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2019 Workshops

September 27-29, 2019
Friday 2 pm-9pm, Saturday 8 am-6 pm, Sunday 8 am-2 pm
Facilitated by Lee Mun Wah & Rainbow Markell

There is so much that is unsaid in this country about race issues. In this retreat we will explore a variety of ways to have this dialogue on race and racism that will lead to a more intimate and honest conversation and relationship with each other. This retreat is about confronting some of the issues that keep us all from talking to one another about race/racism. It is also about discovering new ways to begin that conversation, how to create a bridge to talk about our differences, exploring what opens us up and what closes us down, and finally, 101 ways to become Culturally Competent in our relationships and workplaces.

Before we can truly become a multicultural nation, we must have a relationship based on respect and understanding, reflection and curiosity; where our differences and our similarities are embraced, valued and integrated into the very fabric of our workplaces, communities, schools and governmental institutions. It also means coming to an understanding that awareness and holidays are just the beginning.

What is required is an on-going dialogue and relationship with each other. I hope that you will join us in making this not only a better world for our children, but for ourselves – not by starting tomorrow, but by beginning that conversation today.

Participants will learn:

  • 9 Healthy Ways to Communicate
  • 101 Ways to Become Culturally Competent
  • 21 Statements That Stop A Diversity Conversation
  • The Art of Listening & Responding Cross-Culturally

2020 Workshops

February 21-23, 2020
Times: Friday 2-9; Saturday 8-6; Sunday 8-2
Facilitated by Lee Mun Wah

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Often, discriminatory incidents and lawsuits emerge from environments where diversity issues are seldom discussed and where cultural differences are “celebrated” but not practiced or represented. During this workshop, we will explore how to create a culturally competent and sensitive community that is able to embrace and respond to diversity.

Participants will:

  • Understand how one's personal and community history affects one's self-esteem and sense of safety
  • Learn ways to respond with honesty and compassion when a conflict occurs that involves a diversity issue
  • Create a sense of community and understanding among a diverse culture of people
  • Learn how to ask meaningful and intimate questions of individuals from diverse cultures
  • Understand how differences (i.e. racial, gender) can affect relationships, communications & behaviors
  • Discover how to observe and make use of the intent and impact of all of our communications
  • Learn the art of listening and responding cross-culturally

April 3-5, 2020
Intermediate/Advanced Mindful Facilitation Training
Facilitated by Lee Mun Wah

Friday 2pm-9pm; Saturday 8am-6pm; Sunday 8am-2pm

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Too often we are afraid to begin a conversation about race and racism because we have had a bad experience or feel that we will say something wrong or hurtful. This workshop is particularly exciting and satisfying because it allows everyone the opportunity to practice talking to someone who is different from themselves in a compassionate and honest way. Participants will learn that they are not alone in their fears and that all of us lack a “model” of how to begin this type of conversation. The most important ingredient is our sincerity and our willingness to learn and understand each other.

We will practice sharing with one another through use of film, small group interactions, role plays and personal stories. Participants will learn:

  • To notice the intent of our communications on other cultures and its impact
  • Ways to respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues
  • How to listen mindfully and with awareness
  • How personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes
  • Ways to create a sense of community through dialogue and stories
  • How to work with conflict and hurt feelings when diversity issues are involved

June 24-28, 2020
Cross-Cultural Facilitation Techniques: 5-day Intensive for Diversity Trainers, Educators & Therapists Facilitated by Lee Mun Wah

Wednesday 2 pm-9 pm; Thurs-Sat: 8 am-5 pm; Sunday 8 am-2 pm

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Facilitating a group with many cross-cultural perspectives and experiences requires a keen understanding and knowledge of how cultural differences can impact group dynamics, relationships and their sense of safety.

In this unique training, Lee Mun Wah will guide each participant through a series of exercises and mindful techniques that will enhance their understanding of the impact of culture on relationships, conflictual cultural situations, as well as how to develop a deeper and more authentic sense of community and openness within diverse groups.

Participants will explore their perception and attitudes about diversity issues through the use of films, books, vignettes and personal stories. They will learn to:

  • Listen and respond from a Buddhist & Eastern Approach
  • Notice the impact and intent of all our communications and actions
  • Discover the importance of curiosity as a mediation tool
  • Make use of non-verbal communications
  • Use Mindful Techniques to de-escalate a conflict within minutes
  • Ask 26 culturally-sensitive questions that create safety & trust

July 8-12, 2020
Cross-Cultural Facilitation Techniques: 5-day Intensive for Diversity Trainers, Educators & Therapists Facilitated by Lee Mun Wah

Wednesday 2 pm-9 pm; Thurs-Sat: 8 am-5 pm; Sunday 8 am-2 pm

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Facilitating a group with many cross-cultural perspectives and experiences requires a keen understanding and knowledge of how cultural differences can impact group dynamics, relationships and their sense of safety.

In this unique training, Lee Mun Wah will guide each participant through a series of exercises and mindful techniques that will enhance their understanding of the impact of culture on relationships, conflictual cultural situations, as well as how to develop a deeper and more authentic sense of community and openness within diverse groups.

Participants will explore their perception and attitudes about diversity issues through the use of films, books, vignettes and personal stories. They will learn to:

  • Listen and respond from a Buddhist & Eastern Approach
  • Notice the impact and intent of all our communications and actions
  • Discover the importance of curiosity as a mediation tool
  • Make use of non-verbal communications
  • Use Mindful Techniques to de-escalate a conflict within minutes
  • Ask 26 culturally-sensitive questions that create safety & trust

September 18-20, 2020
Let's Get Real- Unlearning Racism & Internalized Racism ↓

Friday 2pm to 9pm; Saturday 8am to 6pm; Sunday 8am to 2pm

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There is so much that is unsaid in this country about race issues. In this retreat we will explore a variety of ways to have this dialogue on race and racism that will lead to a more intimate and honest conversation and relationship with each other. This retreat is about confronting some of the issues that keep us all from talking to one another about race/racism. It is also about discovering new ways to begin that conversation, how to create a bridge to talk about our differences, exploring what opens us up and what closes us down, and finally, 101 ways to become Culturally Competent in our relationships and workplaces.

Before we can truly become a multicultural nation, we must have a relationship based on respect and understanding, reflection and curiosity; where our differences and our similarities are embraced, valued and integrated into the very fabric of our workplaces, communities, schools and governmental institutions. It also means coming to an understanding that awareness and holidays are just the beginning.

What is required is an on-going dialogue and relationship with each other. I hope that you will join us in making this not only a better world for our children, but for ourselves – not by starting tomorrow, but by beginning that conversation today.

Participants will learn:

  • 9 Healthy Ways to Communicate
  • 101 Ways to Become Culturally Competent
  • 21 Statements That Stop A Diversity Conversation
  • The Art of Listening & Responding Cross-Culturally

November 20-22, 2020
Advanced Mindful Facilitation Training ↓

Friday 2pm to 9pm; Saturday 8am to 6pm; Sunday 8am to 2pm

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his workshop is one of StirFry Seminars’ most popular because participants get the chance to practice with an assortment of culturally sensitive role plays and filmed vignettes, as well as a myriad of confrontational scenarios that will hone advanced-level intervention and facilitation skill sets. Participants will also be making use of advanced-level group interventions that will enhance group processing and observational techniques.

Participants will learn:

  • To Notice Intent & Impact
  • Advanced Interventions for Individual/Group Interactions
  • How to De-escalate Cultural Conflict Within Seconds
  • 21 Ways to Stop a Diversity Conversation
  • How to Transform Anger Into Compassion
  • Ways to Develop Curiosity & Understanding
  • How to Create a Culturally Competent Community
  • Ways to Develop Empathy & Trust

All workshops held at the Quan Yin Training Center in Berkeley, CA

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