The Center for Healthy Nonprofits is sponsoring the Arizona Emerging Leaders2024 JEDI Learning Series!

In today’s world, there is a deep need to contend with global grief and explore grounded ways of healing and liberation. Is mindfulness, a seemingly individual practice, able to engage us in communal healing and wellbeing? Additionally, how does this translate into the wellness of a workplace? This workshop will focus on utilizing the foundations of the Equitable Mindfulness Framework to discuss ways to create authentic connections across social differences and to support engaging in equitable decision making. This workshop will be experiential – focusing on individual “doing” to promote the community “being.”

Equitable Mindfulness: the practice of mindfulness (present moment experience) for everyone, achieved by removing barriers to social, cultural, and systematic change (Cash et. al., 2021).

Participants will explore the framework of Equitable Mindfulness and practice mindfulness within this workshop to continue the practice in their work and lives. They will investigate the question: How can I engage in these traditions to support myself and the community that I serve?

This is the first of a five-part webinar series. Click the “Register Now via Eventbrite” button at the top of this page to purchase your tickets today. Ticket prices vary based on an organization’s annual budget and student status. 

About the Facilitators

Tiara Abuedochi Cash is a community care activist, author, researcher, and wellness practitioner. She has 20+ years of personal practice in mindfulness and medication and has worked in various settings within the public and private sectors. Tiara is the creator and steward of the Equitable Mindfulness Framework & Model, which are foundational to the work she does in JEDIA spaces. Featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and as a TEDx speaker, she carries this work into organizations that are willing to have grounded conversations across social differences. Her contracting partnerships focus on supporting curriculum, advising leadership, and creating presentations and workshops on mindfulness, equity, and community care. Importantly, one of the central tenets of her Equitable Mindfulness work is reminding folks interested in mindfulness from PGM (People of the Global Majority) communities how the roots of mindfulness are cross-cultural and found in many of their own wisdom traditions.

As a scholar and researcher, Tiara’s focuses include the intersections of prosociality (i.e., giving back to others and your community) and well-being – discovering the ways that being prosocial can help buffer negative emotions during life transitions. Tiara is also a Health and Wellness Coach and practitioner who uses her education in critical positive psychology to help individuals work on the liberation of colonial systems within their lives and journey toward their optimal selves. In May 2024, she will sit for the CWP (Certified Wellness Practitioner) exam, and in November 2024, she will sit for the National Health and Wellness Coach Board certification exam.

Tiara was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She is a Black American woman with Indigenous Heritage (Non-enrolled Mississippi Choctaw & North Carolina Cherokee descendant) who learned mindfulness from a South Asian perspective. These intersections are extremely important to her as she continues to conceptualize the intersections of equitable, cultural, and community-based mindfulness for personal and global well-being.

Courtney YellowWolf Graham Wilson (she/her) is a distinguished Choctaw woman deeply rooted in Natural Health and Healing. She is originally from New Mexico and is now based out of the Muckleshoot Reservation in Washington State. As a multifaceted professional, she wears the hats of a business owner, devoted wife, nurturing mother, accomplished beadwork artist, and dedicated educator.

Courtney’s journey in Natural Health and Healing spans across New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Tennessee, where she studied under revered elders and medicine caretakers. Under the mentorship of two Naturopaths/Therapists/Counselors/and NLP Masters, she completed internships and acquired certifications and degrees in herbal medicine and mental health while forging a path toward holistic healing and entrepreneurship. Her approach is from a natural state of being rather than colonial structures by addressing the physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects of people’s lives and communities. She has dedicated extensive time to imparting knowledge and education from a Native perspective, shedding light on its relevance to the current challenges in our world.

Her transformative personal journey fueled Courtney’s commitment to guide and support others on their healing and self-discovery journeys. Rooted in lessons and wisdom, Courtney’s holistic approach reflects her passion for empowering others in their pursuit of well-being.