Date(s) - September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
From Personal to Social Transformation
Practicing for the Welfare of All
Facilitated by Brooke Dodson-Lavelle
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Many great teachers and activists have pointed to the importance of deep spiritual work for sustainable social change. If individuals engaged in changing systems do not regularly cultivate their own personal capacities for care and compassion, they may end up inadvertently recreating the very structures of violence and oppression they wish to dismantle. Yet it is also true that without a critical analysis of the social, cultural and historical conditions in which we are embedded, our own spiritual and contemplative practices may fail to be fully liberative. If systemic forms of bias, privilege and oppression in our traditions, communities and organizations remain unchecked, such communities may end up perpetuating the very structures and systems that cause or exacerbate the stress and suffering they aim to transform.
This workshop is designed to help all those with an active contemplative or spiritual practice learn to recognize, assess and ultimately work to transform systemic forms of oppression including racism, sexism, classism and so on embedded within our traditions. Through creative visioning, storytelling, relationship and community building, we will work to develop a sustainable set of tools and strategies to support inclusive, compassion-based anti-oppression work within our spiritual communities for benefit of all.
About the facilitator
Brooke D. Lavelle is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. Brooke holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Emory University, an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University and a BA in Religion and Psychology from Barnard College. Her academic work focuses on contemplative models for cultivating compassion and mindfulness, as well as the cultural contexts that shape the transmission, reception, and secularization of Buddhist contemplative practices in America. In her workshops, Brooke empowers personal and social transformation by providing deep contemplative training coupled with powerful tools for systemic change to support a more courageous, caring and equitable world.
Friday and Saturday, September 27—28, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Precise ending time to be confirmed soon.
301 S. Blount St., Suite 104
Madison, WI 53703
Friday parking is available at the Madison Elks Club, on the corner of Williamson and S. Blount streets. Please be sure to exit their lot by 4:30pm.
To make this program accessible to all who wish to participate, a special sliding scale fee will be used for registration. If you are in a financial position to support the participation of others, we ask that you consider registering at a higher rate. This way, Tergar can cover the cost of bringing in Brooke Lavelle, and also ensure access for all. Embodying the paramita of generosity supports the whole community. Please select the cost that makes sense to you.
$0 – I will pay what I can, if anything, at the door
$150 – Base Fee
We make final arrangements for weekend events 10 days before the event start day. If you cancel after September 19, there will be a $20 administration fee.
Tergar Madison, Madison WI, United States