Brave Space

The Racial Affinity Group Development Program

Serving Influencers: Providing racial depth and competency to understand your own racial conditioning and its impact on social harmony 

Serving Organizations: An integration supplement to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives 

Serving Consulting Companies: Providing racial depth and competency and a program resource that strengthens service portfolios.

Brave Space Racial Affinity Group Development Program

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 your truth and confronting racism (or understand why you don't)

Have more compassion toward yourself and other races

This Course Includes:

A 12-month intentional space to understand your racial conditioning, its impact, and our collective potential

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

Inclusion • Control • Belonging

The group development focus in Brave Space supports an embodied learning experience for ripening racial insights, literacy, and inner stability, all of which informs wise action.

Through structured and supportive monthly guidance, we are bringing to light our buried uneasiness, our deceptive discomfort, and our unadmitted despair. We are leaning into what is unfamiliar and inspecting what is habitual and defended as well as what is worthy of celebration.

We are recognizing the stories we have been told and the stories we tell ourselves. We are seeing more clearly our role in racial harming and healing. We also experience the relief that self-awareness, honesty, vulnerability, and presence make available to us and others as we recognize our kinship and innate propensity for kindness, insight, and care. All this while having a bit of fun!

Program Competencies:

Examine and challenge one's own unconscious racial bias. 

Recognize one's tendencies as a member in both dominant and subordinated groups and its impact on cultural belonging.

Experience the power of mindfulness within the group process and how it supports inner stability and broadens perspective. 

Practice meditation and apply diagnostic tools when experiencing intense emotions.

Recognize how dominant and subordinated racial groups perceive oneself, and how this perception informs one's role and approach to leadership. 

Recognize racial self-disclosure and vulnerability as a humanizing and harmonizing influence tool.

Develop group trust and open dialogue by staying present to affinity member's emotions, biases, and intentions. 

Recognize dominant groups' focus on isolated incidents and subordinated groups' focus on patterns of harm. 

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

Recognize and elevate systemic barriers to inclusion that impact experiences of belonging for all identity groups. 

Immersive program

A Potent Drop of Awareness

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.

By understanding our racial conditioning and attending to group growth, we learn how to embody racial awareness, stability, and social accountability. As these qualities ripen within, we become clearer about how we can lessen the weight of racial ignorance and injustice - internally and externally. We gradually discover that we can stay engaged with the truth of race and racism without shutting down or striking out.

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


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

asylum seekers & Family coordinator of international rescue committee

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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