WHC for People of Color – New York, NY – Jun 20-21, 2020

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Whole Heart Connection

for People of Color

New York, NY – June 20-21, 2020

Taught by Thea Elijah

Francesca Rios, and Weishin Huang

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Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Communities, Healing Our Nation

Right now is a time when we need to be at our most clear and most strong, so that we can reach out to each other and create connections that will serve everyone’s health and the health of our planet. This has been a time of great pain for many people of color. We aim, specifically, to offer this workshop to this specific group at no cost in an effort to heal wounds, repair damage, and assist our communities in moving forward together in health.

Whole Heart Connection is a set of tools for mutual empowerment, and for holding non-violent core alignment in conflictual situations. The body-based nature of these practices makes them ideal for becoming conscious of, and clearing, unconscious embodied racism and sexism, including internalized racism and sexism. These are tools for fostering equality even in the midst of social power imbalance.

Our goal is the well-being of entire communities, and so we are committed to fostering personal health every step of the way. There is no division between being an activist and taking care of ourselves.

Thea Elijah

Thea Elijah is a white-skinned Jewish convert to Islam, and the developer of WHC. She treasures the growth that happens when we are working together for everyone’s health and justice.

Thea has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for over 30 years. She is the former director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at Tai Sophia Institute and the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture.

Francesca Rios

Francesca is a Latinx lawyer who first learned WHC practices with the hope of becoming a more resilient advocate. Since 2013, she has continued to learn with Thea, and brings this work with her into the courtroom, into her home, and even onto the subway.

She is dedicated to showing up with a whole heart to talk across difference, and she is inspired by the stealth healing that can happen in non-healing spaces when we approach situations—even conflicts—from a place of mutual empowerment.

Weishin Huang

Weishin Huang (pronouns: they & he) is a first-generation Chinese American immigrant. They are committed to the life-long practice of decolonization and liberation through embodied healing and community building.

Weishin has been studying Whole Heart Connection with Thea Elijah since 2014. They are also a practitioner at Brooklyn Zen Center, a socially engaged Buddhist community committed to personal and social liberation. Currently, Weishin is pursuing a dual degree in Buddhism and social work at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia School of Social Work.

Workshop Dates

Saturday and Sunday
June 20-21, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Civic Hall
118 West 22nd St, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10011


There is no tuition for this workshop!
We are accepting donations only.

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