Introducing

Mindful Changemakers

Mindful Changemakers is an 8-week mindfulness-based social justice training for all. It is designed to give you the space, community and tools you need for personal healing and the deeper understanding of how we need to work together for collective liberation.
Our program takes the necessary intersectional approach, looking at our human experience through the identity labels that define us — race, gender, sexuality and the body.
Our intention with this program is to help you socially locate yourself, and understand your proximity to power and privilege, and provide tangible ways for you to heal and how you can mindfully show up as a changemaker in the world.
Share, process and learn in an environment for all.

Dates: September 25, 2022 – November 20, 2022

Time: Wednesdays, 8-9:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm PST

Are You Feeling Overwhelmed by the World?

We’re all affected by white supremacy and capitalism.

If you:

  • Feel helpless, angry, frustrated, overwhelmed or maybe even guilty;
  • Want to be a part of the change, but don’t know quite where to start;
  • Want to heal and show up in the world with more resilience and compassion;
We created the Mindful Changemakers courses for your personal healing and our collective liberation.

Creating a Space for Your Growth

If you’re overwhelmed and exhausted — you’re not alone.
We hear this all the time. Your own experiences of marginalization might be so internalized, that you don’t even know where to start. You feel helpless, angry, frustrated and maybe even guilty for craving joy and levity — or wanting to live your life while you continue to do the work. At the same time, you’re always worrying that nothing will ever change — and that you will never be understood or heard.
If you want to be a part of the change, but don’t know quite where to start; or want to heal and show up in the world with more resilience and compassion — we’re here to support you.

Let's Be Mindful Changemakers

Designed to immerse you in personal discovery, self-exploration, and awareness-generating conversations on identity, our goal is to support you in your personal transformation and our collective growth. The Mindful Changemakers courses aim to provide you with the education, tools, and resources to jumpstart your understanding of the what, why, and how of intersectional allyship.
If you are feeling called to explore your role in oppressive systems, what it takes to heal, and what you can do to change through a mindfulness-based approach, these courses are for you.
Race
Sexuality
Gender
Body

CURRICULUM

The course is offered live with a study group and also can be done independently at your own pace. We invite you to choose whichever form is best to support you and your learning journey.

Modules 1-2:
Starting your journey

Take a deep breath.

We start by learning about who we are and what we’re doing here. Become familiar with the things you might hear throughout our time together. Explore the suggested readings, content, and resources to help you through the course. Learn how to practice listening to our bodily cues, and talk about feeling uncomfortable in a brave and compassionate space.

We will then lay the foundation of your practice by exploring how we can all embody social justice through mindfulness-based practices – unbiased compassion, deep listening and dismantling, radical rest and joy as liberation. We will learn what it means to reflect on the collective and how we can honor ancestors, land and traditions with these practices.

After setting our intentions and conditions as a group, we will explore and identify your proximity to power and privilege. Learn about the roots of harmful narratives. Define terms and concepts we often hear, like intersectionality, harm, and allyship, while also discussing boundaries, intent v. impact, and some we may not be familiar with yet.

Modules 3-7:
Our Four Pillars

These modules will provide you with a foundational understanding of each pillar through an intersectional lens, along with the resources and tools to show up as an ally. We take this approach because we believe that everyone has different access to power and that no matter how you identify, each of us can show up together for collective liberation.

Race

Explore how the construct of race impacts individuals and communities, and acknowledge racial differences throughout cultures. . We will learn the history of oppression and the ways in which it continues today – from identifying our own biases and uncomfortability to acknowledging the harms of microaggressions and tone policing. Together, we will uncover and explore the ways white supremacy shows up in our own bodies and minds.

Gender

We’ll begin with learning to define gender and that gender does not equal sex. Together we will become familiar with terminology related to gender (non-binary, transgender, gender non-conforming, cisgender, assigned at birth, and more), and uncover how binary language is limiting and oppressive; and creates inequities and violence across all intersectional identities.

Sexuality

Together, we will explore our sexuality and sexual liberation — from understanding ways people identify sexually to learning the harmful narratives that limit our sexual liberation. Begin to understand the differences between gender identity and sexuality, and learn how oppressive systems affect people based on their sexual identity and expression.

Body

Explore ableism, fatphobia, diet culture and how they each create harmful narratives that impact our relationships with our bodies. Together, we will acknowledge the violence against bodies and learn how certain bodies are excluded, exploited, and sexualized.

Modules 8:
Becoming a Mindful Changemaker

After an integration week, we will finish our time together by creating a plan with a focus on a mission and purpose, but centers the marginalized communities. We will explore the many ways we can put our plans into action – from mutual aid to community building. Through our self-reflection and examination of the intersectionality of oppression, we lay a foundation to be mindful changemakers and take one more step towards collective liberation.

After Participating in Mindful Changemakers, You Will Learn:

  • How systems of oppression have affected your life and the lives of others and be affirmed in the ways these systems have made you feel and impacted your life.
  • Where you have biases around the body, and what is perceived to be an ideal body and how that ideal body is perceived based on race, gender, sexuality, and ability.
  • The history of fluidity through gender expression, different gender and non-gender conforming experiences, and name where you hold proximity and power as it relates to gender.
  • How and where you have the power to create change, and understand the role that healing, rest and self-care play in taking action.
  • How to take personal action towards dismantling oppressive systems, and receive action steps to uplift others and deepen your allyship.
  • Continue to show up as you are, and begin to embody who you want to be.
  • How constructs of race, gender, sexuality, and body have negatively affected you, and discover how intersectionality impacts your lived experience and the experiences of others.

You will walk away with an understanding of:

  • The global impacts of racism, you’ll uncover your own internal biases around race, and reflect on when and how you might benefit from the construct of race.
  • The history of fluidity through gender expression, different gender and non-gender conforming experiences, and name where you hold proximity and power as it relates to gender.
  • What sexual orientation is and is not and the negative impacts one’s sexuality and truth can have on their life, and uncover your biases around sexuality.
  • Where you have biases around the body, and You’ll also learn what is perceived to be an ideal body and how that ideal body is perceived based on race, gender, sexuality, and ability.
  • How constructs of race, gender, sexuality, and body have negatively affected you, and discover how intersectionality impacts your lived experience and the experiences of others.

YOUR MINDFUL CHANGEMAKERS EXPERIENCE

INVESTMENT: $500/person


PROGRAM DATES: September 25, 2022 – November 20, 2022


ENROLLMENT PERIOD: June 23, 2022 – September 11, 2022


CLASS TIMES: Wednesdays, 8-9:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm PST

We will provide a healing space for important conversations, amplify the voices and identities of people from all backgrounds, and offer a wide range of mindfulness modalities to serve your individual — and our collective — healing. Mindful Changemakers is offered in two different options:
  • Live and Interactive: You and your cohort will be meeting 1x/week over the course to discuss and reflect on the material. These sessions will be 90 minutes and will include mindfulness practices and community care.
  • Self-Study: This go-at-your-own pace option allows folks to sit with the material and learn independently on their own.
We are currently accepting scholarships at this time. 10 people will be awarded a full scholarship for this program. We will be centering beautiful humans who hold multiple marginalized identities and who are committed to their journeys. Please email linda@ganeshspace.com for more.  
Payment installments are also available for those who need the extra space. Enroll by July 5 and register for three payments of $150. Any enrollment after will be $200 for the first payment, and $150 for the remaining two payments.

MINDFUL CHANGEMAKERS

FULL PAY

Sign up before July 5 for this special promotional price of $450 ($50 off)

MINDFUL CHANGEMAKERS

PAYMENT PLAN

Enroll by July 5 and register for three payments of $150

TEACHING TEAM

Our teachers’ intentions are simple: to make the practice as accessible and inclusive as possible, so we can all work towards collective liberation. From race to gender to sexuality to our bodies, we share the practice through an intersectional lens with the deep belief that by healing ourselves, we can heal the world around us. A GaneshSpace Founding Teacher will be facilitating the program from start to finish with expert guest teachers, specializing in certain topics through their lived experiences and training.

Designed by Founding Teacher Linda Lopes, you will be supported along this journey with ample education, resources, tools and technique for you to emerge as a Mindful Changemaker. We will be announcing our full teaching team soon. Until then, you can learn more about the GaneshSpace team here.

FAQs

Mindful Changemakers is for anyone interested exploring intersectionality in a brave, diverse space, where real, heartfelt conversation can take place. We have diverse facilitators, teachers of all disciplines, coaches, mentors and people interested in learning more in our spaces. Mindful Changemakers is made for everyone. We will meet you where you are in your journey, and do everything to create a healing space for all.

Weekly sessions will all be virtual and hosted via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared prior to the start of the program. If you have to miss any of the sessions then the video and audio recording will be made available.

This is totally possible. Keeping all our programs accessible to anyone is one of our core values. email linda@ganeshspace.com to learn more.

Mindful Changemakers is a 6-week private program with a limited amount of people per group. We dive deep into the pillars of the human experience and see where internalized biases show up for you. We think that Mindful Changemakers is a great invitation for people who want to dive deeper and is complementary to our membership.

It’s both! We believe in an interconnected world, meaning that our personal actions and thoughts and the way we show up affects all of us. So that means that we cannot create a more equitable world if we are not examining our role in it — the way we think, speak, act and show up every day. So Mindful Changemakers dives deep into the belief systems we have internalized and examines if they are serving you and our collective. Mindful Changemakers is an immersive, hands-on and expansive version of our membership offering.

Our approach is to guide participants through exploring systems of oppression and understanding how we are socialized within them. We ask participants to socially locate themselves to discover their proximity to power, privilege and begin to notice how these systems impact their lives. We’ll then further break down and explore GaneshSpace’s four pillars (race, gender, sexuality, body) so that participants can explore their relationship with each pillar, the intersectionalities, understand dominant culture’s effects and our role based on our unique social location, dominant culture narratives, biases, and notice how this impacts their relationships with themselves, others, how it affects their existence in the world, and learn how to take action to create change for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable world. We incorporate mindfulness techniques and experiences through the program to help participants process, reflect, and regulate their nervous system.

Increased self-awareness, knowing how to take mindful action that is firmly rooted in compassion and not intended to harm others, and an understanding your intersectionality and how biases show up in yourself and the world around you.

THE TIME TO ENROLL IS NOW

Mindful Changemakers is one of our most popular offerings, and tends to fill up quickly. Get in on the ground floor with us today.

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

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