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Greetings Fellows! Below you will find information on how to prepare for the 2024 Race, Reflection, and Practice Towards Action Design Workshop taking place at Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, Colorado. Additionally, please review Pahara’s health and safety protocols for in-person gatherings during your time at Lone Rock Retreat:


In 2024, we will internally focus on developing and designing the next iteration of RRPA in preparation for the 2025 launch of the virtual program. We have learned a great deal since launching this program, with even more learnings coming out of the in-person convening this past June. To truly honor this work, we want to hone a vision for RRPA’s future in partnership with those who have helped steward this work for the past three years.To this end, from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9, 2024, our team will gather at Lone Rock with an intimate group of RRPA alumni across affinity groups to workshop the next iteration of the virtual program. 



Our team will come with a soft design of the 2025 RRPA experience. Think of this as a “table-read” that will blend content workshops, feedback sessions, and engaging in another transformative experience. To enable us to receive targeted feedback, we will engage a group composed of 1-2 moderators per affinity group, plus 3-5 program alumni per affinity group. 


We are looking for participants who are open to an iterative experience, who deeply believe in the work of RRPA, who are excited to invest in the Pahara community, and who are eager to build with fellow Paharans who have participated in this program. 

  1. ~Two hours of pre-session prep (i.e. reading materials)

  2. Joining the in-person workshop for the full five days:

    1. Monday, February 5, 2024, arriving by 2:30pm MT or earlier to Denver airport.

    2. Friday, February 9, 2024, departing Denver airport at 3:00pm MT or later.

  3. During the February convening, fully engaging in spaces of affinity, cross-group, and debrief sessions in support of the RRPA program experience. Offering critical feedback on the design, raising questions and suggestions, and overall supporting Pahara in improving the experience before it is rolled out to the full Pahara community. 

  4. Completing post-session survey


  1. Deepening engagement and continuing to build community with members of the Pahara RRPA community

  2. Deepening learning in the somatic and embodiment practices explored at the RRPA in-person convening

  3. Honing your own skills and engagement in building effective spaces of affinity and in cross-racial coalition building

  4. An opportunity to give back to the RRPA experience and help shape future iterations of this work





Prior to the seminar, please direct all logistical questions to


Start: Monday, February 5, 2024 - 5:00 pm MT, Reception & Dinner

End: Friday, February 9, 2024 – 12:00 pm MT, Lunch (to go)


Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 804210

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