We want 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 likely to create 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 meditation, 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
For events open to the public, we operate on a pay what you can model so that this workshop can remain accessible to all.
For companies and organisations, we offer different price ranges. Please contact us for more information.
Your Hosts .
Jaia Bristow .
Jaia is a multiethnic queer disabled content creator, group facilitator, public speaker and activist. She has been hosting groups around social identity since 2016 and is the creator of Beyond Boxes, a podcast and youtube channel exploring labels and identity. She has been practicing meditation since childhood, been a student of the Diamond Approach spiritual path which centers inquiry practices since 2016 and been training in nonviolent communication (NVC) since 2018. Jaia uses her own life experiences, meditation, inquiry and NVC tools as the foundation of the workshops on power, privilege and prejudice that she created.
Kevin Dancelme .
Kevin is a consultant, facilitator and trainer who specializes in bringing systemic awareness to communication and relationships. His work is informed by Nonviolent Communication, Insight meditation, the practice of inquiry and the work of Miki Kashtan. He began practicing Insight meditation in 2005, and soon developed a deep interest in the relationship between mindfulness, embodied presence, and communication. Kevin began teaching NVC in 2015 and is a CNVC Certified Trainer. He has been co-hosting the Power, Privilege and Prejudice workshops alongside Jaia since 2021.