Brave Space

The Racial Affinity Group Development Program

Addressing the inner work of transforming racism!

Brave Space Racial Affinity Group Development Program

There can be no sustaining shift toward racial justice without the rigor required to understand and heal our racial group habits of harm.

It’s not enough to think we can simply get a racially diverse group of smart people in a room and “hash out” the issues. Many of us have been there and done that to no avail. We show up with good intentions but leave puzzled, bruised, and frustrated. Unfortunately, this is painfully common.

Given the unintended harm caused from unawareness and emotional activation when we gather across races, we need a way to dive deep into understanding the ignorance and innocence of our racial habits, character, and impact on social harmony. For these reasons and more, I created Brave Space: a 12-month intentional space for self-formed racial affinity groups to understand your racial conditioning, its impact, and our collective potential.

What You Will Learn:

Deepen your understanding of your racial conditioning and its impact

Strengthen your understanding of racial identity within intentional and caring community

Listen deeply and stay present to racial complexity with less activation and more stability

Repair inner moral injury through mindful intention, attention, and group connection

Take more risks speaking truth and confronting racism (or understand why you don't)

Have more compassion toward yourself and other races

This Course Includes:

12 thoughtfully constructed lesson plans that stimulate insight and prepare you for engagement within your racial affinity monthly meetings

Racial affinity group guidelines with an emphasis on commitment, consent, and mindful communications, plus monthly instructions for navigating three stages of group life

60 hours of course content, 35 hours of group engagement

15 instructional videos and 19 guided meditations for individual contemplation and group engagement

Mindful of Race Institute

An Emphasis on Group Development

The group development focus in Brave Space supports an embodied learning experience. Through structured and supportive monthly guidance and attention to group growth within your racial affinity group, you discover how you show up and impact groups in your broader fields of influence.

Within a span of 12 months, you have time to relax, open, and discover - from the inside out - that you can stay engaged with the truth of race and racism with more inner stability, confidence, and grace.

In Brave space, belonging becomes more intimate, and this ripening has a profound impact on your capacity to influence social harmony and wellbeing.

Awareness Skills:

Examine and challenge your own unconscious racial bias. 

Experience mindfulness within group process and how it supports stability and broadens perspective. 

Practice meditation and apply diagnostic tools when experiencing intense emotions.

Recognize how dominant and subordinated racial groups perceive, and how perception informs your approach to leadership. 

Experience vulnerability as a humanizing and harmonizing influence tool.

Develop group trust and stay present to emotions, biases, and intentions. 

Recognize subtle forms of racial resistance within your affinity group and learn how to address their impact. 

Recognize barriers to inclusion that impact experiences of belonging. 

A Potent Drop of Awareness

Immersive program

Brave Space is not a complete response to racial injury and injustice. Rather, we are deconstructing how we have been programmed to think and respond to race and racism, and recognizing whether our habits are harming or healing. It offers an intentional, structured, and graceful way to examine our racial conditioning within affinity community and over time.

The curiosity, sensitivity, and respect you will refine within your racial affinity group over this 12-month period is what strengthens your faith in humanity and purifies a dis-eased social heart. You will be able to stand tall in your understanding of your own race and be able to recognize and respond to social distress with fierce clarity.

Center for Equity & Inclusion, 2019

Endorsements:

Leadership Team of Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW)

Ben Rubin

Co-Founder and CEO at Ten Percent Happier

The Brave Space core teachings are quite powerful. And as an organization that is at the intersection of doing racial equity work and mindfulness, the approach that you brought was a powerful pairing for folks at Ten Percent Happier.

 

Novelette DeMercado

Founder & Chief Possibility Director, BETA Coaching and Consulting

If you're considering this exploration, it's worth your while and your time to dedicate the 12 months to unpacking what it is to be a racialized being and to bring mindfulness to it

 

Brave Space by Beth Strano

There's no such thing as a safe space.

We exist in the real world and we all carry scars and have caused wounds.

This space seeks to turn down the volume of the world outside and amplify the voices that have to fight to be heard elsewhere.

This space will not be perfect. It will not always be what we wish it to be.

But it will be ours together and we will work on it side by side.

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