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Saturday, January 18, 2020Conference/Seminar

Red/Blue Bilingual Workshop with Better Angels Central Texas

Engage in respectful BILINGUAL dialogue across the political spectrum to gain a deeper understanding of the views and values of others.

What is a Red/Blue Workshop? An invitation-only workshop bringing together about 5-7 REDS - conservative (Republican-leaning) citizens and 5-7 BLUES - liberal (Democratic-leaning) citizens -- for an afternoon of structured conversations. Many participants are not purely one color or the other. Just pick the color you ‘lean’ and tend to vote. The design of the workshops balance interactions between the colors in a respectful and impactful way. There is also space for observers who wish to interact during the breaks but not participate in the actual workshop.

Why: In Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address in 1861, with the nation on the brink of Civil War, he appealed to the “better angels of our nature.” In our dangerously divided nation, we all need to be touched by something “better” within us and within the country we share. That’s why I'm hosting this Better Angels workshop.


  • To better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.
  • To see if there are areas of commonality in addition to differences.
  • To learn something that might be helpful to others in our community and the nation.

The Process: The workshop is facilitated by two Better Angels-certified moderators who ensure a setting hospitable to red and blue participants alike. The focus is on listening and reflecting, rather than debating and persuading. All who attend report transformative experiences of positive hope for the country we love.

Translations: Translators will be used to translate English to Spanish and vice-versa. Proficiency in English is not required to participate. English will be the language used in instruction.

Requirements to participate:

  • Be willing to 'be a color' for the day (Many participants are red in some areas and blue in others. The design of the workshop balances red and blues for maximum experience. Participants agree to reflect a particular color for the duration of the workshop.)
  • Be willing to listen to the “other side”.
  • Be willing to engage the “other side” in respectful conversation.
  • Commit to attend the entire session

Requirements to observe:

  • Be willing to listen.
  • Commit to attend the entire session
    (Observers do not reflect a 'color' for the workshop. They listen and then interact at the breaks and lunch. Observing is a great way to 'check out' a workshop AND it is a rewarding experience even if you have attended a previous workshop as a participant.)

What happens in the workshop: You participate in a series of structured experiences, designed by an expert in Family Therapy, to breakthrough stereotypes and misperceptions of the ‘other’ side. You hear how each side believes their values and policies are good for the country. You ask and answer earnest questions about each other’s beliefs and values.

Meals: You may bring your own OR Breakfast Tacos & Sandwich Boxes for sale. 

Coffee & Water Provided.

Red/Blue Bilingual Workshop

Saturday, 18 January 2020

9:45 AM – 5:15 PM

Sententia Vera Cultural Hub

4002 E. Hwy 290 @ Sunset Canyon Drive

Dripping Springs, TX 78620


Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:45 AM thru 05:15 PM

Sententia Vera Cultural Hub

4002 E. Hwy 290 @ Sunset Canyon Drive

DSTX 78620 

For More Info:
Teresa Carbajal Ravet

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