Practical tips for white people with big feelings


Ever had big emotions when interacting with Black, Indigenous, or brown people? Even if you don't see yourself as much of a "feeler," it's human to have an emotional reaction that can quickly impact someone else, even without meaning to.

White people on a liberation journey need to understand our emotional experiences, how white emotion becomes weaponized, and the responsibility we have for the impact of our emotions.



From this session, you will:

  • build your emotional vocabulary
  • gain awareness of your reactions in your body
  • understand the historical context for your reactions
  • practice letting the emotion up and out in responsible ways
  • learn practical steps to de-weaponize white emotion



This session is offered by and for anyone living in a white body (more info below).

The live session was held virtually on zoom and recorded.

After enrolling, watch for an email with a short activity/reflection to help you prepare and the link to the live session recording.

We utilize an assortment of activities and zoom capabilities, and we encourage you to pause the recording as often as you'd like so you can engage in the activities as if you were a live participant.

Access to the recording will expire on September 15, 2023.



As white people, we need spaces to ask questions, work through ideas, feel, develop skills, and celebrate change - with each other.

Ali Michael and Mary C. Conger offer that a white affinity group

"Is a place for white people to examine what it means to be white, to critically reflect on themselves and their actions, and to work to identify and confront racism"

Justin C. Cohen shares that a white...

"...affinity space is a place where white people can practice, model, and improve anti-racist practices."



In recognition of the impact of classism, this session is offered on a pay-as-you-are-able basis. You can use this page to help you decide how much to pay. 

Budgets are moral documents, and ours is no different. We participate in economic accountability by transferring 30% of your fee to Black, Indigenous, and brown Portland community members.


If you have any pre-enrollment questions, please email [email protected].

$65.00 »

Pay-as-you-are-able (see "Our Commitment" on the left)