The #Metoo Movement has been crucial in bringing attention to the longstanding oppression of women and girls, and holding powerful men to account. We celebrate the millions of women who have shared their truth as a result of the MeToo Movement. Yet this is only part of the gender revolution. Men, transgender, and nonbinary people also have their stories of oppression and abuse that urgently need to be heard. Men and boys are viciously squeezed into the Man Box, just as transgender and non-binary people are suffocated by heteronormative dogmas. To fully heal what ails us, all voices are needed at the table for true cultural transformation.
Bioneers Learning course “MeToo to WeTogether: Transforming Gender Injustice into Beloved Community,” provides a professionally facilitated forum for taking this next step.
“In our work, what we do is make the platform available for everyone to speak truth to what their experience is,” said Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI) Co-Founder Cynthia Brix. “For men to come forward, for people of all gender identities and expressions to come forward and speak to their experience of pain and suffering, basically of what has happened in our lives, whether it’s from childhood, whether it’s an intimate relationship, whether it’s in the workplace or school.”
This seven-week online course, facilitated by GERI trainers, applies principles of Truth and Reconciliation to gender and sexual injustice. The course provides attendees a safe forum to come together and speak their truth, experience the power of collective healing, and transform dysfunctional gender conditioning into beloved communities. Together, women, men, and people of all genders and sexual orientations can confront sensitive and often taboo issues relating to gender and sexuality to reach a place of newfound respect and trust.
This course will run from August 3 - September 14, 2024, with sessions taking place on Saturdays from 9 - 11 am (PT). Classes will be held via Zoom.
AUG 3, 2024
9 - 11 AM (PT)
WE INVITE YOU TO:
Co-create safe forums to jointly confront dysfunctional gender and sexuality conditioning
Engage in skillful truth-telling, acknowledgment, and deep listening in relation to participants’ personal histories
Foster new levels of mutual awareness, sensitivity, and transformational healing between women and men and across the genders
Cultivate respectful and authentic dialogue on gender, sexuality, and various key intersectionalities
Discover new ways and possibilities in gender relations – imbued with mutual appreciation, compassion, and trust
Discover the auspicious potential for transforming gender injustice, and establishing “beloved community”
WHAT IS GERI?
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI) applies principles of Truth and Reconciliation to open new pathways to healing, respect, compassion, and genuine collaboration across genders. Developed over 31 years and conducted with thousands of participants across six continents, GERI was formally endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2013.Learn More
[The] profound crisis in relations between men and women is… arguably one of the most important problems humanity has been facing… This extraordinary and groundbreaking [work] holds great promise as a way to its alleviation.
Stanislav Grof, M.D.
Author of Psychology of the Future, The Ultimate Journey, and The Holotropic Mind
Blessing, loving, honoring, healing, this training is the whole package…and the beginning of life like you’ve never lived life before.
ManKind Project USA
GERI is a unique space, unlike any other I have participated in. A must for anyone committed to the work of gender equality.
U.N. Gender Equality Activist
A transformative, life-altering experience. No kidding! It will literally shift the course of your life for the better. It has shifted mine.
Author of The Little #MeToo Book for Men and Senior Editor of The Good Men Project
As a gay man, my first inclination was the workshop was not for me. The fear I had entering the workshop was transformed into love and acceptance. I have never felt more valued and truly seen by women in my life. And I was able to truly see and value women for the first time. Since the workshop, I found my relationship with women in my life have moved to a deeper, more meaningful level.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Silvia Araya, Psy.D. is a GERI Trainer and the GERI Latin America Lead. She received her degree in clinical psychology from Universidad Fidélitas in Costa Rica, and practices as a Clinical Trauma Professional, specializing in anxiety and panic attacks. She is a certified practitioner of Family Constellations and a Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher. Silvia is author of three books including Trust and Live without Panic, and her new book entitled, Is This What I REALLY Want?: How to Go Beyond Trauma into the Relationship You Deserve.
Tristan Johannes is a GERI Trainer and the LGBTQ+ Project Lead, and serves on the Board of GenderWorks, GERI’s affiliate in South Africa. He trained youth for over ten years, and served as an administrator and trainer at Chrysalis Academy. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Adult and Community Education Training from the University of Cape Town, and is an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Church of Africa, and a certified Integral Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher. Tristan was selected for the ‘Leading for Humanity’ program of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in 2023.
Minister Myra Kinds is a GERI Trainer and BIPOC and Intersectionalities Lead, based in Boston, MA. A licensed American Baptist Minister, she serves as the Minister to Youth at the Peoples Baptist Church, and serves on the advisory board at Gordon Conwell’s Campus for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). She is a recognized leader in underserved communities, specializing in youth programming, addiction and recovery, mental health, and domestic violence. She holds numerous training certificates in Mental Health First Aid, Recovery Coaching, and Trauma First Responder. Myra collaborates with The Black Ministerial Alliance and MENTOR, and consults with faith-based groups around women in ministry, youth, and gender-based violence.
Garrett Evans, B.S. is International Program Officer and Trainer for GERI, where he has worked full time since 2017. He has contributed greatly to developing the GERI infrastructure, programs, research, marketing, and was instrumental in developing GERI online programs and training. He received his degree in conflict resolution from Portland State University. Garrett began intensive practice in the Zen Buddhist tradition in 2011. Through GERI, he feels called to combine his love for the world’s contemplative spiritual traditions with healing and reconciliation work.
MeToo to WeTogether:
Transforming Gender Injustice into Beloved Community
Join GERI trainers to speak the depths of your truth, experience the power of collective healing, and transmute dysfunctional gender conditioning into beloved communities.
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