Spiritual Activism: Politicizing the Spiritual|Spiritualizing the Political

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Spiritual Activism: Politicizing the Spiritual|Spiritualizing the Political

What does spiritual practice have to do with social justice work? Join us and explore ways in which spiritual practice can be political.

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  • 1 day 6 hours
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About the Workshop

Join us online to explore how building cultures of practice rooted in care and justice can help us navigate the perceived tensions between spirituality and activism, or "inner" and "outer" transformation.

At CoC we focus on building compassion-based, anti-oppressive, healing-centered, transformational and visionary practice communities. Rather than addressing only systems change or personal change alone, we believe that systems of oppression live in our bodies and our cultural practices, and thus we cannot simply legislate—or meditate—our way forward. Justice is a practice. Anti-racism is a practice. Beloved Community is a practice.

The weekend will contain a combination of guided embodied exercises and informal conversations that build bridges between "inner" meditative/spiritual practice and "outer" social action based on our model, CourageRISE (https://courageofcare.org/our-theory-of-change/).

We will pay particular attention to the tensions between "me" and "we", personal and collective liberation, being and doing, and "center" and "margins".

Together, we will explore practices that can help us:

  • resource and access a greater capacity for care that can help us not only sustain in the work, but extend more grace and deep seeing to others;
  • recognize features our embodied conditioning or shaping, and learn how to develop intra- and inter-personal practices to access more freedom;
  • explore practices for rest and recognize how resistances to rest or "being" are often shaped by oppressive social structures—like capitalism—themselves;
  • strengthen our complexity capacity and ability to embrace a both/and mindset rather than an either/or mindset;
  • transform our awareness from being solely rooted in 'what is important to me’ to having a felt sense of interconnectedness and the common good.

The workshop will include guided contemplative and somatic practice, reflection and small group discussion. Participants will gain access to resources on our Mighty Networks community platform.

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About the Facilitators

The day will be led by a team of facilitators from the Courage of Care Coalition - a global community of social justice activists, contemplative practitioners, educators, health and social service professionals, committed to co-creating a more loving, just and liberated world.

Maha El-Sheikh (she/her) brings her experience in international humanitarian work with studying and teaching trauma-informed yoga, somatics, and meditation to explore the interconnection of healing, social transformation, and justice. She is core faculty at Courage of Care Coalition, and partners with leaders in economic, racial, gender and climate justice movements to reimagine the world through compassion-centered, counter-oppressive, liberatory frameworks.

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. (she/her) is the co-founder of Courage of Care. She holds a Ph.D. in Buddhism and Embodied Cognition, and is committed to ways in which individuals and communities develop cultures of practice that support love, health and liberation. Brooke has consulted to various human rights, education and spiritual organizations, and has experience leading national and international political, educational and climate justice projects. Through her work at Courage, Brooke understands the challenges of trying to build alternatives to the status quo, and remains steadfastly convinced that another way is possible.