Free At Last: Identifying Our Suffering Around Race

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Free At Last: Identifying Our Suffering Around Race
 
with DaRa Williams and Karen Williams
 
Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

 

 
In this workshop we will create connection and build sangha in order to explore our individual and group level relationships to systems of oppression, e.g., race, immigration, gender, class, etc. We will devote time to better understand how we can integrate wisdom from the Dharma with contemplative practice to find freedom from pain and suffering. We will do this through engaging with small groups, dyadic exercises and other experiential activities. By reflecting on liberatory teachings we will develop skillful ways of responding to the dissatisfaction, discontents, and disappointments we experience as People of Color.

This weekend is open to all self-identified People of Color– beginners to advanced practitioners are welcome.

Registration:

Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.
We are offering two options: Friday only or a bundled registration price for both Friday evening and full day Saturday.

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Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

**Sustaining Level: This level reflects the actual costs to support this program. Circle of Friends members eligible for 20% discount with code. Click here to join.

***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.
 
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If you are unable to pay the Subsidized Base Fee, you can learn about volunteering to offer work exchange and letting us know how much you are able to pay for this program by emailing registration@nyimc.org.

 

Teacher(s)

DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams
DaRa Williams is a trainer, meditation teacher and psychotherapist. DaRa has been a meditator for the past 25 years and is a practitioner of both Vipassana and Ascension meditation. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program and is currently a Guiding Teacher at IMS. She is the Program Manager and a core teacher in the current IMS Teacher Training. DaRa has been a clinician and administrator in the field of Mental Health for over 25 years and currently maintains a private practice in Manhattan. She is a certified trainer and practitioner of Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma. DaRa integrates these skills, understandings and world views in her intention for contributing to the ending of suffering for all beings.

“Both formerly and now, it is only suffering that I describe, and the cessation of suffering.” The Buddha

Karen G. Williams

Karen G. Williams is on the New York Insight’s Teacher’s Council and a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training Program. She has practiced vipassana meditation since 2008 under the mentorship of DaRa Williams. Karen is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Mississippi State University. Her research examines strategies implemented inside correctional facilities to help incarcerated people return home to their communities. When Karen is not writing or teaching, she inhabits her alter ego, “BackAlley Dred” who plays roller derby. Karen’s practice is rooted in cultivating a spirit of whole heartedness on and off the track. Photo credit Jean Schwarzwalder.