ABOUT CIA

Community gatherings may include talks, readings, spoken word poetry, music, ritual, meditative movement, and organized action.

Suggested donation: $10 - 30

 
Payment Options
Cash /  Check (made out to "Inspired Life Counseling") / Venmo (@L-Tat)
NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF PAYMENT
What to Expect!
This loose agenda will give you an idea of what to expect during our Gather CIA event
  • Invite: guided opening that involves grounding, breathing, and connecting to the sacred
  • Inspire: often a musical performance
  • Huddle: a message or reading by a member of our team or a guest
  • Connect: dyads for sharing our thoughts and getting to know each other
  • Movement: unguided portion of free form dance, yoga, writing, and whatever other contemplative enlivening practice you so choose 
  • Share: opportunity to share your writing, poetry, song, or message
  • Call to Action: keeping each other informed about social justice or climate change needs and actions in our community, sharing about community and spiritual resources
  • Release: closing circle, ritual involving circle and song. 

 

We are committed to making CIA an anti-racist space
The work of anti-racism is to uproot racism from within ourselves, within our communities, and within our institutions. In alignment with these values, we are currently working to: 
  • Heal From White Supremacy and its Impacts: Engaging all white/white-passing members in addressing our internalized racial superiority, which began with the exploration of Layla Saad's White Supremacy and Me Workbook. Engaging white/white-passing members in a White Accountability Caucus and developing a Community Accountability process for all members in order to address microagressions and racist incidents within CIA in a transformative way. Supporting POC members of CIA in healing internalized racism and manifesting their power and joy.
  • Offer Reparations: Using any excess funds raised by CIA as reparations, giving them directly to community efforts and projects led by and serving people of color in the Ypsilanti area
  • Support POC Spaces and Leadership: Offering support (financially and logistically) for the development of POC-only healing/spiritual spaces and POC leadership of those spaces. Prioritizing POC leadership within CIA. 

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