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how to stop racism & find your calm in the chaos

We've got work to undo!


It starts with taking care of you

Social justice activists have either been working for what seems like forever and we’re exhausted, or we’re new and overwhelmed with the task. But we can’t stop because the opportunity to create an equitable society has never been so close! It's hard work in normal times, but doing it during a pandemic, with a wannabe dictator in a lame duck phase? Talk about anxiety!

So how do we keep living, working, taking care of family and friends, and creating a just community if we’re irritable, angry, and sleepless?

We increase our capacity. We take small steps every day to recharge so we have the energy and focus to show up for life. Self-care is about doing things that boost your energy and mindset and make you happy. Too many of us think it’s one more thing we don’t have time for when really it’s THE thing that creates the time and capacity to do what’s important.

Ready to know more? Check out Calm in the Chaos to figure out what small actions could increase your capacity to live in the new normal.



Can you have fun while learning antiracism?

We teach antiracism, focusing on facts and integrating self-care to increase our emotional capacity. Our motto is no blame, no shame, no guilt because those emotions get in the way of learning. In fact, we teach tough topics with humor.

I had fun today laughing while learning. Seems like I’m borderline irreverent describing a webinar about fighting racism as having fun.

Janice Stickles

We’d rather build you up and teach you how to create a better future together. Our challenge to you is to learn America’s history of oppression, understand and recognize your own defensive behaviors, and take antiracist action. If you accept this challenge, it will be your undoing; your chance to dismantle and rebuild what you’ve learned (or lived) about racism, privilege & inequality, power dynamics, even self-care.



Taking Antiracist Action

America and the world are seeing what Black people and other people of color have always known: white supremacy and racism are embedded in American society. As white people see what was once invisible to them, the shock can be paralyzing. As Black people witness our brothers and sisters being hurt and killed without repercussions, it compounds racial trauma.

Whether you’re Black or white, if you’re new to racial and social justice and antiracism work, it can be confusing, even panic-inducing to:
define and recognize systemic racism
challenge systemic oppression
create an antiracist culture at work
learn how to be an ally
talk to your kids about racism

You Can:
read books (consciously giving money to Black authors -or not- to discuss with friends)
watch the news (knowing it’s biased)
follow Black voices on social media and try to figure it out on your own, (knowing that you’re making mistakes, but not knowing what they are)

Or You Can:
do some intensive inner work with a professional facilitator and others who are also seeking to understand and shift their thinking.

If you're willing to do the inner work of self-care and learning the facts, register for Taking Antiracist Action, a 4-hour intensive that will move you from confusion and anxiety about racism to understanding how to be an ally. Or contact me about facilitating a culture change within your organization in the blue chat box below.


Be Brave. Love You. Heal Your Community.

Join a brave community to find your calm in the chaos, shift your thinking and behavior, and build your capacity to heal yourself & your community.

Find Your Calm in the Chaos
ABOUT

No blame, no shame


We're not interested in getting a rise out of people, We're interested in getting *arise* out of people—doing the hard, healing work of teaching people how to stop racism and helping people increase their emotional capacity to can handle hard conversations. Explore how social justice, privilege, inequality, education, and power dynamics influence how we live and interact. Learn how racism was built into the founding of America and has been legislated ever since. It’s just invisible if you have the privilege of not living it. And that’s intentional.

I have the heart of a teacher, the background of a public relations specialist in the nonprofit sector, the expertise of an award-winning program creator, the gift of intuition, and a passion to help you discover how you can create a more loving and equitable society.

Even if you're not ready to fight racism, I'm here to help you expand your emotional capacity - stay present, breathe deeply, and find your calm in the chaos.


With a tendency for candor and empathy — and 20+ years of experience as a facilitator — my training sweet spots are:
self-care, increasing emotional resilience and capacity
systemic racism and oppression
privilege & inequality/power dynamics
using small changes to make huge impacts
race & American history
getting people of diverse backgrounds to work together
speaking truth to power


Learn

Unlearn the America myth and learn American history facts they don’t teach in school. Increase your emotional capacity to have hard conversations.


Understand

Racism is a system. We each uphold or challenge it with our actions every day. Controlling your emotions instead of letting them control you helps you learn and get engaged.


Recognize

White people are trained not to see our racist system. Pay attention to how you react to new information to make sure you hear the message. Knowing our history is empowering for Black and white folks.


Do Something

Small changes and a little bit of courage can have a huge impact. Breathe deeply, focus, learn, march, speak truth to power, pay Black people for their work. Make a difference.

Testimonials

  • Anne Millehan
    I recently attended a presentation workshop on "Talking about Racism" with Sacil Armstrong. I can't say enough about how moving and informative it was. She has a way of presenting this injustice in a way that speaks to everyone in her audience. I walked away with a new way of thinking and acting against Racism. Positive actions speak louder than words, and trying to understand before being understood helps us all to have equity in this world not just diversity.
    Anne Millehan
    Millehan Coaching & Consulting
  • Rachel Perry
    I really enjoyed your approach and delivery. I was admittedly skeptical because I previously worked in EEO/Diversity for over 25-years and thought it was going to be another diversity-based webinar; it turned out to be the opposite (in a good way)!. You were able to connect with everyone and provide a safe space for sharing. You approached everything with an open-heart and that created trust among participants and most important- you made sure everyone was included. Your webinar and unique style of delivery was a breath of fresh air for me. I told my 3 kids (18, 26, & 27) and my dad and we are all fans of your coaching :)
    Rachel Perry
  • Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin
    You are doing such amazing work. Just want to say thanks for being so damn brave.
  • Bernadette
    I know this is a community of contributors, but my god, you're doing some priceless, badass leading and I am grateful for all your efforts. Thank you. xoxo
    Bernadette
  • Laura
    Taking the Anti-Racism for Women Entrepreneurs course continued to make huge impacts for me even after each class! The amount of confidence I feel now that I know basic terminology and history has helped me stand up for others whether its a conversation with my family members or a business meeting. I know I can call out racist comments and have historical information to back it up. I'm no longer afraid of offending, instead I feel completely empowered to do more for social justice in the way I talk with my kids, interact in my community, work with my clients and point out inequality and racism.
    Laura
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  • Ella
    I'm thankful for your presence and the process of becoming more immediately awakened to the INTERNALIZED institutional racism that pervades our culture. every day I wake up and try to pay attention, learn, listen and act. It is so much better to come down off the cross, acknowledge our mistakes, growth, and changes. Retreating into a defensive posture creates nothing but more anger, fear, and brittleness.
    Ella
  • Lisa
    These are extremely important discussions to have and thank you for being here and doing the work you do. We are stronger, not only when we unite, but when we listen to each other and learn from one another through our experiences.
    Lisa
  • Jennifer
    You are an amazing and powerful force for change and healing!
    Jennifer
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