If we are to build integrated communities wherein all people can bring their authentic selves and work across race to challenge racism (rather than merely survive or ignore it), we must be able to bridge racial divides. This retreat is for people who want to deepen their analysis of how racism and white supremacy manifest in our lives and build their ability to recognize and interrupt these manifestations within ourselves, our relationships, and our institutions. The retreat will include awareness building, coaching from an inter-racial team, practice in engaging in authentic cross-racial conversations, and identifying your next steps for anti-racist action and practice.
During our time together we will:
This retreat is best suited for people who have attended at least one training on issues of race, race dynamics, and/or white fragility in the past, or those who have explored race over time in their own lives as people of color. We will be striving to have a racially balanced group.
Time: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25th – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27th
A limited number of scholarships are available.
Please note: Because it is important that everyone be fully present for the entire two days, we will not accept part-time attendance.
Cost of Registration
In order to make this retreat affordable for as many people as possible we are offering at the minimal price. If you are able to make a donation towards scholarship, please do.
Please email LeAnne Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and more information. Space is limited.
Natasha Aruliah has worked as an advocate, activist and change agent both within organizations as well as independently, in the UK, Canada and internationally, for over 20 years. Trained as a counseling psychologist, Natasha’s passion is supporting individuals and groups to develop emotional and cultural competence to be able to engage fully and with compassion in difficult conversations across power differences, that promotes healing and social justice. She now works as a consultant and facilitator in all areas of diversity, social justice, equity, and inclusion. In addition, she is on faculty and facilitates courses at University of British Columbia’s Centre for Intercultural Communication and the Justice Institute of BC’s Department of Counseling and Community Safety.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design, develop and deliver the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. She has numerous publications and just completed the 2nd edition of her book, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has been featured in Alternet, Salon.com, NPR, KUOW, and Colorlines.
LeAnne Moss is the Co-Founder of Leading from the Heart (LFTH) based in Seattle, and is also the interim Sr. Director of External Relations at the YWCA Seattle, King, Snohomish. With more than 20 years of experience as an executive director for social change organizations, LeAnne understands the demands, rigors and joys of working for social justice. Prior to starting LFTH, LeAnne spent nearly 15 years at the helm of the Seattle-based Women’s Funding Alliance and founded and directed a micro-enterprise organization in Michigan.
Victoria Santos designs and facilitates group processes in community, organizational and school settings, often with a racial equity focus. Her approach emphasizes compassionate presence and creative pathways that help cultures to evolve. She delights in sensing the energy and opportunities available in groups, and guiding authentic communication for healing and discovery. Victoria’s commitment to social justice and service into has expressed itself in many forms over the past 25 years: school-based counseling, community enrichment programs for underserved youth, sustainable development and community organizing in the U.S. and internationally.