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Untangling the Knots of the Heart - Sharing Our Full Selves in Pursuit of Collective Liberation

Thursday, September 8th, 2022
4:00pm - 5:30pm PT / 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET

FLYER Untangling the Knots of the Heart – Sharing Our Full Selves in Pursuit of Collective

A Virtual Event Featuring:

Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith, Co-Authors of What’s Up with White Women? Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice

Caprice D. Hollins, PsyD. Co-Founder of Cultures Connecting

Dr. Shakti Butler, Founder of World Trust



What do we need to do, share, and be in order to deepen our genuine liberatory practice?

Please join us as we contemplate how to recognize and untangle the knots of our hearts that prevent us from authentically connecting with one another as white women and women of color. We will share stories that have led us to deeper understanding of the complexity of our hearts and lives and invite you to do the same. As four women dedicated to the transformative powers of racial justice, we will create a space for all of us to extend beyond our intellects and egos towards responsibility, accountability, humility, and ultimately a reimagined world.

Our hope is for participants to leave with questions about your own narratives that can open you up more fully to individual and collective liberation. We envision a deep, challenging, joyful, and heart-felt conversation and look forward to sharing this time with you.

Schedule: 4:00pm - 5:30pm PT / 7:00 - 8:30pm ET


  • Pay what you can between $10 - $50.

*No refunds for any reason 7 days prior to the workshop, although you are welcome to gift your seat to a colleague.*

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the sensitivity of our conversations, participants are required to turn their cameras on at the start of each session. It is understandable that there will be moments throughout when participants will need to turn them off. If there is any reason you cannot have your camera on for this workshop, please contact Caprice Hollins ( or Ilsa Govan ( before registering. Thank you.*

Facilitator Bios:

Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. is co-founder of Cultures Connecting. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a B.A. in psychology from Seattle University and M.A. and Psy.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA. She became licensed in Washington State in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience studying and working with ethnically diverse populations. Her experience includes opening and Directing the Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools. Dr. Hollins spent 20 years at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology where she was an Affiliate Professor in the Counseling Department. She works hard to balance her passion and commitment to equity and social justice while at the same time raising a family with her husband, Gary Hollins. Together they have two children, and she has three adult step children and three grandchildren. Watch this video of her 2020 TEDxSeattle titled "What white people can do to move race conversations forward." Click here to learn more about Caprice.

Tilman Smith has been an educator and project manager for over thirty-five years, serving as a teacher, administrator, college instructor, caucus facilitator, trainer, and coach. She has facilitated workshops throughout the country on the topics of racial justice, white privilege, internalized sexism, and internalized white superiority. Currently, Tilman partners with government, educational, and non-profit agencies as a race-based caucus organizer, facilitator, trainer, and executive coach. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in French and History from the University of Colorado and her Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest.

Ilsa Govan, M.A. has extensive experience as a facilitator, consultant, writer and social justice activist. As Co-Founder of Cultures Connecting (, she has led conversations about racial equity at workshops and conferences across the country. She also volunteers to co-coordinate the White Caucus at the annual national White Privilege Conference. Prior to Cultures Connecting, Ilsa worked as an Equity and Race Specialist for Seattle Public Schools where she was tasked with addressing institutional racism in a large organization.

Ilsa is deeply invested in examining how her own identity influences her interactions with others, particularly through the lens of privilege and oppression.

Her latest book, co-authored with Tilman Smith, entitled What’s Up with White Women? Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice will be released this fall. Her other publications include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race. Co-authored with Dr. Caprice D. Hollins. (Roman and Littlefield).

Shakti Butler, Ph.D., visionary, filmmaker, transformative learning educator, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many - is Founder and President Emeritus of World Trust Educational Services, Inc., a non-profit transformative educational organization. Rooted in love and justice, Shakti produced films, curricula, workshops and long-term projects that are catalysts for institutional, structural and cultural change. Shakti is an inspirational speaker, facilitator, trainer and lecturer who is sought after by schools, universities, public and private organizations, and faith-based institutions. Dr. Butler has produced five documentaries. They are The Way Home; Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible; Light in the Shadows; Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity; and Healing Justice, released in 2017, intended to popularize a national conversation about justice, healing, and the youth-to-prison pipeline. Dr. Butler also served as diversity consultant and advisor on the Oscar-winning Disney animated film, Zootopia, which focuses on challenging bias and systemic inequity. Shakti’s work incorporates whole body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible in our workshops,
we limit group registration to 5 per organization.


If you would like to inquire about a private training for your organization,
please complete the Contact Us form and we will be in touch as soon as possible. 

What People Are Saying...

“The best on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion I have attended. Both of you are gifted presenters, engaging and articulate speakers, facilitate rich thinking and participation from the group.”

–Lisa Ellenberg, Catlin Gabel School

“This workshop is a valuable and necessary experience for all people who work with children and youth with the intention of building a more just and equitable society.”

–Justin Almeida, University Unitarian Church

“An amazingly effective workshop on learning real techniques to talk with youth and people of all ages about race and racism. Techniques which can also be used to talk about sexism, heterosexism, classism, etc, too!”


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