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White Awake NYI: Developing Racial Awareness
Arden Pennell, Elaine Retholtz
Course dates are: January 11, February 8, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6

By application only; please see information below

January 11, 2016
06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Online registration is now closed.
Walk-in registration is available via cash or check.

This course is by application only; registration is for those who have been accepted into the course.

"As a white person, what can I do about racially motivated violence and injustice?"

The tragedies of the past year have thrust racist violence and prejudice to the forefront of the American national conversation. Yet, many white people are uncertain how to respond, or even how to talk about race. As white people, what can we do? How can we better a situation --and a system -- of bias, hate, and ignorance? And how does our dharma practice inform this investigation and support our actions?

The White Awake*-NYI group is a 6-meeting course, gathering monthly January 2016-June 2016 with readings in between, that will attempt to begin to answer that question. The course will focus on deepening personal awareness and understanding of race, and the role it plays in our lives and in society.

This process will help us become more skillful change agents, by allowing us to make more intentional choices about lessening our participation in or questioning systems of bias.

Exploring this terrain is also an expression of our commitment to the dharma of interdependence, compassion, and clear seeing.

Through gathering to study, examine, and learn with community at White Awake-NYI, we will gain insight about how systems of racism and privilege operate, and ways we can support skillful change.

If  you have questions, please email organizers Elaine Retholtz (Elaine dot Retholtz at gmail dot com) or Arden Pennell (ardenpennell at gmail dot com).

Note from facilitators: Our intention is to foster a learning community infused with safety and emotional honesty. Please review the below requests we are making of participants to determine whether this course is right for you:

Agree to attend and participate in monthly meetings (at least 5/6)
Agree to be willing to explore your personal experience
Agree to maintain or renew your personal Dharma practice as a frame for supporting this inquiry
Agree to be willing to grapple with difficult issues, and to stay engaged
Agree to seek support of the program facilitators if needed
Agree to join this community with the intention to support yourself and other group members in this work

*This course is influenced by the White Awake curriculum developed by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. The name "White Awake" is used courtesy WA Director Eleanor Hancock.  Please see the White Awake website for more information.






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Arden Pennell

Arden Pennell Arden Pennell has been practicing and studying the dharma since 2005, primarily in the Insight tradition. Her current focus is the question: "What does it mean for every moment to be practice?" In addition to meditation, how can all of life--rush hour on the subway, arguments with loved ones, plates of chocolate cake-- foster awakened compassion? She is also a member of the Diversity Committee at New York Insight.

elaine retholtz

Elaine Retholtz Elaine Retholtz has been studying and practicing the Dharma for over 20 years, and has been teaching since 2004. In addition to teaching at NYI, she teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and has a deep interest in helping students integrate mindfulness practice into daily life.

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