A Mindful Approach to Whiteness

Feb 27, 2020 9:00AM—3:00PM


Bay School of San Francisco

Cost $300 members; ($450 non-members)

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This workshop is for self-identified white educators and will provide a chance to engage in a mindfulness-informed exploration of our white racial conditioning together in community. For those of us who identify as white, it can be challenging to come to grips with: 

  • the deep impact that historical systemic racism and white supremacy has had on our society and people of color; 
  • the ways in which our racial blind spots and implicit bias manifest and impact those around us; 
  • the racial privilege that has benefited us as white people and distorted our world view; 
  • the ways that these phenomena have also negatively impacted us as white people. 

This journey of white racial awakening offers a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional change. To help guide this process of seeing more clearly our relationship to whiteness and race, we’ll be using a variety of experiential practices, small group discussions, and simple mindfulness meditations. All experience levels in racial justice work and mindfulness meditation are welcome to attend.



Kitsy Schoen, MSW, began her mindfulness practice and was inspired to work as a hospice social worker after meeting Stephen Levine in 1979. Throughout her varied career she was able to integrate mindfulness and her passion for racial equity into her work. During her last 15 years at Kaiser, Kitsy ran a large mind/body mental health education program. She chaired NCAL Kaiser Psychiatry’s Cultural Diversity Workgroup for many years and was founding member of the “Isms Collaborative”, a group that sought to address workplace bias as an essential component of reducing health disparities. Kitsy applied to Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program with the specific focus of bringing insight and compassion practices to working with other white people on racism. In 2007, she joined the board of East Bay Meditation Center and began developing antiracism classes to white practitioners. Kitsy continues to offer training and consultation to a variety of organizations working towards deep diversity, equity and inclusion.


Kate Munding started teaching mindfulness in the Oakland schools in 2008 for Mindful Schools. She soon after became the Director of Training and developed mindfulness training programs for educators, parents, psychologists, and health care providers. In 2012, Kate started Heart-Mind Education to continue developing her work in the classrooms as well as direct training to faculties. In her career, she has had the privilege of teaching mindful awareness and compassion to over 2000 K-12 students and about 2500 professionals working with kids. Kate is also a co-founder of Compassionate Leaders Bay Area and a meditation/ retreat teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. 



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