Upcoming Open Houses & Groups

    • 22 Jul 2023
    • 23 Jul 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom


    Risk of the Self is the annual retreat weekend with UNtraining founders, Rita Shimmin and Ro Horton. This event is open by invitation only and is a prerequisite for continuing with Phase 3. 


    Saturday, July 22, 10:00am-5:30pm

    and Sunday, July 23, 10:00am-5:30pm

    Payment options: Sliding scale $250-$700
    Deposit of one half due by July 1
    This event will be online.

    Payment plans can be arranged. Please contact Janet Carter at janetc@untraining.org to make arrangements.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • Online and in person TBD

    “Loving yourself is a political act. We are taught not to love ourselves and from that place we are easily manipulated… Love yourself so much that this love changes the world.”  -Rita Shimmin, UNtraining co-founder

    The UNtraining is a provocative and compassionate approach to help people discover how to work with ourselves and each other to end our collusion with all forms of oppression, with a focus on racism. This six-month program is for white people to explore, in a small, supportive group, what it means to be white. Whatever level of experience and activism we may have, the invisible “white training” can get in the way of our ability to intervene effectively when racism occurs. Phase One introduces the basic tools and concepts of the UNtraining using experiential exercises, journaling, readings, and group work.

    These tools can help us to:

    • Be more aware of the ways the white training shapes our views of ourselves, our relationships with others, and our work in the world
    • Communicate authentically and compassionately with others about issues of racism and white supremacy
    • Move beyond the dichotomy of seeing ourselves or other white people as either “good white people” or “bad racists” by learning to hold our white social conditioning in the context of basic human goodness
    • Recognize how our personal stories allow the training to “hook” us and render us ineffective in interrupting racism – and more!

    If you are interested in learning more about these groups and to be notified when applications are available, sign up here: 

    Send me updates!

    You can also email us: info@untraining.org or call 510 235-3957.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • Zoom videoconferencing


    We need to be ready to claim our power to see ourselves and each other beyond the labels and categories given to us by a society built on violence and dominance. Our collective consciousness is evolving to hold a massive diversity of realities that includes the pain, suffering and joys of all people. If you are looking for ways to heal from the effects of racism and oppression, join us in October.


    • stop minimizing yourself and being used as a colluding partner in the oppression of yourself and others?
    • adjust your needs and desires to include the needs and desires of folks that are radically different from you?
    • Generate hope and excitement as you explore and celebrate parts of yourself that you may have been taught were unacceptable?

    If you can answer yes to one or more of the above, then this group may be for you!

    INTERESTED IN THE PEOPLE OF COLOR UNTRAINING GROUP? To receive details and an application when they are available, please fill out the form here.

    The facilitators will be Rita Shimmin, Melvin Escobar and others. For more about them and our groups for people of color, go here.

    Questions? Call 510 235-3957 or email pocgroup@untraining.org.

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