Before We Were White series

Offered by White Awake (National Buddhist Inspired Anti-racist org)

An online workshop series for white-identified people seeking greater emotional resilience in their work against racism and for a sustainable future. 

Four Sundays 2-4 pm — Jan 28, Feb 2, 11, and18

2 Ways to Participate (or mix it up)

1) Participate on your own by registering here

For a richer experience

2) Participate with a group that is meeting at Sati Sphere

4062 Renton Avenue South Seattle, WA 98108

Doors open at 1:30. Group discussion 4 to 4:45 pm

Local Gathering offered by donation to White Awake

For group participation rsvp to

Denis Martynowych , 206 291-6596

Ruby Phillips , 206 323-5503

If you have accessibility, needs and want to participate with the group contact Denis or Rudy.

It is OK to attend less than all four sessions, but please try to come to first session January 28

Cosponsored by People of Color & Allies Sangha

Online Facilitators: Eleanor Hancock and Darcy Ottey

Together we will explore how ceremonial practice and ancestral identity help us challenge white supremacy as whole people.

Each of us belongs to a collective body of people with a story (or stories) that reach before us and after us in time. Before we were ever classified as “white”, our ancestors were distinct peoples with their own unique culture – their own unique “medicine” (to quote Dr. Duncan-Andrade). What happened to us? What have our ancestors done? And what can we do, now, to stop the trauma from continuing, repair the harm, and build a better future? 

Together we will address these questions, and build our resilience, by connecting with ancestral stories across these four thresholds of remembrance: ancestors who lived as indigenous people, with deep ties to land and place; ancestors who experienced domination and destruction of traditional ways of life; ancestors who participated in violence and subjugation of other people’s (directly or indirectly); and ancestors who resisted all along the way. 

Through this interactive workshop series, facilitators Darcy Ottey (Co-Founder, Youth Passageways) and Eleanor Hancock (Director, White Awake) will help you:

  • Establish a baseline of understanding of what whiteness is, why it was formed, and how it is impacting our society today.
  • Explore techniques to support the recovery of the Original Instructions our oldest, indigenous ancestors received; mourn and repair the damage that has been done to us and by us; and open ourselves to further instructions for our work at this moment in history.
  • Develop skills for ceremony and ritual that are vital aspects of healing and resilience. Understand cultural appropriation and learn tools for healthy, cross-cultural exchange.
  • Bring all of these learnings out into your life, and draw upon them in your work for racial justice and collective liberation.

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