Mindful Social Justice
Resist Holistically

with Aaron Johnson and Jennie Pearl

April 17-19

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RESIST HOLISTICALLY
Mindful Social Justice:
Staying Connected Amidst the Overwhelm

A Weekend Workshop with Holistic Resistance
with Aaron Johnson and Jennie Pearl

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Join us for an intimate weekend of deepening in human connection and building resiliency together. With an emphasis on personal relationship, this weekend will give you an opportunity to explore how our thoughts about race and racism affect our individual selves and communities.  Using small-group work and active listening exercises, as well as supportive yoga practices, participants will gain confidence embracing the unknown, unfamiliar, and difficult issues in our lives such as racism, systemic oppression, and what gets in the way of unlearning what’s been handed down to us. 

These sessions Aims to:
Build relationships and closeness in community around important questions such as:
                What breaks your heart about our current world?
                What gets in the way of showing up for racial justice?
                What difficult for you  in looking at your own racism?
-Cultivate the wisdom in the room, and carry it into our communities.
-Shed a light on how people of color’s stories have had to survive white supremacy culture to just simply “be”.
-Utilize yoga as a centering tool.

Friday, April 17th 
Restorative Singing Circle ~ 6:30-8:30pm

An Embodied Music Connection: So many of us have been hurt around our voices and are seeking healing. This singing circle is a space to receive emotional nourishment by building the deep connections we need to fight systems of oppression and to dismantle racism. We will disrupt the notion that we can not sing together and use collective singing as a healing modality to release distress. 

We are firm believers that music, tears, and laughter are not separate.  We treat them all as a critical part of the human voice. Singing together, creating sound together, and practicing listening together are a few of the ways in which we reach for each other. 

PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY CAN NOT SING ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. Systems of oppression are really invested in us believing that we cannot sing, especially when in community.  Disrupt the racist messaging in your mind and lift your voices in song with us.

All voices are welcome.

Saturday, April 18th
Session 1:  What Gets in the Way of Dismantling Racism?
12:30-3:00pm

This session explores the barriers within us and around us that keep us from showing up for racial justice. White people are often times afraid to show up “where they are” in fear of causing unnecessary pain to POC.  We aim to disrupt the assumption that as a white person you can reach for people of color and not cause any harm. Harm has already been caused and harm will continue to happen. There is a skillful way that we want to invite white people into this work.  Instead of shrinking back into white privilege, we invite folks to do the important work of staying connected to the process. We embrace not just self-care, but community care. 

Session 2: Sitting With Discomfort:  Unraveling Racism and Oppressive systems as Healing Work4:30-7:00pm

In order to move our material around racism, we must be able to sit with where it entered into our hearts and minds. This session blends “seated practice” with a deep inquiry around unraveling the unconscious patterning within us. We will build resilience as we undo the oppressive systems from the inside out. The work of unraveling racism is not just challenging work…when we start from where we really are, healing becomes more possible.  

Sunday, April 19th
Session 3: Staying Creative While Taking on “The Impossible”
12:30-3:00pm

We have found the tool of creativity is often frozen when taking on big challenges like racism. This session challenges us to lean on our creativity when holding the stories of people of color (people of the global majority). We are not the first ones who are being called to be creative in this work. Our ancestors have taken on systems of oppression for generations through music, human connection, and a belief that racism must fall. These systems must be dismantled by empowering our communities to be creative in the middle of the impossibility of it all.   

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Holistic Resistance has been bringing practice and action together in communities across the country. With an emphasis on personal relationship and closeness, they aim to build life-long connections and transformation. Their approach in these workshops combines deeply honoring the healing power of yoga and disrupting the unconscious patterns of racism in our communities and individual selves.

Oppression affects people of color on all levels of life. Holistic Resistance is drawn to practices that support all levels of life such as yoga. Yoga practitioners have a felt-sense in their bodies of what it can be like to sit with discomfort, to commit to a practice, to explore the yamas and niyamas on a deeply personal level.  This weekend is an opportunity for us to gather as yogis and explore how we can use our existing tools to benefit ourselves and our community. You are welcome to come to any and all of the sessions over this special weekend. It’s also okay if you need to be late or leave early.

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What You Can Expect:

-Collaborative, innovative, and participatory group work and conversation.

-Intimate, deep, and thoughtful work in pairs/dyads.

-Active listening exercises as tools to take with you after the workshop

-Yoga, Breathwork and meditation to ground and center us.


Who is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in the intersection of yoga and social justice. NO PRIOR YOGA EXPERIENCE NEEDED.  It is for folks who have little to no exposure to yoga and meditation, and also folks who are deep in connection to their yoga practice.  Aaron and Jennie are committed to making all sessions accessible, trauma-informed, and effective for all levels of students.

This workshop is geared towards white-identified and white-skinned people.  AND, all racial identities are welcome. People of color are at the center of our care in spaces where white people are working on undoing their racism. This is one of the many ways we model how to resist holistically. Aaron and Jennie invite every person of color to have a one-on-one conversation with them prior to the workshop to make sure they are being thought about the entire time they are present in our workshops.  Beginners to yoga and meditation strongly encouraged to attend!

Sliding Scale Pricing: 

Whole Weekend Friday-Sunday: $125-195
Access rate: $125
True cost: $160
Supporter rate: $195

Drop-in Registration:
Singing Circle: Suggested Donation $5-35
Saturday & Sunday Drop-in Sessions: $45-65 per session

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About Aaron & Jennie

Aaron Johnson (he/him) is an earth builder, a teacher of closeness, and an activist. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Aaron uses intimacy to dismantle racism. He has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possess to end racism. The tools he frequently uses for that end are speaking, teaching, closeness to blackness, and minimalism. Deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism.

Aaron’s goal is to help white people slow down their reality enough to see blackness, primarily through the use of deep questions. He also uses questions as a lens that white people can use to look at themselves and see how their own wounds and trauma from racism are stopping them from being close to black people. He is a firm believer that if you cannot get close to black people, you cannot be a true advocate for them. Being close to blackness is the revolution. Aaron currently resides in the high desert of Southern California. Read more at www.holisticresistance.com.

Jennie Pearl (she/her) is an anti-oppression facilitator, yoga teacher, and bodyworker, bridging the gap between social justice and healing. She believes relationship is key to dismantling oppressive systems. Jennie aims to build bonds with other white folks and invite them to stay in the fight for justice and equity for a lifetime.She is the founder of Wake Up, a group for white-identified people to unlearn racism, unpack privilege, and untangle white supremacy from the inside out. They explore how yoga and meditation can help them commit to and sustain the work without spiritual bypassing or diminishing racial justice. Jennie collaborates with a core team of facilitators at Holistic Resistance, whose mission is to build connection as the foundation of all of their work. She currently resides in Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more at www.jenniepearl.com

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