Interconnected: Challenging Racism Inside and Out

Interconnected: Challenging Racism Inside and Out with Compassion, Mindfulness, and Action.
A program for self-identified white practitioners and sangha members.

Join us to look at how White Privilege and racial conditioning impacts our sangha and society in general. Our goal is to look deeply at how privilege and racial conditioning keep us unwittingly in patterns that prevent us from being free and undermine our best intentions to create real change.

In keeping with the mission of Insight Santa Cruz of walking the path with mindfulness and loving-kindness, we will integrate dharma practices into this collaborative effort to expand our capacity to create more equitable and transformative relationships and communities.

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Dates: Three Daylongs
Sunday November 12, Saturday December 16, and Sunday January 21

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (donation)

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Facilitators: Kitsy Schoen and Crystal Johnson

Kitsy Schoen began her Vipassana practice and became inspired to work as a hospice social worker after meeting Stephen Levine in 1979. Throughout her varied career she was able to integrate mindfulness and her passion for racial equity into her work. In 2001 her paths crossed with Ryūmon Hilda Baldoquín Sensei, who saw the deep need and value of integrating Buddhist practices and social justice efforts. After graduating from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma leader program in 2007, she joined the Leadership Sangha (board) of the East Bay Meditation Center and began teaching the Interconnected class and later the six month program “White and Awakening in Sangha”. Kitsy has also directed the Behavioral Health (mind-body) programs at Oakland Kaiser, worked as a psychotherapist and HIV Social worker.

Crystal Johnson is a recently retired clinical psychologist whose last decade of work focused on teaching clinical work as a social justice practice. She is a graduate of the Commit to Dharma program at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC), and of the Dedicated Practitioners Program and Community Dharma Leader Program offered by Spirit Rock. She co-teaches the “White and Awakening in Sangha” six month program at EBMC, where she is a Community Teacher and member of the Program Committee.

All self identified white practitioners and sangha members welcome.