Bearing Witness to Racism in America

Bearing Witness to
Racism in America
Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma
May 7 – 11, 2022

It has long been our desire to create a bearing witness retreat around America’s racial history – as seen through the eyes of African Americans.  We began in 2021 but were limited to offering an online retreat, but we are now able to do something in person.

This year we plan on walking the ground in three cities with a deep history in the expansion of slavery, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement – Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery.

We intend our Plunge in Alabama to be personal and transformative, with attendees coming away with an emotional and heart connection with the people, places, and events we witness.

We hope you can join us.

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All aspects of the retreat are founded on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets:

letting go of fixed ideas about yourself, others, and the universe.

to the joy and suffering of the world.

that arises from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness.

These are and will be our anchor to which we will return every day of the retreat.
They are a powerful way to live one’s life and respond to the needs of the world.
Please refer to this webpage about the Three Tenets to learn more.

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When registering, please fill out the 2022 Bearing Witness to Racism in America Form Here

Destination & Departure

Please plan to arrive on Saturday, May 7th at the following hotel by 6:00 PM in time for a welcome dinner and orientation: 

Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton

2101 5th Ave North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Ph. (205) 957-6828

If you are arriving at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) on Saturday, it is a 15 minute drive to the Hotel. Please note that there is not an airport shuttle. Call the above number for assistance in transportation.

Depart from Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) in the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, 2022. For the return ticketing, please plan to fly out of Montgomery after 3:00 PM on May 11.

Again, we encourage you to purchase refundable tickets, travel insurance policy, or both due to the ongoing pandemic situation.

Through the years the Zen Peacemakers have hosted countless nationalities, faiths and ethnicities on the retreat. Donations can be extended towards those from diverse backgrounds to contribute to the multifaceted experience of the retreat. Donation will also ensure the attendance of those challenged financially to gather the cost of tuition. 

Donations can be made at the time of registration or  online on our Donation Page.

Zen Peacemakers, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization for your tax purposes.

Covid Information

We intend to safeguard the health and safety of all participants as well as the communities at our destinations. To this end, we are requiring all participants to email a copy of the vaccination card by April 1st, 2022. Please email the photocopy of the proof of vaccination (card or certificate) to [email protected].

As we support our attendees’ concern for security and safety, we require all participants to provide a photo image of their Covid vaccination card. We will follow the Covid regulations in place at the time of the retreat on site. If you are entering the U.S. from abroad, you are responsible for staying informed of any changes in regulations and types of certificates needed for entry/exit/re-entry at the time of your travel. Note that the Covid testing fees are not included in the retreat fees.

Please keep abreast of the travel restrictions due to Covid-19 and make your travel arrangements wisely. If you are flying, please consider purchasing either a fully refundable ticket, a travel insurance policy, or both.

Questions regarding retreat program, registration and payment: [email protected]

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