People of Color Ecodharma Retreat
With Kritee (Kanko), Asia Dorsey, Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, Imtiaz Rangwala and Naveed Heydari
July 20 - 25, 2021
- Do you self-identify as a person of color and work within the climate or social justice movement?
- Do you feel burnt out and/or overwhelmed and need to recharge in an emotionally safe space where we gently witness and honor each other’s experience?
- Can we build a movement that is rooted in our deepest spiritual values and emotional truths? Can we engage in advocacy such that it is an integral part of our spiritual and emotional growth?
- Do you feel yoga, meditation, and trusting, empathetic emotional connection with others can help release internalized white supremacy and other stresses lodged in our bodies?
If yes, come join us at the stunningly pristine and healing Rocky Mountain Ecodharma retreat center (RMERC) for a retreat designed for empowering self-identifying people of color involved in the change-making work. You could be a student, community organizer, healer or healing arts practitioner, educator, activist, mom, scientist, journalist, lawyer, author or storyteller. Through silent hikes, meditation, yoga, guided peer-to-peer dialogue in a strong container of emotional safety and trust, gratitude/grief/rage rituals and other group-work, we will explore how we can deepen activism as a spiritual path, learn to honor and transform our emotions through empathy and connection, face the root cause of our suffering, act with deep compassion & courage in these difficult times. We will follow COVID-safe protocols for lodging and serving food. There will be camping sites available for those who do not meet the COVID testing and vaccination criteria for staying inside the lodge.”
Please check our draft schedule, application steps and other details here. In brief, each day will include silent seated and walking meditation, yoga and relational practices in small groups or dyads. These sessions will discuss how our bodies store and remember stresses, how can we express and release these stresses through movement, meditation, rituals, group-work. We will also use some of The Work That Reconnects spiral practices that tap into our gratitude, our spiritual ground of being, express grief/anger/despair/fear and inspire actions.
Please check our draft schedule, application steps, COVID protocols and other details here.
Kritee (dharma name Kanko) is a Zen teacher, scientist, activist, dancer, and permaculture designer. She directs and teaches Boundless in Motion Sangha in Boulder in the Rinzai-Obaku Buddhist lineage of Cold Mountain and is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Boulder Eco-Dharma Sangha. She is also a co-founding teacher of Earthlovego, a community of meditation practitioners, teachers/professors & environmental advocates from different backgrounds seek ways to deepen synergy between their spiritual practices and their activism through workshops at Lama Foundation in New Mexico. Kritee trained as an environmental microbiologist and biogeochemist at Rutgers and Princeton Universities, and has done over ten years of research on mercury pollution. She currently works as a senior scientist in the Global Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund and is helping implement environment and climate-friendly methods of farming at large scales in Asia with a. three-fold goal of poverty alleviation, food security and climate mitigation and adaptation among small scale farms. She places deep importance on the need of diversity, and the alignment of climate advocacy with social justice movements.
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Asia Dorsey embraces the earth. Ear to the soil, she heeds the instruction of mineral, microbial, and botanical beings. She uses her gift of pattern recognition to embed organizational culture with the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share. She studied Non-Profit Management at the Wagner School for Public Service at New York University and uses her training in Kingian Non-Violence facilitation to create frameworks for beloved communities. Asia seeds indigenous centered Permaculture Design and Social Permaculture Design education with the Denver Permaculture Guild. She has centered ecological design in building her own, regenerative worker’s cooperative, the Five Points Fermentation Company and as a current Coop Educator and Board Member of the Community Wealth Building Network. Asia ensures that the frameworks for world building center joy, creativity and pleasure. She has, to this end, become a pillar of play using art, authentic relating and performance to cultivate strategic imagination through her innovative Dreamplay modality. She engages communities and organizations in dreaming themselves back home. From this dreaming, she perpetuates the notion that home is in our bodies and facilitates from frameworks of Healing Justice to shape everyday organizations to embody liberation. Asia has personally, grounded and centered Black bodies in these…
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Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish has developed a pedagogy that synthesizes ritual and ceremony, embodied imagination, social justice, and environment for over a decade. As an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University he teaches foundations in contemplative learning and theory, diversity and social identity and sustainability. He also focuses on the equity dimensions of the environment through courses in food and environmental justice. He serves as a freelance educator, lecturer and consultant on the links between social justice, sustainability and mindfulness for universities, businesses, outdoor organizations, non-profits and government. Ramon is a certified practitioner of SomaSource and longtime leader/facilitator in the Surfing The Creative®International Youth Leadership Camps, having helped usher hundreds of young people through contemporary threshold experiences. As a previous board member of Youth Passageways and a current board chair for Frontline Farming, Ramon is committed to the revival of rites of passage, community regeneration and imaginal renaissance. He will lead a weekend session at this retreat.
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Imtiaz Rangwala has been practicing meditation for ~20 years and is a lay meditation teacher in the lineage of Cold Mountain Zen. He is also one of the founding members of Boulder Ecodharma Sangha. Professionally, he is a Climate Scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he provides climate science support to people managing our land, water and wildlife. He loves to nurture community through his love for cooking, gardening and sharing of songs and stories. He also greatly loves the outdoors and considers nature to be a very important teacher. Imtiaz was raised in the Islamic tradition of progressive Dawoodi Bohras and remained influenced by Sufism. He will primarily serve as the chef and kitchen logistics manager for this retreat.
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Naveed (he/they) creates relational contexts in which regeneration is the norm. They identify in the spaces in between with regards to sexual identity (queer), culture (Ecuadorean, Persian, American), spiritual orientation, and profession. He is a master revealer, and uses this superpower to open a field in which others feel safe to reveal their deeper truths to be witnessed by the collective. After a period of commitment pruning, Naveed has found his niche with the social permaculture community; he thrives cultivating the relational soil and creating the conditions that support a more resilient “we-space”, or mycelial network. They are an embodied practitioner in the fields of walking, yoga, and authentic expression. Long multi-week solo walks across Colorado, their hometown, are their favorite method to connect deeply to self, place, and the interbeing-ness of the world. Recently, they joined the cooperative Walk2Connect as Movement Builder Owner and feels in deep alignment around moving at the speed of trust.
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