Diversity and inclusion

Key questions: Why is it important for the mindfulness ‘sector’ to understand and respond to issues around power, privilege, diversity and inclusion, and identity? What does this mean for mindfulness centres, teachers and teacher trainers? How does this affect programme design and pedagogy; understandings or knowledge and being ‘evidence-based’; and accessibility and relevance?


At our last ‘Mindfulness on the Margins 2’ event, diversity and inclusion was a significant theme and we have audio recordings of the talks given by three speakers accessible to network members.Courses on power, privilege and oppression with a focus on inner work are currently available at The Ulex Project , the Urban Mindfulness Centre and Clear Mind International

Specific resources which explore mindfulness and anti-oppression more broadly are:

Mindful of Race – Ruth King, 2018 (book)

The Inner Work of Racial Justice – Rhonda Magee (book)

Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy – Beth Berila, 2015 (book)

Other resources which are not specifically mindfulness focused but might be useful for those practising or teaching mindfulness are listed below. Many of the following resources were collated by Navigate

Sex, Race and Class – the Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952-2011, Selma James (2012) (book)

Ask Leticia: Understanding Oppression: Strategies in addressing power and privilege (articles)

You are not a bad person: How facing privilege can be liberating – Miki Kashtan (article) 

The Urgency of Intersectionality – Kimberle Crenshaw (TED talk)


Me and White Supremacy, Layla Saad (workbook)

Racism Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria: and other conversations about race, Beverly Daniel Tatum (2017) (book)

Writing Beyond Race, Living Theory and Practice, bell hooks (2009) (book)

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race – Renni Eddo-Lodge (2017) (book)  

White fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism – Robin DiAngelo (2018) (book) and this article

The maturation of a white ally – Mushim Patricia Ikeda (article)
And lots of other articles and resources at WhiteAwake.org

The Catalyst project (website) and Catalyst Volunteer Study Group Curriculum (PDF)

Becoming an Anti-Racist White Ally: How a White Affinity Group Can Help (PDF)


Classism Class Matters: cross-class alliance building for middle class activists – Betsy Leondar-Wright (2005) (book) and Class Action (website)

Where We Stand: Class Matters – bell hooks (2000) (book)  

Missing Class: Strengthening social movement groups by seeing class cultures – Betsy Leondar-Wright (2014) (book) and ActivistClassCultures.org

Respectable: The experience of class – Lynsey Hanley (2016) (book) and Lynsey Hanley: How I became middle class (article)

Chavs: The demonization of the working class – Owen Jones (2012) (book)   Chav Solidarity – D. Hunter (2018) (book) and ChavSolidarity.com

Audit 2017: How effectively are class inequalities controlled in the UK (article)


Gender Beautiful Trouble Toolbox: challenge patriarchy as you organize

Going to places that scare me: Personal reflections on challenging male supremacy – Chris Crass (article)

Gender – Jamie Heckert, IAS Lexicon Pamphlet Series (2012)

The Gendered Society – Michael S. Kimmell, Oxford University Press (2012)  (book)


Doing Social Justice: 10 reasons to give up ableist language (article)

10 answers to common questions people ask when being called out for using ableist language (article)

The Social Model of Disability – Grant Carson (article, word document)

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