Sample Workshops

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Gender: Click through for the most recent description of each workshop.

Understanding White Culture


This will be a discussion for white people who have a basic understanding of systemic racism (basic means: you know that racism still exists today, that it both occurs interpersonally and systemically, that white people have systemic privileges like inherited wealth, access to better and cheaper healthcare, education, much less likely to be criminalized or killed by police, along with many more privilieges. Message me if you don't know if you meet this critera.), and you want to start or continue uncovering white cultural norms in yourself that are harmful to people of color. I work from the point of view that internalized white supremacy is inherent in all of us as white folks, that it has been something socialized into us from a very young age, and that we must approach this with anger towards the system that socialized us to think this way while actively undoing the internalized superiority within ourselves. This point of view seems to avoid the "freeze" response that white shame evokes while still keeping ourselves accountable to creating a more just world and more authentic relationships with People of Color. POC are welcome to join for free to hold white people, including me, accountable if they wish, knowing that this space is intended for white folks still learning how to undo their own internalized racial superiority and this may involve retraumatization and a lot of emotional labor. If you have questions for me about my own ability to uphold my integrity in this space without the presence of POC, please reach out. ​Available as a one-time workshop or a series. Photo from Uhuru Solidarity Movement.




Two Part Series: Understanding and Undoing Whiteness


Part One: What is white culture? In a world where phrases like “Black Culture,” “Asian culture,” “Latino culture” bring up so many ideas and images in our head (even though those generalizations are often broad and inaccurate), why do we struggle to come up with clear definitions of what white culture is? In this workshop we will learn clear, grounded aspects of whiteness and explore how they have affected us, how they impact interactions with POC in the Fusion Scene, and how it would feel to liberate ourselves from these cultural norms. Expect mindfulness, rich conversation with others, and envisioning a different world. Part Two: Now that we understand some of the basic aspects of white culture that affect us and POC, how do we go about changing it? What do these cultural elements look like day-to-day as white people relate to POC? What are microaggressions, and how do I respond to them? What is cultural appropriation, and what’s the big deal, anyways? We will explore these questions through mindfulness and connection to self and others. You will practice tangible tools to take back to the dance community, wrestle with the history of Fusion, honor your own ancestors in this fight, and work to reclaim whiteness as those who fight against oppression. Expect mindfulness, rich conversation with others, and envisioning a different world.




Disrupting our Whiteness with Jennie Pearl


4-month series that explores using relationship and connectiong to disrupt the idea that we white folks can do this alone, can't ask each other questions, or need to resort to "call-out culture" to be a "good anti-racist." Instead we ask ourselves - what actually works to keep other white folks in this movement? What other strategies exist besides shame and blame to talk about race? And how do I care for my own trauma and build connection and resilience in this work? Learn more here.




Holistic Resistance


I co-facilitate workshops on the Black-led team, Holistic Resistance, that focuses on connection and closeness to expand our analysis of anti-racism and create relationships for life that focus on liberation. For more information, go to www.holisticresistance.com.





 

Intersectionality: Click through for the most recent description of each workshop.

Deep Relating


Everyone who arrives at [your gathering] arrives with their own story – of pain, grief, resilience, overcoming – and most of us are coming to connect with each other through love, joy, movement, and tenderness. At the same time, there is a deeply growing consciousness for many of us of the trauma, violence, and oppression in our larger culture. How do we integrate our desire to connect in our microculture of [your gathering] with the very real and challenging dynamics of trauma and oppression in our macroculture? Dylan Wilder Quinn, a trans nonbinary disabled white person, with both the experiences of “oppressor” and “oppressed” in their body, believes in deeply relating across identities to speak openly about oppression, hold each others’ trauma and pain together, and move into healing and accountability around harm created in order to have even deeper, more authentic relationships with each other. In this workshop we will dip our toes into this complex topic to hopefully set the stage for deeper, more authentic relationship throughout our week together. While this workshop is for all people, it will be more emotionally taxing and possibly retraumatizing for people that hold marginalized identities in this world because we will be talking about oppressive experiences openly across identities. You are invited to focus on self-care and getting support during and after the event, or to not attend (feel free to talk to Dylan beforehand if there are any specific topics you want covered).




Identity as Activism for Youth (ages 12-18)


Workshop on intersectionality for youth based in self-reflection and group activities on what identities we hold, which identites we choose and which ones were chosen for us, which ones we share out in our culture, and how that interacts with larger cultural influences, like racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, etc. - and how youth can use their voice to do something about it.




Intersectional Events 101


​What does it mean to hold privilege and to lead groups that are diverse, or even that you hope will be diverse one day? This workshop is for facilitators and group leaders - we talk about creating workshop descriptions that are intentionally inclusive, encouraging marginalized voices in the room to be amplified, and skills for grounding ourselves and receiving feedback about inclusion, among other things - catered to your group.





 
 

Whiteness: Click through for the most recent description of each workshop.

Understanding White Culture


This will be a discussion for white people who have a basic understanding of systemic racism (basic means: you know that racism still exists today, that it both occurs interpersonally and systemically, that white people have systemic privileges like inherited wealth, access to better and cheaper healthcare, education, much less likely to be criminalized or killed by police, along with many more privilieges. Message me if you don't know if you meet this critera.), and you want to start or continue uncovering white cultural norms in yourself that are harmful to people of color. I work from the point of view that internalized white supremacy is inherent in all of us as white folks, that it has been something socialized into us from a very young age, and that we must approach this with anger towards the system that socialized us to think this way while actively undoing the internalized superiority within ourselves. This point of view seems to avoid the "freeze" response that white shame evokes while still keeping ourselves accountable to creating a more just world and more authentic relationships with People of Color. POC are welcome to join for free to hold white people, including me, accountable if they wish, knowing that this space is intended for white folks still learning how to undo their own internalized racial superiority and this may involve retraumatization and a lot of emotional labor. If you have questions for me about my own ability to uphold my integrity in this space without the presence of POC, please reach out. ​Available as a one-time workshop or a series. Photo from Uhuru Solidarity Movement.




Two Part Series: Understanding and Undoing Whiteness


Part One: What is white culture? In a world where phrases like “Black Culture,” “Asian culture,” “Latino culture” bring up so many ideas and images in our head (even though those generalizations are often broad and inaccurate), why do we struggle to come up with clear definitions of what white culture is? In this workshop we will learn clear, grounded aspects of whiteness and explore how they have affected us, how they impact interactions with POC in the Fusion Scene, and how it would feel to liberate ourselves from these cultural norms. Expect mindfulness, rich conversation with others, and envisioning a different world. Part Two: Now that we understand some of the basic aspects of white culture that affect us and POC, how do we go about changing it? What do these cultural elements look like day-to-day as white people relate to POC? What are microaggressions, and how do I respond to them? What is cultural appropriation, and what’s the big deal, anyways? We will explore these questions through mindfulness and connection to self and others. You will practice tangible tools to take back to the dance community, wrestle with the history of Fusion, honor your own ancestors in this fight, and work to reclaim whiteness as those who fight against oppression. Expect mindfulness, rich conversation with others, and envisioning a different world.




Disrupting our Whiteness with Jennie Pearl


4-month series that explores using relationship and connectiong to disrupt the idea that we white folks can do this alone, can't ask each other questions, or need to resort to "call-out culture" to be a "good anti-racist." Instead we ask ourselves - what actually works to keep other white folks in this movement? What other strategies exist besides shame and blame to talk about race? And how do I care for my own trauma and build connection and resilience in this work? Learn more here.




Holistic Resistance


I co-facilitate workshops on the Black-led team, Holistic Resistance, that focuses on connection and closeness to expand our analysis of anti-racism and create relationships for life that focus on liberation. For more information, go to www.holisticresistance.com.





 

Community Healing: Click through for the most recent description of each workshop.

Understanding White Culture


This will be a discussion for white people who have a basic understanding of systemic racism (basic means: you know that racism still exists today, that it both occurs interpersonally and systemically, that white people have systemic privileges like inherited wealth, access to better and cheaper healthcare, education, much less likely to be criminalized or killed by police, along with many more privilieges. Message me if you don't know if you meet this critera.), and you want to start or continue uncovering white cultural norms in yourself that are harmful to people of color. I work from the point of view that internalized white supremacy is inherent in all of us as white folks, that it has been something socialized into us from a very young age, and that we must approach this with anger towards the system that socialized us to think this way while actively undoing the internalized superiority within ourselves. This point of view seems to avoid the "freeze" response that white shame evokes while still keeping ourselves accountable to creating a more just world and more authentic relationships with People of Color. POC are welcome to join for free to hold white people, including me, accountable if they wish, knowing that this space is intended for white folks still learning how to undo their own internalized racial superiority and this may involve retraumatization and a lot of emotional labor. If you have questions for me about my own ability to uphold my integrity in this space without the presence of POC, please reach out. ​Available as a one-time workshop or a series. Photo from Uhuru Solidarity Movement.




Two Part Series: Understanding and Undoing Whiteness


Part One: What is white culture? In a world where phrases like “Black Culture,” “Asian culture,” “Latino culture” bring up so many ideas and images in our head (even though those generalizations are often broad and inaccurate), why do we struggle to come up with clear definitions of what white culture is? In this workshop we will learn clear, grounded aspects of whiteness and explore how they have affected us, how they impact interactions with POC in the Fusion Scene, and how it would feel to liberate ourselves from these cultural norms. Expect mindfulness, rich conversation with others, and envisioning a different world. Part Two: Now that we understand some of the basic aspects of white culture that affect us and POC, how do we go about changing it? What do these cultural elements look like day-to-day as white people relate to POC? What are microaggressions, and how do I respond to them? What is cultural appropriation, and what’s the big deal, anyways? We will explore these questions through mindfulness and connection to self and others. You will practice tangible tools to take back to the dance community, wrestle with the history of Fusion, honor your own ancestors in this fight, and work to reclaim whiteness as those who fight against oppression. Expect mindfulness, rich conversation with others, and envisioning a different world.




Disrupting our Whiteness with Jennie Pearl


4-month series that explores using relationship and connectiong to disrupt the idea that we white folks can do this alone, can't ask each other questions, or need to resort to "call-out culture" to be a "good anti-racist." Instead we ask ourselves - what actually works to keep other white folks in this movement? What other strategies exist besides shame and blame to talk about race? And how do I care for my own trauma and build connection and resilience in this work? Learn more here.




Holistic Resistance


I co-facilitate workshops on the Black-led team, Holistic Resistance, that focuses on connection and closeness to expand our analysis of anti-racism and create relationships for life that focus on liberation. For more information, go to www.holisticresistance.com.