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Organize and Meditate Presents: White Fragility

  • The Assemblage John Street 17 John Street New York, NY, 10038 United States (map)

When was the last open conversation you had about race in America? For some, race seems like a taboo subject. For others, race is an everyday reality that is front and center. As we move through 2018, how can we use the tools of meditation to help us be present through what can feel like uncomfortable moments but are ones that can actually open doors for healing and insights?


Join us for an evening of breaking down the language of discussing and understanding race. Learn about the work being done to address, label, and advocate for a truly inclusive community. Leave with new tools to navigate through the work of dismantling outdated structures and how to envision new ones.


This event is free and open to the public. Attendees must present their ticket confirmation upon entry. Learn more about joining The Assemblage and getting special access and free entry to all of our programming.

About the Speakers:


Kerri Kelly is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently board chair. She is relentless in her commitment to elevating leaders, groups and projects to next-level social change makers through her work with The Catalyst Collective, an innovative consultancy designed for mission-based individuals, groups, and organizations that want to be successful and make a difference in the world.


Kerri was on the fast track in the marketing world until 9/11 hit, when she lost her stepdad, a NYC fireman. That was the wake up call that got Kerri off the “should” path and into purpose. To her surprise, yoga was the most powerful source of healing and transformation during that time. She took the leap and has been on a crusade ever since to elevate wellbeing and help others discover their greatest potential.


Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. She is a commitment to personal transformation that leads to powerful social change.



Ssanyu Birigwa is a Bone Healer, Reiki Shamanism Master/Teacher, and holds an M.S., in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.  She is creator of Pause 3 a mindset method that addresses the narrative health of individuals from the inside out. She lectures on the Spirituality and Health Care seminar at Columbia University Medical Center and has been a lecturer of Narrative Medicine at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, The City College of New York and Brooklyn Hospital, addressing issues of physician resident burnout and suicide.



Sah D’Simone is an esteemed meditation teacher, transformational coach, breathwork instructor and mental health advocate. He is passionate about researching and integrating the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern science. Sah has lived in Ashrams, Monasteries, and Retreat Centers around the world and has studied with experts like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Thubten Gyatsu, Joshua Rosenthal, Richard P. Brown MD, Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD. Sah is a Certified Mental Health First Aid, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Breath Body Mind Teacher, Ashtanga Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Raw Vegan Chef, MBSR trainee and is currently studying Contemplative Psychotherapy. The combination of these trainings led him to the creation of a cohesive philosophy for optimal health and well-being. @sahdsimone



Moderator Richard Carl is a yoga/meditation teacher and founder of Organize and Meditate (OM), an approach to activism by using the tools of meditation to remain heart-centered while also engaged in social justice work. OM provides meditation meetups, workshops, and education to help prevent burnout and raise awareness. Richard's experience living a sober lifestyle for nearly a decade has helped give him an understanding of what it takes to effect transformation both personally and collectively.


Richard completed research on international migration while studying in Mexico City at Iberoamericana University in 2009. He became well versed in the challenges of climate change while working on World Bank and Asian Development Bank projects for several years in Beijing, China. He has lived abroad in Spain, Mexico, China, and Indonesia.


Earlier Event: June 26
A Town Hall About Being Queer
Later Event: September 19
Sah D'Simone's 5-Minute Daily Meditations