Community Circle

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25: White Affinity Retention Circle

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

The White Affinity Retention Circle holds the space for white-identifying people who have participated in EmpowR programs and offerings to build relationships, stamina, commitments, and action in anti-racism, white supremacy culture disruption, and upending the status quo.

A “retention space” helps with integration and embodiment of unlearning and can be especially beneficial for white-identifying people to stay engaged in racial justice and its intersection with gender, class, and ability equity.

An “affinity space” is where a group with a shared identity comes together for a specific purpose to support the collective–in this case people who identify as white coming together to process and build momentum in anti-racism work without causing harm or relying on emotional labor of People of Color.

Together, we will renew our commitments for transformative justice and emergent strategy.

White Affinity Retention Circle
Who Is Invited To Attend?
  • White-identifying people who have participated in any of the following:
    • The Accountability in Anti-Racism program offered as a collaboration between EmpowR and Elevate Her Vermont
    • EmpowR Challenging the Status Quo Dialogue Cohort
    • EmpowR Culture Builders Community of Practice
    • Weaving Co-Creation Gathering
    • Equity & Belonging in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication EmpowR Retreat
    • Wellness, Work & Weaving Anti-Racism EmpowR Retreat
    • Attendance in any organizational equity programs offered by EmpowR

The White Affinity Retention Circle is being offered to people who have attended these programs as a way to build continuity, progression, and relationship in the work. If you are interested and have not attended any of these programs, we invite you to learn more about working with us to create an Accountability in Anti-Racism program or Equity Integration Retreat for your organization, work with us to offer equity and culture building facilitation and consulting for your organization, and to stay informed about upcoming offerings by subscribing to the EmpowR Voice newsletter


Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary
Plainfield, Vermont


Thursday, August 25, 2022


5:30-8:30 pm EST


Flow of the Evening
We will be in circle together for the three hour timeframe. The circle will open at 5:30 and we ask you to arrive early to set up your space and ground on the land. You are invited to arrive anytime in the afternoon and experience the serenity of the sanctuary.

Please bring your dinner. Sharing food is welcome through not expected. We will eat in circle. This is an alcohol-free event.

We will gather outside, on the Earth, under the trees at the beautiful Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary in Plainfield, Vermont. Chairs and rain coverings will be provided. Please bring what you need to be comfortable (mat, blanket, pillow, clothing). There is a friendly dog and cats on the premise who may participate at times.

Directions and additional information will be provided upon registration.


Sliding Fee Scale
$0 – $100

Please be generous to help cover the costs for those who have less and
so we can offer reparations to the Vermont Professionals of Color Network.


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Life happens! If you are unable to attend, you can pay the cost forward to help someone else attend. You can also request a refund up to 24 hours in advance. Cancellation refunds include a small fee to cover credit card costs. No refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of a program.