$25 – $75

Decolonizing the Heart Workshop: Deep Learning for Deep Change

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Toronto United Mennonite Church

1774 Queen Street East

Toronto, ON M4L 1G7

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Reconciliation requires building relationships. Building relationships requires more than coming together over issues. Where do we begin?

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Decolonizing the Heart: Deep Learning for Deep Change

So, you’ve done a KAIROS Blanket Exercise, now what?

You feel helpless at how messed up the world is, what do you do?

You want to work with people – but they seem so different. Where do you begin?

This is a workshop to address questions like these. Reconciliation requires building relationships; building relationships requires more than coming together over issues; decolonizing our own hearts is necessary before we can work together for transformation.

We begin by sharing our stories.

We tell stories to make sense of our world. Using geno-graphing, we explore the stories into which we are born - the struggles of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and further into our lineage. We strive to understand their lives within an historical, social, economic and political context. We need this grounding so that we can move beyond sympathy into empathy and compassion.

We consider our own stories through William Ury's proposition that "all conflicts arise from the failure to have needs met." We use a scarcity-needs-based conflict analysis approach using the Medicine Wheel framework whereby we examine the spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual aspects of our human needs.

Our aim in this day-long workshop is to explore ways of being that keep us apart and ways that bring us together. Through this process we hope to understand the work we require for balance and harmony.

Some of the topics we cover are motivation, identity formation, media literacy, privilege, concepts of spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual intelligence, critical communication strategies, understanding the political economy of the production of knowledge, and more.

Some of the tools we’ll be using are storytelling, role-playing, mapping social relationships, effective facilitation skills, fundamentals for having difficult conversations, and more.

Join us in understanding scarcity-needs-based conflict and how it informs all of our interactions. Acquire deep personal insight into the historical, social, political and economic factors that brought you to this place, and the work each of us needs to do to reconcile our own journey, others' journeys, and the connection between the two. Gain teachings and tools to understand why people resist and how they can be motivated towards social change. This workshop is also particularly important for people and organizations that are dealing with issues of lateral violence.

Day's Programme

Morning (Light breakfast, Coffee/tea)

Introduction/Icebreaker

Framework and discussion: Scarcity and Needs-based Conflict Analysis; Identity Formation and Socialization; Personal Stories, Medicine Wheel Teachings and more...

Privilege Walk

A vegetarian lunch of home-made vegetable soup and salad will be provided. Please email us at decoltheheart@gmail.com to inform us of any dietary restrictions.

Afternoon

Grounding relations in history and memory:

Privilege Walk Part 2

Applying the Medicine Wheel and Geno-Graphing

Conflict De-Escalation and "Calling In"

Applying the Knowledge

Closing: debriefing/evaluations/next steps

Facilitator Bios

DM Marchand-Lafortune is an advocate, artist – music, photography, writer (poetry, essayist, short-stories, short-stories, philosophy and legal theory), film-maker, educator and teacher. She is trained as a lawyer (constitutional appellate law) and is a certified Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist. She is a leading voice in the development of the theory and practice of equity and inclusion policy.

DM was born of a Cree-Métis mother and Ashkenazi/Sephardic Jewish father. She was taken from her mother at 7 days old. She was later adopted and raised by an Acadian/Mi'kmaq man and a Scottish woman. The many truths she's learned about her inter-cultural identity have given her a deep understanding of Franz Fanon's claim, “I must understand everything because I belong nowhere.” She furthers this quote with: “If you know that – you know how to “be” anywhere."

Monica Henriques first heard Diem speak at a talk on matriarchy and the feminist gift economy and decided to attend the first Decolonizing the Heart workshop. Monica was inspired to support the next workshop, and this developed into a partnership with Diem to continue this important and ground-breaking work.

Monica is of mixed ancestry (Dutch and Jamaican) and grew up in Toronto. Her first career was in Western Canada working as an ergonomics consultant. After a significant life event, she travelled and expanded her worldview through living at a yoga retreat in New Zealand and an ashram in India for eight years. She has just completed a Master of Social Work program. A quote which encapsulates Monica’s philosophy is Albert Einstein’s: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Through nurturing respectful relationships and acknowledgement that everyone has a story, the Decolonizing the Heart material is a necessary progression for counteracting the increasing polarization in society and transforming thinking.

The venue for this event is accessible and air-conditioned. ASL interpretation is not offered at this time. Free parking is available behind the church (location info).

Contact Details

For all questions, to request accommodations or to inform us of dietary restrictions, please email us at decoltheheart@gmail.com.

This is the 4th of 4 discounted developmental workshops as we move into the next phase of the project.

Please reach out to discuss group rates for organizations!

For Pay What You Can registrants we ask you pay the minimum $25.00 to guarantee your attendance - we'll make adjustments with you at the end of the day of the workshop. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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