Activities for Individuals

Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. (We have found that choosing one regular day of the week always leaves someone out, so the day of the week varies.) Everyone is welcome. For some topics, we invite people to do some research beforehand to share, but that is not a prerequisite. There is no charge for attending.

We choose topics on modern European American culture or whiteness, particularly to build our skills at facilitating discussions and educating others about what needs to be transformed for an equitable, just, and healthy society, We may also choose topics to learn about our root cultures and draw resources from them to replace whiteness, for health and healing, and to add richness and meaning to our lives.

European American Learning Community

Topic for Discussion: The Effects of Being Non-Indigenous

Tuesday, April 17
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Midtown Global Market, 6:30- 8:00 pm
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
We will first meet in the area between Mapps and La Loma. Sometimes we are able to move to the Midtown Market Office downstairs -- check there if you arrive late.

Western culture has been called the only non-indigenous culture in human history. How does this influence our relationships to the land, to our history, to each other? How can rebuilding connections to ancestors, culture, and a sense of place transform the way we are in the world, and help to heal whiteness and our system of race?

European American Identity and Culture Workshops

Saturday, April 28, from 9am - 4pm
River of Goods, 946 W Pierce Butler Route, St Paul, MN, 2nd floor

We will take a one hour lunch break from 12 - 1pm. We encourage you to bring your lunch. The meeting room is next to a full kitchen with microwave. There are no restaurants in the immediate area. Parking is in a lot in front of the building.

Cost $40

Scholarships are available

In this 6 hour workshop, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity.

We ask such questions as:

  • What are the characteristics of European American culture?
  • What is a healthy cultural identity? How does knowledge of your culture inform your work in communities of many cultures?
  • How does knowledge of your culture help you to be in healthy relationship to those of other cultures?

Contact Janice Barbee at for more information.