This training supports participants with developing the skills and presence to facilitate the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience.
With a particular focus on deepening the ability to hold space for difficult conversations in relation to structural inequality, participants will get hands on opportunities to engage in interactive dialogue to explore the legacy of 400-plus years of inequality.
This training will explore research and practices at the intersection of mindfulness, intergenerational trauma & healing, and contemplative education.
"Angel Acosta is an inspiring guide through the timeline of our lives since the first slave ship arrived on North American shores that has shaped the history of the United States over the last four hundred years. Each of us can benefit as individuals and organizations in deeply experiencing this journey of our modern world to bring more wisdom, understanding and compassion to our collective lives."
"I walked late into the session... a hotel ballroom filled with people in silence...slowly pacing in and around the laminated words and images on the floor. I could tell from the intensity on their faces, there was a message in those laminated sheets that dug deep into each person's experience. As I got close enough to see what was holding everyone's attention so closely, I was surprised to see the 400 year history of my ancestor's painful yet resilient journey laid out on a graphic timeline. I was fascinated! I couldn't skip over ANYTHING! I wanted to read every word. To know those pieces of American history that speaks to the truth of our racist past and present. Angel's facilitation of the process was exquisite, as he was able to make the experience as digestible as possible for everyone."
"Angel Acosta’s work on 400 years of slavery and institutional racism focuses on what matters most: moving marginality to the center of collective attention. That shift in attention might well be the only way to truly address the increasing polarization in society today. He is a master facilitator that can hold these deep structural tensions in ways that allow for healing and possibility."
"Angel Acosta has developed an embodied, emotionally powerful, and highly meditative first-person experience in which we literally walk at our own pace past large canvases on the floor depicting a time- line of major events in US history, most of which we hardly ever learn anything about in school or reflect upon as adults—events that mandated inequality, and legalized and institutionalized horrific injustices of all kinds. These legacies have huge and ongoing repercussions for all of us to this present day. Angel’s guidance in this reflective process gently invites us to learn and to heal, individually and collectively. Hopefully, it will also inspire us to act, to take stands both little and big, in the service of true equality and justice."