Course Information

Donation Event: Disrupting White Mindfulness: Race and Racism in the Wellbeing Industry with Cathy-Mae Karelse

When: 21 Sep 2023
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Cathy-Mae Karelse, Alison Evans

About the event:

Cathy-Mae Karelse's new book Disrupting White Mindfulness explores how the precious practice of mindfulness, as popularly packaged in the West, lands mainly with a select, elite audience. The book unpacks how this reality comes about, how it remains entrenched, and how we might collectively build forward differently. The emphasis here is that this is ALL our work. Courage to change the things we must applies as much to shifting the dominant narratives, patterns, and norms of the Mindfulness Industry as it does to upturning inequities in our families, communities, and societies, and Othering in ourselves. Equally, opening our hearts to embrace difference allows us to see mindfulness as liberation for all. Can we step beyond what is known, to hear and respond to calls that merge inner and outer landscapes of contemplation to foster collective freedom? Could this potentially offer a pathway that heals what appears as my inner disaffection, as mine? Might this avenue help us feel more connected and whole? 
Cathy-May Karelse will be in conversation with Alison Evans to pick up on the themes of engagement and agency, with time for further discussion and questions.
Prior to Alison's discussion with Cathy-Mae, we suggest watching the video on our Community Site to give a clearer sense of the topic and inspire conversation. 
This event is offered in collaboration with the Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) - an initiative to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences. Led by a Committee of Volunteers, supported by the Mindfulness Network, we work together to run a programme of donation-based events and inspiring content. You are welcome to visit the Community Friends area of our Community site, which is open to all, for more opportunities to practice and learn together: 
The event will take place online using Zoom from 7 – 8.30 pm (UK time)

Who is the event for:

Anyone with an interest in Mindfulness is welcome. 

Preparation for the event and what you will need:

In order to participate in the event, you will need:

  • A room where you can close the door and engage in the workshop away from family distractions.It may be helpful to use headphones.
  • Log in via a computer that is resting on a hard surface and that has audio and a webcam. Please don’t use handheld devices. 
  • A space for practice, a mat, cushion, and blanket may be helpful for your comfort.  

The Facilitators:

Please read the biographies via the links at the top of this page for more information. 

Online information:

The book launch will take place via Zoom - a weblink and joining instructions will be sent to you prior to the event.

Please add to your safe senders' list and check your spam/junk folder for communication from us. 


Please log in via Zoom for a 7 pm start (UK time). You will be held in a waiting room until the event begins.

If you are attending from a different time zone, please check equivalent timings in your time zone.


This event is free to attend. We welcome all donations via the application form and encourage you to consider a contribution, large or small, which will make a big difference in helping us widen access to mindfulness-based approaches. 
Donations raised from this event will help to fund our bursaries, which enable us to remove financial barriers for those wishing to use our charity's services. As a charity we want to continue to provide free events and opportunities for everyone to access high-quality, mindfulness-based training, supervision, and retreats; donating today will support someone else to have these same opportunities and allow us to continue offering events of this nature.

The application and donation process:

Our application and donation process involves the following steps:

  1. Please complete the application form and you will be given the option to make a donation via PayPal or card at this stage should you choose to do so.
  2. Application is received and you will be booked into the event.
  3. We will email you the Zoom link and joining instructions in advance of the event. 

Please add to your safe senders' list and check your spam/junk folder for communication from us. 

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please let us know if you are unable to attend so that we can unsubscribe you from further emails about this event.

Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at to discuss any questions you may have about the event.  

Click here to sign up to our waiting list - unfortunately this event is now full.