BD101-RACE with Niyonu Spann and Lisa Graustein

Niyonu Spann and Lisa Graustein have co-facilitated Beyond Diversity 101 (BD101) before, addressing various areas of human diversity.  But for the July 19-23, 2015 offering BD101-RACE: Dispelling the Myth of Black Inferiority and White Superiority, they are completely changing the design this training has taken up until this point.

While the values and needs will remain the same - working from the heart and including Spirit - the July offering will invite individuals who identify as black and individuals who identify as white deep into issues of race, racism, and privilege related to race. Time together will be a practicum focusing on patterns learned in the slave trade which persist today in U.S. culture. Body work assists participants to release what no longer serves.

BD101’s purpose is to seek greater wholeness for the individuals involved and the communities and systems of which they are a part.  Participants will work in affinity groups (white people in one and and Black people in another) as well as within the full group coming at this transformative work from a place of love, beyond guilt, shame, and blame.  More about BD101-RACE or BD101 generally are available at these links.

Niyonu told Viv, "In order to activate the visions that we hold of a truly equitable society we must heal on many levels. This BD101-RACE offers a space for some of that healing so that we may be more effective activists - dismantling white supremacy and ushering in beloved community."

“This is work that we, as Friends, need to be doing,” Lisa said.  Because the objective is wholeness, Niyonu and Lisa want the workshop to be accessible to all.  The more people are in the circle, the richer it becomes.

We can express commitment to racial justice in many ways: putting our bodies, minds, and souls to work for it; praying; and sharing money as a tool.

Scholarships assist with expenses for the majority of people who attend. Contributions for scholarships can be made through Four Circles Beyond by clicking here and on the Donate button at the bottom of the Beyond Diversity page.You can help give someone the opportunity to say yes and make sure the workshop happens in its fullness. Interested to attend? Applications are due soon.