Learning & Listening Tours
Learning & Listening tours are designed to better understand the root causes of oppression and the various ways it’s been institutionalized here in the U.S. To better understand the impact oppression has on people who live on the margins both historically and in present time, and what needs to be done in order to create retribution and sustainable change.
Educational, inspiring, thought provoking, and eye-opening - The Listening & Learning experience is an opportunity for anyone who wants to learn the truth and understand how systems of oppression are very much still in place, and how understanding these systems and organizing to disrupt them is the only way for true change to occur. These excursions include tours to cultural, historical, and spiritual sites led by the people most impacted. Each day is combined with a yoga practice where participants will integrate what they are learning and witnessing into an embodied experience.
Race in America: A historical immersion into the south
with Nikki Myers and Seane Corn - October, 2018
Through lecture, discussion, and experience at historically relevant sites in Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma — including the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, The Rosa Parks and Freedom Riders Museums, Lynch Park, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Lowndes Interpretive Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Civil Rights Memorial — this tour examined the institution of slavery, the Civil War and Jim Crow periods, the Civil Rights movement, and the white supremacy and black liberation movements of today.
Cultural Immersion into the Holy Land of the Lakota and the Cheyenne
with Seane Corn and Go Native America - July, 2017 and May, 2018
Native America is deeply rooted in traditions, ceremony, earth connections and the spiritual quest for the sacred. The cultural immersion tours reflect the Native Quest, with Lakota guides offering new knowledge and understanding of tribal arts, song, language and dance. Daily field trips are led by traditional Lakotas to sacred sites, to consider the stereotypes and social challenges that still hold the People in desperate physical poverty, yet will never subdue their courage, tenacity and spirit in retaining their bond with this special land.
The history of the Native People is taught by those who are directly affected. Topics include the enduring power of their traditions, lifeways, stories, sacred practices and ceremony, as well as the social and cultural impact that governmental interference, oppression, discrimination and genocide have had on their community.
In 2017, participants heard from Standing Rock activists, to better understand the importance of this historical and ceremonial action to preserve both the rights of the indigenous people, as well as the protection of our earth from further degradation.
In 2018. the tour featured Chairman Brandon Sazue of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, who stood on the front lines at Standing Rock and has emerged as one of the most prominent leaders in Indian Country. We are honored that Cheyenne Sun Dance Priest and Elder, Don Shoulderblade (who also shared insights with the participants).
In daily yoga practice with Seane, participants integrate what they witness and experience on this very unique cultural immersion into the sacred Black Hills!