“I feel my internal form loosening, structures softening, as if they’re saying ‘Yes. I can release that which no longer serves.’ ” – J.B.
The Allies for Life community works to directly uproot the causes and effects of oppression in interpersonal relationships as the result of conscious or unconscious oppressive acts, beliefs & behaviours as a path to creating sustainable social justice.
The mission is threefold:
1) increase individual capacity for successfully navigating situations of either witnessing and/or personally experiencing oppression;
2) decrease individual capacity for acting out patterns of harm and oppression by releasing trauma & attuning our nervous systems to empathy;
3) co-create a culture of healing solidarity by charging people with their response-able capacities for compassion, empathy for self and others, and discerning loving-kindness, so that society may be seeded with these gifts.
The Allies for Life framework assumes and affirms that the discussion of race will inherently invite discussions of class, gender, sexuality, culture, justice, politics, the environment, and their related -isms: classism, sexism, colonialism, victimization & criminalism, nationalism, capitalism, ableism, etc..
The Allies for Life framework also affirms that understanding the dynamics of oppression in one category will cross-over and facilitate being able to understand, recognize, and respond to oppressions of all natures.
Allies for Life directly addresses the root causes and effects of harm in interpersonal relationships as the result of conscious or unconscious oppressive acts, beliefs & behaviours about race and other intersecting social identities. The workshop incorporates discussion, journaling, meditation, Family Constellation theory, creative processing, Nonviolent Communication, and somatic experiencing to explore how our core beliefs around identity impact our ability to be accomplices for social justice.
This experiential workshop is for people and organizations interested in becoming more effective partners in the fight against institutional & interpersonal oppression by co-creating cultures of liberating beliefs, systems & practices.