Project MBBT: Diversity & Inclusion
A wonderful opportunity to learn about working with Diversity: New Forest
New Forest Mindfulness Summer School
1st – 8th June 2018
It has never been more necessary to begin to speak about and to learn about issues of diversity and difference. This week of training is suitable for mindfulness teachers, HR and mental health workers, and is an opportunity to gather with speakers, teachers and students who would like to learn more about working with race, ethnicity and culture. It is a celebration of what makes us human in a wonderful setting by the beautiful coastline and magnificent scenery of the New Forest. We have people from around the world taking part in a week of learning, resting, and planting seeds of expansion to create positive strong leadership.
Someone asked me the other day about growing up in New York, as their only impressions were from movies. Undoubtedly the Big Apple was ripe with opportunity and full of dreams; a ‘melting pot’ of race and culture; and home of the United Nations, the statue of liberty and some of the world’s tallest buildings. But what made the biggest impression on me was the divide between rich and poor, and black and white. In the 1980’s this was the murder capital of the world and some neighbourhoods looked like a war zone. Where else could you have some of the world’s greatest universities surrounded by people carrying guns and weapons, ready to shoot you for the wrong look. To this day I have never heard so many languages spoken, or such richness of food and culture. I dreamed one day of a paradigm that would celebrate difference and cultural exchange. That the violence that grips our city streets at times based on racism would have a healthy medium of expression. I could see the suffering in black communities, and the vast privilege and opportunity that divided people. I saw large sections of the population devastated by the impact of drugs, dispair and frustration – generation after generation. I also witnessed the sheer hatred, and actively calculated force of racism – sometimes hidden and sometimes overt – passed on from generation to generation.
We create circles and pass them on…
“If we want to find peace and prosperity in ourselves we need to create it for others.” William Fley
This week of training in cultural competency is designed for those individuals or organisations who like to learn about or further develop their skills around issues of inclusivity in the workplace, in teaching environments, and in mindfulness teaching training courses. We are a group of professional presenters from the UK whose aims and objectives are to cultivate and foster positive leadership.
As part of this inspiring learning and cultural exchange, and in the spirit of mindfulness and venturing into new paradigms, we have dedicated the midpoint of this retreat (Wednesday) to exploring and enjoying the New Forest and surrounding areas. These include the Jurassic Coast, historic market towns, sacred spaces such as Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals and Christchurch Priory, Stonehenge and, of course, the magnificent forest. Or you can chill out in Bournemouth or relax in one of the top spas in the country – Chewton Glen. Or this free time can be used for study or personal silence in the 65-acre grounds of Foxlease.