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Staying Grounded: Responding to the Call of Justice with Loving Integrity

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A day-long workshop designed to help us stay fiercely grounded and loving as we navigate the complexities of social justice and service work

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It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected, grounded and loving in the work for justice. And it also takes a great deal of practice!

In this day-long workshop, we will engage somatic and contemplative practices that help us learn to:

  • center, resource and reconnect through relational compassion practice;
  • recognize our "stress shapes" or habitual embodied patterns that show up in challenging contexts;
  • heal and transform our "stress shapes";
  • embody a more compassionate, grounded stance in the midst of conflict.

This program is open to all people willing to engage in personal and communal healing work. No prior experience necessary.


Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating the co-creation of a more just, compassionate world. Courage’s diverse, interdisciplinary, multi-generational team provides training and consultation in relational compassion practices, anti-oppressive pedagogies, restorative healing methods and systems tools to social service and caring professionals, as well as to educational, spiritual and human rights organisations.

Gail Philips is a faculty member at Courage of Care. Gail was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, raised and educated in Santiago, Chile, and now lives in Ithaca, NY. She has a bachelor in Social Sciences and a masters in Sociology from the Univerdad Católica de Chile (2009). With over 16 years of experience in yoga and meditation study and teaching, Gail is passionate about leading embodied compassion and social justice trainings with the Courage team. She now splits her time between Nepal and Chile.

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The workshop will be held at a private home in Ithaca, NY. The exact location will be shared with registered participants.

The retreat will run form 9am-4pm on Saturday, February 15th. Light vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be offered.


We offer a sliding scale registration fee for our courses and workshops in service of economic justice.

Supporter: $145

We ask those with class privilege (eg raised in middle-upper class homes and/or making over $62,000 per year), access to financial resources and/or access to organizational professional development funds to please consider paying the full course fee. This practice of solidarity giving enables us to continue to create content and to provide scholarship support to others with less financial resources, thereby building and strengthening our community.

Sustainer: $95

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $62,000 per year and/or raised in working class homes) or with limited financial resources or recent financial hardships to consider paying our supporter fee. This enables us to cover basic course development and to provide ongoing community support.

Scholar: $45

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $24,000 per year), extreme financial hardship and/or those representing traditionally marginalized identities to register at our scholarship fee.

***Should you need more support, please do not hesitate to ask! We do believe it is important for everyone to contribute to our community, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Let us know what you need to make the event possible.

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