at All Soul's Church, (1500 Harvard St., NW, at 16th St., Dupont Circle, Washington DC, 20009)
A Compassion-based Approach for
White Folks to Investigate and Counter Racism
Have you been feeling the horror and heartbreak from recent expressions of racial hatred and violence? Is your prayer that those of us who are white will join in the work of dismantling the racism that divides our human family and so wounds each heart?
This daylong retreat, offered by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and All Souls Church Unitarian, is designed to engage people who identify as white in understanding our own relationship to racism and deepening our spiritual capacities for countering racism in all of its forms, from the most powerful institutions to our own hearts. Participants will have the opportunity to explore spiritual/intellectual frameworks and apply the practices of mindfulness, compassion, and wise action to the critical task of untangling the knots that keep us complicit in widespread systems of harm.
All are welcome to this event.
"My commitment to racial justice is both on behalf of the other—my neighbor, whose well-being I desire—and for myself, to whom the gift of life has been given but not yet fully claimed. I struggle neither as a benevolent act of social concern nor as a repentant act of shame and guilt, but as an act of desire for life, of passion for life, of insistence on life—fueled by both love for life and anger in face of the violence that divides human flesh."
~ Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker
This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.
Teacher biographies can be found on the Teachers webpage.
Retreat manager: Kathleen Gless
IMCW Retreats and Workshops
IMCW retreats and workshops offer instruction in Buddhist meditation and talks on the awakening of our natural insight, love and wisdom. While the meditation practices derive from the Buddhist tradition, they are universal in orientation and address spiritual themes of concern to all contemplative traditions.
A workshop is not primarily silent (talking may be allowed during breaks and lunch) and may be focused on a special topic, such as applying meditation to relationships, emotional healing or physical well-being. Workshops may include a variety of formats, including different reflections and exercises and the sharing of experiences.
Our daylongs open for registration 12 weeks in advance.
Fees: Base $55, Mid $70, Sponsor $80
The base offering covers direct expenses for this event, including support for the teacher. Your payment at the two higher levels includes a tax-deductible donation to the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW).
Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please click the "Contact Us" button below before registering. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form. Please apply early as funds are limited.
IMCW Refund Policy: $25 of the registration fee is non-refundable. If you contact the retreat manager by clicking the "Contact Us" button below three weeks before the event, the balance of your registration will be refunded. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks. If you cancel less than three weeks before your retreat begins, your full payment is forfeited.
Accessibility: Please specify any special needs or accommodations in the "Special Requests" section of the registration form. Thank you.
Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the day before the retreat. To request late registration, please email the retreat manager to check if there are still openings (email button, below).