When we think about racism, some people see a relic of the past, in the form of slavery and the suppression of voting rights. Viewed this way, racism is wrongly relegated to the struggles and conflicts of our ancestors, tragedies considered absent in the present day. But racism is modern and it happens now. It is a social and a personal wound that desperately needs exposure, understanding and careful treatment.
Real healing requires a holistic approach, which demands not only our intellect but also our visceral bodies. Beating hearts and souls must show up and occupy embodied space.
On this course we will work with racism in the present, as it arises in the group. We are addressing: Racism in Real-Time.
While the historical context is critical to understanding the roots of racism, we tend to focus on the external consequences produced by racism while avoiding the internal reactions and emotions that are simultaneously created. These internal responses get buried in the unconscious as racial wounds.
Racial wounding manifests itself in many ways, such as: anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, identity issues and even hatred. Such wounds can be expressed through the body in the form of physical ailments such as irritable bowel, hypertension, headaches and low energy.
The core issues of racial wounding distort reality to the point where we become disconnected from ourselves and others. Consequently, white folks, consciously or unconsciously, routinely negate the other person’s right to exist. At the same time black, brown and indigenous folk routinely feel that they do not have the right to exist. This is the cycle of racial suffering in which we all play a part, a pattern we want to bring to the fore and ultimately change.
Racism is a collective phenomenon that does not happen to just an individual in isolation. It is in the group experience that healing and transformation can take place.
The goal is to go beyond healing psychological damage and physical injuries, and to also develop and deepen empathy and compassion not only for ourselves, but also for others. A space will be created where everyone has the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge both their personal wounds and the greater social harms.
You are invited to participate in an experiential process that engages your mind, heart and soul, and give life to a new racial narrative where racism is experienced for what it really is.
10 weekly seminars in two groups A and B. Depending on participation/interest a potential third group C, blend of A and B.
Group A: White Folk
Group B: BIPOC’s
Group C: Mixed
*Course will be limited to 20 people.
Listen to audio podcasts:
Introduction to Racism in Real-Time
Working through racism
Next course for BIPOC:
Monday 22nd March 2021
20:00-22:00 UK time
Next course for white folk:
Tuesday 23rd March 2021
20:00-22:00 UK time
RACISM IN REAL-TIME
I don't think there are any other courses out there that offer such a humbling and profound opportunity for white folk to come together and explore the hugely triggering topic of racism. The ten week course, skilfully and compassionately curated and facilitated by Charmaine has helped me attune to a huge range of different emotions that are evoked when I think about my subjectivity as a white woman. I feel I've been able to sit with my white fragility in real time, and move towards a position of taking accountability and understanding what is seated there. It's not for the faint hearted (to use Charmaine's words), but what has been very moving about the experience has been feeling supported to share vulnerabilities as part of a group. Charmaine offers her warmth, honesty, humour, courage and personal experience in this workshop, in the service of educating white folk in much needed lessons; the gratitude for which I feel is enormous.