Everyday Mystics,

Everyday Healing

Thursday, April 22, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This institute will invite participants to explore what it means to be everyday mystics. 

We will awaken the powers within, through drumming, movement, storytelling and engaged spiritual practices.

We will unveil our cosmic and bio-genetic gifts, and consider our ancestral and historical connections to mystical realities.

We will “engage the powers” using Walter Winks paradigm, “The powers are good, the powers are fallen, the powers can be redeemed.” 

We will explore the power of intercultural and indigenous spiritual practices for healing.

Everyday Healing is inspired by Dr Holmes' Liberation and the Cosmos and Resmaa Menakem's My Grandmother's Hands. Cliff Berrien will guide us to use our bodies, voices, movement and the power of rhythm to engage in "everyday practices" that can help us be in better harmony with self, others and the world.


"Mind, body, and spirit are not separate elements of human existence; they are interlocking and overlapped. The wholeness of the universe is reflected in a holistic and integrated human reality.

-Barbara Holmes, Liberation and the Cosmos (p.121) 

"Healing with other human beings requires us to respect, regard, and be in harmony with other bodies…When over time enough bodies heal from historical, intergenerational and personal trauma and learn to harmonize, that harmony can turn into a culture of resilience and flow.

- Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother's Hands (p. 181).

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Dr. Barbara A. Holmes

A renowned spiritual teacher, activist, and scholar, Dr. Holmes describes her life as a commitment to the struggle for justice, the healing of the human spirit, and the art of relevant and radical creativity. Her scholarship has focused on African American spirituality, mysticism, cosmology and culture. Her recent book is Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church.

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Cliff Berrien

Cliff Berrien has over 40 years of experience as a drummer & percussionist, dj and music educator. He has used his degree in psychology where he focused on studying cultural expressions of collective joy as transformative ways to develop creativity, cultural dexterity and contemplative practice. Cliff combines his interest in the diversity of the worlds music and contemplative practices with a passion for building compassionate community as a member of the Center for Action and Contemplation Program Design team. Cliff is deeply grateful for another opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Holmes.