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Part I: Transforming the Inner Turmoil Around Race and Racism with Valerie Sheppard

Valerie understands that, “All transformation begins with acknowledgement of what is real and present, and moves through additional stages of acceptance, forgiveness, and commitment.” In this experiential, interactive session, attendees will be guided through a process that enables them to move through these four stages in a safe, compassionate heart-centered space. Whether feelings and thoughts are connected to things happening in the present or the past, this session gives the participants an opportunity to learn how to manage difficult situations when social triggers or memories resurface in the future. Central to this suppleness is developing the mindful capacity to respond rather than react.

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