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Boundary Work: The Course: Find your courage in the conflict.

Right now, in this very moment, I want you to stop.

I want you to stop and ground yourself in this moment - and breathe.

I want you to ask yourself this question:

Where did I begin?

And when I say beginning, I don’t mean the seconds or minutes before you clicked on this link and were snuggling with your cat Cheddar or ignoring your student loans - or ordering macaroni and cheese on your phone. I mean, the beginning, beginning.

I mean the story of who you are. I mean the story of how you- you, the person reading this right now - how you - came to be.

The thing about conflict is that we’re told early on to hide it.

We’re taught early on to see conflict as a sign that we’re broken.

We’re taught early on to see outspokenness as a symbol of selfishnesses and insecurity.

We’re taught a lot about drawing our own lines and speaking up for our own right to be valued that is downright:

inaccurate, false, misleading, sophistical, imaginary, invalid, misrepresenting, and fraudulent, and all the other words that you find in the thesaurus under the word “falsity”.

But the thing about a lie is that in order to shine light on the truth - you have to face the conflict - and in order to face the conflict - you gotta find your courage.

That’s what boundaries are

Drawing boundaries is the process of finding of our courage. Holding boundaries is the process of keeping it.

Boundaries help us build and maintain relationships that are important for encouraging us to unlearn harmful patterns of thinking and mythologies around unhealthy power dynamics.

Without them, we don’t have the tools we need to stand up for ourselves and others when we encounter injustice - and in the world we live in; a world that’s becoming increasingly aware of the ways our social relationships have a major impact on our overall well-being, who we are, and who we choose to be - having the right resources to communicate what we will and will not do - is critical.

Boundary Work: The Course is a 4-week intensive created to help you get on the path to defining, setting and holding to your boundaries. This 4-week course designed through an intersectional lens of justice and care offers masterclasses, journaling, and reflection so that you can start right where you are.

Let’s get to the root of what our boundaries are.

Let’s build our confidence.

Let’s acknowledge our own capacity and power.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Let’s find our courage in the conflict.

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Gain lessons from an established boundary worker

My name is Bunny McKensie Mack. I’m an anti-oppression consultant, coach, copywriter, and visual artist leveraging the reach of pop culture and satire to envision a world without white supremacy and genderphobia. As the Director of Art + Feminism, I lead a global team of organizers working to correct skewed and biased content about marginalized communities on the internet.  

I graduated from the University of Chicago with two communications degrees in Francophone language and literature and Hispanic Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature. I’m currently pursuing a double Masters degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. I’ve also been an interpreter and translator for over 10 years; so I’m no stranger to drawing lines and setting expectations so that my boundaries are honored - like they deserve to be.

Originally from the Southside of Chicago, but currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, I consult with for profit and non-profit organizations to develop cultures of accountability that dismantle racism and patriarchy at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional level. My work has been featured in NowThis News, Refinery29, The Guardian, Artsy, Afropunk, The New York Times, Pop Sugar, It Gets Better, Artsy, ArtNews, Wear Your Voice, Bubblegum Club, and  El País.  

Access practical, context driven examples to help you learn how

We develop our boundary culture at a very early age. How old were you when your parents sat you down to have the boundaries talk? For many of us, that talk never happened, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t develop our own set of core beliefs around what it meant or did not mean to set effective boundaries. For many of us in this world who deal with various forms of unfairness and injustice every day - the idea of prioritizing our own limitations - at first glance could feel nearly impossible. But let me tell you this -  it isn’t impossible. That’s where unlearning comes in. We can’t do this work without seeing it modeled. So, join me for this course and gain access to real-life examples from my experiences with learning how to set boundaries, setting them effectively, and holding to them.

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About ME

My name is Bunny McKensie Mack (pronouns: they/them). I’m an anti-oppression consultant, coach, copywriter, and  visual artist, leveraging the reach of pop culture and satire to envision a world without white supremacy and genderphobia. As the Director of Art + Feminism, I lead a global team of organizers working to correct skewed and biased content about marginalized communities on the internet.  

I graduated from the University of Chicago with two communications degrees in Francophone language and literature and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature. I’m currently pursuing a double Masters  degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa and have been an interpreter and translator for over 10 years.

Originally from the Southside of Chicago, but currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, I consult with for profit and non-profit organizations to develop cultures of accountability that dismantle racism and patriarchy. at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional level. My work has been featured in NowThis News, Refinery29, The Guardian, Artsy, Afropunk, The New York Times, Pop Sugar, It Gets Better, Artsy, ArtNews, Wear Your Voice, Bubblegum Club, and  El País.   

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How is this course different from other courses I see about self-care?

You have my personal guarantee that I won’t ever tell you the answer to holding to your boundaries in difficult situations is taking a bubble bath. There’s nothing wrong with bubble baths; I love a good bath bomb myself - but the point it there is a time and place to relax our hearts and minds in the brave spaces we call home, and there is a time and place to communicate what we will and will not accept. This course is focused on how we build up our own resource kit so that we can have the time and the energy not only to take our bath, but to also set our boundaries most effectively.

Self-care courses also tend to focus solely on white women with resources - even then there is a tendency to ignore the impact that male dominated industries, societies and cultures have on the ways we perceive and act on our own power. The fact is that all of us struggle with boundaries. This course is for all people who want to develop their skill set for boundary setting through a lens of power, personal autonomy, and justice. This course is for all looking to break the cycle of not showing up for the person who matters most in their lives - themselves.

What’s your teaching style like?

My style of presenting is unlike what you’re used to - I use satire, pop culture, and context driven examples that we experience every day to work with people on becoming more aware of their own position in systems of oppression. Humor is a form of coping. It creates a dissonance that permits people to process and access knowledge without over analyzing their immediate responses to what they’re learning for the first time or repeatedly experiencing.  Humor creates a space where people can more comfortably process the everyday forms of oppression that they experience. Why is that important?

Because we all access information in various ways. Sometimes the weight of social justice education can make it difficult for people of various capacities, backgrounds, and experiences to access critical knowledge about anti-racism, worthiness, anti-sexism, and more.

I’m here to create my own lane; using satire to raise awareness - a style of sharing information which is usually dominated by cis, het, white men. 

Is this for me?

Maybe you’re thinking:

“I’m just not the kind of person who will ever set firm boundaries. I wasn’t born with that skill.”

“I feel overwhelmed at the thought of speaking up for myself. I think that means there is something wrong with how I do it.”

“I’ve tried to set boundaries before and it hasn’t worked out. I just end up feeling embarrassed.”

You’re human. Each and every one of us, including all the people you look up to as being resilient, vocal, and firm in communicating what they will and will not accept - have a boundary journey. Make this course your start. Build up your boundary culture and maintain the work you’ve already done to get to where you are. The fact is that as mentors, coaches, belief workers, parents - we want to have the best possible impact on our world and in the lives of those around us - but we cannot do for anyone else what we will not for ourselves. The story starts here - with you. Are you ready to write it?

Join me for a 4-week intensive of Boundary Work: The Course (starting May 15, 2019).

Here is what you’ll get:

  • Two 90-minute Masterclasses

  • One Boundary Map for learning how to acknowledge your personal boundaries

  • Tools for setting  boundaries when you’re being gaslighted

  • Two 1-hour office hours: an open forum for participants to unpack content presented during the masterclasses. Sessions designed just for you - where you can ask questions and share narratives in a brave space.

  • Vocabulary and phrases for transforming your language to draw clear and assertive boundaries at work and in life

  • Tips for unlearning stigma around clear, direct, and honest communication 

Course Dates

Week One: Masterclass

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 8pm EST-9:30pm EST

Week Two: Office Hour Session #1

Saturday, May 25, 2019 12pm EST- 1pm EST

Week Three: Masterclass

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 8pm EST-9:30pm EST

Week Four: Office Hour Session #2

Saturday, June 8, 2019 12pm EST - 1pm EST

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Register Now

It’s time for a fresh start. Everything comes back to knowing and acknowledging what our boundaries are, how we’re going to enforce them, and what it means for us to hold to them.

Two Course Packages at a Discounted Price:

BOUNDARY WORK: THE COURSE ($199)

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Two office hour sessions

  • Two 90-minute master classes

  • One Boundary Map Journal

  • One free replay of Boundary Work: The Webinar

 
 

BOUNDARY WORK: THE COURSE ($299) 

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Two office hour sessions

  • Two 90-minute master classes (will be recorded)

  • One Boundary Map Journal

  • Four weeks of facilitated scenario based practices

  • One free replay of Boundary Work: The Webinar

 
 

BOUNDARY WORK: THE COURSE ($399) 

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Two office hour sessions

  • Two 90-minute master classes (will be recorded)

  • One Boundary Map Journal

  • Four weeks of facilitated scenario based practices

  • One free replay of Boundary Work: The Webinar

  • 45-minute 1:1 coaching call

 
 

BIG PRINT

>> All masterclasses and office hours will be recorded live. Can’t attend a session? No problem. You’ll receive an automatic recording of all sessions.

>> No refunds or exchanges are available.

>> All participants will automatically be signed up for my newsletter about my consulting, coaching, and copywriting work and future presentations - feel free to opt-out at anytime. #boundaries

>> Interested in attending, but don’t have the funds? Scholarships are available for persons representing marginalized communities. Email me at work@mckensiemack.com for more.

>> Want to help others attend? Send PayPal donations to help cover the cost of another person’s participation. (Button to be added soon).

>> Any and all offensive behaviors and/or language in text will result in removal of the user, without refund.

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