My Grandmother's Hands Book Group and Body Centered Practices

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem promotes understanding and healing of racialized trauma, which themy grandmothers hands author describes as personal, interpersonal, intergenerational and cultural. Separate chapters address white body trauma, black body trauma and police body trauma. Most chapters include recommended body centered practices, a series of guided experiences that promote healing and deepen our understanding of our own racialized trauma.

We will meet on zoom on Tuesdays, June 22-August 10, from 4:30-6pm. Andrea Reber and Corky Klimczak will co-facilitate. This group is recommended for those who have made an ongoing commitment to racial justice through reading, activism and personal exploration who feel ready to go deeper into the work of healing their racialized trauma. It would not be a good fit for newcomers to racial justice work. We hope you will sign up for a different racial justice summer book group if you are relatively new to this work. 

Each of the 8 sessions will combine chapter discussions and body-centered practices that deepen our understanding of embodied trauma and promote healing. We ask that participants commit to attending all sessions, understanding that summer vacations may interfere. Participants are asked to do the reading and recommended body-centered practices for any missed sessions before returning to the group.

To ensure that the group is a good fit for all participants, there is a prerequisite Orientation session on Tuesday, June 8 from 4:30-5:30. The Orientation will include a body centered practice experience. To sign up to receive the Orientation session zoom link or for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are interested in participating but cannot attend the Orientation, send us an email requesting an individualized phone orientation. Please include the best phone number and good times to reach you.

We look forward to exploring with you if this is a good fit for your next racial justice group experience and invite you to contact us with any questions.