"We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Integrating Personal, Relational, and Social Change

Personal change leads to transformative social change. It requires courage to mindfully examine the beliefs, assumptions, and conditioned ways of being that contribute to suffering in our lives, in our relationships, and in our world. Mindful awareness, radical honesty, compassionate perspective-taking, and a willingness to make mistakes are required to bring about personal healing and to bridge the divisions of race, gender, class, identity, faith, and politics.

Riverlight offers workshops and trainings aimed at enhancing personal well-being, increasing mutual understanding in relationships, and developing practical skills and strategies to create a culture of inclusion and equity.

Riverlight workshops are dynamic and engaging. You can expect clear, direct instruction, ample discussion, and lots of opportunity to practice new strategies and skills, all delivered with authenticity and sprinkled with a fair bit of humor!

If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact us.

Mindfulness and Effective Communication 

Mindfulness is a powerful tool in decreasing personal suffering and guiding inner change. It also aids in decreasing conflict in relationships and improving communication which can result in increased closeness and mutual understanding.

Workshops aimed at enhancing personal well-being and relationships include:

Relieving Suffering: Working with Difficult Emotions

When difficult emotions arise, we often try to fix, push away, or escape from them. Cultivating a practice of compassionate mindfulness to emotion can decrease suffering and allow for greater clarity to guide action.

Mindful Communication: Listening, Validating, and Understanding

Each of us has brings unique perspectives and experiences into relationship with others. Coming to understand another's perspective can be difficult when it is in conflict with our own. Mindful awareness of our internal experience and skills of dialectical thinking and validation can aid in effective communication that can lead to a deeper understanding of one another.

Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Equity

Culture change requires the courage to take new perspectives, learn new skills, be willing to make mistakes, and to keep trying. We must work together to recognize the harmful actions that exclude, negate, and/or harm certain groups. Together, we can take concrete steps to prevent further harm, one action at a time.

Creating a culture of inclusion and equity 

Implicit bias results in subtle microaggressions, that exclude, negate, or minimize the experiences of certain groups. The cumulative effect of microaggressions over time significantly impair an individual’s well-being, compromises teams’ capacity for complex decision-making and innovation, impairs employee retention, and results in unequal access to jobs, housing, and other resources. This workshop offers concrete strategies for creating environments that work to address and remedy the exclusion of marginalized groups in the workplace.