Mindful Social Justice
with AARON JOHNSON, JENNIE PEARL, & JENIFFER ZIMMERMAN
Friday PM: 6:00 - 7:00
Friday PM: 7:15 - 8:30
Saturday AM: 10:00 - 1:00
Saturday PM: 2:30 - 5:30
Sunday AM: 10:00 - 1:00
Sunday PM: 2:30 - 5:30
(scroll down for schedule details)
Hosted by All Bodies Rise Yoga
& YogaOasis. Sessions held at:
2631 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Please note the Friday Evening
Community Conversation is
open to all and is FREE!
Full Weekend Rate:
$170-250 (sliding scale)
Single Session Rates:
Friday Yoga class:
$7-20 (sliding scale)
Sat./Sun. 3-hour Single Sessions:
$45-65 (sliding scale)
Mindful Social Justice
Staying Connected Amidst the Overwhelm
with Aaron Johnson, Jennie Pearl, and Jeniffer Zimmerman
Join us to talk about race, identity and human connection. 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 race and racism.
This Workshop Aims to:
Weekend Schedule Details
FRIDAY September 27th
6:00 - 7:00 pm - Asana class
w/ Jeniffer Zimmerman & Jennie Pearl
This 75 minute gentle yoga class will start off the weekend with intention, movement, and community.
7:15 - 8:30 pm - Free Community Conversation
w/ Aaron Johnson & Jennie Pearl
Join us for a conversation around what it means to resist holistically, how yoga and social justice are connected, and the ways you can have a huge impact.
SATURDAY September 28th
10:00 am–1:00 pm - Session 1: 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.
2:30–5:30 pm - Session 2: 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.
SUNDAY September 29th
10:00 am–1:00 pm - Session 3: 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.
2:30 - 5:30 pm - Session 4: Yoga and Mindfulness to Anchor Us in the Work
This session aims to unravel the myth that we have to take on systems of oppression alone. Instead, we will anchor in community, practice, and mindfulness together. Deep listening is a way of remembering that we are not alone. When we are heard, it disrupts our loneliness, and when we listen, we disrupt other’s isolation. With deep listening in place in ourselves and our communities, this work becomes sustainable and healing.
About Aaron Johnson
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 possesses 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: www.holisticresistance.com
About Jennie Pearl
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 resides in Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more at www.jenniepearl.com
About Jeniffer Zimmerman
Jeniffer Zimmerman is a yoga teacher and mental health therapist in Tucson, Arizona. She has over 20 years experience as a social worker and group facilitator. Jeniffer teaches yoga classes that support healing form systematic body dysmorphia, and incorporates yoga and mindfulness into her therapy practice. She holds a Bachelor's degree in sociology, a Master's degree in counseling psychology, and is a LAC, and 200RYT. Jeniffer is the mother of two grown men and is passionate about social justice. Learn more at: AllBodiesRiseYoga.com