Overwhelmed by increasing levels of racial tension and anti-immigrant sentiment
Discouraged by a sense that our country is more divided than united
Frustrated because you want to do something about it, but don't know where to start
Many people learn about race relations from the news or reading books. These sources often point out problems and they rarely provide practical ways to address these issues. As a result, there's no meaningful change because people who want to learn more about these topics:
Are often addressed in a manner meant to blame and shame... leading to defensiveness and no open dialogue
Don’t know how to handle feelings of guilt or frustration...and they find that potential conflict is more comfortable and less risky
Avoid sharing what they think and exposing their "learning mistakes"... fearing that they will offend the people they want to help
Passively promote posts and hashtags on social media and wear clothes that show their awareness...without doing the active work would actually make a difference.
What happens if we do nothing? If we keep doing what we’ve been doing?
If "well-meaning" people continue to avoid authentic conversations and uncomfortable feelings about race, there will be no meaningful change and tensions will continue to rise.
I'm a board-certified physician and back in 2011, I was dealing with severe professional burnout. To overcome this, I learned some meditation and mindfulness techniques that healed my burnout and completely changed my life. To help my patients and coaching clients, I became certified in meditation and tapping, also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
These proven tools decrease stress, improve physical and emotional health, and uncover ways that our thoughts and beliefs can prevent us from living an optimal life.
Five years later, in 2016, I was thriving professionally, but I felt unsettled in my life outside of work. I felt like the political climate in the United States was changing. There was a palpable "ugliness" in the way people interacted with each other.
I wrote a blog post after the 2016 election, describing how I processed my feelings about this new reality. I was pretty proud of my work... until a friend commented that my well-meaning post rang of "white privilege".
I have to admit - I immediately became defensive. I felt like she was calling me a racist!
Fortunately, I didn’t get stuck in an unproductive, defensive state for too long.
Mindfulness and meditation have taught me that when I become defensive, it means that there's something deeper that I need to address, process, and learn. The guilt, anger, and frustration I felt when I heard “white privilege” were the exact things that I needed to address.
I went on a path of self-discovery and accountability that took me through books, retreats, and authentic conversations in diverse neighborhood discussion groups.
As I learned more about racial dynamics and social justice, I realized that I had lived a privileged existence.
My life experiences sheltered me from understanding what it meant to navigate the world as a person of color.
As a progressive, educated, and all-around good person, I thought I was exempt from being racist. But now, I was learning about the behaviors, beliefs, and systems that perpetuated racism in my personal and professional life.
I discovered that I may have unintentionally contributed to these unjust systems. So, I pledged to be more accountable, committed to racial justice, and I started my journey to do better.
I experienced discomfort and questioned my core beliefs as I became more conscious of the world around me. Throughout the process, the mindfulness tools I’ve practiced since 2011 have helped to disarm my defensiveness so I can remain open to learning and change.
This work is challenging, but we are living in challenging times.
Confronting systemic racism and fighting for racial justice can stir up difficult emotions.
Fortunately, I've developed some practical tools that will help you overcome these challenges.
I share these tools with you in the course Conscious Anti-Racism: Tools for Self-Discovery, Accountability, and Meaningful Change.
“I struggled alone with the emotions, conflict and discomfort that comes with learning that which we were not taught growing up. Access to a resource such as this to help deal with those issues would have been a great help.” G. Schisla
“I feel the real life examples will make this relatable and relevant to everyone. This type of work is long overdue…” K. Arnold
Be emotionally equipped to acknowledge what we can do as individuals to change the world around us
Not feel intimidated by the strong feelings that arise from the type of "deep work" that leads to transformational change
Empower yourself to speak up confidently against racism, confront biases and privilege, and advance social justice in a way that serves the people who are most directly impacted by racism and racial bias
You are 100% safe to try this out. If you find that this course does not give you constructive tools for self-improvement, to overcome bias and privilege, and teach how to be an effective anti-racist...then please let us know.
Contact us within 5 days of your purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send proof that you have completed the first three modules and include the self-reflection exercises.
We will refund 80% of the course fee back to you. Why not 100%? We donate 20% of the course proceeds to anti-racism organizations, so that part of the course fee is not refundable.
7 course modules that include practical, actionable, non-theoretical, easy-to-use tools
Self-reflection exercises that you use immediately
A collaborative, welcoming Facebook discussion group
What is Anti-racism?
Anti-Racism is a way to describe policies or ideas that oppose racism. People of all races can be anti-racists. We'll go into a lot more detail about anti-racism in the course.
But I'm not racist! Why do I need this course?
Some people define a racist as someone who believes that one race is superior to another.
But when you consider a more accurate and inclusive definition: someone who supports racist policy through their actions, inaction or ideas, we can see that "racist" can apply to many of us. How many times have we assumed racist beliefs based on where a person lives or their political party?
Besides understanding what an anti-racist is, this course helps us to understand terms like privilege, unconscious bias, and how good people can unintentionally perpetuate racist systems in this country.
But we don’t stop there. We give you the tools to be accountable and make transformative change. In the process, you’ll learn to recognize your own limits, embrace where you are now, and make an authentic change, so you can contribute to the movement for social justice in a meaningful way.
Do I need experience with anti-racism work to enroll in the course?
Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome. We'll spend the first module going over core principles and definitions of anti-racism and how it affects people of color in our society. The rest of the course focuses on tools and techniques to help you show up in the world as an anti-racist in the most impactful way possible. I can't wait to share this information and these techniques with you!
Is this course only for white people?
We welcome people of all races to take this course.
We designed this course to help white allies be better informed and better prepared to challenge their own privilege, racism, and implicit bias. In the United States, privilege can arise just from being part of the white majority. This privilege overrides class, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or gender. Being aware of this helps us understand why systemic racism continues. However, this course is not only for white people. The techniques covered in the course can help everyone to process the difficult emotions and experiences related to racism.
I taught this course from the lens of a white woman, with the knowledge and perspective of someone who is still on a personal journey to be an ally in dismantling racism.
I plan to continue this work and collaborate with organizations with people of color to adapt this material and deliver it to more audiences. I included an outline of my future plans for this curriculum at the end of the course.
If you would like to work with me in this capacity please contact me at email@example.com.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
The course has 7 actionable learning modules. Each module includes videos and self-reflection exercises that will take 30-60 minutes to complete.
You can go at your own pace, and we recommend that you go through each module in order because each module builds upon the previous module.
How long will I have access to the course?
Indefinitely! Anti-racism is a life-long journey, and you'll have ongoing access to the content to use when you need it.
Can I interact with other students in the course?
Yes, everyone is welcome to join our Conscious Anti-Racism Facebook group. You can interact and share your experiences in the course with like-minded people. Search for the group by name on Facebook.
What is the refund policy?
If you are unhappy with the course, then please contact us within 5 days of purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send proof that you have completed the first three modules and include your self-reflection exercises. We will refund 80% of the course fee back to you. Why not 100%? We donate 20% of the course proceeds to anti-racism organizations, so that part of the course fee is not refundable.
The organizations that we currently support are:
2. Sister Song
3. Civil Bikes
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
You may email any additional questions to email@example.com.
Jill Wener, MD is a board-certified physician. In 2011, after suffering severe burnout, she learned a meditation technique that healed her burnout and also completely changed her life. She ultimately decided to become a meditation teacher and left her medical job to focus on her work as an expert in physician wellness.
In addition to training in meditation and mindfulness, Jill has also added Tapping, also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique, to the arsenal of powerful tools that help her clients manage stress, improve their physical and emotional health, and explore the ways that their mindset and self-limiting beliefs create their own reality.
Like most well-intending white liberals, Jill didn't think she was racist! She knew little about the systemic racism that affects the daily life of people of color in this country.
Jill's interest in Anti-Racism began in earnest after the 2016 election. She attended an Anti-Racism retreat called Allies in Action, where she learned so much from the incredible women who led the retreat, Leslie Mac and Paige Ingram. At the retreat, Jill realized that she could use her expertise in mind-body techniques to really help people understand and confront their privilege and implicit bias. This course is the finished product from her final project at that retreat.
Jill is passionate about helping people take responsibility for their problems and teaching them practical, easy, rewarding tools to take self-improvement to the next level.
Jill is very much aware that she is a white woman teaching a course about racism, and she has worked hard to present the course in the most sensitive, culturally competent way. She is excited, and a bit nervous, to bring this challenging material to you in a unique way, and she hopes to hear from you about your experiences during the course!
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, join her Conscious Anti-Racism Facebook group, and follow her on social media: Instagram @conscioushealthatl and Twitter @jillwenerMD.
Anne Kennard, DO, FACOG is an OBGYN, fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine, a registered yoga and meditation instructor, herbalist, and holds a B.S. in Nutrition Science. She is the Director for Integrative Medicine and OBGYN Core Faculty at Marian Regional Medical Center, the author of Nourish: An Integrative Medicine Cookbook, and lectures nationally on topics related to Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine and Women's Health, Culinary Medicine, physician well-being, and mindfulness. As an OBGYN, she became passionate about developing tools for healthcare professionals to examine implicit bias after a 2018 study showed that women of color had twice the mortality rates of white women during childbirth, even when all other disease states were accounted for. She lives on the Central Coast of California with her family and enjoys playing on the beach with her preschooler. You may learn more about working with Dr. Kennard on her website www.drannekennard.com. You may also follow her on Facebook @drannekennard and Instagram @dr_anne_kennard.
Janet Raftis has been playing with energy her entire life, but in 2004 she began to do so in a serious way. She began with the study of Reiki and quickly became a Master. She has since learned Pranic Healing and Matrix Energetics, and she is able to psychically understand what Spirit wishes to reveal to her clients. As a result, she has created a type of healing that is led by her intuition and personalized to each individual's unique needs. Janet works closely with the Divine Feminine, serving as a channel for their healing and teachings, and she has become an activator for others, helping them to access their healing and intuitive gifts through their connection to Spirit and the Divine Feminine in a way that feels safe and secure. She has a thriving healing practice, teaches intuitive and spiritual development, leads spiritual circles, and hosts retreats around the world. Janet came to Conscious Anti-Racism work because she wishes to root out the racism that is systemic within her and so that she could not just understand how she is a part of the problem, but from that understanding, become a part of the solution that is authentic to the needs of people of color. To learn more about working with Janet, visit her website at www.janetraftis.com, and you may follow her on Instagram at @janetraftis.