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Decolonizing the Heart 2-DAY Workshop – Jan 25 / Feb 1

January 25 @ 9:00 am - February 1 @ 5:00 pm

$100 – $300

Decolonizing the Heart 2-Day Workshop: Jan 25 / Feb 1

Please note: Day 1 is mandatory. We encourage participants to do the “set-dates”. However, to accommodate people’s schedules, Day 2 may be completed on a future Day 2. Payment is due for both days at the time of registration.

So, you’ve done a KAIROS Blanket Exercise, now what?

You feel helpless at how messed up the world is, what do you do?

You want to work with people – but they seem so different. Where do you begin?

This is a workshop to address questions like these. Decolonizing our own hearts is necessary before we can work together for transformation. We begin by sharing our stories.

DAY ONE: Deep Learning for Deep Change

Using geno-graphing, we explore the stories into which we are born – the struggles of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and further into our lineage. We consider our own stories through William Ury’s proposition that “all conflicts arise from the failure to have needs met” and the Medicine Wheel framework of the spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual aspects of our human needs.

Day 1 Programme:

Morning (Light breakfast, Coffee/tea)


Framework and discussion: Scarcity and Needs-based Conflict Analysis; Identity Formation and Socialization; Personal Stories, Medicine Wheel Teachings and more…

Privilege Walk

*Vegetarian Lunch Provided


Grounding relations in history and memory:

Privilege Walk Part 2

Applying the Medicine Wheel and Geno-Graphing

Conflict De-Escalation and “Calling In”

Applying the Knowledge

Closing: debriefing/evaluations/next steps

DAY TWO: Extending the Learning

Our focus in Day 2 is on practice and experiential learning of the concepts presented in Day 1, as we work together to decolonize ourselves and develop our skills and empathy in action.

Day 2 Programme:

Morning (Light breakfast, Coffee/tea)

Greetings and Icebreaker

Theory Refresh

Forum Theatre exercises – finding our courageous voices

Scenario Practice

*Vegetarian Lunch Provided


Applying the Knowledge: Scenario Practice – De-escalation and “Calling-In”

Closing: debriefing/evaluations/next steps

*For both days of the workshop a vegetarian lunch of home-made vegetable soup and salad will be provided. Please email us at decoltheheart@gmail.com to inform us of any dietary restrictions.

Facilitator Bios

DM Marchand-Lafortune is an advocate, artist – music, photography, writer (poetry, essayist, short-stories, short-stories, philosophy and legal theory), film-maker, educator and teacher. She is trained as a lawyer (constitutional appellate law) and is a certified Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist. She is a leading voice in the development of the theory and practice of equity and inclusion policy.

DM was born of a Cree-Métis mother and Ashkenazi/Sephardic Jewish father. She was taken from her mother at 7 days old. She was later adopted and raised by an Acadian/Mi’kmaq man and a Scottish woman. The many truths she’s learned about her inter-cultural identity have given her a deep understanding of Franz Fanon’s claim, “I must understand everything because I belong nowhere.” She furthers this quote with: “If you know that – you know how to “be” anywhere.”

Monica Henriques first heard Diem speak at a talk on matriarchy and the feminist gift economy and decided to attend the first Decolonizing the Heart workshop. Monica was inspired to support the next workshop, and this developed into a partnership with Diem to continue this important and ground-breaking work.

Monica is of mixed ancestry (Dutch and Jamaican) and grew up in Toronto. Her first career was in Western Canada working as an ergonomics consultant. After a significant life event, she travelled and expanded her worldview through living at a yoga retreat in New Zealand and an ashram in India for eight years. She has just completed a Master of Social Work program. A quote which encapsulates Monica’s philosophy is Albert Einstein’s: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Through nurturing respectful relationships and acknowledgement that everyone has a story, the Decolonizing the Heart material is a necessary progression for counteracting the increasing polarization in society and transforming thinking.

The venue for this event is accessible and air-conditioned. ASL interpretation is not offered at this time. Parking is available on side streets (location info).

Contact Details

For all questions, to request accommodations or to inform us of dietary restrictions, please email us at decoltheheart@gmail.com.

Please reach out to discuss group rates for organizations!

For Pay What You Can registrants we ask you pay the minimum $100.00 to guarantee your attendance – we’ll make adjustments with you at the end of the day of the workshop. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.


January 25 @ 9:00 am
February 1 @ 5:00 pm
$100 – $300
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Decolonizing the Heart Workshops


Toronto United Mennonite Church
1774 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4L 1G7 Canada
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