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May 9, 2020

Virtual Retreat: Mindfulness and Social Justice in a Time of Pandemic

In a world of increasing distress and extreme disruption, uncertainty, and unevenly distributed suffering due to structural inequality and the legacies of oppression, what is the use of mindfulness?

Join Rhonda Magee and Rose Cratsley for a half-day devoted to the practice of compassion-based mindfulness for self-care and for the work of social justice in our communities and organizations. Together we’ll form a community of learning and practice, exploring ways of bringing presence and compassion for self and others into difficulties we face on personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.

We’ll explore ways of creating spaces for inclusive and community-based work to address and repair harm as the need arises. Regardless of level of previous experience, and whatever your background or heritage, we welcome and look forward to being with you for this special engagement.

This Virtual Retreat will be conducted on Zoom from 1:00pm – 5:00pm EST on Saturday, May 9. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 12:00pm EST on May 9.

Please Note:
Rhonda and Rose are offering full scholarships to any member of the community who cannot afford the registration fee in order to ensure that everyone who wishes to participate is able to do so, regardless of their ability to pay. The Full Scholarship option will be available on the Registration page via the link below. 


Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and has spent more than twenty years exploring the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices. She is an internationally-recognized innovator, storyteller, thought and practice leader on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice. A Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, she has served as an advisor to a range of leading mindfulness-based professional development organizations, including the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. A prolific author, Professor Magee recently published her first book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (Penguin RandomHouse TarcherPerigee: 2019), which was named one of the top ten books released for the year by the Greater Good Science Center, and received similar recognition by Psychology Today and the editors of Mindful.org.

Rose Felix Cratsley is the founder and CEO of Ivy Child International, a nonprofit that develops and facilitates mindfulness-based health education programs for urban systems of education and care across the globe. As a facilitator and educator, her research interests range from applied positive psychology and mindfulness-based learning with children/youth to international issues such as overcoming devastation and trauma, as well as urban challenges. Her professional experiences have led her to partnerships with UNICEF and World Vision. The Worcester Business Journal honored Rose as one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in Central Massachusetts in 2010;  one of the “Young Leaders pioneering global social change” in 2011; one of the “Top 12 People Making a Difference in Central Massachusetts” in 2012; named her one of the “Women Leading in Central Massachusetts” in 2013–14; and a featured TEDx Speaker on Unlocking Children’s Potential Through Mindfulness in 2014. Rose’s work was honored by the Department of Health as an “Essential Agent of Change.” Rose and Ivy Child are leading the Mindful Cities initiative for the City of Boston.  leading the Healing the Healers initiative, implementing mindfulness and movement to the Boston Public Schools and Health and Human Services divisions across the city.

Registration Options

1 - 10% discount for first 50 registrants
2 - Standard
3 - Subsidized (Unemployed, retired, or student)
4 - Full Scholarship (for those unable to pay)