Events & Programs

EmpowR Events & Educational Programs

EmpowR events and educational programs offer people the opportunity to participate in and embody how we co-create a culture of empathy, healing, community, and accountability centered in equity and belonging.

Innovative educational programming is co-created with facilitators, educators, healers, and change makers to hold space for shared learning, unlearning and relearning, deep listening, changing perspectives, embodying equity, practicing anti-racism, fostering belonging, cultural behavior shifts, and personal health and soul growth. 

EmpowR events and programs are offered online via Zoom and in nature at Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary in Plainfield, Vermont.

All of our programs are open to the public and by participating you are welcomed into the growing EmpowR Community!

Circle process facilitation demonstrated with an altar at an EmpowR event.

Educator Change Maker Circle

Educator Change Maker Circle

A Full Day in Nature to Co-Create Liberated Education

An impactful opportunity to empower and connect educators to build skills, stamina, and coalition
to be the change we want to see in education.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
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EmpowR Mens Circle

EmpowR Mens Circle

Calling in men to gather in circle, around a fire to sort through what it means to be a male in a culture of transformation.

A space for vulnerable connection, personal support, unpacking toxic masculinity, and dialogue
about equity and justice and the roles of men in the days ahead.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
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EmpowR Community Circle

EmpowR Community Circle

Care~Connection~Conversations

A day in nature for anyone connected to the EmpowR community to cultivate belonging together.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
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White Affinity Retention Circle

White Affinity Retention Circle

An in-person gathering for white-identifying people to ripple impact and accountability in anti-racism.

White-identifying participants in EmpowR programs and offerings to build relationships, stamina, commitments, and action
in anti-racism, white supremacy culture disruption, and upending the status quo.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
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Equity Integration Retreats

EmpowR Equity Integration Retreats for Organizations

Nature-based retreats for groups and teams to embody shared learning and
in depth understanding of equity for integration into personal life and organizational culture 

Co-created with organizations, these retreats support organizational implementation of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging planning, trainings, and education. By slowing down the process of intellectual download, the retreats create space for team members to feel and experience unlearning and relearning in the body. Facilitation focuses on new ways of looking at the work organizations are undertaking and the challenges that present obstacles to moving equity work forward.

AVAILABLE JUNE-OCTOBER
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Accountability in Anti-Racism

EmpowR Accountability in Anti-Racism program

Examination into how racialization in whiteness perpetuates racism in all of its expressions
(institutional, structural, cultural, personal).

Together, in community, white identifying facilitators and participants embark on an unlearning and relearning journey of vulnerability, courage, and personal responsibility. We will dynamically explore how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable about race, whiteness, and our own intersectionalities with oppression so we can more effectively influence systemic change. We will dive deep into how we can and must personally participate in the movement towards racial justice and how we hold ourselves accountable for shifting away from white dominant social norms to break cycles of racism and oppression.

AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND
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Seating for an EmpowR event dialogue circle at Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary in Plainfield, Vermont
“For a long time as an activist, I have been fueled by anger, ego, and fear of the future. I got involved in EmpowR programs and community soon after COVID hit while being forced to slow down. My engagement with EmpowR and time at the Sanctuary helped me grapple with the pain and anxiety that clouded me by helping me re-center myself in love, hope, and learning how to feel grounded. I am eternally grateful for EmpowR and the powerful and magical culture we are weaving in community!”

~ Madeleine D, a Vermont Educator

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