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Emotional Institute Launches 400 Years, An Online Program To Unlearn Racism

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The Emotional Institute has announced “400 Years,” a 4-month online program to unlearn racism through the body, storytelling and deep listening. This transformative program will guide participants to understand how bias and racism have locked their bodies and how they have been trained to turn a blind eye to racial inequities. It will include an emotional tour of the effects of white privilege, internalized racism and oppression.

The program was created by Bernadette Pleasant, founder of the Emotional Institute. An expert in health and wellness, somatic healing, sacred and sensual movement and grief facilitation, Pleasant has utilized decades of experience to develop multi-sensory techniques that help those seeking a fully embodied state of emotional living.

“’400 Years’ is a response to the awakening occurring right now in our country and on the planet,” said Bernadette Pleasant. “It’s time to come together and unlearn racism, through our body, storytelling and deep listening, so that we can heal the divide between races and stand united, for and with each other. We will also explore how to unlock racism from our bodies, by gently tending to our wounded spirit, ego, and privilege.”

400 Years is an in-depth, interactive, experiential program inclusive of every skin color. It offers a safe and supportive environment for participants to explore and reflect upon their own experiences and beyond. 

The program features twice monthly 90-minute group calls (8 total), facilitated by Bernadette Pleasant. Held via Zoom for increased interaction and engagement, the calls provide support in exploring the themes of the course, with experiential exercises, guest speakers and readings. There will also be a private FB Group offering a safe and supportive place to connect with others dedicated to unlearning racism, fostering curiosity, listening and honest, insightful conversations. 

“We can’t change or heal when we’re contracted in fear or shame,” explains Pleasant. “We also can’t change our systems, let alone our personal lives, when our limbic system is so revved up that we can’t relax and make difficult and different decisions. That’s why I designed this program to include what I see missing in other trainings: our bodies and practices designed to calm our nervous systems and allow us to unlearn racism in a real, lasting way.”

There is a “400 Years” Intro Class (available online now) and an 8-week course that will take place every other Thursday, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST beginning March 18, 2021. For more information registration, visit 400 Years – The Emotional Institute  

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