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EMBODIED JUSTICE

Embodied Justice Program

The Embodied Justice program invites Black racial equity changemakers into a shared learning journey that centers collective healing, rest and embodiment practices that support our joy, personal transformation, sustainability and liberation.

Embodied Justice is about celebrating our resiliency, integrating tools and practices to avoid burnout and exhaustion, and healing trauma from anti-blackness and the demands that come with working toward systems and organizational change. It’s also about building and sustaining our capacity as leaders, learning together and finding refuge in a community that centers our stories and collective experiences. 

Online Gatherings 

In-Person Retreat August 1-4

Podcast

Listening Sessions

Through multiple venues for participation, Embodied Justice is providing space to recalibrate, re-vision, reconnect and re-imagine what’s possible when we slow down, breathe, acknowledge the progress we’ve made, and embody the next level of healing and change we envision for ourselves, our organizations and our communities.

Follow us on social media for updates on #EmbodiedJustice and to join the conversation happening online.

What We Heard

In January 2024, CURE hosted listening sessions with Black leaders in the racial equity and justice space to identify our most pressing well-being needs and the resources and structures that will best support individual and collective healing and sustainability. Listening session participants included 27 Black nonprofit staff and consultants. Read the research brief on our listening sessions here and join us on Thursday, May 23 for a webinar discussion on the themes that emerged from the listening sessions.

Everything that I do is in response to the inequities that my brother and my family experienced firsthand.

Watching all of the Black death that started to be celebrated in the media was really starting to affect my mental health. So a big part of what I did was to start to regulate...I stopped absorbing social media in the ways that I had come to think made sense for someone who is invested in systems and institutional change.

I think about Black well-being as: how do we carve space in an anti-Black world to be together? And I think this space [Embodied Justice listening session] is, in many ways, that.

Online Gatherings

Starting in May 2024, join us for a series of online discussions and practice spaces exploring embodied racial trauma and healing, rest, and somatic/body-based practices to build resilience, leadership and deeper connections with yourself, colleagues and community.

 

In-Person Retreat

August 1-4

The lived experience of harm and injustice is what drew many of us to changemaking work. But as Black changemakers, we are more than our histories of marginalization, trauma and grief. We also carry the gifts of ancestral wisdom, resiliency, culture and community. 

Held during Black August and inspired by the collective visions of Black changemakers, the Embodied Justice retreat reflects an imagined future of Black well-being and liberation forged by deep connections with ourselves and each other. This community gathering will harness deep rest, wisdom and imagination to pour into our collective well-being and sustainability.

D. Farai Williams
Rashid Hughes
Judy Lubin
Dr. Judy Lubin

Space limited to 15 participants. Scholarships available. Click the link below for more information on the retreat and how to join us in August.

Remember. Connect. Renew. August 1-4, 2024

In-Person Retreat

A 3-day transformative retreat offering Black changemakers a sacred space to pause, rest, cultivate inner peace, build community with kindred spirits, nourish our visions and connect with a renewed sense of purpose. 

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Judy Lubin

Dr. Judy is an applied sociologist, racial equity changemaker, yoga and mindfulness practitioner, author, auntie, bestie and beach lover. Judy’s elemental nature is water, and with her she brings calming, reflective energy to hold space for deep listening, inner work and transformative dialogue. 

The curator of the Embodied Justice program, she hosts the accompanying podcast and co-facilitates events and dialogues focused on the collective healing and sustainability of Black changemakers.

At CURE, Dr. Judy has built transformative racial equity frameworks and change management processes that have impacted thousands of lives. She began her career focused on health disparities, recognizing that stress from societal racism can become embodied and manifested through “weathering” that prematurely ages the body and shortens the lifespan of racially marginalized communities. 

She is unapologetically committed to centering Black people and the communities that have inspired her life’s work. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she grew up in South Florida surrounded by music, her grandmother’s herbal garden, and the struggle to make it in a country that saw her family as outsiders. 

In 2022, after experiencing multiple health emergencies coupled with burnout from the intensity of the “racial reckoning” that increased demand for CURE’s racial equity services, Judy began a process of listening to the wisdom of her body, healing old trauma wounds, and reclaiming rest and her love of mind-body healing. During this time she explored somatics, indigenous and and ancestral healing practices and earned certifications in multiple healing modalities including yoga and energy medicine.

Emerging from a place of rest and listening to what her soul wanted to share, she now weaves mindfulness, body-awareness and spiritual activism to support changemakers and organizations to regenerate their leadership and give to the world from a place of ease and wholeness. 

Long committed to promoting women’s health and wellness, she is the author of The Heart of Living Well: Six Principles for a Life of Health, Beauty and Balance.

Find Judy on instagram or linkedin at @drjudylubin, where she (occasionally) shares posts celebrating Black joy, healing and well-being.

Shawn J. Moore

Residing at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness, Shawn creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help social impact leaders align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach, he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom.

Shawn is committed to empower changemakers to become embodied leaders – unified in mind, body, and heart – with the tools to mindfully pause, reconnect to their inner knowing, make strengths-driven decisions, and lead the change they believe the world needs.  

Reckoning with his own contemplation of burnout, purpose, and alignment, Shawn transitioned out of his role as Associate Dean of Student Life & Leadership at Morehouse College in the fall of 2021 to focus more on mindfulness and stillness-based training programs and workshops. 

While leadership resonates with him deeply, it is his personal and spiritual practices that allows him to continue to show up for himself and others. He is a yoga teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®), sound and reiki practitioner, meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, all focused through a Buddhist lens and 17 years of personal practice. He has contributed workshops, practices, and educational opportunities for celebrities like Questlove and Dyllón Burnside, and various yoga studios and colleges, Yoga International, Omstars, Melanin Moves Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Spotify and Lululemon. He currently serves as the Facilitation and Community Manager for BEAM (Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective).

Shawn hosts a podcast called The Mindful Rebel® Podcast that creates a platform to continually explore this unique intersection of leadership and mindfulness. Find him on instagram @shawnj_moore 

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