Daylong: Mindfulness for Women of the African Diaspora

Daylong: Mindfulness for Women of the African Diaspora

Sojourner Truth (WikimediaCommons) Kaira Jewel Lingo Gretchen Rohr Therese Taylor-Stinson

Kaira Jewel Lingo, Gretchen Rohr and Guest Teacher(s)

2/18/2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church DC, (400 I Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20024) (Map It)

Practicing Compassion:

A Day of Mindfulness for Women of the African Diaspora

Teachers: Kaira Jewel Lingo, Gretchen Rohr, Therese Taylor-Stinson *

The Saturday after Valentines' Day, please join an Interfaith gathering of women of African Descent for a daylong retreat on radical healing and conscious loving. Together, we will explore the variety of ways multiracial and black women awaken in relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with intimate partners.

Drawing from contemplative Christian and Buddhist traditions, secular mindfulness practices and indigenous dialogue, the day will provide a sacred space for self-care and building community, for nourishing joy and healing our pain. We will learn and practice tools to identify both systemic and personal barriers to compassionate living, so that we can sustain inner liberation and outer transformation for the long-haul. This is a day of growing togetherness and a celebration of all that we are.

** All are welcome who self-identify as women (including transgendered and cisgendered women) and trace parts of your ancestry to the historic people of Africa.

The facilitators will offer reflections and the following activities:​ Silent and guided meditation; mindful eating and walking; a group spiritual direction to convenant with one another as sisters; the practice of Beginning Anew, a 4-step process to resolve conflict and ​strengthen our intimate relationships; and community conferencing circles, a restorative process to reconcile community trauma and injustice.

* Therese Taylor-Stinson​ is a spiritual director and an ordained deacon and ruling elder in the Presbyterian ​C​hurch ​USA, who is passionate about helping Americans, particularly those of African decent, address issues of racism in our society.  She is the organizer of Racial Awareness and Mindfulness 2016: A Mini-Festival of the Arts, Awareness, and Healing, and a founder and Managing Member of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network Ltd.

Retreat manager: Kaira Jewel Lingo

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.


Registration Information

Our daylongs open for registration 12 weeks in advance.

Fees: $65 (includes lunch)

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: $15 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).


This event is co-sponsored by the Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Spiritual Directors of Color (SDC) Network, Ltd.



Daylong (includes lunch):$65.00

Any questions? Contact us