White Guilt Workshop

Increasingly the necessary but difficult and uncomfortable conversations that once remained in the background are coming to the foreground. In our own community the conversation about race and privilege is hugely important and happening more often. In response to what we have been learning and the desire to make room for hard and courageous conversations to happen, we offer the following workshop. Please note that this workshop is not for individuals who seek information, but for people engaged in this process,  looking for tools to work with the inner struggles of white guilt. 


So here we are, white people waking up to the irreparable damage we’ve done by participating in systems we once perceived as harmless. This necessary awakening hurts — it burns inside our bellies in shameful hues. It clouds our interaction with people of color, it ignites bitter judgment towards our white tribe.

Let’s work with it!

You are invited to bring your guilt and shame into a safe space where we will:

  • Listen to each other’s experience
  • Use creative writing as a way to access and articulate it
  • Use movement as a way of finding, staying present to and expressing it

My hope is that through these activities we will take small steps…

  • from feeling isolated, toward feeling held in our shared human experience
  • from self-criticism, toward a place of self-compassion and tenderness
  • from over-thinking, toward honest expression of our felt experience
  • from repeating the same story in our minds, toward a generous perspective on our journey

My invitation to you is to bring your full self into the space and engage in a process. This is deep work, this is vulnerable work. We will do our very best to create a safe learning space where we can really be here for one another.


When and where?
Thursday March 31st, 2016, 6:30 – 9:30pm
3427 Bethoven Street, Polish Hill (my colleague’s living room)

What to bring
Please bring cut-outs or print outs of newspaper headings and images that bring up feelings of guilt and shame.

I would like this to be affordable to everyone that would like to come. If you feel you’d like to contribute to help me do my work, purchase tea and pay my rent, I would be very grateful. I’ll have a donation jar.

More about Hannah
I grew up in apartheid South Africa. This experience gifted me with a mountain range of interracial trauma, guilt and shame to work through. I’m a work in progress, but I’m grateful for what I’ve learned and would like to create a space where we can learn and heal together. Here is a bio if you want to know more.

Please sign up here!
The workshop is limited to 14 participants. If it gets full, we will add your name to the waitlist and contact you should a space become free.

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About the Author:

The shape of an instrument informs its sound. The shape of Hannah’s work was forged in South Africa under the oppressive political system of apartheid. For the last three decades she has pursued the question: “what does it take to create a life-affirming world?” She has done so as community leader, design professional, researcher, facilitator, professor, improviser and artist.

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