Online Retreat

BIPOC Grief: Naming the Unnameable and Exploring the Many Faces of Grief and Loss

“There is a price in not expressing one’s grief...There can be so much grief that we grow numb from the unfelt and unexpressed emotions that we carry in our bodies. Unexpressed hurt and pain injures our souls.” – Sobonfu Somé, author, teacher, and activist During this daylong retreat for the BIPOC community, we’ll explore the many faces of grief and loss, including individual, collective, and systemic. How do we learn to be with, even embrace, grief without either bypassing it or being overwhelmed by it? Participants are invited to co-create a safer container in which to practice meditation, engage in small and large group sharing, attend Dharma talks, and give our grief a space to exist and be expressed. Together, we will practice bearing the unbearable and naming the unnameable.

Teaching Team

Mushim Ikeda

Mushim Ikeda

Teacher

Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center and has taught BIPOC meditation retreats and classes for 20+ years in California, New Mexico, and online. Her justice-centered writing has been published in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and many socially engaged Buddhist and arts anthologies.

Damali Robertson

Damali Robertson

Teacher

I am an artist, mindfulness practitioner, facilitator, and emerging filmmaker guided by three values: Love, Liberation, and Compassion. I began telling stories on film in 2014. I launched my YouTube channel in 2019 and have talked to incredible people about activism, racial equity, and mindfulness over the last several years.

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