Fri, 01 Jul | London

4th Annual Empowerment Conference

Belonging- with Rhonda Magee, Erica Mcinns and Eugene Ellis- and Max Gillespie- non-residential tickets available.
4th Annual Empowerment Conference

Time & Location

01 Jul, 17:30 BST – 03 Jul, 03:00 BST
London, Mount Angelus Rd, Roehampton SW15 4JA, UK

About The Event

The 4th Annual Empowerment Conference

Retreat aims : Share simple mindful practices for people of colour that enhance self-regulation, grounding and resilience through community and belonging.


We're launching an exciting new phase within MNPC with a focus on 'belonging' and community building which will be a 2 night residential conference in London. There will also be day tickets available and presentation will be recorded for our Youtube channel. So far our monthly group as provided opportunities for grieving, African centres mindfulness, Buddhist perspectives, addressing collective trauma, LGBTQ+, mixed heritage spaces, and much more. We have now registered as community interest company and plans are on the way to begin the charity route process for 2022. Our first grand event in London will consist of the UK'S growing talent and our patron Rhonda Magee will be joining us from the United Sates.

We are at a pivotal moment to build relationships and build community - to (un)learn, (up)root, explore and (re)build,  with a new focus rooted within.  We are committing to this new focus of continued cultivation with an embodied transformation at its centre. We are learning what all that means together; and will be sharing more as we go. We are made for these times and challenges.

We have selected a few community leaders in London to share there gifts for this joyous event during breakout rooms, people who embody change, commitment to social justice and se sense of compassion

This is an invitation to join us for presentations, discussions, break-out rooms, exploration, healing, and community centred around our relationship to, with, and between, our bodies. This is an exciting new domain - a process and an experimental & experiential space that we'd love for you to join us for, which includes.

Breakout Rooms 

  • Storytelling:
  • Grief space:
  • Experiential & body-centered movement:
  • Mixed race/heritage space: 
  • Asian space
  • Mens space :
  • Silent Room:


Rhonda Magee- A full-time faculty member at the University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, Rhonda has been named Dean’s Circle Research Scholar, served as co-director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and co-facilitator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum faculty development program. She teaches Tort; Race, Law and Policy; and courses in Contemplative and Mindful Law and Law Practice. Rhonda is a trained and highly practiced facilitator, with an emphasis on mindful communication. In 2015 she was made a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, and in 2019 was named as one of world's most important women in mindfulness.

Dr Erica Mapule McInnis : is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (UK); and Founder, Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist for Nubia Wellness and Healing. She became interested in African roots of meditation and issues specific to people of African ancestry following attending a presentationled by Dr Shelly Harrell at a conference organised by the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi).  This led Dr McInnis to develop the first online African Psychology Emotional Wellness School in the UK with its first course, an African centred application of mindfulness ‘Soulfulness in the Present’. and

Eugene Ellis 

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 psychotherapist, facilitating dialogue around race and mental wellbeing.  He has recently published "The Race Conversation".

Max Gillespie -

He is the founder and director of Resilient Communities, a community incorporated company (CIC) set up to address social justice and health inequalities through empowerment, participation and dialogue.

He is a long-term practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism, and is inspired with the vision of experienced and knowledgeable BPOC, and “working-class” Buddhist teachers, leading the way on making dharma meaningful for BPOC and those from under-privileged communities - As Max often says "We are the renaissance!"

Max is a co-founder of Buddhist across Traditions; a BPOC/BAME-centered collective (with white allies and currently white-led organisations) uniting Buddhist and Mindfulness groups in service of racial justice, social equity and healing."

Hosted by:

Melissa James

Melissa James is a singer-songwriter and the founder of the charitable mental health and 'Big Sing' initiative Sing4Sane. This project was spearheaded by Melissa's song Live Again after she decided to organise a pop-up Big Sing in which she invited members of the public to sing and  create a Big Sing recording of Live Again at RAK Studios.  This work, and her subsequent projects, has furthered Melissa’s belief that music is a powerful tool for healing and connection with others.

William Fley (MA, PG.Dip, MBACP Accredited, BSsP)

 A clinician in private practice with a speciality in 'Absent fathers' and its effects on adult mental health. A fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, British Psychological Society graduate member and Breathworks Mindfulness trained, he has worked with the NHS as a bereavement counsellor and also worked with adult survivors of crime. He holds Master's degrees from Birkbeck College, the University of London and Roehampton University. He is the founder of the Mindfulness Network for People of Colour which aims to bring awareness of racialized trauma through mindfulness-based interventions and to influence accessibility to mindfulness training. He continues to pursue his passion to eliminate cultural and other barriers to accessing mindfulness by encouraging cultural awareness and responsiveness. In July 2020 MNPC was the first organization in the world to host a  poc online retreat.

Booking & Cost:

The retreat runs from Friday evening (5- 6pm) to Sunday afternoon (3pm) (2 nights)

Cost Includes full board accommodation and guided walks in Richmond Park

Single room- Number of spaces 10- cost £420

Double room - (20 Avaiablity) - cost £330

Weekend tickets are £180 for the whole weekend (Limted 25 spaces) 


If you would like to sponser a place on this retreat please let us know. 


Payment is required in full at time of booking.

If you would like to pay in 3 instalments please let us know.  There would be a small administration charge of £20.

Terms and conditions:

Please note that every effort will be made to provide all elements of the event as advertised. But the Mnpc will not be liable if an element of an event is not available due to circumstances beyond our control, such as exceptionally bad weather.  Mnpc  will make all reasonable efforts to provide an alternative.


If you cancel more than 60 days before the start of the event you will receive a refund of your deposit less an administration fee of £50. For cancellations of less than 60 days there will be a refund of 50% of the event cost. For cancellations within 30 days of the event date the full cost is payable.


We will provide options for vegan, vegarian and gluten free diets.  Any other specific requests should be made directly to the venue at

  • Single room ensuit
  • Donation
  • Donation
  • Non-residential