Thursday, June 29
$10-20 Sliding Scale
This workshop will create a “lab” in which we practice together skillful bystander/upstander responses. Drawing from recent events, we’ll work with scenarios of hate crimes, harassment and everyday bigotry. Each scenario will give us an opportunity to gauge our own capacities, strengthen our skills, and learn through practice. We’ll cover five different types of bystander responses, and spend most of the workshop exploring how to employ them in role play scenarios in a safe and welcoming learning environment. Facilitated by Elizabeth Ferguson and Ann-Ellice Parker.
Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D. Founder of Climate Compassion and social justice advocate who bridges communities to inspire creative system change. She is a facilitator and coach in the areas of resilience and wellbeing, with an emphasis on the power of embodied practice to ripple wellbeing throughout the web of life. She is part of a global effort to scale psycho-social wellbeing in response to the challenge of ecological disruption.
Ann-Ellice Parker is a veteran activist in the movements for peace and social justice. She is a former health educator, and non-profit trainer. Her background includes women’s reproductive health, HIV education, prevention, harm reduction and policy. She is the owner of Seasons of Change, an end-of life education and training company. She believes compassion and empathy are important levers of social change, and that in our ability to recognize ourselves in one another, we lay the foundation for building the “beloved community”.