Mindful of Race Training: A call to groups and organizations committed long-term to developing self awareness, racial literacy, and collective wellbeing.

 

Racism remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time. We could say that racism is a heart disease AND it’s curable! Understanding how we have been conditioned to think and react is at the root of both racial harm and social wellbeing. 

Racism is fed through unawareness and the misuse of power. Embedded in racism is the skeletal shape of all oppressions. To understand the dynamics of racism and the flesh we put on its bones is to also understand other forms of oppression and our relationship to differences, divisions, and diversity. 

Mindful of Race Training supports an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning through a mindful lens. The power of the Mindful of Race Training is that it builds over 4½ days, allowing those attending to fully arrive, establish safety, commit to learning, deepen understanding, and assimilate the teachings. Unique to this training is the infusion of the Integral Matters™: Thriving on Difference framework, developed by Drs. Barbara E. Riley and Delyte Frost of The Chambers Group, LLC. This model supports an examination of differences and its power dynamics from three levels of experience: individual, group, and institution, and the dominant and subordinated dynamics of oppression embedded in our mind that is reflected in our actions. Mindfulness principles and meditation are core to this training. With mindfulness practice, we learn to stay present to what’s true and what’s difficult with caring and wise awareness as we investigate our “individual” and “collective” racial conditioning and its “systemic” proliferation. Mindfulness supports a shift from simply receiving information in the training to integrating awareness.  

This program blends Ruth King's professional background in organizational development, leadership coaching, diversity program design, and her experience as a mindfulness meditation practitioner and teacher. 

This training is not intended for general audiences but rather as a team-building experience that supports racial literacy, leadership awareness, and culture change. For this reason, we limit the number of participants to 20. The aim of this training is not to encourage the cosmetics of racial inclusion, or an unrealistic ambition or anxiety-driven desire to eliminate racial hatred. Rather it offers a process for gradual understanding through a deep awareness of our racial programing, its impact, and our potential. 

The Mindful of Race Training program consist of a 4 1/2 day training for up to 20 participants. Participants in this training:

  • Recognize the ways in which our racial history shapes our perception of others and ourselves;
  • Become aware of the construction of oppression and social suffering and our role in it;
  • Discover how our inner racial life is reflected in our lives;
  • Become more sensitive to individual and racial group impact;
  • Understand how our views impact our use of power and influence;
  • Wake up to micro and macro-aggressions;
  • Soften the grip of anger, guilt and fear, and use discomfort to sharpen awareness and clarify intention;
  • Aim our energy toward awakening, non-harming, and harmony; 
  • Transcend our racial narrative by becoming more intentional; 
  • Experience the relief that self-awareness, honesty, vulnerability, and presence makes available;
  • Experience our kinship and innate propensity for kindness and care;
  • All this while having a bit of fun!

Together we create a vital and supportive learning environment where we grow wiser about the reality of race and our role in influencing cultures of care. 

The training further establishes a structure of inquiry (Racial Affinity Groups) that extends beyond the group experience culminating in a six-month follow-up Zoom session. In this session, we share insights, best practices, and strengthen momentum of racial awareness and wise action. 

Mindful of Race Training is a call to groups and organizations committed long-term to developing self awareness, racial literacy, and collective wellbeing. 

Interested? Submit the Training inquiry Form below.

Please Note: 

  • This training is designed for intact groups and teams, not as a “general audience or public” offering.
  • Your group need not be racially diverse to benefit from this training. 
  • Commitment to a mindfulness or contemplative meditation practice is advised and will be encouraged.
  • Read Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out prior to attending this training.
  • Participation in a Racial Affinity Group following this training will be encouraged to support integration of teachings. 
  • Consulting with Ruth King post training is encouraged to ensure systemic integration and accountability.  

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Organizations that have participated in the Mindful of Race Training:

  • Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center
  • Durango Dharma Meditation Center
  • Common Ground Insight Meditation Community, Minneapolis, MN
  • Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, VA
  • Meditation Teacher Training Institute, Washington, DC
  • Against The Stream, LA
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leadership Program (CDL3) Reunion, Barre, MA
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP), CA
  • Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center, MS

 Talks:

  • Chrysalis Institute, VA
  • Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, Sounds True
  • Mindful Leadership Summit, DC
  • Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC
  • Mind Life Institute
  • International Coach Federation
  • Sounds True Self Acceptance Summit and Mindfulness Meditation Summit
  • Tricycle Magazine
  • Best Self Magazine
  • New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
  • Worldwide Insight
  • Valley Insight, Hanover
  • Cambridge Insight, Boston
  • IMC of Pioneer Valley, Easthanover
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  • Awakening Joy with James Baraz
  • Sharon Salzberg Podcast
  • Dan Harris Podcast, ABC

Appreciations

Guiding a group inquiry into the intricate issues of race requires wisdom, compassion and a highly refined sense of humor.  Ruth King embodies all these qualities.  What she offers those willing to explore these issues is nothing short of magic. ~ Jonathan Foust, Founder, Meditation Teacher Training Institute, former president of Kripalu, and Guiding Teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington

The training was clear and informative but more than that, Ruth’s skill in teasing out our understanding and growth along the path to awakening was inspired. It was a very moving experience.  ~ Carolyn Stachowski, Insight On The Inside Prison Project, DC

Thank you for sharing your considerable wisdom, humor and truths with our Charlottesville community. I was incredibly moved by your teachings, both the message and how it was delivered. I saw so much transformation in others and myself over the course of the retreat, a transformation that I am praying will remain long enough for us to dialogue with an eye toward healing. ~ Zan Tewksbury, Director, Human Rights Commission, Office of Human Rights, Charlottesville, VA 

I want to thank you for your Mindful of Race retreat at Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center. The whole experience is still alive and resonating for me. I found it to be deeply moving. Also, I appreciate the skill and care you embodied in the way you held the container. I am inspired by your example. ~ Brian Lesage, on the Teacher's Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center 

On behalf of the Common Ground Community, I want to thank you for your wise, fearless, and kind teaching and presence. You are a Dharma Treasure and we hope that it will make sense for you to continue to support us down the road. With great gratitude. ~ Mark Nunberg, Co-Founder and Guiding Teacher