I offer keynote speeches and/or workshops on a variety of topics including diversity, inclusion + anti-racism, gender, burnout and grief.
I’ve presented at events around the world including the internationally-acclaimed SXSW 2018 conference in Austin, me Convention 2019 in Stockholm, the upcoming Follow Black Women Racial Justice Conference in Omaha and various other panels, workshops + businesses worldwide.
It is my deep honour to create brave sacred spaces + opportunities for hue-mans to face our feelings and dive deep into the tough stuff so we can honour our experiences, heal the collective divide and manifest more joy. Current workshop offerings are outlined below…
We live in turbulent times and there is a great call for the collective to come together and fight the systems of white supremacist patriarchy. If you want to dive deep into how to commit to anti-racist efforts and get comfortable with your discomfort around discussing and addressing race and racism, join me for my SPIRITUAL ACTIVISM 101 Workshop.
The 101 workshop is an opportunity to come together to have sacred and spiritual conversation about how we can lovingly acknowledge our privilege, heal our wounds and actively contribute to lasting, effective social change.
The evening includes:
curated discussion and education on anti-racism, internalized oppression and addressing whiteness/white supremacy,
brave space to share our hurts/struggles/frustration regarding race and gender,
intentional journalling + groupwork to unpack our blind spots,
breathwork to release and let go, and
guided meditation to ground.
We will carve out sacred space, honour our challenges and cycle that shit up and out. Folks will leave feeling supported and empowered in their journey to better show up for themselves and the collective, and most importantly, in supporting people of colour (particularly Black and Indigenous folks).
Open to all hue-mans, especially White folks wanting to learn how they can better support POCs, POCs seeking help healing internalized oppression and all those seeking spiritual tools + practices to assist in committing to anti-racism.
* Spiritual Activism 102: Now What? [Coming Soon]
* Exhale: A Breathwork + Self-Care Workshop for Battling Burnout
* Feelin’ + Healin': A Mindfulness + Movement Workshop for Womxn of Color
* Meditáshyin: A Guided Meditation + Yin Workshop for Spiritual Social Justice
“I took the Spiritual Activism 101 workshop and was humbled, called in, called higher... all with such grace. Rachel is a gifted healer and space holder, and brings the activism conversation to a new level as she holds space for womxn wanting a deeper understanding of their privilege (which is not an easy topic to teach on, or face). Her wisdom, knowledge and powerful presence offer a space that is not only challenging but truly expansive. My heart was cracked open through the breath-work which offered me time to integrate everything I'd taken in. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to lean in and get uncomfortable, but find true soul healing in the process.”
- Madison Hedlund, Life Coach, Springfield, MO.
"White supremacy. It isn't just an old white gown with a burning cross. It's a power structure that's been in place since Canada and the US were colonized and its roots run deep and wide. Recognizing out white privilege is a good place to start, but a horrible place to stop. Rachel's workshop challenged me to dig deep and ask myself 'what am I really doing to dismantle a system I abhor?' My answer was: 'not enough.' I'm so grateful for the opportunity to listen and learn."
- Megan, Owner @ Room 6, Deep Cove, B.C.
"The biggest takeaways for me from the Spiritual Activism workshop was the nuanced way Rachel was able to facilitate discussion about the day to day insidious racism that POC face that has been stitched into the fabric of everyday life and is accepted...the conversation was [uncomfortable] and necessary. It was always filling and exhausting...but when the night ended it felt like it was just the beginning..."
- Irving Chong, Vancouver, B.C.
Communication is my thing and speaking, in particular, is my jam. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at a wide range of events and panels including:
Tight Club’s “International Women’s Day Townhall on Intersectional Feminism”
SheVentures Seattle 2018
Grace Club Curated Content for Feminists on Self-Love
Minerva BC’s “Critical Issues for Women in Leadership”
Steph Jagger’s Unbound: An Evening of Unrestrained Conversation
PHSA’s Community Hall on Activism + Grief and many more.
I’ll also be speaking at the upcoming SheTalks WeTalks Racial Justice Conference this October
* Spiritual Activism: How to Raise the Collective Conscious Through Spirit
* We Need to Talk About Racism + Grief: How Shame is Preventing Action
* Cis-White Patriarchy Rules Everything Around Me (C.R.E.A.M.): Why Implicit Bias Causes Workplace Violence
* Breathing Thru Burnout: How To Sur-Thrive In Stressful Situations
Check out my speaking styles on this Global News segment
“Rachel participated in a panel discussion on “Critical Issues for Women in Leadership” to a group of established female leaders who are embracing inclusive leadership. Rachel’s authenticity and willingness to be vulnerable was powerful. Her presence ensured that the conversation got real very quickly and she created a space for women in the room to go deep and be reflective. This was certainly the most ‘real’ panel discussion I have ever witnessed.”
- Sarah Greenwood, Program Coordinator for Minerva BC, Vancouver, BC
"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Rachel [as the organizer for rhe Loaded Bow retreat]. Her capacity to create space for others allows for the nuances and complexities of loss to be explored in ways that I could not have anticipated. She holds up a proverbial mirror that allows her participants to see themselves in each other, while still honouring the individual experience. She acts as a guide through the process of mapping one's grief. Rachel is also really fucking funny which only serves to add more humanity to this intimate practice. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
- Gen Hume, Harvard Graduate + Co-Founder @ Loaded Bow Retreats, San Francisco, CA
"I'm always on the hunt for the most powerful voices in town, who can tell a story from the gut and keep a room in the palm of their hand...Rachel came recommended by a number of contacts, namely for her work in the grief space and her dynamic personality. At the event Rachel quieted a full venue of 20-40 something city-dwellers, people leaned into the stage to hear her next word as she shared her powerful story of losing her mother, and bringing in larger themes of her work. Multiple people came up to me after the event asking how to connect with her and her work, everyone in the room could feel her radical openness, understanding of story and real desire to impact community. I'm on the edge of my seat to see what she is up to next."
- Lizzy Karp, Communications Manager @ Telus, Vancouver, BC
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