Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion & Reconciliation, A Recorded Discussion with Annahid Dashtgard


When we belong somewhere,
when we find home,
the extraordinary becomes possible. 

This is a recording of our discussion with Annahid Dashtgard, co-founder of Anima Leadership and author of Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion & Reconciliation. Hear her speak on race, leadership and being a seasoned ‘inclusion warrior.’


“As co-founder of Anima Leadership, I consider myself a seasoned inclusion warrior.


Over the course of my life, I’ve had the opportunity to live across three different continents, work with people across sectors and backgrounds and dive deeply into the fields of psychology and politics. Out of all this messy, beautiful living, I’ve come to realize that we could all use more skill in the area of belonging — to better understand what it means, the impact of its absence, and how to create it for ourselves and each other.” Annahid Dashtgard

When we belong somewhere,
when we find home,
the extraordinary becomes possible. 

“All this thinking, living, experimenting and distilling resulted in my book, Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Reconciliation. I’ve spent years pulling the curtain aside on my own life to introduce what I think is a unique perspective on racism, trauma and the revolutionary power of resilience. I hope you see yourself in its pages.”

Join us for a discussion about the book, Annahid’s personal experience of racism, the “anatomy of repair”, and her work to build and support a culture of inclusion.

Get Annahid’s book on KindleKobo, or an ebook from the publisher.

Annahid Dashtgard

About your Teacher

Annahid Dashtgard (M.Ed., B.A.),  is an Author and Changemaker.

As Co-Founder of internationally renowned company, Anima Leadership, Annahid is a diversity and leadership consultant, author and speaker with over 25 years experience. She has designed, led, coached and guided change on individual, organization and system levels from running national campaigns to advising many community growth and organizational development initiatives. Annahid has worked nationally and internationally across different sectors (education, healthcare, government, private and non-profit) and regularly writes and speaks on issues of democracy, citizen engagement, diversity and belonging.

With an undergraduate degree in psychology and trained in various psychological and personal growth disciplines including Processwork, Deep Democracy Conflict work, Somatic Experiencing Trauma training, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and mindfulness meditation, Annahid is versed in both outside-in and inside-out approaches to change, and unique in her ability to weave them together.

She educates about creating cultures of belonging through marrying theory with story, and her published writing credits include the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Briarpatch magazine.   Annahid’s first book on the perils and triumphs of exile, immigration and racism–  Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Reconciliation — came out in August 2019 to rave reviews.  She lives in Toronto with her partner and two children,

Twitter: @Annahid

IG: @AnnahidDashtgard

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