- September 29 - October 1, 2017
- 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Gender inequality and patriarchal institutions have long plagued society, leading to the disastrous global reality of gender injustice. To help transform these afflictions, the Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI) process, developed on six continents over 25 years, has introduced a practical innovative methodology that creates safe forums for people of all sexual orientations to collaborate skillfully to reach a place of mutual resolution, healing and, often, forgiveness.
Join GERI co-founders, Rev Cynthia Brix and Will Keepin with other skilled professional facilitators to participate in a powerful three-day group process and experience the transformative power of gender equity and reconciliation for yourself. This workshop is especially relevant for professional facilitators, NGO leaders, social justice workers, spiritual or religious leaders, mental health professionals, activists, therapists, teachers, and social change agents.
Elements of this experiential introduction to Gender Equity and Reconciliation include:
- cultivating compassionate presence, safety, deep listening
- cross-gender witnessing, interactive small groups
- speaking truth to gender and sexuality experience
- healing and reconciliation ceremony
- interactive inquiry, plenary questions and responses
All gender identities are affirmed and welcome to participate in this workshop, which is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students. Must attend full weekend.
Rev. Cynthia Brix, PhD (hon) is co-founder of Gender Reconciliation International, which has conducted over 100 programs in nine countries for healing and reconciliation between women and men. She is an ordained interfaith minister and was formerly campus minister at the University of Colorado for United Ministries of Higher Education. Cynthia holds an MA in wellness management and gerontology, MDiv from Iliff School of Theology, and an honorary doctorate in Spirituality and Social Change from CIIS (May 2015). Cynthia co-chaired with the Dean of Ball State University the Race Relations Committee for the City of Muncie, Indiana. She organized an international conference and produced a video from this conference in 2009 entitled Cultivating Women's Spiritual Mastery. Cynthia is co-author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men and Women Healing Women: A Model of Hope for Women Everywhere.
William Keepin, PhD is co-founder of Satyana Institute and Gender Equity and Reconciliation International, which has conducted over 100 programs in nine countries for social healing between women and men. He has studied and practiced intensively in Eastern and Western spiritual disciplines for 35 years. Will is a mathematical physicist, social activist, and environmental scientist whose research on sustainable energy and global warming influenced international environmental policy, and he was a whistleblower in nuclear science policy. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics, MS in mathematical physics, MA in East-West psychology, and an honorary doctorate in Spirituality and Social Change from CIIS. Will has over 40 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, and is author of several books, including Belonging to God: Spirituality, Science, and a Universal Path of Divine Love and Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men and co-editor of Song of the Earth: A Synthesis of the Scientific and Spiritual Worldviews.