October 18 & 19, November 22 & 23, and December 13 & 14, 2019
in Detroit, Michigan


The ravages of racism on the bodies, souls, hearts and minds of people of color can result in self-doubt, disconnection from our cultural and individual wisdom, separation from one another, and infighting within and across our diverse communities. In Strengthening Self and Building Community, our multiracial team of facilitators will work with participants to create a learning community where people of color from diverse racial and ethnic communities can bring their wounded spirits, their rich cultural traditions, and their proud histories of resistance.

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We will examine how racism and white supremacy have sought to keep us divided and we will explore the steps we can take to heal those divisions and nurture anti-racist solidarity. Grounded in mutual respect, support, challenge and truth-telling, we will create a healing space where we can bring our whole selves to the vitally important work of strengthening our lives and building community.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people to facilitate in-depth reflection, dialogue and relationship building.

Participants in Strengthening Self and Building Community meet for six full days over a three-month period.

Through guided and intentional dialogue, supplemental readings and podcasts, videos, group discussion, and structured exercises, we will explore these topics and issues, among others:

  • What helps us live fully with joy and power despite injustice

  • What inspires us to claim our power and take leadership for justice

  • The historical and contemporary impact of racism and white supremacy on communities of color within a U.S. context

  • Internalized oppression; how it affects us and how we can counter it

  • Work at the intersections of our identities

  • Strategies for change at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels

  • Working in solidarity with other people and communities of color without losing our own sense of cultural pride and wisdom

  • How to sustain the lifelong work of self-love, compassion and healing

  • Developing relationships of support, accountability and authenticity

Our hope is to build a sense of community centered on integrity, compassion, vulnerability, challenge and self-love that will help to transform the way that we see our communities, ourselves and our collective histories of oppression and resistance.

Dates: Oct 18-19, Nov 22-23, and Dec 13-14. Attendance at all six sessions is required.
Time: Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Facilitator Team: Marquita Chamblee and Dionardo Pizaña (bios)
Location: 5425 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI. Facilities are barrier-free.
Cost: $575. The cost includes program, resource materials, snacks, and beverages for all six days. A $100 nonrefundable deposit will hold your place in the seminar.

Scholarships and time payments are available. We are committed to making this seminar financially accessible to all who wish to participate. Please do not hesitate to ask for what you need in order to attend.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

For information about scholarships contact us.

For additional information about the seminar, email Marquita Chamblee or Dionardo Pizaña.