The time for change is now.
Are you ready to start unlearning and transform how you show up in the world?
Join 'The Work' 101 a 9 week online program for women, trans women, femmes, gender non conforming and and non-binary educators who want to experience a collective unlearning journey.
Starts Wednesday, February 8, 2023!
BIPOC cohort at 10am PST and White cohort at 12pm PST
(Affinity groups provide the opportunity for more specific decolonization conversations)
"The Work 101 really set my life on a different path.
The weekly lessons were full of information and resources, and the community discussions created a safe place with other BIPOC to talk freely about the systems designed to hold us back. I was able to recognize those systems around me, and make real change in my life.
This course gave me the courage to no longer make myself small in those colonized spaces, and to feel confident in showing up in my true authenticity."
Lisa, Social Worker
Ever feel like you wanna address an injustice but didn't feel confident enough to do it ?
First off, you are not alone!
Second of all, in Western contexts we often value our knowledge more than embodied practices. So even though we have read all the books and follow all the right people on IG, you haven't been practicing your learnings.
Lastly, changing social norms often results in feelings of discomfort. When we haven't learned how to practice moving through discomfort in our own lives, it is harder to do it in public where the stakes feel higher.
The world is the way it is cuz it's been designed that way . . . but you can change that!
We have been told that hard work results in success . . .
but how many of us have been working hard all our lives and yet to attain Western definitions of success.
We have been told that everyone who deserves a seat at the table gets one . . .
and yet everyone at 'the table' looks or thinks the same.
We have been told that there is a right way and a wrong way to show up . . .
yet sometimes neither fits quite right, and we end up feeling limited, frustrated or like the odd ones out cuz we don't fit into the choices we are given.
As educators we are perfectly situated to change the status quo.
Whether that means you are a teacher, a mom/parent, aunt/auncle, a facilitator, coach, or somewhere else on the educator spectrum.
The information (in 'The Work' 101) was enough to empower anyone to help our future generations understand what is happening emotionally through culture.
Muchas Gracias for all the information I am able to now hand down to my daughter, grandbabies and future Latinx clients so I can support them in a different way.
All my relations.
- Alyssia, Healer
So hear me out - cuz I wasn't always so keen on taking action towards liberation.
I did all the stuff I was 'supposed' to do . . .
I read the books,
listened to the podcasts,
took the courses,
and posted on social media . . .
but I felt lonely, inadequate and burnt out.
Despite doing all the 'right' things I still felt empty cuz I was finding my worth in what I DID vs who I AM. Aaaand I was reproducing these values in those I taught. 🤦🏽♀️
It took a while, but finally I figured out that the key to 'being the change' is requires intentional relationships with others also working on their transformation!
I want to change the world,
Society has done a number on all of us, we are peeling back the layers of who it has told us to be, and realizing we were wearing more masks than we thought.
Daniela is one of the most humble and transparent people I know. Her willingness to share her self-awareness journey encourages others to be gentle with themselves as they go through their growing pains. She is welcoming, friendly, and keeps you honest.
IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE -
your uniqueness is embraced,
your voice is valued,
your contributions are celebrated,
your growth is encouraged,
and you get to show up just as you are.
WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO IMAGINE, CUZ THAT WORLD ACTUALLY EXISTS?
There are microcosms of a future world all around us, we just gotta look in the right place!
“Daniela has guided me from the very beginning of my decolonization journey.
She has especially helped me understand my own intersectionality, plus the importance respecting my own timing and rest.
- Camila, Marketing Coordinator
photo: Jeff Chan
A program for educators who are ready to start integrating social change practices into their teaching, parenting, coaching, or leadership positions, and practice alongside others who are on the same journey.
This program will:
TEACH you about the relationship between white supremacy, the patriarchy, colonization and anti-racism so you will more easily identify them when you come across them (along with all the other 'isms', how they relate to each other, how they affect you AND how to resist them.
EQUIP you with Creative Liberation Practices as a framework for your unlearning journey - applicable and accessible strategies founded on education, creativity and community that support you in incorporating change in your own life and sustaining it long term.
CREATE space for you to join others in their transformation - here we will practice getting used to a new way of being through dialogue, relationship building and mentorship.
GROUP MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Starts Wednesday, February 8, 2023
9 week online program
90 minutes long
15-30 minutes of teaching, 60 minutes of group discussion and exercises
Affinity groups provide the opportunity for more specific decolonization conversations
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) cohort
In a society that values independence, is conflict avoidant, quiets dissenting voices, and tells us what progress should look like . . .
GROWING IN COMMUNITY IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT.
BEING YOURSELF IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT.
DEMANDING JUSTICE IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT.
EXPERIENCING JOY IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT.
If this wasn't revolutionary work, it'd be easy peasy and we'd all be doing it already.
I believe everyone has an intuitive knowledge of justice and joy.
(Just watch kiddos on the playground next time your are there and see how they demand justice and seek joy!)
My name is Daniela Guerrero-Rodriguez (she/they), I am a queer Latinx-immigrant femme of African, European and Indigenous ancestry currently living between the stolen lands of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples in what is colonially known as Vancouver, BC, and one of my ancestral lands, colonially known as Costa Rica.
I love learning about what nature can teach us about showing up in better ways as humans on this earth to dismantle systems of oppression.
I have a BA in Intercultural Studies, a M.Ed in Arts for Social Change and almost 20 years as a front line mental health worker for children and youth in marginalized communities.
My passion is in creating opportunities for dialogue about how we can dismantle oppressive systems and create liberation in our world.
Let's get to work!
Here's how we go from CONFUSED and OVERWHELMED
to CONFIDENCE and CLARITY,
as a community!
Weekly 15-30minute live lessons will be recorded in case you miss the class.
Discussions will NOT be recorded in order to create a space where we can grow more comfortably.
Weekly 90 minute discussion groups for women, trans women femmes, gender non conforming and non-binary folks.
There will be one group for BIPOC and another for white folks so we can have conversations from a shared lens.
Every day, for 9 weeks, you will receive an email with a 'thought of the day' to help keep you present throughout this journey.
Additional resources will also be shared with you if you wish to dive deeper.
Let's revolutionize the way we see the world, so that we can see it for what it is, see our role in it, and adjust the way we exist in accordance to the change we want to be.
It's basically like that scene in the Matrix where Morpheus offers Neo the red pill and the blue pill.
This is the red pill - the one that will alter the way you see the world forever.
MODULE 1 - 3
UNDERSTANDING THE FRAMEWORK
Introduction, intersectionality and our intrapersonal relationship
Colonialism, capitalism and supremacy culture, an overview
White Supremacy Culture and alternatives
*use the break to identify these social norms around you*
MODULE 4 - 6
HOW DO YOU
Capitalism and identity
(disability, race, and gender)
Ancestry, indigenous practices and decolonization
Decolonizing your story and Creative Liberation Practices
*use the break to observe yourself and your personal practice*
MODULE 7 - 9
BUILDING A COLLECTIVE PRACTICE
Anti-Capitalist models and practices
Nature and collective reciprocal relationships practices
Power and solidarity
*let nature be your teacher as you process these systems and your response to them*
. . . ('The Work' 101) is importantly direct
and the additional resources are expansive, I feel most supported because Daniela is approachable, warm, inclusive, and candid.
I recommend it for anyone interested in starting or furthering their Decolonization journey!
Is this where your journey is leading you?
'The Work' 101 helped me understand the systems in our society and how they affect me, and also it helped me understand how to better teach the youth at work.
- Hayley, Educator
Still got questions?
I am new to this and not sure if this is right for me.
You are in the right place if you are a white or BIPOC woman, trans woman, femme, or non binary person starting on your decolonization journey or looking to deepen it.
There are two streams, one for BIPOC and one for white folks.
We will go over the basics, as far as terminology and how it all works together. We will also look at how it affects us and how we can develp sustainable practices to create social change everyday. Through our phone calls we will also get the chance to go over any questions that might have come up during the week.
I am afraid of messing up.
No one is perfect sooooo we will mess up, myself included.
The container we have is not just educational but also a space to practice. Practice expressing ourselves better and practice addressing situations we create when we mess up or when others mess up better. Social change work means we are navigating change and growth all the time, if it wasn't so we wouldn't need social change work, we would just be living in a utopia. :)
I am not sure if I have time for this right now.
Life is busy!
If 90minutes three times a month is too much, that is ok. I will probably run this again when I have time and space to do so. And we can get together then! I would rather you check out my free content on IG or in my emails than try to cram something else into your schedule.
Do you offer discounts?
No discounts at this time.
There are scholarships available for Indigenous people living in what is colonially called British Columbia, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
"The Work 101 is an incredible experience for educators and humans in general who want to understand the systems that play into the current context of western society.
It is important for all people to get to the base understanding of white supremacy culture before we can begin to move forward in a productive way. Also, content is organized and explained in an incredibly lovely way.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who works with other humans!
- Kirsten, Educator
If you are ready, what's holding you back?
You are not too old, too young, too out of the loop, or too set in your ways
(or whatever else you might be thinking)!
Don't let guilt, shame or fear hold you back, remember society is DESIGNED to keep us from taking action!
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
What do you want your legacy to be?
Have more questions? Let's talk!
Daniela is a brilliant educator whose work is unapologetic, honest, inclusive, and vulnerable . . . They always give me something meaningful to reflect on, and challenge me to think more expansively.
They make space for rest and imperfection alongside radical accountability
—both within themselves and in others—and they actively encourage and build community.