STRONGHOLD utilizes a scaffolded training approach with each intensive building on the content and skills of the one before:
Restorative & Racial Justice Stewardship (RRJS) is our foundational 3-day intensive. In this experiential training, we examine systems (structural racism, punitive justice, etc.) and how we have internalized those systems. We cover core principles of restorative & transformative justice, put restorative justice theory into action, teach STRONGHOLD's guiding principles for skillful & brave facilitation, and addresses power dynamics and how to work with them in facilitation.
Affinity Group Immersion is the second training in STRONGHOLD's series. Understanding that we can only guide a process as deep as we ourselves have gone, we gather in race-based affinity groups to explore racial identity formation and internalized racism, supremacy and oppression. Together we move toward the conditions that allow us to show-up rooted in our wholeness, dignity, and deep agency for our communities and processes.
Restorative and Racial Justice Stewardship Training
Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18, 2020
Friday, December 4 - Sunday, December 6, 2020
“my silences had not protected me,
your silences will not protect you...what do you need to say?”
-audre lorde, sister outsider
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. our pedagogy is rooted in restorative and transformative justice and a commitment to collective liberation.
Restorative and Racial Justice Stewardship:
Affinity Group Immersion
(pre-requisite: STRONGHOLD's RRJS training)
Saturday, August 1 - Sunday, August 2, 2020
“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
STRONGHOLD believes in restorative justice as a model that can repair harm at the individual, community, and systemic levels. we also recognize that racism and white supremacy are forms of historical and ongoing harm that compound and contribute to the breakdowns we experience in our communities and organizations.
as restorative justice stewards, we can only guide our processes as deep as we ourselves have gone. within race-based affinity groups, we will turn our attention toward our cultural inheritance and the ways our racial conditioning lives inside of us and expresses itself through us.
Harm, Healing & Accountability through Community Practice
(prerequisite: STRONGHOLD's RRJS Training + Affinity Immersion training)
Saturday, August 29 - Sunday, August 30, 2020
Collective Practice to End White Supremacy:
A Gathering for White Folks
Wednesday June 10th from 5:30-7:30PM PST.
“More than almost anything else, each of us yearns to belong. Within each human body
is this deep, raw, aching desire. Here is what makes white-body supremacy so pervasive and so intractable: Beneath all the exclusion and constriction and trauma, white-body supremacy offers the white body a sense of belonging...We will not end white-body supremacy -- or any form of human evil --by trying to tear it to pieces. Instead, we can offer people better ways to belong and better things to belong to.”
Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands
As white people, we are called not just to fight racism, but to take radical responsibility for it.
This is a moment to summon our collective outrage and channel it into courageous self-examination.
This is painful and critical work. And, we don't need to do it alone.
We can belong to each other in our shared commitment to transform the legacy of white supremacy.
We can rewrite the social contracts of whiteness to center accountability and action rather than silence.
This takes willingness, rigor and practice. This takes heart.