Natural Lifemanship

Compassionate and Connected Conversations about Race (9 CE Credits)

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At the Natural Lifemanship Institute, we believe that meaningful work on the subject of racism and antiracism begins with connection. It begins with the desire to deeply listen to our own bodies and simultaneously to the embodied experiences of others. This requires our full engagement, commitment, and practice.

To support our community in this work,

we are pleased to offer this course compilation with over 9 hours of material

dedicated to healing our personal and collective racialized trauma,

at NO CHARGE to you!

This compilation includes:
1. Embodied Conversations about Racism and Antiracism
A 3-part “embodied conversation” between trauma expert and best-selling author, Bonnie Badenoch, and grassroots leader and community advocate, Vanessa Timmons. What is an embodied conversation? An embodied conversation steers away from a strictly cognitive or intellectual approach. Instead, it prioritizes the lived and felt experience of each participant, both in the past and in the present dialogue in which they are engaged. In practice, it means that neither has entered the conversation with an agenda, but that they each remain open to how it wants to proceed. An embodied conversation is unpredictable and messy at times, flowing from the heart as well as the head. Bonnie (a White woman) and Vanessa (a Black woman) have a loving and respectful friendship and their dialogue beautifully exemplifies the embodiment of warm care and respect, presence, and listening and responding from a place of compassion.
Part 1: Haunted by History
Part 2: A Complicated Web
Part 3: Difficult Conversations and Big Ideas
2. Compassionate Conversations about Race and Antiracism
A 90-minute presentation by Bonnie and Vanessa recorded at Natural Lifemanship’s Interconnected 2020 conference.
Through dialogue, stories and reflections, Bonnie and Vanessa explore the following questions: What is it like to be Black in a world defined by whiteness? What kind of wounds have cemented in racial division around the world? How might those wounds heal? How do we have conversations that are both compassionate and respectful of the unique experience of slavery? What does neuroscience have to say about what kinds of inner changes are necessary for us to manifest inclusion of all, regardless of differences, in the outside world?
3. Navigating Implicit Bias, White Spaces, and the Somatics of Racialized Trauma
A panel discussion with Veronica Lac, Elizabeth McCorvey, and Sarah Schlote recorded at Natural Lifemanship’s Interconnected 2020 conference.
This panel engages in a dynamic conversation about how to navigate the discomfort of recognizing implicit bias and the white space that is the equestrian world and EAPL work.
Participants are invited to think critically about how they are situated within this culture and what they are willing to do to create a safer, braver, and more inclusive environment for all.
Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the impacts of slavery and other historical acts of racism on contemporary racialized experience
  2. Describe what an embodied conversation about race is and how it differs from other ways of discussing race and racism
  3. Identify at least 3 ways that our personal histories and systemic racism intersect and influence our experiences of race
  4. Describe at least 3 qualities that are needed to make and sustain progress towards equality and healing our racialized wounds
  5. Define “implicit bias” and “racialized trauma”
  6. Give examples of sources of rupture and sources of repair in interracial relationships
  7. Identify ways to decolonize one’s professional practice

CE Contact Hours

  • Successful completion of this course awards 9 contact hours. There is a 20 question quiz following each 120 minute presentation and a 15 question quiz following each 90-minute presentation. Each quiz must be completed with 80% accuracy to pass.
  • The Natural Lifemanship Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6807.
  • This program is pending approval  by the National Association of Social Workers.