People of Color Meditation Group
Springboard’s People of Color Meditation Group was founded by Pamela Freeman and Sara Lomax- Reese and is open to all who identify as a person of color. The monthly meetings include both yoga and meditation.
The group meets the second Sunday of each month with the exception of July and August.
The Springboard POC Meditation Group also sponsors retreats throughout the year with national teachers. For more information, please call 215-844-7566.
Pamela Freeman graduated from the Community Dharma Leadership program and the Dedicated
Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts.
Sara Lomax -Reese is the CEO of WURD radio stations, a certified yoga teacher, and a leader in the African American community of Philadelphia. She promotes health and wellness around issues affecting the African American Community through her writing, publications, events, and presentations.
The History of People of Color Meditation Groups
The first meditation retreat for people of African heritage was held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California in 2001. Shortly thereafter, People of Color (POC) meditation groups sprouted at both Spirt Rock and Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. The groups grew out of a need for African Americans, Latinos and Asians to have their own meditation space as they felt unwelcome and invisible in mainstream white sanghas. Prior to that, they were sitting alone in their homes or in small groups. They wanted to experience the dharma teachings, especially those related to issues that affect people of color, without having to deal with racism or the lack of teachers of color. Today most Buddhist centers in the US have POC retreats and several have training programs for teachers of color. Many people of color start out in POC sits and, once feeling grounded, begin to go to mainstream sits. However, some continue only to attend POC sits. In addition, many centers also offer LGBTG retreats and sits.