Date: 5/6/2019, 9:15 am—4:45 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
When we engage in conversations about self-care, the representational politics of this discourse are generally white. Self-care, and often the mindfulness movement in general, uses language and framing that speaks to a white-dominant middle class culture, and which therefore poorly meets the needs of other cultures to see themselves reflected in its language and values. How then do we extract the value of restorative practices, including mindfulness, which are truly universal, but set them within a cultural context that makes them relevant and accessible within other cultures? How do we claim appropriate symbols and frameworks that take into consideration race, class, and gender and the ways these shape understanding of what self-care and restorative practices might mean. In this training we’ll tackle these questions, and work to formulate cultural-specific framings of self-care and restorative practices that are more effective in translating universal and scientific concepts into particular cultures and conversations.