Wellspring at St. Martin’s is offering Mindfulness and White Privilege: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People, a seven-session course that will blend mindfulness meditation practices with an exploration of white privilege.
The seminar will include six Sunday afternoon sessions (Jan. 15 and 29, Feb. 12 and 26, March 5 and 19) from 3 pm to 5:30, concluding with a day-long retreat, Saturday, April 8. The sessions will be held at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane in Chestnut Hill.
Open to a multi-faith audience, the program aims to engage white people in both a spiritually and historically informed practice of addressing racism, fostering personal insight and self-understanding that is essential in building the trust and awareness needed for interracial work.
The fee for this six session seminar is $225. Find more information and the registration link at StMartinEC.org, or contact Barbara Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care at St. Martin’s at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-247-7466, ext. 102.
Pamela Freeman is a social worker by training. She works as a psychotherapist with couples, families and individuals, and is a consultant around issues of diversity. She is on the board of Insight Meditation Center in Barre Massachusetts. Pamela is a long time meditator and leads the Philadelphia People of Color Meditation group in Mt Airy. She is also the founder of Playback Theatre, a local playback theatre in Philadelphia.
Deborah Cooper, M.Ed., is a licensed professional counselor in private practice, and was formerly with the Samaritan Counseling Service. She has studied Mindfulness Stress Reduction at Thomas Jefferson Hospital and taught several courses in Mindfulness Meditation. She has a committed personal meditation practice.