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On Race and Racism: Going to the Core

Friday, October 18 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 19 at 8:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday, October 26 at 8:30 am – 5 pm

Continuing the journey of “Waking Up White”

Have you been frustrated by the current divisiveness and polarization around racial issues in our country? Have you been saddened by the increasing numbers of Americans of Color now living in fear of being targeted for racist violence? Do you want to understand what is at the core of racist rhetoric and behavior?

We’d like to invite you to a three-part series which continues the work begun in the ICD/UUCOD sponsored “Waking Up White” course. On Race and Racism: Going to the Core is designed to enable participants to get to the core of racism both within themselves and in the larger society.


Facilitator Lauren N. Nile is an author, trainer, keynote speaker and retired attorney. Since 1990, she has conducted workshops for nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies and Fortune 500 corporations.

Lauren provides the safe, non-judgmental environment necessary to dialogue honestly about the issues of race and racism. Her goal is to increase awareness of personal unconscious bias, and thus build greater sensitivity to racial issues.

A Day Dedicated to the Practice of Finding Love with Arinna Weisman

November 16, 10 am – 4 pm

 It is said by the great Dzogchen teachers there is unconditional love that lives inside each of us. We don’t always experience this love all the time because of the obstructions or the hindrances that cover the heart. The love we may feel on different occasions is a thin sliver escaping from this great capacity and indicates its presence. On this day we will explore how to build access to this shining heart of love as well as explore the clouds that cover it.



Arinna has been studying meditation practice since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her dharma practice and teaching have been infused with her political and environmental activism. She was the first out queer teacher with Eric Kolvig to lead insight meditation retreats for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer community. She also leads ‘Uncovering the Heart Retreats’ integrating the practice of awareness of the social dynamics of inequity with the dharma practice of liberation.

Arinna is the Guiding Teacher at Dhamma Dena Meditation Center. Visit her website at for more information.

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