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Racial Justice & Dharma: Mixed Group Gathering (Online)

Open to all: BIPOC and White-bodied  

Decolonizing The Mind and Heart – Part 3
An Embodied Exploration of Racial Justice Work for Self, Other & Collective

This January we began a collaboration with Arawana Hayashi, a senior Buddhist teacher and long-time teacher and practitioner of social presencing.

Just as dancing puts us in contact with parts of ourselves that merely talking about dance cannot, social presencing uses embodied practices to explore and shift social constructs. In the context of anti-racism work, this body-based “social technology” can foster a different kind of knowing.

Our June gathering will be the last of a 3-part process and exploration. We encourage everyone to attend our gatherings in April and May as we will focus on foundational practices that will build towards our event with Arawana and explore how a system might move towards its aspirational self.

Time & Location
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (3 hours)
Location: Online

– Welcome, check-ins, short meditation
– Embodied practice facilitated by Arawana
– Affinity breakout group discussions

About the Teacher:
Arawana Hayashi’s pioneering work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in collaborative improvisation. She currently heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute. Working with Otto Scharmer (Senior Lecturer at MIT and Founding Chair of the Presencing Institute) and colleagues at the Presencing Institute, she brings her background in the arts, meditation and social justice to creating “social presencing” that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities.

Her dance career ranges from directing an interracial street dance company formed by the Boston Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs in the aftermath of the 1968 murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, to being one of the foremost performers of Japanese Court Dance, bugaku, in the US. She has been Co-Director of the Dance Program at Naropa University, Boulder, CO; and founder-director of two contemporary dance companies in Cambridge. MA. She continues to perform in a multi-disciplinary performance ensemble, originating out of Naropa University and the ALIA Institute, where she currently teaches in leadership programs.

Arawana is a senior teacher in Shambhala. She teaches both meditation and art based on bringing out the basic goodness of individuals, of relationships and of society.

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