Roots and Resilience: White Antiracism and Spirituality

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Respite in the Round

5680 Hobgood Rd.

Rougemont, NC 27572

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White People Practice Showing Up.

Environmental collapse and daily human rights abuses, our world is in crisis. Too many people are dying at the hands of white supremacy and systems of oppression. We are need of a spiritual revolution.

We are also in a time when more and more people are joining movements for racial justice. From the powerful visions and leadership of the Movement for Black Lives, Standing Rock, Mijente, and the Poor People’s Campaign.

However, changemaking is trauma work. We must respond to this truth with every effort possible. Currently, our changemaking work is full of intense burn out, infighting, confusion, depression, anxiety, disconnected strategy, reactionary responses and focus on reacting to every crisis with little space for visioning and imagining a different world.

Systemic racism has disconnected us white folks from our ancestry, cultures, our spirituality, and our humanity.

We are in a new era of antiracism, one that is asking us to consider a holistic approach to the work, to our relationships and to ourselves. One that centers a re-connection to the earth and to our ancestors.

We must examine the ways that our bodies, hearts and psyches are part of the work of building the world we need.

We must connect practice and action if we are to contribute towards creating a new way of being and creating a world more beautiful.

The journey of liberation is a spiritual journey.

This healing retreat is based on key lessons and practices from Practice Showing Up: A Guidebook for White People Working for Racial Justice, a book written by Jardana Peacock. Her book gathers embodied and contemplative practice and weaves them with meditations from the front lines of struggle against white supremacy.

This healing retreat is for white folks who want:

  • To dive deep into healing, reconnecting to ancestors and earth and centering healing and spirituality in changemaking work.
  • Transparency and vulnerability with other white people who want to make change in the world.
  • Generative space where healing needs are centered.

This is for you if:

  • You are ready to open your heart, soul and mind and dive into your ancestry as a white person.
  • You want to or already showing up for racial justice.
  • You experience imposter syndrome.
  • You believe in collective liberation.
  • You yearn for a community of connection and belonging.

In this retreat you will explore:

  • Ancestral healing.
  • How spirituality and healing are essential for our changemaking work.
  • How to address internalized white supremacy and other forms of oppression.
  • Practices and collective tools to strengthen resilience.
  • How white supremacy and other systems of oppression sabotage our ability to connect with one another.
  • The role of love in dismantling the system of white supremacy to hold each other in pain and in hope, imperfection and liberation.
  • How to work towards building the communities of love and resistance that we desire.
  • Somatics and trauma-informed practice and trauma-informed yoga.

How we will gather

We will gather at Respite In the Round, a new land-based, farm stay retreat space situated amidst 23 acres of old hardwood trees at the cusp of Cub Creek, a riparian buffer and tributary of the Upper Tar-Pamlico River.

Saturday, May 25th from 10am-5:30pm, lunch is provided. This day will focus on the key concepts and themes

-Moving towards a spiritual white antiracism

-Ancestral meditation

-Small group work

Sunday, May 26th from 10am-3pm, lunch is provided. This day will dive deeper into your personal leadership and healing. We will focus on the key concepts and themes:

-Embodied Healing

-Ancestral Healing

-Liberatory Leadership

Space is limited. Participants must participate in the entire weekend.

Please note: two rabbits live in the house for those with allergy sensitivities.

Please be prepared to sit on the floor, move, practice and participate exactly as you are. Please bring blankets, mats and cushions.

Cost: $200 for the weekend

Some scholarship options are available.

Are you traveling?

Respite in the Round is 40 minutes outside of Durham.


Staying the night? Please contact Respite in the Round at All indoor lodging is full. Be in touch with Kristen Cox, steward of the respite at to secure your camping or with help for other lodging and meals!

You can call Respite in the Round at 773-818-2884 for logistics from RDU Airport, which is just under an hour away. You can see photos on Instagram: @respiteintheroundnc.

If you arrive Friday night, you are welcome to attend a community dinner at 7pm. We will be accepting donations to offset the costs of this community dinner. Please let us know if you plan to attend. We will email all participants ahead of time in order to receive your food needs and confirm your travel plans.

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