This offering is free of charge.

Date & Time Details: Five Mondays during Ango, 6:30pm-8pm: September 14th, October 5th and 19th, November 2nd and 16th.

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BIPOC Book Group: “My Grandmother’s Hands”

September 14 - November 16, 2020

A peer discussion, facilitated by MRO Senior Danise Eiko Malqui.

The BIPOC sangha will be reading Resmaa Menakem’s “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.” The book club will be largely a peer-exchange. Together, we will explore the book’s concepts and the somatic body-centered practices to help liberate ourselves from racialized trauma.

To learn more about the book, please visit Menakem’s website: You can also listen to the author on an “On Being” podcast:
 If cost is an issue the Monastery can supply a copy of the book for you, please contact:
During Ango meeting times will be Mondays at 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Dates: 9/14, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16

Please note: This is open to sangha members who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

9/14 — Introduction (ix -xx)  and Chapter 1  (page 3-26)
*Note, if you do not have the book in time for the first session, please still do join us. We will read aloud the Chapter “Re-Memberings” page to recap key points and practice the first body exercise together.

About the Facilitator

Danise Eiko Malqui has been practicing with the MRO for over 13 years. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has taught creative writing to undergraduates. Her work centers on women of color and spirituality. She currently lives in Brooklyn.