Conversations and interactions around race and racism can be daunting and charged. Robin DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” to illuminate the discomfort and defensiveness white folks feel when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice. Much of this fragility comes from viewing racism as something “bad people” do, instead of racism being a colonizing system that privileges white people. In this session, we will use compassion practice, grounding exercises, as well as large and small group conversation to clarify what systemic racism is, and find ways to acknowledge it and begin to dismantle it. By exploring our fragility, we can begin to see how racism and other oppressive systems stifle the erotic wildness of our bodies, and how we can all move toward freedom. *After consulting with several queer men of colour, it has been decided to have this session be specifically for white identified men. This allows a space for honest, possibly difficult conversations for white men, while not asking men of colour to do the labor of witnessing the work.
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Mark Fleming has been a Sacred Intimate since 1992. His Seattle-based practice weaves Tantra, subtle energy work and neo-shamanic practices to assist people towards Conscious Erotic Embodiment. He has studied classical and neo-Tantra for twenty years, primarily with Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati (Rudolph Ballentine.) He is on the faculty for Body Electric School. Passions include justice, poetry, meditation and touch.