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Decolonizing Our Language Workshop

  • Temple Apalala 4532 Northeast 102nd Avenue Portland, OR, 97220 United States (map)

Using our words with deep awareness and intention can transform our world.

Our reality is made of sound, woven from the words we use to describe it. Language is a tool that has the power to enslave or liberate us, depending on how we wield it.

This workshop will focus on building a language of healing and interconnectedness through writing exercises, discussions, embodiment practices, and ritual to unpack colonization, separation, and slavery and explore what we may create on the other side.

This space will strive for safety and inclusion as we explore potentially intense themes such as racism & supremacy, privilege, sexism, commodification, and intergenerational trauma, in an atmosphere designed to provoke understanding and inspire healing.

Growth lives at the edge of your comfort zone, we embrace that here. Come as you are. Decolonizing Our Language is for all of us striving to transform internalized and collective oppression, those who live within the structures created by the stigmatization of biased language as well as those who wish to be better allies.

Saturday, July 7th, 11am at Temple Apalala - 4532 NE 109th Ave, Suite 2A, Portland

The workshop portion will be 4-5 hours, with breaks as needed. After the intense work of the session, we will feed each other to support integration and build community. Please bring a nourishing potluck dish that can feed 10-12 people.

Attend one or both sessions, the format will be the same but the discussions will be shaped by those present.

$44 if paid by July 2nd $55 after/at the door, if space permits. Please pay here to reserve your space Those who identify as BIPOC or trans/nonbinary are welcome to attend by donation, but still need to register in advance with your donation amount to reserve your space. 

Please let us know in advance if you are working with an accessibility challenge so we can strive to accommodate you, the event space on 7/7 is up a flight of stairs.

Earlier Event: July 4
Decolonizing Our Language Workshop
Later Event: September 29
Disarming Our Language - Portland