. She specifically works with clients around emotional stamina and resilience, developed through embodiment practices.
Topics by Session (subject to modification)
Session 1: Creating the Container & Intentions for our Work/Addressing white supremacy culture in white spaces
Session 2: Understanding the Framework for “the Work”
Session 3: Reaching Across Difference: Privilege/Advantage, Marginalization and Intersectionality
Session 4: Naming Layers of Identity/Tools for Deepening Analysis
Session 5: Identifying your Spheres of Influence
Session 6: How to Persist: Identifying your Aligned Role(s)
Session 7: Practicing Separateness & Difference
Session 8: Unlearning Conflict Avoidance and Niceness
Session 9: Embracing the Mess: Recognizing Perfectionism as a Tool for White Supremacy
Session 10: Cultivating an Accountable Community
Session 11: Means to an End: Participating in the Cycle of Liberation
I experienced Embodying Antiracism as the next necessary step in understanding my own (mostly unconscious) racism. I was a person who viewed myself as an ‘open-minded’ white person that was not racist; someone who had a good grasp of American history; someone who was politically moderate. About a year before George Floyd (2020), I began to question my own self-awareness around race. I read books and went to seminars that explained racism in a manner that I could understand. For me, starting off with an intellectual approach was necessary and appropriate. It wasn’t long, however, before I realized that my intellect was only capable of considering race and racism in an abstract mental sort of construct. I was learning about racism but still not in touch with how I was mentally and bodily indoctrinated into white supremacy culture. This aspect gets difficult to explain because it’s the difference between intellectually understanding something and emotionally understanding something. For me, Embodying Antiracism was the environment that allowed me to move towards genuine emotional involvement with racism and beyond intellectualizing it. If you’re done with “book club antiracism,” this is the next level!
Partial scholarships are available. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.