Becoming an embodied antiracist is like learning anything new – it takes time and repetition. With increased practice, we get better at it. This course will share important facts and details about the history of the United States as they pertain to race. We’ll take a closer look at examining why many DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) programs have had disappointing outcomes, and how opening up our hearts can help. We’ll experience the importance of ritual and collective mourning. We’ll hold one another up, turning our eyes inside: together we’ll begin our journey of looking inward when it comes to racism. Together, we will inquire, challenge, call in and call on one another. We’ll make progress towards our collective liberation.Students will integrate learning how mindful, loving awareness, the felt sense in the body, and nervous system regulation and co-regulation can all help support widening our range of resilience around racialized trauma, deepen our understanding of systemic racism, and move us towards discerning, balanced, compassionate action.
We won’t shy away from messy conversations around race. In fact, we’ll guide conversations in a way that is rooted in deep listening and humility. We’ll show that it’s possible to use embodiment as a way to move through grief without getting stuck or without skipping ahead to spiritual bypassing. We’ll embrace collective joy and embodied spiritual activism in our daily lives personally, professionally, and in our communities.
Francesca Marguerite Maximé, LMSW, is a Haitian-Dominican Italian-American licensed somatic psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, anti-racism educator, and award-winning poet/author in Brooklyn, New York. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. She has been mentored in mindfulness meditation practices by celebrated author and clinical psychologist Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., and has also been a mindfulness student of clinical psychologist and internationally known teacher Tara Brach, Ph.D. More about Francesca and her upcoming events & talks can be found on her website, www.maximeclarity.com