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Co·Liberation: an Exploration of the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Racism for White Change Agents


Dates: Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Awakenings Wellness Center Studio
1016 SE 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97214

Cost: $225.00, early bird $175.00 by 5/18/18

Co·Liberation: an Exploration of the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Racism for White Change Agents

Waking up to racism as a White person in America is particularly difficult, especially when our society is designed to keep us unaware of it.

Those of us White people who grew up in America have absorbed the ideology of White superiority and racism. It was established over centuries of genocide and slavery, and passed down through our family lineages and all of our social institutions, including the educational system, the media, employment, health care, housing and laws. This mind training is inescapable, as it is embedded into all the fibers of the fabric of our society.
And while we may not consciously believe it, our unconscious minds will still generate unbidden negative reactions about People of Color, causing uncomfortable feelings, bodily sensations, and adverse behavioral changes, when seeing or interacting with People of Color.

As White people, we are often much less aware of how the pervasive nature of our unconscious racist ideology not only harms People of Color, but adversely affects our own mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It constricts our relationships with family and friends, and constrains our own health, growth, and restoration. When we are conditioned to see anyone as less than human, we will be
unable to be our fully authentic, loving selves.

We often feel stuck as to how to truly impact the pervasiveness of racism in our lives and society. A lot of the work of dismantling racism is left to policy and law change, along with learning specific behaviors to avoid. While these efforts are valuable,
we cannot legislate a change of heart to truly see and experience People of Color as equal human beings. There is no tool deep enough, save our own liberation, to get at the root of the problem.

White people, it isn't our fault that we've been indoctrinated with the inescapable thought-system of racism embedded in all facets of our society. But unless we intentionally address it, we will continue to perpetuate racism in unconscious ways.
This Co-Liberation workshop arises from the recognition that we fundamentally need one another in order to heal and transform.

White people who identify as change agents accept that racism is our problem and take accountability for ending it: within ourselves and among one another. We do the work of exposing this toxic thought-system for our deepest healing, without bringing further harm to People of Color, or having expectations that they should support us in our efforts to cease our harm to them.

Join me for an interactive, healing workshop for White people only, designed to be a safe, non-judgmental space. Using
principles from Interpersonal Neurobiology, trauma-informed care, and anti-oppression training, this group will provide education, skills, and relational support necessary to deepen your journey of dismantling one of the most damaging, dehumanizing thought systems in our world today.

This workshop will be nourishing for activists, teachers, therapists, partners in interracial relationships, parents of transracial adoptees and anyone seeking a deep and powerful exploration and understanding of the neurophysiological underpinnings of racism.

For my brothers and sisters of Color, please pass this opportunity along to the White people you know and love. You can also check out my wife Danette Gillespie-Otto's workshop designed specifically to support you:
"Healing from the Trauma of Racism: A Liberation Process Group for People of Color." Feel free to contact Danette by clicking here. Her workshop is happening this June, 2018.

How do I sign up?
To register, please complete payment below.

If you have questions about this
Co·Liberation Workshop, please feel free to contact me at 503/309-3142 or mfotto@mac.com.

I look forward to supporting your journey!


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Awakenings Wellness Center
1016 SE 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97206

phone # — 503-309-3142
email — mfotto@mac.com

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