Join the next cohort of emerging Restorative Justice practitioners for a 6-month learning journey through core knowledge and skills for using Restorative Practices in a range of settings including K-12 schools, colleges & universities, nonprofits, workplaces, government agencies, and community settings.

Designed for a range of practitioners, from those new to Restorative Practices to those already practicing, illume: Restorative Culture Shift Institute offers structured learning sessions, self-directed application, monthly cohort coaching calls, opportunities for facilitation practice and feedback, and access to a Restorative Justice Resource Bank.

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, December 10, 2022. Click here to register.

All Saturday sessions will take place in-person at our offices in Long Beach, California. illume participants are required to attend all eight in-person training sessions and all five online monthly coaching calls. In addition, participants will be connected with a small group of other cohort members who will serve as their illume pod for peer connection and support. We will ask that pods meet once a month to practice their facilitation skills and Restorative Practices implementation efforts in a supportive space. illume pods will be responsible for setting up their sessions at times that work for all pod members. 

Every illume participant will be assigned a CCEJ trainer to check in with at least once during the first half of the program. The trainer will provide coaching and feedback to  support cohort members in their development as Restorative Justice practitioners. 

Frequently Asked Questions

SESSION DESCRIPTION (all times are in Pacific Time)

DateSession & Description
February 5, 2022

10am – 2pm
Orientation and Introduction to Restorative Justice (in person)

Meet and connect in person with fellow cohort participants and CCEJ trainers and coaches. In this community building session, we will begin to build relationships, define our shared culture, and review key logistical information. The orientation will be followed by an introductory training on the foundations of Restorative Justice and a community building circle experience to provide insight into CCEJ’s approach to Restorative Practices.
February 12, 2022

Introductory & Advanced Games & Teambuilders for Circle Readiness (in person)

Many of us struggle finding engaging ways to build and sustain relationships with our peers, clients, partners, and students. This session will provide strategies for building and strengthening relationships and connections through games and teambuilders. We will explore tools like story sharing, games, and dialogue to cultivate joy and vulnerability in service of building authentic connections. Participants will gain an adaptable set of games and teambuilders they can begin using in a variety of settings. 
February 24, 2022

February Monthly Coaching Session (online)
March 5, 2022

9am – 5pm
Community Building Circle Facilitation (in person)
This experiential training will prepare illume participants to start building their own Restorative Justice Community Building Circle practice in their classroom or workplace! We will engage in Community Building activities and Circle practice, deepen our understanding of relationship centered paradigms and needs based theory, and examine power, privilege, and social inequity as it relates to Circle practice. Lastly, participants will take lessons learned to plan their own Community Building Circles.

Thursday, March 24, 2022


March Monthly Coaching Session (online)
Saturday, April 2, 2022

9am – 4pm
Trauma Sensitivity and Community Building Circle Facilitation Practice (in person)
This session will consist of a training module and an opportunity to facilitate circles and receive feedback from others. We will begin the day with introducing basic trauma theory and the embodied effects of traumagenetic experiences while providing opportunities to connect with personal and collective resiliency practices. We will explore key principles fundamental to a trauma informed approach and engage Restorative Practices, including Circles, as a trauma sensitive modality. This training includes self-reflection, storytelling, and concept presentations. Following the training, participants will facilitate trauma-informed Community Building Circles and receive feedback to support their growth as Circlekeepers.
Saturday, April 16, 2021
Grounding for the Practitioner: Emotional Regulation Strategies & Restorative Practices for Racial Justice (in person)
Tending to personal feelings while holding space for circle participants is a challenging task required of all Restorative Justice practitioners. In the first part of this session, we will explore strategies for managing challenging emotions, activation of our traumas, and stress that can arise when holding space for others. We will also discuss ways to view powerful emotions as a source of generative growth both for the practitioner and circle participants, and to cultivate appropriate boundaries. 
The second part of this session will explore the transformative potential from grounding Racial Justice processes in Restorative Justice values and practices. Focusing on interpersonal relationships, participants will explore strategies for activating Restorative Justice values in addressing racialized harm and nurturing accountability. Participants will explore ways to connect Racial Justice work at the interpersonal level with transformative paradigm shifts at the structural level.
April 21, 2022

April Monthly Cohort Coaching Session (online)
May 14, 2022

Restorative Dialogue and Restorative Practices at Home (in person)
In this session, participants will learn Restorative Dialogue skills to use in response to challenges with others through a relationship-centered lens. We will explore dialogue skills that affirm and strengthen relationships and provide interventions to shift relationships towards accountability and self-directed actions. Additionally, illume participants will explore the different tiers of implementing Restorative Practices in their homes and put Restorative Dialogue skills and restorative approaches into practice in order to strengthen relationships, uncover needs, and support intervention in conflict situations in their homes. Special attention will be placed on using Restorative Practices with children and family members and navigating intergenerational challenges.
Thursday, May 26 2022

May Monthly Cohort Coaching Session (online)
May 28, 2022
June 4, 2022

Harm & Conflict Advanced Circle Facilitation (in person)
Our in-depth Harm & Conflict Advanced Circlekeeper Training will take illume participants’ Restorative Practices to the next level in situations where harm has occurred. Participants will learn specific strategies to address harm and conflict in restorative ways that center relationships and minimize exclusion. Building on our Community Building Training, this advanced skill-building session will help you unpack conditioned conflict responses, roleplay specific harm scenarios, and lead re-entry circles to give you firsthand practice with restorative responses.
June 18, 2022

9am – 3pm
Harm & Conflict Circle Facilitation Practice and Graduation (in person)
Participants will gather to practice their Harm and Conflict Circle facilitation and receive feedback from fellow cohort members and trainers. This will be followed by a graduation to celebrate the completion of illume.

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