Yes On Uprooting Racism 

When will we really listen to each other, hear our stories, share our pain, and work together to uproot the racist ideas that keep us suffering? The murders and protests of this summer took me back to decades ago, in my twenties, when I protested murders, by the highway patrol,  of Black men in South Carolina. Once again, pain and anger flowed through me and around me. We've been through this so many times. How can we end the pain, trauma, fear, and insecurity rooted in racism? 

What can I do to help heal these wounds of racism?

My answer is R.A.C.E.S. - Race A Concept Explored in Story.  As a professional storyteller, I've seen the power of the story circle to create healing. This power of story, in performance art,  also opens hearts and minds.  

Carla Klinker Cope

Artist & Mother

"The most transformative part was how you set the space and created an atmosphere of openness, trust, safety, and respect. I was anxious prior to the Circle and felt lighter after. I felt we were all engaging with you as a master."

Argent Kvasnikoff

Artist, Native Alaskan, Ninilchik

"This was a wonderful experience and I admire how focused it was on keeping an emphasis on real experience.Very positive and constructive method to approach the issues of racism."

Skywalker Payne, Story Healing Facilitator

I've worn the hats of activist, non-profit administrator, performance artist, professional oral storyteller,  registered nurse, and entrepreneur. A Summa cum Laude degree in storytelling, author of two books, and Reiki Master Certification round out my experience and education. 

Before settling in Homer, Alaska, I shared performance art and storytelling in community theaters, events, and organizations in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and throughout Iowa.

As a storytelling energy healer, my insights are based on experience, education,  empathy, and compassion. 

R.A.C.E.S. is designed to facilitate racial story healing on the personal, organizational, and community level.

Online and Interactive

R.A.C.E.S. Circle


Is a safe, non-judgmental online space, in which groups, no larger than ten individuals, share racial stories guided by a story healing facilitator. We invite organizations and businesses, willing to honestly explore institutional and personal bias, to dismantle racist ideas, and to promote racial reconciliation, to participate.

R.A.C.E.S. Re-Creation


Is an infinite online space, presenting art, interviews, presentations, and storytelling to heal racial stories. By sharing anti-racist ideas and practices, anti-racist systems emerge. R.A.C.E.S. Re-Creations. Subscribers will have access to all Re-Creation presentations and monthly newsletter.

R.A.C.E.S. Courses & Other Services


In January, the first R.A.C.E.S. online course, Stamped, Racism, Anti-racism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi begins. R.A.C.E.S. Re-Creation Sessions are small group creative online experiences with Skywalker.

Let's create compassionate community and end the racist/anti-racist/racist cycle.

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