About the Institute!
Racism is a heart disease, and it's curable
Racism remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time. It is fed through unawareness, oppressive systems, and the misuse of power. Deepening our understanding of how we have been conditioned to think and react is curative to this heart disease and fundamental to collective wellbeing.
The Mindful of Race Institute was established to support individuals, organizations, and communities seeking to engage in the inner work of racial healing and social wellbeing. Founded by Ruth King, the Institute offers a range of training programs and interventions that emphasize racial understanding, connection, and accountability.
Transforming racial conditioning through mindful investigation
Distinct to the Institute's programs is the opportunity to examine and transform our racial conditioning as individuals and as racial groups within the systemic power structures that we inhabit. Participants are asked to investigate two crucial questions intended to initiate us into a journey of inquiry that is fundamental to curing the disease of racism: Why are matters of race still matters of concern, and What does this have to do with me?
Mindfulness principles and meditation practices are core to this investigation as they support us in examining our racial habits, history, and heritage as lived in our bodies and minds, and reflected in the world. Mindfulness practice ripens curiosity and presence and reveals to us both the raw truth of racial distress and our experiences of freedom. Further, mindfulness supports an embodied integration of racial awareness and social responsibility.
Opportunities to Deepen Racial Awareness
The Mindful of Race Institute offers opportunities that deepen our understanding of how we individually and collectively contribute to racial harm and harmony. In our introspective and transformative programs, we realize our interdependence and our impact on others, and we experience the power of genuine connection, compassion, non-harming, respect, and social responsibility. Our range of offerings also supports teams and organizations to meet their diversity, equity, and inclusion aspirations.