This week we will host a relational session where we will break into affinity groups of BIPOC identified folx and white identified folx, with the hope that people can give and receive support and follow what emerges together. We hope to see you there!
About Beloved Community Well
Beloved Community Well is a weekly practice space to build skills and connections for people committed to justice, healing and wholeness. Each week we will rotate between workshop sessions where facilitators will offer content on topics relevant to nonviolent movement work and relational sessions where people can give and receive support. This project is a collaboration between East Point Peace Academy and the Necessary Trouble Collective.
We welcome everyone from around the world to participate in this weekly space and we have an intention to address the reality that BIPOC folx often feel isolated and alone in nonviolent movement spaces, so we will have affinity spaces each month where we hold separate break out groups for BIPOC identified folx and white identified folx. We hope you will join us in this experiment!!
For more than 30 years Leonie Smith, founder of The Thoughtful Workplace, has been working from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive perspective. Her approach is shaped by her own journey to find and build community that welcomes her perspective as a Black Woman, Canadian-born, of Jamaican heritage. She has a deep commitment to anti-oppressive practices, sharing practical ways of applying Nonviolent Communication. She shares her people-centered approach for creating group, team, and organizational systems in service to creating a world that works for all as a community member and through her consultancy, The Thoughtful Workplace.
Born in Japan, Kazu (he/him) has been engaged in social change work since participating in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage at the age of 17. He would go onto spend one-year living in Buddhist monasteries throughout South Asia studying the relationship between nonviolence and Buddhist dharma. He has over 20 years of experience in nonviolence, restorative justice, trainings and organizing and has been trained by elders such as Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Rev. James Lawson.
He spent over 10 years working in social justice philanthropy while being directly involved in many movements. He has been a Kingian Nonviolence trainers since 2009, is a Core Member of the Ahimsa Collective and is the author of Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm.
catherine strickland (she/her) is a white settler living on the unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səlí" lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations in north vancouver, british columbia. catherine spent 20 years as a professional climate change policy analyst and researcher before a life changing accident in 2010. since then she has focused on deepening her practice of Nonviolent Communication through the lens of power and privilege and is currently a CNVC certified trainer candidate. she has been a Unitarian Universalists for almost 20 years and leads antiracism initiatives in her faith community. catherine is committed to supporting a nonviolent approach to antiracism, anti-oppression and climate justice.
THIS EVENT IS OFFERED ON A GIFT ECONOMY BASIS. NO FEE IS REQUESTED, BUT DONATIONS TO EAST POINT PEACE ACADEMY IN SUPPORT OF OUR FACILITATORS ARE INVITED.
This event will happen virtually using the Zoom online conferencing platform. If you are not familiar with this platform, click here for instructions.