White Awake – Waking ourselves for the benefit of all

We will be offering a “White Awake” group for members of our sangha who self-identify as white. Erin Cuarenta will be facilitating the group using curriculum from the groups: WAIC UP (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) and whiteawake.org.

The purpose of these sessions is to explore our deep conditioning around race, its reflections in the systems around us, the experience and impact of racism and whiteness on all beings, and ways we can skillfully engage with this toward liberation.
Our time together will include:

  • Meditation
  • Checking in
  • Exploring key questions that deepen our understanding
  • Reading recommended articles and watching videos in preparation for our conversations
  • Tai Chi movements to embody the qualities and practices needed for strengthening resilience and compassion

The group will start on September 19th and will be held once per month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. The group will run for 6 months. The dates of the group meetings are:

  • Sept. 19, 2017
  • Oct. 24, 2017
  • Nov. 28, 2017
  • Dec. 19, 2017
  • Jan. 23, 2018
  • Feb. 27, 2018

Due to the nature of this group, it will be a closed group after the first meeting and drop-ins will not be allowed. Please sign up below if you wish to participate.

The course will be held on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County at 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA in the Education Building which is to the west of the main church building (look for the colorful water tank). (Note: we will have our regular meditation group concurrently at the Kuti on those Tuesdays.)

Erin has attended many retreats and has been practicing meditation with our group since 2009. She recently attended a White Awake program in Oakland, CA.

Please register below for the program by no later than August 16th. Once you are registered, you will receive information and readings by August 21st. The readings should be completed before the first meeting on September 19th.