Becky Thompson


November 5, 2014 to November 7, 2014

Becky Thompson, award-winning writer, poet, activist, yogi, and Chair of Sociology at Simmons College in Boston will share her groundbreaking work on the role that yogic philosophy and practice can play in healing personal and systemic trauma created through racial and social inequality.


Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Lessons about Trauma
Wednesday, Nov. 5, Noon-1pm
Duke Diet & Fitness Center
501 Douglas St, Durham, NC 27705

This talk focuses on what trauma survivors (from addictions, loss of loved ones, sexual abuse, race injury, war, accidents, incarceration, etc.) can teach us about resilience and healing. Includes attention to treatment strategies (meditation, yoga, writing) for short and long term healing. The session will include ways of keeping our own wholeness in mind as healers, clinicians, etc.

Towards a Pedagogy of Tenderness
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3-4:30pm
Women's Studies Pink Parlor
East Duke Building, Duke University East Campus

This talk focuses on the use of contemplative practices to teach about injustices as way to build multiracial learning communities. Offers practical and theoretical discussion about using yoga, meditation, opening and closing circles, and deep listening to encourage rigorous and transformative learning. In the Women's Studies Pink Parlor.

Yoga for Every Body:  Down Dog and Dharma Workshop
Friday, Nov. 7, 11:45am-1:45pm
The Ark Dance Studio
Duke University East Campus

This yoga and writing session is designed to incite energy, encourage relaxation, and inspire creativity. There will be marvelous music and time for us to stretch, breathe, and write together. Everybody is welcome. No fancy clothes or special props.

For more information:  Jennifer Prather