Mindful Social Justice: Staying Connected Amidst the Overwhelm
with AARON JOHNSON and JENNIE PEARL of HOLISTIC RESISTANCE
July 31st - August 2nd
Friday PM: 6:00 - 8:00 (AZ Time)
Saturday PM: 1:00 - 3:00 (AZ Time)
Sunday PM: 1:00 - 3:00 (AZ Time)
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The Yoga Experience
Sliding Scale Pricing*:
*100% of proceeds go directly
to Holistic Resistance
Whole Weekend Fri-Sun: $125-195
Access rate: $125
True cost: $160
Supporter rate: $195
Singel Session Attendance
Drop-in Rate per Session: $45-65
A Weekend Workshop with Holistic Resistance
w/ Aaron Johnson and Jennie Pearl
Hosted by YogaOasis and The Yoga Experience
Join us for an intimate weekend of deepening in human connection and building resiliency together. With an emphasis on personal relationship, this weekend will give you an opportunity to explore how our thoughts about race and racism affect our individual selves and communities. Using small-group work and active listening exercises, as well as supportive yoga practices, participants will gain confidence embracing the unknown, unfamiliar, and difficult issues in our lives such as racism, systemic oppression, and what gets in the way of unlearning what's been handed down to us.
These sessions Aim to:
Who is This Workshop For?
This workshop is for anyone who is interested in the intersection of yoga and social justice. NO PRIOR YOGA EXPERIENCE NEEDED. It is for folks who have little to no exposure to yoga and meditation, and also folks who are deep in connection to their yoga practice. Aaron and Jennie are committed to making all sessions accessible, trauma-informed, and effective for all levels of students.
This workshop is geared towards white-identified and white-skinned people. AND, all racial identities are welcome. People of color are at the center of our care in spaces where white people are working on undoing their racism. This is one of the many ways we model how to resist holistically. Aaron and Jennie invite every person of color to have a one-on-one conversation with them prior to the workshop to make sure they are being thought about the entire time they are present in our workshops.
Beginners to yoga and meditation strongly encouraged to attend!
FRIDAY July 31st
Session 1: What Gets in the Way of Dismantling Racism?
This session explores the barriers within us and around us that keep us from showing up for racial justice. White people are often times afraid to show up where they are in fear of causing unnecessary pain to POC. We aim to disrupt the assumption that as a white person you can reach for people of color and not cause any harm. Harm has already been caused and harm will continue to happen. There is a skillful way that we want to invite white people into this work. Instead of shrinking back into white privilege, we invite folks to do the important work of staying connected to the process. We embrace not just self-care, but community care.
SATURDAY August 1st
Session 2: Sitting With Discomfort: Unraveling Racism and Oppressive systems as Healing Work
In order to move our material around racism, we must be able to sit with where it entered into our hearts and minds. This session blends seated practice with a deep inquiry around unraveling the unconscious patterning within us. We will build resilience as we undo the oppressive systems from the inside out. The work of unraveling racism is not just challenging work...when we start from where we really are, healing becomes more possible.
SUNDAY, August 2nd
Session 3: Staying Creative While Taking on "The Impossible"
We have found the tool of creativity is often frozen when taking on big challenges like racism. This session challenges us to lean on our creativity when holding the stories of people of color (people of the global majority). We are not the first ones who are being called to be creative in this work. Our ancestors have taken on systems of oppression for generations through music, human connection, and a belief that racism must fall. These systems must be dismantled by empowering our communities to be creative in the middle of the impossibility of it all.
More About Our Approach:
Holistic Resistance has been bringing practice and action together in communities across the country. With an emphasis on personal relationship and closeness, we aim to build life-long connections and transformation. Our approach in these workshops combines deeply honoring the healing power of yoga and disrupting the unconscious patterns of racism in our communities and individual selves.
Oppression affects people of color on all levels of life. Holistic Resistance is drawn to practices that support all levels of life such as yoga. Yoga practitioners have a felt-sense in their bodies of what it can be like to sit with discomfort, to commit to a practice, to explore the yamas and niyamas on a deeply personal level. This weekend is an opportunity for us to gather as yogis and explore how we can use our existing tools to benefit ourselves and our community. You are welcome to come to any and all of the sessions over this special weekend.
What You Can Expect:
Additional Offering: Deep Dive
For folx who have participated in workshops and other Holistic Resistance programming, we invite you to a more intimate container:
Deep Dive: Birthing the Questions
Build the wisdom of Holistic Resistance into your anti-racism work in your community. This Deep Dive is for people who have already attended Holistic Resistance workshops and Deep Dives and are wanting a taster of our 6-month Facilitator Leadership Program. This Deep Dive is all about crafting questions. Have you wondered how we come up with our questions and our longer story questions? Dig into your own experience of undoing racism to create your own content for facilitation. Build the habit of asking better questions of the racist events you see happening around you. Build community and connection around asking and answering questions, and holding your community’s answers. Learn to use questions to help your community grow around their anti-racism.
A deep dive has a maximum of 10 participants with a minimum of two individuals. This event is about connecting and building bonds that dismantle racism. Having a small group can slow down how we see, hear, and reach for each other. A deep dive lasts for 3 hours. Breaks will be taken as needed. The Sliding scale is $150 to $550.
For more info and to register for the deep dive, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Aaron Johnson (he/him)
Aaron is an earth builder, a teacher of closeness, and an activist. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Aaron uses intimacy to dismantle racism. He has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possess to end racism. The tools he frequently uses for that end are speaking, teaching, closeness to blackness, and minimalism. Deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism.
Aaron's goal is to help white people slow down their reality enough to see blackness, primarily through the use of deep questions. He also uses questions as a lens that white people can use to look at themselves and see how their own wounds and trauma from racism are stopping them from being close to black people. He is a firm believer that if you cannot get close to black people, you cannot be a true advocate for them. Being close to blackness is the revolution. Aaron currently resides in the high desert of Southern California. Read more at:
About Jennie Pearl (she/her)
Jennie is an anti-oppression facilitator, yoga teacher, and bodyworker, bridging the gap between social justice and healing. She believes relationship is key to dismantling oppressive systems. Jennie aims to build bonds with other white folks and invite them to stay in the fight for justice and equity for a lifetime.
She is the founder of Wake Up, a group for white-identified people to unlearn racism, unpack privilege, and untangle white supremacy from the inside out. They explore how yoga and meditation can help them commit to and sustain the work without spiritual bypassing or diminishing racial justice. Jennie collaborates with a core team of facilitators at Holistic Resistance, whose mission is to build connection as the foundation of all of their work. She currently living in Northern California. Read more at www.jenniepearl.com