“Loving yourself is a political act. We are taught not to love ourselves, and from that place we are easily manipulated.”

Rita Shimmin
UNtraining co-founder

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UNtraining White Liberal Racism

We explore what it means to be white, bringing awareness to white conditioning and privilege that we did not choose as children, but that we can take responsibility for as adults.

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Info coming soon for:

SF Bay Area Phase 1
two groups starting January 2015

Midwest Quad Cites Phase 1
starts January 2015

People of Color UNtraining

We explore how to communicate authentically and compassionately with each other about issues of race,  and how to heal the effects of trauma resulting from being the targets of racism.

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Registration is now open for:

SF Bay Area Phase 2
starts October 18, 2014

Chinese UNtraining

We explore the interface of internalized racism and our own cultural conditioning with others of Chinese descent to bring healing for ourselves and others.

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Registration is now open for:

SF Bay Area Phase 2 "Phase Blue"
starts November 22, 2014

What Participants Say about the UNtraining

What is unique and inspiring about the UNtraining is that we work from the inside out. We look at what's going on inside of us and how that translates into our actions.

The support and compassion that existed in the group, as modeled by the facilitators was amazing and freeing. I got an opportunity to begin a deeper journey into my relationship to white privilege and racism.

I learned to be more real and to experience and manage many different feelings and reactions simultaneously. I am much more able to stand in your shoes, whoever you are, because I learned to stand in my own.

I now know how much my freedom and the freedom of people of color are inextricably intertwined.

It’s essential, personal work that has enabled me to facilitate conversations around racism and stereotyping with my students.

The UNtraining is nonjudgmental and non-shaming. It is safe and powerful.

This feels like important and essential work for European Americans if we are to move beyond the insidious effects of racism.

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