Bearing Witness to
Racism in America

April 25 - 30, 2024

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. The intention has always been to engage without becoming a tourist; to seek unity without ‘othering’ those with whom we Bear Witness.

This year we plan on walking the grounds of a deep history in the expansion of slavery, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights movement – 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.

Eliza Welch

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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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