Racial affinity groups mean different things, and many have different goals. For example, some groups meet for emotional support while others form to provide input to organizations. Brave Space is a mindfulness-based, peer-led study group, with structured guidance from Ruth King in the form of instructional lessons along with video and audio content. The focus is on investigating habits of mind in order to disrupt habits of harm that keep us from moving toward racial healing and harmony. Brave Space addresses the inner work of transforming racism.
Also distinct to this program is that we are not bridging differences or engaging across racial affinity groups, nor are we focused on solving social or organizational issues. Key to this program’s success is your ongoing commitment and willingness to engage in the work of inner awareness and racial healing, which is why we have designed a year-long curriculum that emphasizes both racial inquiry and relational development.
Brave Space is a rare opportunity to understand your racial conditioning and uproot racial habits of harm within caring community and over time.
Recorded September 2021, Brave Space Cohort 1 Graduation.
Cohort 1 consisted of 287 participants (44 racial affinity groups) worldwide.
Yes, you need to be part of a racial affinity group to register for the program. You cannot sign up as an individual. Form or join a group prior to applying!
Ideally, your group should be of similar racial, ethnic, and gender identities. Keeping the group small (no more than 8, no less than 4) will not only motivate members to stay committed, but we have found that smaller groups tend to experience greater cohesion and trust.
If your group is nine or larger, we recommend that you break off into smaller cohorts and register separately. Groups that fall below four or above eight members will not be eligible for the program, so do your best to meet this criterion.
Select members who are interested in an introspective and structured approach within community and over time.
This program is designed specifically to address the unique needs of "affinity" groups. This program is not designed to address issues commonly encountered when groups across races meet. We have found that affinity groups with similar backgrounds offer less activation as well as more focus and safety. For this reason, we encourage you to form groups with members of similar racial, ethnic, and gender identities. Should you choose to form a group that is not affinity based, while you will gain many benefits, your group may encounter challenges that this program is not designed to address.
No. You must identify and organize members prior to applying for the program. Further, we encourage you to meet as a group and get acquainted before you start the program (See details on Program Fees & Application Process).
Brave Space offers an opportunity for group members to grow together as they dive into their racial conditioning. Given the vulnerability of the work and the emphasis on group development, we ask that you not add new members once you begin the program, as new members impact group growth, trust, and cohesion.
Each participant should be willing to commit to the year-long program, including pre-requisites and meeting assignments. Monthly commitments include:
- Completing the individual assignments and reflections on the online portal (estimated at approximately 3 hour per month). You have access to the portal 24/7.
- Meeting monthly with your racial affinity group (estimated at 3 hours per month).
If you have 4 members in your racial affinity group, you should plan to meet for 1.5 hours each month. If you have 8 members in your racial affinity group, you should plan to meet for 3 hours per month. Group facilitators may modify this schedule.
We provide thoughtful guidelines for monthly meetings including guided meditations, a template to structure your time together, and questions for contemplation and group development discussion. In between monthly meetings, there is material for you to work through on your own schedule, at your own pace.
You can meet physically, virtually, or a combination of in-person and online gatherings; whatever format works best for your group. This flexibility will allow for members to participate who don't necessarily live in the same area or time zone.
Note: If you plan to meet virtually, it is your group’s responsibility to provide its own virtual meeting solutions, i.e., Zoom or another type of platform.
To foster connection, productive discussion, as well as active group participation, we will provide a three-hour template for structuring monthly meetings (to be modified according to group size). We also lay out a series of group tasks to help you stay organized and share responsibility for group management each month.
We suggest that you stick to the schedule we've provided for the first several months of the program. As your group progresses, you may modify the schedule based on group needs.
It is common for organizations to send several racial affinity groups through the Brave Space online program. If you are an organization and have a number of racial affinity groups interested in participating in this program, your organization may want to designate a coordinator (DC) who will interface with our organization for the application and group payment details. Click here to contact us.
We are happy to support any registration or sign-in inquiries. Teachable, our online learning platform, has proven to be intuitive and easy to use. Therefore, we ask students to first utilize the Teachable help features to resolve technical issues should they arise.
Brave Space is designed to enrich racial awareness and understanding. However, we do not track, measure, or evaluate your participation in this program. For these reasons, we do not offer CEUs.
Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion upon completion of this course.
This is not a train-the-trainer program. Your Certificate of Completion does not certify you to teach, replicate, or use the content in this program. Your certificate simply acknowledges that you have completed the course. Under no circumstances should you use the content of this program outside of this program.
Much has been considered when pricing Brave Space. We have made every attempt to keep our fees for this 12-month immersive comparatively low and qualitatively high to ensure the utmost inclusivity and accessibility for all.
Once your group application has been approved and payment received, we are unable to provide refunds or transfers members in your group. No exceptions please!
Yes. If your racial affinity group is interested in having a coaching session with an experienced affiliate of the Mindful of Race Institute throughout the year, please email [email protected] for details.
Why in hell would you do this?
Brave Space brings us into clear intention and relational intelligence. Our work is a critical step in developing, from the inside out, racial literacy and skillfulness. To separate into same-race groups, in this sense, is not intended to divide us but rather to leverage the fact that within most contexts and often within our hearts, we are already racially divided. In Brave Space, we use separation to more deeply understand this chronic conditioning that feeds separation.
Regardless of how you identify racially, no one is exempt from the critical need to intimately examine their racial conditioning and uproot racial habits of harm.
While Brave Space is not a complete solution to racial injury and injustice, it provides a foundation for embodied understanding and wise response to racial ignorance and distress. We learn to lean in toward what is unfamiliar. Doing so allows us to more closely inspect our habits and defense mechanisms and learn to recognize our role in racial harming and healing with care, within community, and over time.
I look forward to supporting your journey! Ruth King