Skill in Action Book Reading
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Skill in Action Book Reading

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Practice of Yoga to Create a Just World

Book Reading

Chop Suey Books Richmond, VA

June 14th 6:30-8:00 PM

The current social context highlights how power and oppression is present in the very air we breathe. Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world will read from her book exploring the intersection of justice and the principles of yoga. Q&A and book signing to follow.

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Project Yoga Richmond Skill in Action Workshop
Jun
15
9:30 AM09:30

Project Yoga Richmond Skill in Action Workshop

Join Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world as she hosts this three hour workshop designed to explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively. Through this exploration, we can harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion. The last 30-minutes of the session will be an open Q & A and book sale/signing.

Date: June 15th

Time: 9:30am-1:00pm

For more information and to sign up visit: https://projectyogarichmond.org/training

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Healing is an Art: Healing Retreat for People of Color
Jun
7
to Jun 9

Healing is an Art: Healing Retreat for People of Color

  • Welches Oregon United States (map)
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“Healing is an art. It takes time, it takes practice. It takes love.”

Come nourish all aspects of your well being - social, mental, spiritual, physical & emotional. During our time together, we will create sacred space to slow down, recover, and reconnect with our authentic selves. We will move beyond “self-care” and focus on developing sustainable healing practices that help us thrive, not just survive.

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Off the Mat Into the World Dismantling Racism Series Part 2
Apr
15
to Apr 24

Off the Mat Into the World Dismantling Racism Series Part 2

  • North Carolina United States (map)
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Dismantling Racism Part 2

Michelle Cassandra Johnson

April 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th

7:00-9:00 pm ET

Join Michelle Cassandra Johnson

  • Dates: LIVE via zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays 04/15/2019 - 04/24/2019

  • Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

  • Where: Online

  • YA CE Eligibility: Eligible for 8 hours of Yoga Alliance CE credit.

  • Course Recordings: Sessions are recorded and emailed to you automatically within 24 hours following each session. These recordings will only be available for 30 days after the final session.

  • Prerequisite: Dismantling Racism Part 1, or the equivalent of a dismantling racism or race equity training that covers the history of the race construct and the definition of personal, cultural and institutional racism.

Workshop Description:

Putting your anti-racism values into practice can be messy and challenging. This is an "advanced" workshop series for those who have completed Dismantling Racism Course through Off the Mat, the Race and Resilience Course offered by Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson or the equivalent of a dismantling racism or race equity training that covers the history of the race construct and the definition of personal, cultural and institutional racism. If you want to delve deeper into the personal challenges related to working effectively across race this is the course for you. We will review the framework of personal, institutional and cultural racism, share challenges that arise when we try to center relationship across lines of difference based on race and create goals around our anti-racism practice.

Session Overview:

  • Session I Review of Framework and Shared Language

  • Session II Common Challenges That Arise When we Begin to Work Across Lines of Difference Based on Race

  • Session III White People's Work and People of Color's Work-Our Roles in Creating an Anti-Racist Culture

  • Session IV Tools for Staying in Relationship, Acknowledging Harm and Building Systems of Repair

Register here: http://www.offthematintotheworld.org/events-1/2019/4/15/dismantling-racism-2

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Skill in Action Weekend Workshop
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Skill in Action Weekend Workshop

Skill in Action Weekend Workshop

Saturday April 13th and Sunday April 14th 12:00-6:00 pm

Commotion PDX

SKILL IN ACTION: RADICALIZING YOUR PRACTICE OF YOGA TO CREATE A JUST WORLD

Commotion PDX

Skill in Action is a workshop designed to explore patterns of oppression, power and privilege, and to respond to the current cultural challenges through practices of self-study, contemplation and collective action.

It can be difficult to remain centered amidst the chaos of a culture that continues to divide and conquer. Many are wondering how to respond to increasingly oppressive policies, political divisions and the current cultural upheaval. While we have questions about how to respond, I believe that we must respond with steadfastness and courageous hearts to the urgent concerns of this time. Contemplative practices, including meditation and yoga, allow us to work with sensation, toxic thought patterns, cultural conditioning, overwhelm, and anxiety through mindfulness and thoughtful care. In this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of the principles of justice and yoga; the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness.

The most effective tool of White Supremacy is Divide and Conquer. This system of oppression  causes us to distance from ourselves and others, leaving us split apart both individually and collectively. Dismantling White Supremacy and systems of oppression requires turning towards, and facing one another. Through the practice of yoga, we can experience personal transformation that allows us to approach one another with honesty, skill and awareness. Through sharing and conversation we will explore the ways White Supremacy and oppression become internalized, and how we, in turn, embody and perpetuate oppression individually and collectively. We will practice asana (postures), meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing), chanting and mantra work to sharpen our goals and visions for our work to change the world. We will  will create concrete plans to put our goals into action.

Sliding Scale Offered.

REGISTER HERE

A Quick Guide to our Sliding Scale
We encourage you to read our full thoughts on the sliding scale (below), but here is a very brief rundown, please read the ticket descriptions carefully before you select your ticket:

$275 - Tier 1-Supported Access
$175 - Tier 2-Fair Access
$75 - Tier 3-Rebalance Access

($275) Tier 1-Supported Access is the actual value of this workshop. If you choose a ticket price below the top tier you are receiving a discount. This tier is for those who have enough financial comfort that they can easily afford to pay this cost. If purchasing at this tier does not create significant, or even minimal hardship, then this tier is for you.

($175) Tier 2-Fair Access Paying for this class may qualify as a sacrifice but it would not create severe hardship for you or your family. We offer this price in acknowledgment that paying the full cost may prevent some folks from attending, but that these persons do not honestly find themselves reflected in descriptions for either Tier 1 or Tier 3.  If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here. If you, however, can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and limit opportunities for others.

($75) Tier 3-Rebalance Access is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little-to-no expendable income, and for whom paying more would create hardship for themselves and/or their family.

Leave a tip If you’d like to offer an additional amount with your ticket reservation, or would like to donate to support further access and scholarship for Michelle’s students, you can leave a tip here. Thank you!

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Book Reading Commotion PDX
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Book Reading Commotion PDX

Skill in Action Book Reading

with Michelle Cassandra Johnson

(com)motion PDX

Friday April 12th, 6:00-8:00pm

The current social context highlights how power and oppression is present in the very air we breathe. Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world will lead a meditation followed by a book reading. She will read from her book exploring the intersection of justice and the principles of yoga. Q&A and book signing to follow. 

REGISTER HERE

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Skill in Action Workshop
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Skill in Action Workshop

K10Yoga is thrilled to host Michelle C. Johnson for a Skill in Action workshop. In this workshop, participants will deepen their understanding of the principles of justice, activism and of contemplative practice. We will discuss the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness. In addition, we will discuss what we internalize from living in a white supremacist culture and how these internalizations impact us individually, as people of color, as white people, and as a collective.

Date: April 5, 2019

Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Purchase tix https://k10yoga.com/events/

$35 to the general public, Free for K10Yoga YTT participants

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Skill in Action Workshop
Mar
30
9:00 AM09:00

Skill in Action Workshop

  • 1659 Venables St Vancouver BC Canada (map)
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Yoga Outreach is thrilled to host Michelle C. Johnson for a Skill in Action workshop. In this workshop, participants will deepen their understanding of the principles of justice, activism and of contemplative practice. We will discuss the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness. In addition, we will discuss what we internalize from living in a white supremacist culture and how these internalizations impact us individually, as people of color, as white people, and as a collective.

Date: March 30th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Purchase tix HERE.

Earlybird tix: $40 until March 18th

Regular tix: $60

Venue: 1659 Venables St, Vancouver BC

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Race and Resilience with Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson
Mar
18
to Mar 20

Race and Resilience with Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson

Race and Resilience Working Across Lines of Difference

Centering Relationship with Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson

Centering relationships is one of the most important strategies in dismantling racism and systems of oppression. Join Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson, two social change activists, for an an online series focused on how to work across lines of difference and center relationships, even when it gets messy and complicated. 

As a community, we can't afford to evade our responsibility for creating a just world by believing that our personal transformation is disconnected from collective liberation. We offer this workshop in the spirit of sharing collective space to wade through what arises when we speak truth from our social location or embodied racial identities. 

To create a racially equitable spaces we need a shared understanding of dominant culture, oppression, power, privilege and racism.

In this online series:
We will define racism and white supremacy.
Share an analysis of social location and explore how our location impacts our capacity and ability to work across lines of difference.
Share skills focused on how to stay in relationship when things get messy by acknowledging harm and creating conditions for repair. 

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-resilience-online-course-working-across-lines-of-difference-tickets-55169149411


NOTE: This is a two session online course on 3/18 7-9pm EST AND 3/20 7-9pm EST. Ticket price includes BOTH sessions.*When you go to purchase tickets just purchase for one date on eventbrite.

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Unity Yoga Workshop
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Unity Yoga Workshop

Join Michelle C. Johnson as she hosts this three hour workshop designed to explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively. Through this exploration, we can harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

$35.00

To register visit: https://schedulebliss.com/unityknoxville/?tt=8666

BIO:

Michelle C. Johnson is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their life. She explores how privilege, power and oppression affects the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energy body. 



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Social Justice and Contemplative Practice
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Social Justice and Contemplative Practice

Skill in Action Dismantling Racism Workshop

Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:00am-1:30pm

Key West Yoga Sanctuary

Personal and collective transformation happens in spiritual spaces and activists circles. Embodied practice is necessary in activist spaces to help us sustain our movement work. Activism is necessary in spiritual spaces because we aren't isolated in our spiritual practice and there is no way to separate from the chaos dominant culture created via white supremacy, oppression and power.

In this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of the principles of justice, activism and of contemplative practice. We will discuss the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness. In addition, we will discuss what we internalize from living in a white supremacist culture and how these internalizations impact us individually, as people of color, as white people, and as a collective. We will practice movement, meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing) as you sharpen goals and visions for your work to change the world. You will also create concrete plans to put your goals into action.

This inclusive, all-levels workshop is designed for anyone who wants to understand how to link the practices of inner and outer change in service of our individual and collective liberation.

Register HERE.

Early bird pricing $30.00
After 1/15 $45.00



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Skill in Action Dismantling Racism Training
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Skill in Action Dismantling Racism Training

Skill in Action Dismantling Racism Workshop

Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00am-5:00pm

Studios of Key West

Michelle Johnson, anti-racism trainer, yogi, and activist will lead us through a workshop focused on understanding systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

The dismantling racism workshop includes:
* Embodied practice (breath work and some movement)
* Storytelling based on our life experience
* A look at personal, cultural, and institutional racism
* A history of the race construct
* A look at internalizations of racism and privilege and planning for action.

To Register Click Here.


To make this workshop accessible we have a three-tiered payment scale. $100, $125 or $150. In addition, we have a limited number of partial and full SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE.

****Note
If you attend the contemplative practice and justice workshop on 2/10 at Yoga Sanctuary you will receive discounted pricing for that workshop and be able to participate for $25.00

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Off the Mat Into the World Dismantling Racism Series
Feb
5
to Feb 14

Off the Mat Into the World Dismantling Racism Series

  • North Carolina United States (map)
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Dismantling Racism Online Series with

Michelle Cassandra Johnson

February 5th, 7th, 12th and 14th

7:00-9:00 pm ET

Join Michelle Cassandra Johnson for an informative and transformative workshop on Dismantling Racism and White Supremacy. Whiteness is toxic and is harming everyone of us. It is important to understand how race was constructed, how whiteness functions and how oppression and privilege limits our capacity to be free.

The series includes four sessions:
Session I Identity and how it Informs our Experience
Session II The History of the Race Construct
Session III Institutional and Cultural Racism + Social Location
Session IV Internalized Oppression and Internalized Whiteness

This series will deepen your understanding of identity, culture, institutional and cultural racism and internalizations. Readings and electronic materials will be provided between sessions and homework/next steps will be assigned between sessions.

Sliding Scale:
$ 125.00* | Community Rate (discounted)
$ 150.00  | Sustainer Rate (pays for you)
$ 175.00  | Supporter Rate (support others as well as yourself)

Register HERE.

* if this is not affordable for you, please email training@offthematintotheworld.org to inquire about a lower payment

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Skill in Action Weekend Intensive
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Skill in Action Weekend Intensive

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Practice of Yoga to Create a Just World

Villager Yoga, Birmingham, AL

February 2nd and 3rd 9:00am-4:00pm

Are you wondering how to stay grounded and centered and respond to the current political and cultural context? Contemplative practices such as yoga and meditation can serve as points of refuge when we feel lost, hopeless and uncertain. Skill in Action, a practice that bridges yoga and justice, will lead you through a transformative two-day workshop focused on contemplative practice, justice and healing. Skill in Action provides experiential embodied activities to wade through emotions, learn our history and challenge the urge to remain complacent. If you are a yogi, healer, or social change agent this workshop is designed for you.

White supremacy’s most effective tool is Divide and Conquer, which causes us to distance from ourselves and others, leaving us split apart both individually and collectively. Dismantling white supremacy requires turning and facing one another. Through the practice of yoga, we can experience a personal transformation that allows us to approach one another with honesty, skill and awareness.In this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of the principles of justice and of yoga, the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness. In addition, we will discuss what we internalize from living in a white supremacist culture and how these internalizations impact us individually, as people of color, as white people, and as a collective. We will practice asana (postures), meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing), chanting and mantra work as you sharpen goals and visions for your work to change the world. You will also create concrete plans to put your goals into action.

This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion. You will have an hour-long lunch break on Saturday and Sunday.

Sample Agenda:

9:00am Gathering and Centering
9:30am Dharma Talk
10:00 Principles of Justice, Yamas and Niyamas
11:00 Asana Practice
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Analysis about how power moves, power analysis
2:00 Application
3:00 Discussion and Closing

Led by: Michelle Johnson

Investment: $175 limited early-bird

$200 regular

$225 fund-a-friend (if you can afford this option, it will allow more to attend without financial burden)

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Skill in Action Yoga Class and Book Reading
Dec
23
1:00 PM13:00

Skill in Action Yoga Class and Book Reading

The current social context highlights how power and oppression is present in the very air we breathe. Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world will lead a thirty minute yoga class followed by a book reading. She will read from her book exploring the intersection of justice and the principles of yoga. Q&A and book signing to follow. 

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Radical Self-Care
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Radical Self-Care

Radical Self-Care

The "self" truly is a reflection of everyone that we interact with; there is no separation and we are inextricably linked. The current cultural context is one that is greatly imbalanced, causing dysfunction, separation, isolation, trauma and harm individually and collectively. Self-Care is a radical act of resistance. As we move into a new year, it is time for us to consider how we want to more intentionally care for ourselves and others.

Through the practice of meditation, ritual and movement, this workshop will focus on the relationship that you have with yourself and how that informs your relationships with others. In this workshop we will explore what it means to make space to practice self-care and what it means to care for the collective good. We will set intentions focused on living into the highest version of ourselves, and make space to heal our hearts so that we can more clearly see our connection with others.

This workshop will include meditation, movement, chakra clearing, journaling, intention setting and a soothing savasana. 

Please bring a journal with you.

30.00 (Scholarships available)

18 Springs has a scholarship fund if you need financial support to be able to participate in this offering. Please contact: info@michellecjohnson.com for more information about scholarships.

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Race and Resilience with Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson
Dec
4
to Dec 6

Race and Resilience with Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson

These are trying times and we need spaces to truth tell, grieve, learn, heal and build skills. Join Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson, two social change activists, for an an online series focused on dismantling racism and connecting with our individual and collective resilience.

Dismantling Racism and Working Across Lines of Difference

As a community, we can't afford to evade our responsibility for creating a just world by believing that our personal transformation is disconnected from collective liberation.

To create a racially equitable space we need a shared understanding and definition of racism and whiteness. In this session, we will define racism and white supremacy and share an analysis that explains personal, institutional and cultural racism. We will discuss the history of the race construct, how racism impacts spiritual spaces and offer tools for application of the analysis. We will explore ways to work across lines of difference in our communities and social change work. We will offer tools and practices to integrate our work and center social justice in spiritual practice.

To Register Sign up Here: Dismantling Racism and Working Across Lines of Difference

NOTE: This is a two session online course on 12/4 7-9pm EST AND 12/6 7-9pm EST. Ticket price includes BOTH sessions.

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The Act of Radical Self Care
Nov
28
to Dec 19

The Act of Radical Self Care

Through this course you will learn to:

  • Create a sustaining self-care practice

  • Affirm the gifts you embody as a healer and empath and create strategies to respond to empathic fatigue.

  • Learn skills from various modalities to keep you centered and grounded.

  • Connect with your intuition. We are in conversation with the Divine all of the time: how to recognize the signs. 

  • Deepen your relationship with your spirit guides.

  • Create rituals for stability in a chaotic world.

  • Develop an intentional practice of setting boundaries.

  • Connect to your heartbreak and making space for grief.

  • Hold space for the collective good: Centering what is in service of the group.

  • Create the counter-story of our resilience and survival.

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Skill in Action Workshop
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Skill in Action Workshop

This workshop will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

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Skill in Action Weekend Workshop
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Skill in Action Weekend Workshop

  • Charlotte, NC, 28205 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

White supremacy’s most effective tool is Divide and Conquer, which causes us to distance from ourselves and others, leaving us split apart both individually and collectively. Dismantling white supremacy requires turning and facing one another. Through the practice of yoga, we can experience a personal transformation that allows us to approach one another with honesty, skill and awareness.

In this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of the principles of justice and of yoga, the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness. In addition, we will discuss what we internalize from living in a white supremacist culture and how these internalizations impact us individually, as people of color, as white people, and as a collective. We will practice asana (postures), meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing), chanting and mantra work as you sharpen goals and visions for your work to change the world. You will also create concrete plans to put your goals into action.

This inclusive, all-levels workshop is designed for anyone who wants to understand how to link the practices of inner and outer change- on the mat, off of the mat, and within their lives. You will leave the workshop feeling connected, alive, free, and motivated to practice seva (service) as you take your yoga into the world. Yoga teachers will gain new skills to bring to their teaching.

No yoga experience is necessary.

To Register Visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skill-in-action-weekend-workshop-tickets-50238305123

Cost: $150.00

Scholarships available!

The workshop is from 6:00-9:00pm Friday, November 9th & 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday, November 10th.

Michelle Johnson is a yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their lives. Michelle specializes in trauma, eating disorders and racial identity work. In 2015, Michelle began leading Skill in Action Yoga Teacher Training, which is focused on the intersection of yoga and social justice.
 

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Healing Ourselves, Healing our Communities
Nov
5
to Nov 14

Healing Ourselves, Healing our Communities

Marisol Naranjo-Herrera and Michelle Cassandra Johnson have come together to create a virtual connection with people of color seeking a deeper relationship with themselves and their own healing. As people of color, we often find ourselves navigating whiteness, white spaces, and a toxic culture. We are positioned to caretake and evade our own healing due to structural & cultural racism. This course will explore how internalized oppression impacts our mind, heart, spirit and physical body, both individually and as a collective group of people of color. We will offer healing practices throughout our two sessions and create space to share our collective healing wisdom.

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Radical. Responsive. Ready.
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Radical. Responsive. Ready.

  • 18 Springs Community Healing Center (map)
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Michelle C. Johnson, Founder of Skill in Action: Yoga & Social Justice and Kerri Kelly, Founder of CTZNWELL, have teamed up once again an informative and transformative workshop. Friends, these are dark times that require an even deeper dive into understanding how we got to where we are and what skillful actions we can take in response. No one can escape the effects of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. It is time for us, all of us, to be part of creating a just world. Michelle and Kerri will explore the intersection of contemplative practices (mindfulness, movement and yoga) and justice. They will discuss spiritual bypassing to deepen your understanding of how you/we can engage with spiritual practice to respond to the cultural context. Michelle and Kerri will share organizing principles as they inspire you to take action. The session will include: a dharma talk, discussion, meditation, partner and group work, movement, and breath work. We will guide you. Now is the time. Join us.

Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle and yoga mat if you have one. We will have props and mats in the space. We will take a lunch break around 12:30pm. You are more than welcome to bring your own lunch or to go to a place nearby to nourish your body and spirit.

For more information and to register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/radical-responsive-ready-tickets-50001805747

18 Springs Community Healing Center has a scholarship fund if you need financial support to be able to participate in this offering. Please contact: info@michellecjohnson.com for more information about scholarships

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The Joy of Activism
Sep
14
7:30 AM07:30

The Joy of Activism

The Joy of Activism with Michelle and Cheryl

 

Join Michelle C. Johnson and Cheryl Schirillo for The Joy of Activism featuring meditation, music and movement on the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:30 – 8:45 am at 18 Springs (detailed directions and parking info below).

Michelle and Cheryl have teamed up for this new offering because they believe that their strength and tenacity as activists grows from their ability to regularly plug into joy and deep self-care. So often social change movements are a response to the toxicity present in our society, especially oppressive, cultural norms and the abuse of power and privilege. They feel it is helpful for activists to work in partnership with Nature, create and connect with joy and light, and to make space to rejuvenate so we may continue doing our social change work in the world. This monthly event will include metta meditation, music, intention setting and visioning, art and movement. There is no set fee for this offering, but heart donations of $5-$20 are appropriate and appreciated.  

18 Springs Community Healing Center is located across from Wake Forest University and next to the BB&T Center. The address is: 2424 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Enter into the parking lot off Reynolda Rd. You will see a small building with a large picture window directly in front of you: that is 18 Springs. Parking is available near the front door.

Michelle C. Johnson is a social justice warrior, yoga teacher and practitioner, and an intuitive healer. Learn more at: https://www.michellecjohnson.com

Cheryl Schirillo-Johnson is a mindfulness meditation teacher, shamanic sound healer, spiritual activist, social change artist, and business leader. Learn more at: https://www.mybridges.net

 

 

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Skill in Action Book Reading and Meditation
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Skill in Action Book Reading and Meditation

The current social context highlights how power and oppression is present in the very air we breathe. Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world will read from her book exploring the intersection of justice and the principles of yoga. Q&A and book signing to follow. 

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Asheville Yoga Festival
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Asheville Yoga Festival

  • Asheville Yoga Festival (map)
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Michelle is thrilled to be presenting two classes, a book signing and a day-long immersion at this year's Asheville Yoga Festival. The classes and book signing come included with your festival ticket price, and the day-long immersion can be purchased separately. Read on for details.


Skill in Action Dharma and Karma Workshop
July 27, 1:30-3pm

Karma, a term used very often in and outside of yoga spaces means the sum or our experiences and actions in deciding our fate or destiny. Dharma is our duty or higher purpose, and calls us to take action in co-creating our destiny with the universe. This inspiring yoga journey will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this class with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings.


Radical Self Care Workshops
July 28, 1:30-3pm 

In yoga, the "self" truly is a reflection of everyone that we interact with; there is no separation and we are inextricably linked. The current cultural context is one that is greatly imbalanced, causing dysfunction, separation, isolation, trauma and harm individually and collectively. Self-Care is a radical act of resistance.It is time for us to consider how we want to more intentionally care for ourselves and others. Through the practice of yoga, this workshop will focus on the relationship that you have with yourself and how that informs your relationships with others. In this workshop we will explore what it means to make space to practice self-care and what it means to care for the collective good. We will set intentions focused on living into the highest versions of ourselves, and make space to heal our hearts so that we can more clearly see our connection with others.


Meet and Mingle + Book Signing
July 27, 4:00-5:00pm


Immersion: Radical, Responsive and Ready! Creating a Just World Through The Practice of Yoga
July 26, 9am-4pm
 

During the Asheville Yoga Festival in 2017, we began a discussion about the external cultural and political landscape and its intersection with the practice of yoga. Friends, these are dark times that require an even deeper dive into understanding how we got to where we are and what skillful actions we can take in response. No one can escape the effects of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. It is time that yogis mindfully and actively engage in creating justice through the practice of yoga. Radical, Responsive and Ready will inspire you to change. Four yoga practitioners, Kerri Kelly, Chelsea Roberts Jackson, Carrington Jackson and Michelle will engage you in an exploration of the intersection of yoga and social justice. The session will include: a dharma talk, meditation, partner and group work, asana, and breath work. This moment is about you asking yourself to commit to creating a just world through your practice of yoga. We will guide you. Now is the time. Join us.

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Weekend Intensive
Jul
20
to Jul 22

Weekend Intensive

White supremacy’s most effective tool is Divide and Conquer, which causes us to distance from ourselves and others, leaving us split apart both individually and collectively. Dismantling white supremacy requires turning and facing one another. Through the practice of yoga, we can experience a personal transformation that allows us to approach one another with honesty, skill and awareness. In this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of the principles of justice and of yoga, the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness. In addition, we will discuss what we internalize from living in a white supremacist culture and how these internalizations impact us individually, as people of color, as white people, and as a collective. We will practice asana (postures), meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing), chanting and mantra work as you sharpen goals and visions for your work to change the world. You will also create concrete plans to put your goals into action.

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The Art of Inclusivity: for Teachers, Wellness Workers & Healers
Jul
19
9:00 AM09:00

The Art of Inclusivity: for Teachers, Wellness Workers & Healers

Our culture is constructed in a way that only allows for some to prioritize their own wellness. So often, taking care of oneself seems like a privilege only afforded to some. Michelle Johnson, author, yoga teacher, social justice activist and licensed clinical social worker, has spent time considering how to create the most inclusive spaces for contemplative practice. If you have an interested creating inclusive healing spaces join Michelle as she shares from her new book: Skill in Action, Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. Michelle will explore the intersection of yoga and justice as an entry into understanding how to create inclusive spaces for healing. The workshop will include contemplative practice, journaling, self-reflection and small group discussions. Show up to learn more about yourself and to identify ways to inspire justice. 

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Skill in Action: Yoga + Social Justice
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Skill in Action: Yoga + Social Justice

Let's explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively to help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

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Cultivating Courage in the Heart of Activists and Allies
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Cultivating Courage in the Heart of Activists and Allies

In this workshop, Michelle will share from her new book: Skill in Action, Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. Michelle will explore the intersection of yoga and justice as an entry into understanding how to create inclusive activist spaces that center healing and resiliency. The workshop is not a yoga class, but will include contemplative practice, journaling, self-reflection and small group discussions. Show up to learn more about yourself and to identify ways to inspire justice.

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Yoga and Social Justice Workshop
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga and Social Justice Workshop

This three hour workshop will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

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Yoga + Social Justice: Reading and Talk
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga + Social Justice: Reading and Talk

Are you are interested in the intersection of yoga and justice, the role of contemplative practice in activists spaces and exploring your relationship to power and privilege? Author, yoga teacher, social justice activist and licensed clinical social worker, Michelle Johnson, is offering a book reading and discussion on the intersection of yoga and justice based on her new book: Skill in Action, Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. The reading and discussion will include self-reflection through journaling and paired shares as well as a meditation focused on justice in the body. Show up to learn more about yourself and to identify ways to inspire justice. 

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