The aim of these workshops is to support individuals and groups to develop an embodied awareness of the systemic power dynamics that condition all of us, in order to facilitate conversations and action which contribute to a more just and equitable society.
Events such as the covid pandemic, the climate crisis, the #metoo movement and the global awareness of the #blacklivesmatter movement following George Floyd’s death have pushed people to awaken to the reality that we live in a world in which not all humans are treated as equal. Many individuals want to do something about it but don’t know how or where to begin.
Topics around systemic privilege tend to lead to intellectual debates which create even more divisiveness. To avoid this, we believe a capacity to stay grounded in our bodies is essential alongside cultural awareness to contribute to a fairer and more equitable society. This is why we use sensing practices, conscious dialogue and non-violent communication tools to enable a direct felt-sense of the impact of these topics and how to act when we are confronted with discrimination towards oneself or others.
Who can take part?
This workshop is open to everyone, wherever you are on your journey of social awareness. Come with an open mind and a willingness to confront systemic power, privilege and prejudice (including yours!).
Why take part?
During this workshop you will:
- Gain more consciousness of your own privilege and learn to use it to create positive change in the world
- Uncover unconscious bias that one might have towards others or oneself and the impact of this on one’s relationships
- Develop a greater capacity to talk about these topics by understanding and managing the discomfort they can bring up
- Have access to a list of resource and people to support you in continuing this essential work
Your Host .
Jaï Bristow .
Jaï Bristow (they/them) is a multiethnic queer disabled content creator, group facilitator, public speaker and activist. They have been working in events and media production since 2010 and hosting groups around social identity since 2016. They are the creator of the Beyond Boxes with Jaï Bristow podcast and youtube channel, exploring labels and identity.
Since 2021, Jaï has been co-hosting online summits on trauma-healing and related topics and offers in person and online workshops on power, privilege and prejudice, with the objective of raising awareness of and finding freedom from oppressive structures in society and in oneself. Their work is inspired by their own life experiences as well as mindfulness, inquiry, NVC and trauma-healing tools.
They have been practicing meditation since childhood, been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2016, which brings together ancient spiritual practices with modern psychology and inquiry methods, and been training in nonviolent communication (NVC) since 2018.