an interactive online meditation event to practice together the inner work of racial justice in a time of change and uncertainty
Join mindfulness teacher, law professor, and storyteller Rhonda V. Magee for reflections and practices on the links between embodied mindfulness and compassion practices and working to disrupt bias and bring about anti-oppressive social change. Rhonda will show how awareness practices may be the hidden keys to effectiveness in the work of healing, peacemaking and doing justice. The session will draw on and present practices described in her book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness. All are welcome! No prior mindfulness experience required.
About the teacher:
Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. A prolific author, she draws on law and legal history to weave storytelling, poetry, analysis and practices into inspiration for changing how we think, act and live better together in a rapidly changing world.
Born in North Carolina in 1967, Rhonda experienced a childhood of significant trauma and challenge. Yet, she was gifted with the insight that through a life of caring engagement, self-development, and service with others, she could find a way up and out. She has dedicated her life to healing and teaching in ways that support others in a journey to wholeness and justice. A student of a variety of Buddhist and other wisdom teachers, including Norman Fischer, Joan Halifax and Jon Kabat Zinn, she trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness-based interventions, awareness, and compassion practices from a range of traditions
Rhonda’s teaching and writing support compassionate conflict engagement and management; holistic problem-solving to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable and injured; presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees embodied mindfulness meditation and the allied disciplines of study and community engagement as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation in the face of the challenges and opportunities of our time.
Rhonda has served as a guest teacher in a variety of mindfulness teacher training programs and as daylong or retreat co-leader and solo teacher at centers including Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Garrison Institute, the Shambhala Mountain Center, the Omega Institute, Esalen and New York Insight Meditation Center.
Rhonda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on mindfulness in legal education, and on teaching about race using mindfulness. Her first book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, was published in September 2019 by TarcherPerigee, a member of the Penguin Random House Group, with paperback issued in September 2021.
About the event:
This retreat is being offered on a “pay what you’re able to” model, with a wide sliding scale to accomodate all income ranges. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to a wonderful change-making organization TBD! The Consciousness Explorers Club is a registered not-for-profit with the mission of making meditation and personal growth practices fun and accessible to all.
Zoom link for the workshop will be provided upon registration. An audio recording of the session will be shared with registered participants after the event, for those unable to attend some/all of the live session.