Are you a spiritually inclined white person, troubled by white supremacy, but unsure what to do? Are you wrestling to understand and address these wrongs in a holistic and embodied way? Do you wonder what #BlackLivesMatter means for white folks, and more particularly, for Source Yoga community members?
This is a 6-week series designed to support white folks through experiential, embodied engagement of the recent death of George Floyd, subsequent protests for Black Lives, and the legacy of white supremacy in our nation, communities, and selves.
We will engage through five focal points of intention:
1. Interspiritual + Somatic Practice: the circle will begin and end each week with contemplative practice. This forms a foundation for all the other work as a method of spiritual, neurological, and physiological muscle-building; for resiliency, self-healing, skill, quality of attention and staying-power amidst discomfort.
2. Education: we will work from blogs, chapters from books, and videos of various POC and white educators to learn about the history and current reality of racism, and explore how white folks can engage in Anti-Racism work. Weekly assignments will take no more than an hour.
3. Relationship and Peer support: where do you have power to affect change right now, in your immediate relationships and spheres of influence? We will spend time addressing and supporting each other’s specific efforts.
4. Financial Reallocation: this circle is being offered at a sliding scale, and 100% of funds after facilitator costs will be donated to The People’s Assembly, Tacoma’s grassroots racial justice movement. Kate (the facilitator) contributes 50% of her funds to local black and brown healers.
5. Listening for the call to Direct Action: what are our community members of color asking of white folks? What are they already up to that we can amplify? What are we being asked to “continue, stop, start”? This might look like identifying one local action to consistently support together, getting involved in legislation, or other things that may emerge. This also will include deepening and widening our own risk-taking, and examining the question: who do we need to be to follow black and brown leadership?
Folks of all spiritual/faith traditions welcome, as well as those who are spiritual but not religious.
A note for Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC): you are also absolutely welcome. Please know, however, the work outlined in this series is geared towards supporting white folks in taking on some of the labor of anti-racism, and to do our own work without requiring the emotional labor of our BIPOC peers and colleagues. It is also a space in which white folks will be learning and building skills (so probably making mistakes and being awkward and/or potentially harmful). This includes Kate (the facilitator)! Kate is white and still growing in her work of healing her own racism and facilitating groups addressing race.
If you desire to know more about any aspect of this, please do not hesitate to talk to Kate. If BIPOC folks wish to attend the circle, I, Kate, will do my best to prioritize your voice, safety and well-being, and support you in choosing in or out of any aspect of this practice. You will not be expected to support the emotional processing or be called upon to teach or explain if you do not wish to do so.
A final note: This is just one aspect of the wider and deeper work that Source Yoga is engaging in, in an effort to be in integrity and responsible to our black and brown community members and wider world, particularly as a white-owned business. It is a work in progress occuring imperfectly on many levels!
Date: Thursdays, Oct 15th – Nov 19th
Tuition: Sliding scale $75/$150/$225
Max participants: 20 people
Kate Fontana (she/her/hers) believes that healing at the personal level is inseparable from healing at the interpersonal, systemic, and planetary level. She is co-founder and steward of The Sanctuary Northwest, a center for trauma resilience, spiritual wellness and cultural healing. Kate has practiced yoga since 2002 and has been teaching yoga since 2009. More recently, she has sought the integration of embodiment, spirituality, and racial justice work through training and being mentored in the emerging trauma-informed field of Cultural Somatics with Tada Hozumi and dare sohei. She is also a seminarian at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, discerning a call to the priesthood with the Roman Catholic Women Priests.