Five Sessions, Participation in All Sessions Required
All times in Pacific Time Zone
Fri, September 25th: 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Sat, September 26th: 10:00AM - 12:00PM & 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Sun, September 27th: 10:00AM - 12:00PM & 1:00PM - 3:00PM
WHAT IS THIS WORKSHOP?
You are not dreaming. The world is in crisis. And we need a movement that can respond to the escalated forms of violence. And yet, too often when our own responses escalate and we engage in radical forms of direct action, we also tend to escalate the us vs. them, right vs. wrong worldview. This is a worldview of separation and binary. Could it be that this worldview is at the heart of what is destroying our planet?
In this workshop, we will explore how we can build a movement that can respond to this heightened levels of violence without producing more trauma in the world, and in our own bodies.
How do we build movements that have the courage to shut down highways and open up our hearts?
What would it look like if we viewed direct action as a modality of collective trauma healing?
What is the inner healing work that we need to be doing in our own movements so that we can offer healing to the world?
How do we balance the need for our own healing with the urgency of addressing systemic violence?
Join us in this interactive, intensive and transformational workshop as we prepare our communities for healing action.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This workshop is open to anyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Color.
While this workshop is a stand-alone workshop, we are also using this as an opportunity to invite people into the Yet-To-Be-Named Network, a decentralized constellation of small teams of people dedicated to direct action at the intersection of climate justice and racial healing.
Specifically, the YTBN Network in the Bay Area will be organizing actions leading up to the November election. This workshop is a special invitation to those who want to join our preparation for that work.
We have been deeply inspired by the recent surge of popular uprisings. And yet, we also seek a place in this larger movement ecology that sees our work as an attempt to bring healing to all beings, to honor the dignity of all life, and to move us closer to Beloved Community.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
All events at the East Point Peace Academy are offered on a Gift Economy. This means that there is no fee to register, and everybody is welcome to attend regardless of their ability to pay. An opportunity will be offered to participants to give gifts to support the work of our organization and to support the facilitators. No amount is too small or too large.
Kazu Haga is the founder of the East Point Peace Academy, a core member of the Ahimsa Collective and the Yet-To-Be-Named Network and the author of Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm. He teaches various aspects of nonviolence, restorative justice and mindfulness.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, he has been engaged in social change work since the age of 17, and has played leading roles in various social movements. He works to empower incarcerated communities, young people and activists around the country. He currently resides in Oakland, CA.
Nirali Shah is a Buddhist meditation teacher and her work is strongly informed by the sacred feminine teachings of the Himalayas, as well as the principles of mutual liberation, where one intentionally harnesses the energy arising from spiritual practices as a force for uprooting systemic oppression.
In the past she served in one of the largest slum communities of Asia for close to five years, part of it, working out of the Gandhi Ashram. During this time, she studied deeply with inspiring Gandhian Elders in the Nonviolent Freedom Movement of India. Check out more of her work at www.niralis.com.
This event will happen virtually using the Zoom online conferencing platform. If you are not familiar with this platform, click here for instructions.