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Workshop:Awakening to Indigeneity and Decolonizing
October 6, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
What does it mean to really connect with Indigenous thinking and to “decolonize” our culture and our minds? Why is it so important for working towards regenerative communities?
Everyone has an indigenous heritage from somewhere, even if they are not on their ancestral land or even know who their ancestors are. Reclaiming our personal indigenous heritage is a vital part of decolonizing work– this is a deeply healing and reconnecting journey. Using the word “indigenous” must be done with respect and understanding, this invites us to be authentic, to reconnect with our lineage, our roots, our community, and to learn about the land we live on and the history of those Native to it. We are also invited to rediscover our personal story in being indigenous to the Earth. When we respect and reclaim what is authentic to us, we also then naturally deepen our honoring of other cultures and communities.
Join discussion, with experiential practices, from two insightful teachers who have been deeply engaged in the process of decolonizing work.
This workshop is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.
Hosted by Jul Bystrova
Dr. Lisa Grayshield is a member of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. She received her PhD in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada Reno in 2006 and was recruited as a Native American professor to New Mexico State University. Dr. Grayshield created her own counseling minor degree program with coursework on ancient wisdom teachings about health and healing. Dr. Grayshield’s scholarship includes journal articles, chapters and most recently a book titled, “The Handbook of Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Counseling Theory, Research and Practice”. Dr. Grayshield is deeply committed to the incorporation of Indigenous and Ancient Wisdom teachings in the way we understand how to most effectively assist ourselves and others to reach optimal health and well-being. She has since left her academic position to serve her Tribe in land stewardship projects, wellness projects and continues to hold healing spaces for others in their personal reconnection to the Earth and their own innate wisdom.
Jürgen W. Kremer received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Universität Hamburg, Germany. In 1982 Jürgen settled in the San Francisco Bay Area to teach full-time and serve as dean at Saybrook University and at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His teaching and research interests range from general psychology, clinical psychology and research methods to the relevance of indigenous knowledge and shamanism for today as well as ethno-autobiography. For many years now he has developed conferences and other events for the Society for Indigenous and Ancestral Wisdom and Healing. His research has focused on his ancestral traditions and he has spent much time visiting with the Sami of the European Arctic. For four years he co-directed, with Dr. Apela Colorado, a program for Native American students and others concerned with indigenous roots and origins. He is a consultant for the psychology of the indigenous minds with the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network. Jürgen is widely published and he is the editor of the journal ReVision (revisionpublishing.org). One of his current projects is the development of a program for Indigenous Science and Peace Studies at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.