3rd Annual Empowerment Retreat
Time & Location
About The Event
The Power of Mindfulness in a Time of Upheaval:
Deepening Practices for Cultivating Presence, Healing and Empowerment Together.
Online Global Event - Friday July 2nd - Sunday July 4th 2021
Key Terms: Racial Justice, anti-racism, ethics, Global Mindfulness Movement, triumph over adversity, diversity and inclusion
Hosted By William Fley - Founder and director of MNPC, & Abi Osho of Soul Melanin
After hosting the world's first online global POC retreat in June 2020 with over 15 countries around the world taking part, MNPC is now becoming a global brand. MNPC hosts monthly events, has formed a collaboration with Breathworks, and is curating an event with Mindfulness Initiative and hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness at Parliament.
Join us as we create an inclusive community of practice for deepening our work ahead together. This event will be a closed, safe space, for people of colour to come together, heal, and be empowered.
Last year was a pivotal year for black mental health. During this retreat we want to explore how mindfulness can develop and support people of colour, who are currently under-represented in mindfulness groups, workshops and training pathways yet who are more likely to experience cumulative stressful events such as marginalisation, poverty and limited access to resources which directly impact individuals, families and communities. The value, concepts and adaptability of mindfulness are yet to make an impact on marginalised communities and we want to bring about change.
Together, through inquiry, talks and mindfulness practices, we will explore and confront our habits. We will also explore patterns around noticing, accepting, investigating and confronting bias and facing injustice - in our daily lives and the world. We will examine how mindfulness supports all of us, inwardly and outwardly, to create a saner, more equitable world without compromising equanimity, compassion and our experience of common humanity.
International presenters will include:
Rhonda Magee: Rhonda is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader. Having studied with teachers including Jon Kabat Zinn, Rhonda teaches mindfulness-based interventions, awareness, and compassion practices from a range of traditions and and sees mindfulness meditation as key to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation. In 2021 Rhonda will make a return visit to Parliament in an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness and curated by Mindfulness Initiative and MNPC.
Dawa Tarchin Phillips- Dawa is a US visionary global leader, spiritual teacher, author, researcher and entrepreneur. President/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, a leadership training and consulting firm, co-founder of the University of California's Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential and founder and board member of The Institute of Compassionate Awareness, Dawa is Executive Director and Founding Board Member of the International Mindful Teachers Association as well as a leading voice in the global mindfulness movement. Dawa has been an advanced Dharma and meditation practitioner for over 25 years.
Eugene Ellis - Eugene is the Director and founder of the Black, African and Asian Therapist Network, the UK's largest independent organisation to specialise in working therapeutically with people of colour. He is a sychotherapist, facilitating dialogue aroujnd race and mental wellbeing. He has recently published "The Race Conversation".
Max Gillespie - Max has a background in human rights, social justice, and as a (political) psychological therapist. He is the founder and director of Resilient Communities, addressing social justice and health inequalities through empowerment, participation and dialogue. Max a co-founder of Buddhist across Traditions.
Dene Donalds & Sita Brand - Dharma teachers in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Dene develops and leads mindfulness programmes for people with learning disabilities, people with autism, their families and workforce, and leads mindful meditation programmes in prisons for offenders and their staff. He is a Zen meditation teacher; offering mindfulness retreats and Days of Mindfulness for people of all faiths and none
Sita has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. She teaches meditation and mindfulness and runs retreats. Over the last 30 years Sita has told stories in libraries, schools, theatres and prisons - now she is writing them down.
Empowerment healing events will be presented by:
Melissa James - Singer & Songwriter
Melissa James' music blends folk, gospel, jazz – and life tales – but never without a large helping of soul which stretches deep beyond her years. Her most recent album, Stripped Back and her highly acclaimed debut record, Day Dawns, illustrate this.
Muna Light & Usu’ra
Usu’ra is a Shamanic Energy Healer who helps develop and reignite energetic gateways; connecting you to your own innate wisdom and knowledge in order to live an embodied and integrated life full of healing, self-love and self-empowerment.
Muna is a sound healer who works organically with her voice. She incorporates crystal healing, sound baths, meditation and organic shamanism, integrating them to elevate; restore self-love and align you with your highest good.
Drew Sinclair- Artist and muscian.
William Fley - William is a clinician in private practice with a speciality in 'Absent fathers' and trauma. A fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Breathworks Mindfulness, he is the founder of MNPC. He holds Master's degrees from Birkbeck College, the University of London and Roehampton University. Working within community organisations in marginalized communities, William aims to bring awareness of racialized trauma through mindfulness-based interventions. He continues to pursue his passion to eliminate cultural and other barriers to accessing mindfulness by encouraging cultural awareness and responsiveness.
Abi Osho - Abi Osho is the Founder of Soul Melanin, author of "Nature's Medicine for the Soul", an holistic empowerment coach and clinical hypnotherapist. Abi is passionate about encouraging women of colour to share their gifts and talents within the community. She is the creator of "Empowering YOU - Grounding Sista Circle" which enables women of colour to mindfully reconnect with mother earth and re-learn that being at one with the natural flow of nature is the ultimate recognition of self-love and self-expression
Solidarity Economy and Cost
We offer our retreats in the spirit of solidarity, and we’re committed to challenging economic marginalisation and exclusion. Consumerism and capitalism strongly condition our relationships with each other and the world. We become producers and consumers, insulated from more responsive engagement with each other. Our relationships become mediated by way of financial exchange and contracts. We want to enter into a wholehearted relationship as co-producers and collaborators in the transformation of ourselves and our world.
Tickets are for the 3-day online event and cost:
£90 - Standard
£30- Students and Concessions
£290 .- Endorsement
Free - Bursery application
Bursary: If you would like a free ticket to the Empowerment Retrea due to your financial or personal circumstances, please let us know.
This Empowerment Retreat requires the work of a team of volunteers who freely give their time over several months for the benefit of the poc community. Costs include marketing, admin, supervision, web hosting, presenter's fees, technical support.
If you would like to sponsor this event by funding a bursary so that people of colour who would othe fees, ta\rwise be unable to afford to attend can do so, please send us an email and we will be happy to help. Contributions of any ampunt would be much appreciated.
Terms and conditions
Please note that we will make every effort to provide all elements of the event as advertised. However, MNPC will not be liable if an aspect of an event is not available due to circumstances beyond our control, such as significant signal disruption. MNPC will make all reasonable efforts to provide an alternative. We will record the whole retreat except breakout rooms.
We operate on a not-for-profit basis, relying on the support of many vounteers. In the unlikely event the retreat does not run we will be unable to offer any refunds but we will offer to book you onto an alternative MNPC event.
- Standard Ticket£90£900£0