Restorative and Racial Justice Stewardship Training (Spring 2020)

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Richmond, CA (address will be shared after registering)


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“my silences had not protected me, your silences will not protect you...what do you need to say?” -audre lorde, sister outsider

why this training?:

the skill of community facilitation is the engine of everything we do at STRONGHOLD. this foundational and experiential training puts restorative justice theory into action.

we believe the ability to deliver grounded facilitation is essential if we want to bring healing and transformation to the places in ourselves and our communities that engender harm. STRONGHOLD has learned from some exquisite facilitators over the years -- many of them incarcerated men and women -- and by their modeling, we have developed and honed our own fluency in skillful and brave facilitation. our pedagogy is rooted in restorative and transformative justice, and a commitment to collective liberation.

who is this training is for?:

  • all folks who relate to the desire to engage in more honest, healing and transformative dialogues within their communities.

  • folks who identify with a wide spectrum of identities across race, gender, sexuality, ability, and more. our learning process centers the voices & experiences of folks who have been most “marginalized.”

  • all current & prospective partners who are seeking support from STRONGHOLD.

what does this training cover?:

  • STRONGHOLD's guiding principles for skillful & brave facilitation.

  • the role & wisdom of the body in facilitation.

  • core principles of restorative & transformative justice.

  • common pitfalls, learning curves, and challenges in facilitation.

  • power dynamics and how to address & work with them in facilitation.

  • experiential practice in community.

how does this training work?:

  • we gather in community for 3 days.

  • we sit “in circle” as the central structure & practice for our time together.

  • we work didactically as well as experientially.

  • we examine systems (structural racism, punitive justice, etc) as well as how we have internalized those systems.

  • we pay attention and attend to the dynamics that are present in our circle.

  • we slow down, listen, and “move at the speed of trust.”


when: april 17th-19th, 2020. The training schedule is as follows:

  • friday april 17th: 9AM - 4PM

  • saturday april 18th: 9AM - 4PM

  • sunday april 19th: 9:30AM - 2:30PM

where: we are being graciously hosted by a community member at a beautiful home near Alvardado Park in Richmond. The space allows us to sit outside and be supported by the bounty of the land. as the weather changes, we will take care of making the space warm and comfortable.

who: STRONGHOLD co-founders, Karena Montag & Claire Whitmer.

cost: cost for this training is tiered as follows:

  • white ally / co-conspirator rate: $550

  • BIPOC rate: $275

why are there two different prices?: we acknowledge and honor that access to resources is a result of institutionalized and intergenerational white supremacy. a tiered fee structure allows white folks to leverage the privilege they have gained through those systems by supporting an equitable point of access for those who have been disenfranchised by the same systems. furthermore, we believe in the practice of reparations wherein a higher price point for white folks rightfully acknowledges POC for their generations of unpaid labor and enduring legacies of stolen land and resources.

what if i'm a BIPOC and i can't pay the full price?: we understand that the price point may still be beyond folks' means. we have a BIPOC scholarship fund and are committed to making our trainings totally accessible to BIPOC. please let us know what you need in order to be able to attend and we will work with you to arrange a scholarship.

what if i'm white and i can't pay the full price?: we understand that privilege is intersectional, and being white isn't the only factor that determines people's access to resources. if you are unable to pay the full fee for the training, please reach out to us so we can work with you on cost (reduced fee, payment plan, work-trade, etc). we are committed to the people who really want to show up for this work having access to it.

what if i can pay more than my tiered price point?: GREAT! any amount paid over the base fee will go directly into our BIPOC scholarship fund to allow access for BIPOC participants. we welcome and encourage you to offer more if you have the resources.

SUPPORT OUR BIPOC SCHOLARSHIP FUND!: Help make this training accessible to folks who cannot pay the full fee by donating to our scholarship fund! Donations can be made here.

If you have any questions about the training please contact Claire Whitmer at

We look forward to learning in community with you!

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