Time & Location
11 Feb 2023, 10:00 – 13:00
About The Event
The Quest for True Belonging - Saturday Feubary 11th from 10 am -1pm (On-line)
Open to everyone
For many people of colour negotiating the realities of everyday microaggressions, exclusion and trauma can leave us feeling overwhelmed with a sense of being separate and unwanted. This can greatly effect on our sense of identity, self-concepts and self-defeating narratives. There can be no other single most important aspect to the human condition than our sense of belonging. Kinship is intertwined with a sense of identity, attachment, and even how we grieve. In essence, what are our internal narratives and transcripts which hold us back? In this day retreat we will explore techniques and mindfulness practices to cultivate a sense of curiosity and awareness. We will endeavour to explore a sense of re-connection, re-calibration and embodiment. We will re-imagine and rekindle our sense of our shared humanity and inclusion in a small group of 12 people with the commitment and endeavour to enter this sacred space.
Much of human behaviour, thought, and emotion stems from our psychological need to belong. Mindfulness helps focus our attention on our default positions and difficult emotions in a non- judgmental way.. We even base our self-concepts not only on our unique traits and characteristics, but also on the attachments we form with significant others and the social groups we identify with. The path to transformation is self awareness and the wisdom of the changing nature of self.
This is a workshop designed to offer a journey of self-discovery and transformation through mindfulness practice. This intensive deep process involves powerful transformative practices, such as standing meditation for stability, over-toning for resonance, breathwork for recognition of impermanence, group sharing for solidarity, visualisation for expansion, and restorative rituals for shifting.
William Fley is the founder of the ‘Mindfulness Network for People of Colour’ which brings culturally sensitive mindfulness based interventions to marginalized groups. William continues to pursue his passion to eliminate cultural and other barriers to accessing mindfulness by encouraging self-awareness and responsiveness. In July 2020 MNPC was the first organization in the world to host a global POC online retreat; and is a community interest company offering retreats and online events. William is currently developing the ‘Healing the father wound’ program which will merge trauma sensitive mindfulness with therapeutic interventions. In July 2022, William had the pleasure of exploring the concept of belonging as a keynote speaker at the Buddhafield Festival and Manchester festival.