The tapestry of the community of people of color is as varied as the many places and cultures that our ancestors come from. Yet, many of us share many common life questions such as:
What does it mean to belong or not belong? What does it mean to be highly-visible or invisible? How do we navigate different or even conflicting cultural norms? How do we live in a culture where whiteness is prized and the experiences of POC are often marginalized and devalued? How do we heal from and respond to the impacts of all this?
The Buddhist teachings on mindfulness invite us to cultivate a calm and peaceful abiding in the here and now, regardless of what may be taking place, so that we can find an inner refuge. This cultivation is supported by the Sangha (community of practitioners) in mysterious yet palpable ways and this effect is exponential when we feel safe and connected to one another.
This day of contemplative practice will provide such a place of safety and solidarity to practice together and will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement, the opportunity to hear some teachings and to do some relational practice involving mindful speaking and listening.
What to bring: Please bring a bagged lunch and any snacks you might need. There are a few restaurants withing walking distance as well. Wear comfortable clothing with layers to help you adjust to temperature changes throughout the day. We may also go outside. Shoes are not worn in the meditation hall so if you need shoes at all times, please bring “indoor shoes.”
This retreat is open to anyone who self-identifies as person of color. No prior meditation experience is required.