Activities for Individuals

Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. (We have found that choosing one regular day of the week always leaves someone out, so the day of the week varies.) Everyone is welcome. For some topics, we invite people to do some research beforehand to share, but that is not a prerequisite. There is no charge for attending.

We choose topics on modern European American culture or whiteness, particularly to build our skills at facilitating discussions and educating others about what needs to be transformed for an equitable, just, and healthy society, We may also choose topics to learn about our root cultures and draw resources from them to replace whiteness, for health and healing, and to add richness and meaning to our lives.

European American Learning Community

Topic for Discussion: First of a Three-part Series: How can we take action to dismantle whiteness?

Part 1: What does being "white" mean to those of us who are identified as "white"?

Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Please note: We will be meeting in the Allina Conference Room in the SW corner of the market, along the Lake Street side.

Having a healthy cultural identity supports us to take action in response to incidents that reinforce the system of race and whiteness. How do we help to create space for learning, self-reflection, and transformation in the face of these incidents?

If we are going to effectively act to dismantle whiteness, we need to understand what “whiteness” means to those of us labelled “white.” What leads people to hold so tightly to whiteness? How does this help us to understand how to transform the patterns of action that create whiteness?

Join us for this three-part discussion.

Session 1: Thursday, February 28
What does being "white" and "whiteness" mean to people who are radicalized as white? What does it provide and what is it missing? How do we stop away from this radicalized identity to find a healthy sense of cultural identity, an identity that connects us to a sense of place, history, and responsibility?

Session 2: in March (Date TBD)
How does whiteness operate in our institutions and our mainstream culture? Where does it show up in our lives?

Session 3: in April (Date TBD)
How can we transform and heal these patterns of whiteness?

European American Identity and Culture Workshop

Saturday, February 23, 9 am - 4pm
Location: Conference Room at River of Goods
946 W. Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN

Cost $50

Scholarships are available

In this 6 hour workshop, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity.

We ask such questions as:

  • What are the characteristics of European American culture?
  • What is a healthy cultural identity? How does knowledge of your culture inform your work in communities of many cultures?
  • How does knowledge of your culture help you to be in healthy relationship to those of other cultures?

Contact Janice Barbee at for more information.