Activities for Individuals

Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community and we offer a workshop every few months. For the Learning Community, we usually meet at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street, but we are conducting our discussions over Zoom for the time being to maintain social distancing during COVID-19. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. Everyone is welcome.

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 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.

Healing Roots Learning Community

Topic for Discussion: Ancestral Healing

Thursday, January 20, 2022
7:00 - 8:30 pm CST

In the last few months of 2021, we discussed healing in community. One theme that continued to come up is how issues on a personal level are connected to those on a societal level. Not only do beliefs and behaviors that are passed down affect whole communities' response to racism and whiteness, but our own capacities and skills for contributing to change. In our next session, we'll focus on ancestral wounds and ancestral healing. What does ancestral healing mean to you? What needs to be healed? What unhealthy patterns do you see being passed down? How and when do you feel connected to your ancestors? When do you feel disconnected? What has been helpful in transforming unhealthy patterns? In connecting with your ancestors?

If you are not already on the mailing list, please email Janice Barbee at janicegwb"at" if you want to join us via Zoom. (@ has been replaced by "at" to avoid robot spam.)

Root Culture Interest Groups

The following groups are meeting separately once a month to share learning on European root cultures. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please email the contact person below in order to get the Zoom link for the next meeting. (To avoid robot spam, @ has been replaced by "at".)
  • Nordic/Germanic spirituality: Sara Axtell -- axtel002"at"
  • Celtic cultures (Irish, Scottish, and Welsh): .Janice Barbee --janicegwb"at"
  • Nordic ways of healing and accountability: Anna Vangsness -- annavangsness"at"

European American Identity and Culture Workshop:
A Foundation for Dismantling Whiteness and Racism

Dates are now set!

Thursdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3, 2022
6:30 - 8:30 pm Central Time

The workshop is presented via Zoom over 6 - 2 hour sessions. We offer short lectures/presentations and use the breakout rooms on Zoom to have small group discussions. A Reflection and Study Guide is sent out after each session with questions and additional resources (most available on-line) for deepening your learning.

In order to engage all participants, we have set a limit of 20 participants so that we can see everyone on Zoom at the same time.

When you pay using the PayPal button, you will be automatically registered. Contact Janice Barbee at janicegwb("at") if you have questions, need a scholarship or prefer to pay with cash, or if you want to be added to the email list. (To combat robot spam, the @ has been replaced with ("at").

Fee: $125
Scholarships are available

In this 12 hour workshop over 6 weeks, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity with the goal of dismantling whiteness and developing a vision of a healthy identity for European Americans.

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?
  • What is the history of whiteness in the U.S. as a concept and identity?
  • What are the cultural narratives that support whiteness and what counter-narratives can we promote?
  • What resources from your cultural roots can you draw on to have a healthy identity and have healthy relationships across cultures?
  • What new language can we use to replace language based on hierarchy and prejudice?

What past participants have said about the workshop:

"I would call my experience with the workshop transformative and has propelled me into doing the lifelong work of dismantling whiteness, while also seeking information on what to love about my European heritage/culture."

"It was exactly what we needed. The information was perfect."

"I wanted my group to have the same vocabulary and foundation to discuss these issues. It was a good basic start."

"I'm so grateful for the Zoom option! I really enjoyed the breakout groups. It's much easier for me to speak honestly and freely in a small group."

"Living in Madison, WI, I would have never had the opportunity to attend this workshop otherwise."

" It was clearly the best workshop I've experienced. It was valuable not only personally but [for] family and work experiences as well."