Violeta Noy for Fine Acts
Violeta Noy for Fine Acts

Not all BIPOC are the same_Regenerative Activism resources

In our second Community of Practice meetup Jessica and Nihal reported back from their time at the ULEX training centre in Spain. They had attended a training on Regenerative Activism for BIPOC trainers.

They harvested their insights via our four action research lenses: living systems, power dynamics, decolonising ourselves, care & kinship.

Living Systems

We learned about the The Learning Zone Model (developed by educator Tom Senninger). It demonstrates how, in order to learn successfully, we must be challenged and leave our comfort zone. That’s when we enter the learning zone which can feel uncomfortable. But when we’re pushed too hard, we start to panic, feel overwhelmed and freeze and no learning can take place.  The key here is to listen to our bodies and feel when we are in the panic zone.

Learning Zones
Power Dynamics

Jess and Nihal introduced us to a framework of viewing different forms of power – power within (self-worth, self-knowledge, agency), power over (discrimination, oppression) and power with others (collaboration, solidarity).

We also learned about rank, which can be social, psychological, structural, spiritual and moral and can change depending on the context one is in.

Power and rank together form privilege. 

One of the key learnings brought back by Jess and Nihal from the training was that not all BIPoC’s are the same. From an intersection viewpoint some are more privileged in other areas and others less.

We  did the following journaling practice:


Take a pen & paper and reflect in which areas you hold power within, power over and power with others?


Decolonising Ourselves

Patriarchy is born from trauma. Trauma forces us into survival, in which dominance and submission appear to make sense. Powerful antidotes to patriarchy are tenderness, vulnerability, and mourning.

         – Miki Kashthan


Jess and Nihal introduced us to Miki Kashtan’s thinking around the elements of patriarchy and its antidotes:   Scarcity vs flow, separation vs togetherness, powerlessness vs choice. Kashtan writes:

Patriarchy emerges from scarcity, functions in separation & results in powerlessness. We liberate ourselves, individually and collectively, by restoring capacity in the opposite direction: what was lost last is restored first, and we move towards life instead of away from life.

One aspect of this is embracing the soft qualities as individuals, in relationships, and within communities.

To restore choice, we open ourselves to vulnerability and humility, thereby softening the habits of protection and control which keep patriarchy going.

The opening we then find, and the strength that comes with it then make possible to deepen our awareness of interdependence, and to access tenderness for self and other, which allows us to restore togetherness.

When are able to mourn together what we have lost and celebrate what we still have, we may have enough capacity to support the reemergence of flow through embracing generosity and receptivity.

We may then be able to create collective islands of liberation supported by systems and agreements that are fully oriented to purpose and values, are within capacity, embed the soft qualities, and make is possible for individual and collective capacity to increase.

Care and Kinship

We explored the territory of allyship, hearing about the active ally framework and its 5 guiding principles developed by Kyle Sawyer. We engaged with the theme of allyship via an embodied practice. We learned that allyship is a practice as well as an embodied feeling. 


In pairs, person A  takes the role of a person from a minority/ marginalized group and person B takes the role of the ally. Person A closes their eyes and person B stands next to them offering support energetically facing person A, then moving to their side and their back. The pair then switches.

Reflection questions: 

How does it feel to be supported? How does allyship feel?  


Active Allyship
A poem

The insights and practices we experienced throughout the evening beautifully captured by this poem by Mara.


Words cannot fathom


Build a container to under-stand

Buddies as Anchors

Inquire your deeper underlying motivation

To make it more generative

A moment of conflict

fundamentally changed the structure

of reproducing oppression

Decolonising is a practice we’re practicing

Decolonising is day by day



Comfort zone

Learning zone

Panic zone

The vagus nerve runs

from head to abdomen

from fight to flight

trigger and trauma

Find ways to differentiate – unsafe or safe,

For discomfort can lead to transformation

Am I panicking, or am I just uncomfortable?

To flee, or to lean in?



are contextual and personal


they are privilege.


within, over, with

Miki Kashtan writes

Antidotes to white supremacy are tenderness, vulnerability and mourning

Scarcity leads to separation

Divide and conquer

by fragmenting.

Choice to togetherness, in flow.

Coming out of the dance

of lists and lists and lists

of White Supremacy

Re-member the 5 Guiding principles

Active-Ally Framework

How does it feel?

Eyes closed

Can I rely on a technical allyship?

Who’s got my back

What’s she up to there?

You’re my plus one

There is something else.

Front is interaction

Side is a better version of myself

Back is feeling ready for what comes from the




Those who came before me

They’re always there.

Touch me

Breath is our guide.

Yawning together

Forming circles

To be held in.

Let go.

Meet yourself


you’re at.

Not all BiPocs are the same

The three pillars of White Supremacy are

Slavery and capitalism

Genocide and colonialism

Orientalism and war

Decolonisation starts from within

This does not leave anyone out of the picture

It might be too soon to come with learnings

For now

That’s very much


Let’s start here.

How to address oppression in this space

We have 7 minutes left.

The access to this training was funded under the Erasmus+ program.

Funded by the European Union.
Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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