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Joy, Collective Grief, and Healing Toxic Cultures of Supremacy and Dominance

with Michelle C. Johnson

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What you'll learn

  • Explore how we can prioritize wholeness while living in cultures based on capitalism and other systems of supremacy and dominance
  • Discover how rest can be an antidote to the toxic culture of speed, and why it’s important to pause and recognize the collective grief experience that we’re in
  • Experience a guided visualization to access the wisdom of the natural world, which can lead us through grief and towards joy

About the speakers

Michelle C. Johnson

Michelle C. Johnson is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, intuitive healer, and Dismantling Racism trainer. She teaches workshops in yoga studios and community spaces nationwide. Whether in an anti-oppression training, yoga space, or individual or group intuitive healing session, the heart, healing, and wholeness are at the center of how Michelle approaches all of her work in the world. Michelle is the author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World.

Shankari Goldstein

Shankari is a 500 hour Yoga teacher, activist, artist, farmer, and is currently studying herbalism. Her passions for unconventional and regenerative farming include growing medicinal herbs, cultivating contemplative green spaces for healing, and managing over 100 animals on over 200 acres. She also works with the Mind & Life Institute developing programming and content. Her current projects include the webinar series Inspiring Minds and The State of Union Yoga Address, which featured community activists, researchers, and contemplative practitioners. She has interviewed such thought leaders as Ruth King, John Kabat-Zinn, Rhonda Magee, Amishi Jha, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Elissa Epel, Jack Kornfield, DJ Drez, Marti Nikko, Richard Freeman, Reggie Hubbard, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Faith Hunter, Dianne Bondy, Sharon Salzberg, and Dr. Gail Parker. From 2016 – 2020 she was the director of Shensara Yoga and Music festival. She has also hosted events featuring world class speakers in dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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  • Hello Beautiful Sisters! We just are because that is the way it is. I too practice yoga and am just so grateful to my teachers! I finally have a small garden allotment that I get to tend to – as it tends to me. One day I was the lucky winner of a bee who I discovered at the grocery store had become packaged in a box of strawberries (not growing those yet!). Can’t tell you how special that guest was to me as I rushed it home to the allotment to let him/her free and to perhaps share lunch time together there. I hoped for the best for Dear Bee having now transported him/her yet somewhere else. Bee eventually flew off high up into a tree. Another day two such bees visited me in the allotment. Can only hope that Bee found a fuzzy, buzzy hive to join! Loved beeing a part of the hive with you now to learn and experience! Yes tears, yes rest, yes boundaries, pacing, listening to what needs tending in truly the garden that is our precious human selves and precious world. Woe and wow to both of your talents, grace, generosity, and wisdom – to all that you give!!! Thank you so much for this today!

  • Transformational loved the hive and saw it as community and the world. Feel like I am being drawn to a different path.
    Thank you.

  • I truly enjoyed the session with Michelle Johnson. Thank you for the meditation journey. I’m looking forward to reading your books.

  • Your discussion was fluid, graceful, powerful and wise. Joy abounds and tears nourish as I listen to your sharing. Thank you both. You have touched my heart in a powerful way. I want to join your group and community though I am of another older generation and my grandparents and ancestors were from Eastern Europe and I live on the west coast. Hahahaha, giggle… I resonate with every word, smile, breath and buzzing bee (Ohmmmmzzzz)….I have a few butterfly and hummingbird stories connected to my parents who have transitioned, yet with me in spirit. Gardening and bird watching and music have been my healing path; and learning to say “no”. Namaste.

  • Thank you Michelle i loved listening to you. I have been a passionate tree grower, also a bird photographer and artist, a nature lover, and i love watching bees too. There are the very tiny ones which i have seen on Tulsi flowers and the big ones on the wild balsam collecting nectar so busily that they dont even look at you as you walk through the flowers.
    Shankari i wonder if you have ever been to Elephanta? Like your butterfly experiences, i had a wonderful , connected to the Universe, deeply moving moment there. The Trimurti, carved out of solid rock, is so amazingly beautiful that i wanted to offer a leaf as the Bhagvad Gita says.
    When i stepped out of the caves i could not even see a blade of grass, only bare parched soil. I stood there disappointed when a temple flower whirled down next to me, as though the Universe had heard my deeply felt devotion…..

  • So loved this hive meditation- offered an inner and outer experience with my own garden and the wildlife that visit them- so lovely. Thanks!

  • Love the this talk. For two or so years now I have taken flower seeds and bulbs with me sometimes when I walk in nature and I plant, spread the seeds wherever I’m inspired to. I love how some take and some don’t, often many seasons later I get to be surprised what pops up & how nature continues her process 💚

  • what a beautiful conversation. Listening to it was such a grounding experience! Loved the Honey bee Hive Meditation.

  • Wow…these quotes resonated with me! “The inseparability of joy & grief. We may cry more easily, we may laugh more easily. We are just more alive. We have hardship without being hard. We have heartbreak without being broken.” When my dad died 16 years ago, I think the deep sorrow expanded my emotional range. I began to experience a joy and love for life that was at the equal and opposite end of the spectrum of the deep loss and grief that I felt when he died. That openness has only grown over time and I feel more ‘whole’ all the time! Thank you for this conversation! Nenachailya!

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