• Maximum $150.00 – The retreat cost is $75. If you're unable to pay this amount, please offer what you can. If you would like to make an additional donation, it would be appreciated.

Date & Time Details: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Zen Center of New York City

Address: 500 State Street Brooklyn, NY 11217



Healing the Wounds of Racism

with Valerie Brown and Marisela Gomez

January 5, 2019

People of color (POC) make up about 30 percent of the United States’ population, yet account for 60 percent of those imprisoned.  Bureau of Justice Statistics indicate that one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. Black and Native American children have the lowest rates of upward economic mobility while black and Latino two-parent families have half the wealth of white single parent families.

We know these statistics.  We know people of color (POC) communities are impacted.  But how do we assess the damage of internalized racism that is eating POC from the inside and the daily barrage of racist microaggressions doing their work from the outside? We may hear the names and the stories and see the headlines of some of those most directly impacted by racist actions, but most of us who are directly impacted by systematic racism and oppression go unnamed.

As POC, we are conditioned to take on racism, internalize it and have it impact our self-worth. We then turn it on people of our own race/ethnicity, those of other communities, and ourselves.

This is an invitation for those who identify as people of color to attend this day-long retreat on healing from the internalized racism that debilitates and keeps us from showing up fully and beautifully.

The retreat offers mindfulness practices in the Plum Village tradition founded by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and includes mindful breathing, mindful sitting, mindful walking, mindful eating, mindful speaking and listening, quiet reflection, small and large group dialogue, and deep relaxation.


We strive to keep our retreat prices low and offer these programs on a sliding scale. It’s important that the dharma is available to everyone. Thank you for your continued support.

No deposit is necessary to register. You can pay the full balance at the door by cash, check or credit card.


Valerie Brown
Valerie Brown, of Afro-Cuban descent, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  She is an international retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life. She is an ordained Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition and a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).  Her books include, The Mindful School Leader:  Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014).  She leads an annual pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago, Spain to celebrate the power of place.
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Marisela Gomez
Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioners (ordained in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing), public health scholar activist, and physician. Of-Afro-Latina ancestry, she lives in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and community building/research. Author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, and numerous book chapters, popular and scholarly publications. She blogs at Huff Post and on the intersection of wisdom justice and mindfulness. For a TedTalk on healing racism through waking up (YouTube).
Learn more about Marisela Gomez