Betsy Hanger, Argos Gonzalez, and Christine de Guzman
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 | 1:00 – 4:30 pm
When our racial, ethnic, educational, gender, or class background seems like a barrier between us and our students, what’s the most skillful way forward? How can the challenges of bringing mindfulness interventions to diverse communities become an opportunity for learning and growth, both for the students and the teacher? Join three teachers with varied backgrounds and wide experiences to explore how an afternoon of contemplative practices and mindful listening can improve our authentic teaching within diverse spaces.
Based on the facilitators’ experience working and practicing with communities different from their own, this workshop will support participants in the co-creation of a safe space to explore our implicit biases and attitudes. We’ll challenge ourselves to look more closely at our past experiences and present intentions, and explore how a compassionate mindfulness practice can help us make purposeful choices to support our highest teaching ideals and, ultimately, make mindfulness practices accessible to all students.
Although barriers of presumption and fear may separate us from our students, self-awareness, authenticity, curiosity and compassion can bring us closer together. We’ll dialogue with one another to tell stories about identity, color a multiple identity mirror, and practice being a better ally for our students. You’ll leave this workshop with a better understanding of yourself, a process for reflecting on what might be creating barriers between you those you serve, and a clear vision of how to build stronger relationships to honor each individual.