McGowan MG99
411 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940
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Our Fall 2017 trainer is David Ragland and Amber McZeal. David is co-founder and co-director of the Truth Telling Project and a Visiting Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. David is a blogger for the Huffington Post and writes frequently for PeaceVoice. He is also a board member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. For more information about the Truth Telling Project, visit and for more information about David’s work, visit

Amber McZeal is a writer, vocalist, sacred scholar, liberations arts practitioner and cultural change-agent weaving somatic practice with social justice and spirituality. As an activist and organizer, Amber’s approach centers on the imagination as foundational in our movements to end racism, oppression, and injustice. Through a decolonial lens, Amber’s work focuses on the ways that systems of oppression distort relationships—interpersonal and collective—in order to personally and collectively re-imagine strategies for transforming both relational dynamics and the social constructs that they exist within.

David and Amber will help us explore ways to initiate and engage in difficult conversations, which are becoming increasingly challenging in the polarized landscape that we find ourselves in. This workshop will provide an introduction to intellectual and somatic tools, strategies, and perspectives to support individuals in participating and not resisting connection and communication. The goal of this experiential training is to provide an opportunity for participants to explore what it means to be fully resourced when engaging in challenging dialogue around issues of power, privilege, oppression, peace and progressive change.
We encourage you to take this first step of participating in this free training to build courage and to commit to creating and maintaining brave spaces (spaces to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations) around us.

Sponsored by:
ZZ Graduate School of International Policy and Management

Contact Organizer

Pushpa Iyer