Workshop Number: 14
Leaders: Patricia Gailey
Who May Register?: Open to All
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 30%
Lecture: 15%
Discussion: 25%
Experiential Activities: 30%

Who May Attend?
only full time attenders (participants should attend all week)

Half-Gathering Attenders Welcome:
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

Participants will consider four qualities (e.g., meaning) necessary to life and how their presence can foster anti-racism in individual lives and in Quaker processes. Lecture, discussion, worship sharing, and writing or drawing activities will be used. Participants will have an opportunity to apply concepts learned to racially charged situations.

Workshop Description


This workshop provides a conceptual framework that integrates deep ecology, quantum science, and empirical knowledge of human experience to solve problems associated with racialization. The conceptual framework is comprised of the four qualities that sustain life: a self-organizing pattern, a process of cognition, a dissipative structure, and meaning.  Patricia’s knowledge is supported by her doctoral work. Participants will explore this conceptual framework through discussion, writing or drawing activities, and worship sharing.  The following provides more detailed workshop objectives and topical content.


  1. Identify and describe the four qualities that are required for life (and well-being) to continue, as per deep ecology and quantum science and empirical studies of human experience.
  2. Assess the prevalence of each quality in participant’s life (private activity). 
  3. Assess the prevalence of each quality in Quaker process.
  4. Apply knowledge about qualities and about participant’s habits and routines to racial justice issues.
  5. Through worship sharing, seek ways in which each quality can be supported in participants’ daily lives, including in racially charged situations.

Topical Content

Day #1:  Introductions, overview, and patterns of organization

  • Introductions (leader and participants) 
  • Overview of week
  • Self-organizing pattern 
  • Habits and routines
  • Disruptions and locus of control
  • Self expression and integrity

Day #2:  Communication and relationships

  • Clear communications, unclear communications
  • Boundaries
  • Relationships (peer, authority)
  • Racial implications

Day #3:  Expanding consciousness and capacity

  • Assimilation of new information (what makes acceptance of knowledge hard or easy)
  • Building on existing knowledge, adding new dimensions of increasing subtlety and complexity
  • Dimensions as components of identity

Day #4: Mitigation of stress

  • Re-establishing an individual’s internal balance 
  • Maintaining internal coherence 
  • Establishing balance in community
  • The power of participation 

Day #5:  Meaning: from quantum science perspective to lived experience

  • Thought fields and manifestation
  • Internal coherence as a source of energy 
  • Developing community coherence as a foundation for moving forward
  • Meaning as a common denominator: how we might find unity


The workshop will begin each day with 15 minutes of settling silence and introductions (first day) or reflection on the previous days content (remainder of the week), followed by a combination of lecture and discussion (about 60 minutes). Individual or small group activities will follow (about 30 minutes) in which participants can process who they are with regard to the concepts under consideration. On Friday, this time will be spent in a group activity of applying our learning to racially charged case situations. The conclusion of each day will be spent in worship sharing (about 30 minutes) guided by queries designed to bring focus to the racial issues that can arise when the four qualities are not attended and to how attention to the four qualities can reduce the incidence of racially-driven harm.

Advanced Reading and Assignments

Participants should have an understanding of white fragility and white supremacy, as they are described by Robin DiAngelo, and an understanding of Black history in the USA. There are many possible sources for this, including these:

A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn

Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi

Deep Denial, by David Billings

White Rage, by Carol Anderson

Materials and Supplies

Participants will need paper and pencil for the drawing or writing activities.  A handout of PowerPoint slides will be available.

Leader Experience

Patricia Gailey taught occupational therapy to a diverse group of students for 15 years. She taught in lecture, lab, and practicum formats, and supervised students in her clinical practice as well.  As an occupational therapist and educator, she is well prepared to design learning activities that promote skill development in her students and understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Patricia has also presented formally twice at the Society for the Study of Occupation on leading edge concepts. Both events were followed by a healthy discussion. She has also presented twice, and was favorably received, at the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association  In her hometown of Berea, KY, she conducted a 6 week seminar on topics undergirding the content of this workshop. Participating community members reported they found the material and discussions useful and interesting, and for some it was life-changing as ideas discussed were applied to life situations. 

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