• July 29-30, 2023
  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Online (Check-In begins at 9:45 a.m. PDT both days)
Add to Calendar 07/29/2023 10:00 am 07/30/2023 1:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Practices for Thriving and Healing in Community Join spiritual teacher and social justice activist Michelle Cassandra Johnson for a transformative workshop exploring communing as a spiritual practice for healing. Online (Check-In begins at 9:45 a.m. PDT both days) false MM/DD/YYYY


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Regular Registration: $75-$150
Member Registration: $60-$120
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Important Event Information 

  • Workshop is live online.
  • This is a two-day workshop. 
  • It will run Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PDT. Then Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PDT. 
  • Portions of this workshop will be recorded, and limited access to a recording will be made available to those who attend the live event.

If you need to request accessibility accommodations, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu at least one week prior to the event. For more information, explore our Accessibility web page.

We are connected to all things and the entire web of life. Every raindrop, blade of grass, bird taking flight, baby being born, ancestor transitioning, seed germinating, bear entering a cave to hibernate, whale migrating, and sea turtle resting on the shore. Even though we may know how interconnected we are to all things, we may experience periods of feeling isolated and disconnected. During these times it is essential for us to resist the urge to retreat into our disconnection and come back into community with one another. We must reach out, connect with compassion and openness, and practice alongside one another to heal from our past and present-day wounds now and into the future.  

Join spiritual teacher and social justice activist Michelle Cassandra Johnson for a transformative workshop exploring communing as a spiritual practice for personal and collective healing. Understand how to connect to ourselves and all beings, past, present, and future by working with the universal truth that we all come from each other. We are kin and community, and we thrive and heal in community.   

In this supportive, experiential workshop, Michelle weaves together contemplative and somatic practices, including pranayama, meditation, gentle movements, yoga nidra, ancestral practices, journaling, rituals, and community conversation. Leave with tools and skills for healing. Experience a sense of open-heartedness and a profound understanding of why prioritizing our individual and collective healing is essential.  

When we commune with one another with purpose, open hearts, and open spirits auspiciousness abounds.

Michelle Cassandra Johnson color portrait made into a circle. Michelle is a Black woman wearing a black and white tank top. She is smiling, and is seated in a comfy, tall sofa.

Michelle C. Johnson
is an author, spiritual teacher, social justice activist, intuitive healer, and Dismantling Racism educator. She approaches her life and work from a place of knowing we are, can, and must heal individually and collectively. As a Dismantling Racism educator, she has worked with large corporations, non-profits, and community groups, including the ACLU-WA, Duke University, Google, This American Life, Mercedes, Yoga Alliance, Kripalu, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church, Lululemon, and many others. Michelle published the first edition of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World in 2017; and the 2nd edition of Skill in Action in November 2021, published by Shambhala Publications. Her second book, Finding Refuge: Heart Work for Healing Collective Grief, was published by Shambhala Publications in 2021. Her newest book, We Heal Together: Rituals and Practice for Building Community and Connection, published by Shambhala Publications, explores the deep knowing and truth that we are interconnected; we belong to one another. We Heal Together offers rituals and practices meant to dream us into a new way of being to benefit the highest and fullest good. Michelle teaches workshops and immersions in organizations, and spiritual, yoga, and community spaces nationwide.  

Michelle moves and leads from the heart, and healing and wholeness are central to how Michelle approaches all she does in the world.  

Find her on IG at @SkillInAction and online at https://www.michellecjohnson.com/.  

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