SATURDAY, JANUARY 14: White Women Accountability Circle

An intimate gathering for white identifying women to practice somatic abolitionism in community.

The White Women Accountability Circle is for white-identifying women who are in relationship with EmpowR Transformation as co-creators, clients, colleagues, or community.

“Accountability” spaces support white-identifying people in staying engaged in racial justice and its intersection with gender, class, and ability equity. This circle will hold space for white women to process the emotional charge of race without causing harm or relying on emotional labor of People of Color.

White Affinity Retention Circle

Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary
Plainfield, Vermont


Saturday, January 14, 2023


5:30-8:30 pm EST


Join us in person for circle to strengthen the discomfort muscle in processing and navigating racialized situations. EmpowR Transformation founder, Rae Carter, will be joined by art therapist and counselor Erica Bucci and clinical mental health counselor Amanda Bailey to share learning from Resmaa Menakem’s Education for Racial Equity program. Amanda, Erica, and Rae have been practicing somatic abolitionism for several years and have been working together in community throughout 2022 as a part of their participation in the Education for Racial Equity program.

Six participants are invited to join for an intimate evening to practice embodied somatic abolitionism practices that support white people in continuing commitments in antiracism. Participants will be invited to share some of their own practices that support navigating the emotional discomfort of race as a way to encourage reciprocal shared learning.

The evening will conclude with a conversation to plan for a retreat for women with Western European ancestry to unpack historical trauma and its impediments to transforming white cultural norms and inhibiting progress towards racial and economic justice. The retreat will be held in the spring at Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary and will unpack the content raised in the essay Rae wrote: How the Burning Times of Witches Influences White Women Culture Today.

We will be in circle together for the three hour timeframe. Please arrive early to park and settle in so we can open the circle at 5:30.

Please have dinner before you arrive and feel free to bring a snack and definitely a water bottle.

We will gather in the brand new Sanctuary Room at Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary in Plainfield, Vermont. The Sanctuary Room is located on the second floor. Please learn more about the sanctuary vision which includes plans for how we can make the sanctuary physically accessible. Please bring what you need to support yourself in circle. There is a friendly dog and cats on the premise who may participate at times. Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary is located on mountain roads.

Directions and additional information will be provided upon registration.


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Donations will go towards the EmpowR Equity Fund to pay for scholarships, stipends, and discounts for people with marginalized identities to participate in EmpowR Transformation offerings.

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Life happens! If you are unable to attend, you can pay the cost forward. 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.