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DEI Affinity Groups

Affinity groups are spaces where people who are akin to each other in some way can come together to process both individual and collective experiences in a community of mutual support.

As part of Hakomi Institute’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) action group offer both BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) led and LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two Spirit) led initiatives. 

Current students, (including those who have attended an intro workshop only), graduates (both certified and non-certified), organizers, and faculty who identify as a member of one or both of these communities are invited to attend our affinity groups for free.

BIPOC Affinity Group

This initiative is to create a regular BIPOC meeting space to create community, offer support to ourselves, gain inspiration and insight as we examine our experiences with the Hakomi Method and within our trainings.  This space is also to deepen our awareness and experience of how the Hakomi Method can be utilized to further our own liberation from systemic oppression, enhance our efforts of decolonizing ourselves from current and historic racism and marginalization, to increase our own awareness of the intersectionality of our experience and to deepen our healing from the traumas that have been inflicted on us and our  Black, Indigenous, communities/nations and diverse cultural communities of colour.

We gather remotely on the last Saturday of every month. If you identify as a member of the BIPOC community and would like to participate, please send an email to Anna Harland at annawinter@shaw.ca 

LGBTQIA2S+ Affinity Group

Our shared goal is to create a safe space where we can express our identities, share experiences, support each other and explore the Hakomi Method from a more inclusive perspective. 

If you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and would like to participate, please send an email to Gustavo Ribeiro de Mello at gustavo.alps@gmail.com to find out when our next meeting will take place. 

About Affinity Groups

These spaces and our time together are held within the principles of the Hakomi Method.

It is believed that when we come together in mindfulness with unity, non-violence, and mind-body (spirit) holism, then a natural organicity will occur and the space that we create together will become a deeply nourishing healing space for all of us.  Our healing will enhance our skills as Hakomi practitioners and community members, deepen the healing experience of our clients, and enrich the Hakomi Institute as a whole.