Thu, 14 Sept|
Disrupting White Mindfulness Race and Racism in the Wellbeing Industry By Cathy-Mae Karelse
Karelse delivers a cracking Black Feminist call to decolonise "Wellbeing" with her forensic exposé of the darkside of the White Mindfulness industry and its colonial co-option of Eastern teachings for Western gain.
Time & Location
14 Sept 2023, 19:30 – 21:00
About The Event
Thursday Night book club with MNPC
Open event all welcome
Disrupting White Mindfulness Race and Racism in the Wellbeing Industry
By Cathy-Mae Karelse, meditation offered by Zindika Kamauesi
Mindfulness is now everywhere in the West. Over the last four decades, the movement has exploded in the US and UK, and is now found everywhere from boardrooms and bedrooms to schools, prisons, and hospitals. Yet popular mindfulness is infused in whiteness and late capitalism. This
book reveals how its easy fit in Western society replicates existing social norms and dominant narratives: an essentially White Mindfulness reflects racialised institutional profiles and a largely White, middle-class audience.
Taking a critical look at this lucrative industry, Disrupting White Mindfulness explores the influences of neoliberalism and postracialism, and the invisible force of whiteness that marginalises and excludes People of the Global Majority from meaningful leadership and decision-making.
Engaging with decolonising initiatives rooted in embodied justice, Disrupting White Mindfulness offers a path and an invitation for a radically transformed mindfulness, one which moves away from whiteness to embrace solutions built on difference and on indigenous, queer, and global South perspectives.
Cathy-Mae Karelse, PhD is an independent specialist in deep systems change and decolonisation with 20+ years’ expertise in social transformation. In the last decade, she has extended her work to social health policies and systems and is a recognized thought leader in diversity, inclusion and belonging (DEI+). She designs and develops customised change-making strategies at multiple levels to shepherd meaningful transformation. Specialising in turning grand plans for DEI+ into practical strategies and programmes that deliver results, Dr Karelse has worked with corporates, governments, policy institutes, communities, and global programmes to establish policies, processes and social strategies of leadership, wellbeing, transformation, and growth. As author of Disrupting White Mindfulness: Race and Racism in the Wellbeing Industry and with a global network, her remit includes the support of global South leadership in sustainable transformation agendas. In addition to offering strategic thought leadership, she also operates personally as an educator, coach, and mentor.
Meditation offered by
Zindika Kamauesi :
Zindika is an author, speaker, and a transformational writing success coach. She is the founder of Meditate and Grow, an inspirational blog and youtube channel. She teaches people how to use writing as therapy, to raise their confidence, self-esteem and their self-expression. She helps people who want to work on their personal development through meditation and writing. She is the author of six books and delivers motivational talks on the topics of women and migration, meditation and writing.
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Dana - Teacher Fees.
The word Dana is a Sanskrit and Pali word which means giving something unconditionally with an open heart. It is an ancient practice in Buddhism for cultivating generosity. This retreat is offered in the tradition of Dana by the teachers. We ask you to consider with care what is possible for you to give, knowing that the teachers rely on Dana to support their living so that they will be able to continue teaching.