This monthly community meeting space is open to all who share the value of dismantling personal, cultural and institutional racism in Winston-Salem and beyond. This group grew out of HOPE TANK W-S which formed to study and practice nonviolent social change. It was formally named “Communicating Effectively about Racism”.
Each meeting includes: time to review the “wall of history” and discuss past and current events, quiet time for reflection and centering, a review of nonviolent principles, and discussion of what is coming up for members of the group as they work to dismantle white supremacy. We invite you to bring stories from your own experiences to share, or to just come ready to work with whatever emerges in the group.
This is a space for coming together across lines of racial difference as well as differences in age, experience, religious/spiritual beliefs, sexual and gender identity and political affiliation. The only requirements are a willingness to engage in honest and respectful conversation.
When: 3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: This group traditionally meets at SHARE Cooperative. We are currently meeting virtually due to Covid-19. Once you register, we will email you a Zoom link.
Fee: A donation of any amount to Freedom Tree at Institute for Dismantling Racism. Donate HERE. (If you are unable to make a donation at this time, please join us anyway!)
The overall mission of this community group is to better the environment for Black, Indigenous, People of Color by providing an avenue for white people to improve their understanding of racism and white culture. Tools will be provided that increase white awareness and inform constructive action to better dismantle systems that continue to disrespect and harm BIPOC. This program will provide education, a format for discussion, as well as meditation practices for transformation.
Learn the history of race and racism in the United States.
Identify cultural conditioning as it pertains to race and racism and the way it operates within our lives in the present.
Work constructively with uncomfortable emotions such as anger, shame, guilt and sadness.
Deepen sensitivity to the dynamics of power that arise in relationships between white people and BIPOC.
Become actively anti-racist.
When: 2nd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: This group traditionally meets at 18 Springs. We are currently meeting virtually due to Covid-19. Once you register, we will email you a Zoom link.
Fee: A donation of any amount to 18 Springs. (If you are unable to make a donation at this time, please join us anyway!)
To inquire, to ask about accessibility needs, or to register, contact Sydney Hughes-McGee at .
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New Moon Ceremonies
Price: Donation to 18 Springs
New Moon Ceremonies
~connecting with ourselves, each other, and the elements~
Each ceremony will be led by a different teacher, healer, or space holder and each offering will have a different theme or focus as we move through the process of gathering and releasing. New Moon Ceremonies have been commonly known as a space exclusively for cis identified women to come together under the moon, but as we are breaking down the gender binary and dismantling harmful systems, we welcome folks of all gender identities to these gatherings. We commit to doing our best in supporting and protecting those most marginalized.
The Aries New Moon is all about emerging from the underworld and marks the beginning of the lunar year. The world is tentatively beginning to surface from this particularly painful time since quarantines began about 12 months ago. This moment requires our greatest care.
In this online community ceremony, Sydney Hughes-McGee, will lead us in each creating a Luster Bowl to both honor our losses and set our intentions for the coming cycle. The practice of making Luster Bowl prayer offerings comes from the Maya tradition and involves offering prayers through floating fresh flowers in water. Sydney was taught this practice when studying the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. It is a simple and beautiful way to pray and/or set intentions and can be done by anyone at anytime, regardless of beliefs.
This ceremony will include poetry, a bit of guided movement and time for reflection/writing, as well as creating your Luster Bowl Offering. Please have a notebook and pen, a medium to large sized bowl, water, and plenty of fresh flowers handy. Your personal ceremony begins with the picking and enjoyment of the spring blossoms. (Store bought flowers work well too.)
This event will be 18 Springs’ first monthly New Moon Ceremony, and marks our reemergence after a year of recreating ourselves as a community based non-profit organization. All are welcome!
Offered on a Donation Basis.
The suggested donation is 25.00.
If unable to make a donation at this time, please come anyway!