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Sensing Race – An Online 2-Day Experience Making Sense of Race

August 18, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - August 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm UTC+0

"Sensing Race Workshop" -
Join Nine Mountain Retreats virtually with workshop facilitators Shay Au Lait and Christos Galanis for a unique experience on race.
  • What does ‘race’ feel like in your own body – in your own senses?
  • In what ways do your senses perceive ‘race’ in the body of another?
  • How does this race-fixated culture we’re a part of inhabit and inhibit our bodies; our imaginations; our speech; our dreams and our nightmares? our agendas?
  • How might we ‘make sense’ of race, and explore how Blackness and Whiteness inform our relationships, our identities, our emotions; or our very perceptions of reality?
  • Most importantly, how might we explore these prompts mindfully, playfully, creatively, and even sensually?

Join us via zoom – with workshop facilitators Shay Au Lait and Christos Galanis – for a unique workshop on race, produced in collaboration with Nine Mountain Retreat Center.

What we propose to devise for you is a dynamic, creative, somatically-centered container within which we might temporarily pause from wrestling with race and racism intellectually or politically. Inside that pause, we will explore using our own body’s intelligence as an instrument for better understanding the ways in which ancestry and difference might instead be vehicles for play, inspiration, and intimacy, as opposed to barriers that divide us and stoke reactions of fear or violence, and impulses to fetishise, control, or conceal.

By the conclusion of this 2-part workshop, it is our desire that participants might come away with a more resilient and integrated relationship with race. Practically speaking, participants will take away new or more effective tools that employ embodiment, creativity, and play as strategies for resourcing themselves and their communities in the collective struggle of bringing about a more just and inspired society.


August 18, 2020 @ 3:30 pm UTC+0
August 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm UTC+0
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Shay Au Lait
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