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October 15, 2024—October 29, 2024

Home Is Here: Healing Racial Harm with Compassionate Care – A 3-Part Course

Home Is Here

Healing Racial Harm with Compassionate Connection

Hosted by Rev. Liên Shutt


What does it mean to attend to our suffering in body, heart, and mind when racism has caused such intense hurt and pain; individually and collectively?

In this 3-part series, we’ll begin our journey on the Path of restoration from the results of the dominant culture’s racism by examining deeply and fully individual and collective conditioning. With courageous honesty, we investigate how we may have been misled, misinformed, perhaps, even colluded in perpetuating or creating hurt and harm.

We’ll engage in readings and practices from Rev. Liên’s book Home is Here: Practicing Antiracism with the Engaged Eightfold Path which emphasizes wholeness-based interactions, or Compassionate Connections, with each other.

Course series format includes meditations and opportunities for participants to engage in mindful, compassion exercises and interactions individually and with each other, supporting and allowing us to let go of old beliefs. We’ll engage in anti-oppressive practices, building new skills and behaviors, strengthening confidence in individual and collective abilities to heal from the hurts and harms of racism as we practice co-creating liberation for all.

To foster brave spaces, this workshop will have teachings and instructions for the full group while exercises and processing will be in BIPOC or white-identified affinity dyads or small groups.

This course is open to all.



All sessions will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday October 15
Tuesday October 22
Tuesday October 29

The Zoom link will be emailed to you within 24 hours of signup.



A limited number of scholarships are available for this retreat. Please click here to apply. Please do not sign up for the retreat if you have submitted an application. Please wait to hear from us. For questions, please contact us at: scholarships@garrisoninstitute.org



 REV. LIÊN SHUTT (she/they) is a priest lineage holder in the Shunryu Suzuki tradition. Born to a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she received her meditation training in the Insight and Soto Zen traditions in the United States, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. A founding member of the Buddhists of Color in 1998, she currently is the guiding teacher of Access to Zen, an inclusive, anti-oppression sangha and nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her book, Home is Here: Practicing Antiracism with the Engaged Eightfold Path, was published by North Atlantic Books in 2023. As the creator, producer, and host, she launched Opening Dharma Access: Listening to BIPOC Teachers podcast series with Kaira Jewel Lingo and Lama Karma Yeshe Chodron in 2021. She lives north of San Francisco, on Southern Pomo land, with her partner, exploring waterways and forests as often as they can. Visit AccessToZen.org for ways to connect.

Photo credit: Deborah Svoboda (https://outoftheshadowsmedia.com/)


Required Reading for the Course

Home is Here: Practicing Antiracism with the Engaged Eightfold Path by Liên Shutt. The book may be purchased at your favorite bookstore or order options may be found HERE


Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with any questions.