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Decolonizing Our Future: A look into colonialism and the road to liberation

Workshop Number: 
Nia Eubanks-Dixon, Sophia Burns
Who may register?: 
Open to All
Experiential Activities: 
only full time attenders (participants should attend all week)

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 28-July 2) - five 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: No

Decolonizing Our Future: A look into colonialism and the road to liberation ​is a training that walks with participants as they build and implement liberation principles for self and systems while grounding the group in the history, legacy, and impact of colonialism and racism.

Workshop Description

Decolonizing Our Future: A look into colonialism and the road to liberation 


It is time to make New Agreements with ourselves. We have been told a lie and are living in an arrangement that is going to kill us all and hurt our planet. We have to rethink everything that we have been taught in our schools, homes, media outlets and other platforms. WE HAVE TO DECOLONIZE OUR PRESENT SO THAT WE CAN BE IN EQUITABLE RELATIONSHIP WITH OURSELVES, OTHERS, AND OUR PLANET. 


“Decolonizing Our Future: A look into colonialism and the road to liberation” is a multiday workshop that explores, power, media literacy and influence, institutional racism and colonialism. It builds new anti-racist decolonizing principles for individuals and systemic change work.


The workshop will ground participants in the history, legacy, and global impact of this systemic form of oppression. We believe that colonialism and racism must be taught in connection with each other in order to take a deeper dive into equity and power. We acknowledge that these systemic forms of oppression show up and intentionally rob everyone of their humanity and sanity. Therefore, in this training we explore these topics in a healing, humanistic manner through the use of the arts for the purposes of cultivating liberation and equity.


Out of this deep analysis, the workshop works with participants to collectively construct new anti-racist and decolonizing principles for their personal and spiritual lives. The aim of the training is for these principles to help foster humanistic engage­ment among participants. This then impacts how participants enter into and build with the communities they interact with and serve. They will learn to collectively work with these communities to undo the lie of racism and uproot the seeds of colonialism on an individual, cultural, spiritual and institutional level. Ultimately these principles will serve as a guide for participants to be in an accountable relationship with the communities they serve, especially communities of color.


The facilitation team knows that in order to foster more equitable spaces, it must take a clear daily commitment to healing, growth, and setting new agreements on how power and resources are distributed within communities, both spiritual and secular. That being said, the training offers an interactive training materials that provide additional resources, guided reflections, definitions and tools for incorporating anti-racist and decolonizing principles on a systemic level and personal level.


Goals: Using an art-based trauma-informed humanistic framework, the overall goal of this workshop is to deepen participants’ analysis on colonialism while equipping them with applicable tools for

reconnecting with our whole selves, our beloved communities, our earth and the cosmos.


  1. To increase a sense of community among participants and establish a safe and courageous learning and discovering space

  2. To increase knowledge and awareness around identity and the oppressive role that media plays in enforcing racist and colonialist ideologies

  3. To increase understanding of power and the role colonialism plays in policy and procedures on an institutional level

  4. To increase participants’ understanding of the history of colonialism and its manifes­tations using an art-based, community-centered, and trauma-informed framework

  5. To increase participants’ understanding of how colonialism has manifested in our bodies and the ways in which we have internalized it, both for the colonizers and the colonized

  6. To increase anti-racist decolonizing strategies and tools based on participants’ collective princi­ples formed in the workshop