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Radical Inclusivity and
Racial Justice

Opening our Hearts and Minds and




Uprooting White Privilege

For over 10 years, JD has been leading trainings on creating antiracist communities and disrupting legacies of white supremacy. For over 20 years, JD has been actively studying and engaging in trainings and in communities to uncover and disrupt the impact of white supremacy, including, as a bilingual (Spanish-English) public school teacher, through a Masters program in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico, and by many daylong and yearlong programs. In addition, they have been part of the  teaching team for the White Awakening in Sangha (WAS) since its inception at EBMC.

Trainings/Facilitation offered:

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  • East Bay Meditation Center

  • Insight Meditation Community of Western Massachusetts

  • Insight Santa Cruz

  • Insight LA

  • True North Insight

  • Transcend Retreat for Transgender and Genderqueer Folks

  • Trans Lifeline (Hotline for transgender peopel)

  • Mt. Diablo Public Schools

  • Space for All: Yoga and Mindfulness Conference

Beyond the Binary: Mindfulness of Gender and Identity Trainings

Gender identities and presentations profoundly impact all areas of our lives providing us both joy and difficulties.  These trainings, offered to meditation teachers and leaders support us to create communities that are welcoming to all genders and  to learn how to navigate the complexities of gender During this training, we will investigate how cultural, historical, and familial conditioning around gender impacts us as individuals and as communities using the framework of the Buddha's teachings.  Through talk, interactive discussions, and mindful explorations, we will investigate how gender arises in order to nurture a world that is founded in radical inclusivity and freedom for all.

“Note, if you are a white person, do not think that just because you may not be aware of your racial identity at the time that you did not bring race to your experience of the situation as well. We are all products of a racialized society, and it affects everything we bring to our interactions.” 
― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race


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