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Practicing Compassion: A Day of Mindfulness for Women of the African Diaspora

  • Renaissance Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church 400 I Street Southwest Washington, DC, 20024 United States (map)

Facilitated by Kaira Jewel Lingo, Gretchen Rohr, and Therese Taylor-Stinson

The Saturday after Valentines' Day, please join an Interfaith gathering of women of African Descent for a daylong retreat on radical healing and conscious loving. Together, we will explore the variety of ways multiracial and black women awaken in relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with intimate partners. Drawing from contemplative Christian and Buddhist traditions, secular mindfulness practices and indigenous dialogue, the retreat will provide a sacred space for self-care and building community, for nourishing joy and healing our pain. We will learn and practice tools to identify both systemic and personal barriers to compassionate living, so that we can sustain inner liberation and outer transformation for the long-haul. This is a day of growing togetherness and a celebration of all that we are.

**All are welcome who self-identify as a women (including transgendered and cisgendered women) and trace parts of your ancestry to the historic people of Africa.

The facilitators will offer reflections and the following activities: Silent and guided meditation; mindful eating and walking; a group spiritual direction to convenant with one another as sisters; the practice of beginning anew, a 4-step process to resolve conflict and rebuild our intimate relationships; and community conferencing circles, a restorative process to reconcile community trauma and injustice.

Cost is $65 and includes lunch. Here to register and for more info.

Reductions/scholarships are available for those in need. Please contact Therese via the MeetUp messaging for more information. Please visit for information on full scholarships for survivors of violence who wish to volunteer at this or other events.