February 15, 2019—February 18, 2019
The Restorative Center: Grassroots Restorative Justice Training
The Restorative Center’s weekend training provides an experience-based understanding of the foundational components of grassroots Restorative Justice. Our trainings are engaging, lively, and informative. We utilize theory-based lectures, the interactive circle experience, skill development, mock circles, as well as small and large group discussions. TRC’s Newburgh Model Workbook will be distributed to participants. You will experience how circles realign power dynamics among us and within us, why we use “prompts” at various phases of circle work, and the necessity of self-care for Circle Keepers. You will also learn the art of Circle Keeping.
Participants leave with an understanding of this alternative paradigm of community engagement as way forward to reconnect in a disconnected world. The Restorative Center’s program team drew upon their deep reservoir of real-world experiences to develop the Newburgh Model of Community Circles (named in honor of the city which hosted the process), weaving and expanding community circle teachings from around the world.
The Newburgh Model codifies a replicable, teachable, flexible structure of free-standing community circles. TRC believes that circles realign our power and voice, allowing for the expression of individual truths and the emergence of collective wisdom. Circles are forming using this model in the Bronx, Newburgh, Nyack, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond. Our Circle Keepers are trained to hold space for all circle participants, and thus our personal agendas must be surrendered. TRC teaches a yin model of community engagement that builds foundations for a new way forward.
As a pre-requisite we do require a pre-training phone call with the TRC program team to confirm that our model of restorative justice is one which you wish to study. You can reach us at 917-310-1764.
Shailly Agnihotri, TRC’s Founder/ED, will be leading the training along with experienced teen and community leaders in Restorative Justice. Read Shailly’s law review article: Reclaiming Restorative Justice: An Alternate Paradigm for Justice (CUNY Law Review), and well as Bringing the Community Together, One Circle at a Time (Hudson Valley Magazine). Shailly Agnihotri spent more than 20 years as an attorney, and has developed an expertise in criminal justice through working as a prosecutor (Orleans Parish), teaching (Georgetown Law School), and as a public defender (New York City). She had the privilege of studying (as a Prettyman Fellow) with Professor William Greenhalgh, whose love for the Constitution and the rights it affords the accused inspired her legal career.
She has come to understand the power for individuals and communities must come from a deeper, emergent wisdom of justice through a facilitated circles. She is a trained facilitator in Restorative Practices and a Certified Mediator, has a J.D. (cum laude) from Tulane Law School, and a LL.M. (Prettyman Fellowship) from Georgetown Law. Shailly has presented at conferences around the world on TRC’s vision for an independent free-standing model for Restorative Justice which is codified as the Newburgh Model. She has lead Trainings in TRC’s distinct model of RJ for community members, teens, social workers, and attorneys. She has facilitated RJ circles in schools, community centers, and the workplace. She is privileged to co-teach with TRC’s Teen Fellows who embody the lessons of shared power.
|Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
|These costs include room and board only. Please be in touch with the group regarding any additional program fees.|