The Linden School of Transformative Justice is a completely online 9-month program designed to familiarize students with transformative justice frameworks and tools, and to explore the issue of domestic and interpersonal violences so individuals can leave feeling supported and prepared to address violence in their own communities.
LINDEN SCHOOL'S FIRST YEAR IS POSTPONED UNTIL 2020. Please sign up for my newsletter for updates.
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about the school
The Linden School of Transformative Justice is a completely online nine-month long program exploring transformative justice, abuse, and the cultivation of safe and healthy relationships and community. This program is designed as an experiential learning environment where students ground themselves in a slower pace, observing the rhythms of time and how to use this as an anchor in addressing community violence. This program is also rooted in the belief that the little choices we make have big impacts- that radically redefining relationship within our own communities will ripple out and change the world. Centering the development of safe and healthy relationship as a primary concern in justice work, together we will explore the topics of restorative and transformative justice, theories of abuse and violence, create tool boxes for avoiding burn out, and so much more.
While this is not intended as a specific type of certification course, such as a restorative or transformative justice process facilitator, or a mediator, it is designed to familiarize students with discourse and histories of these topics while grounding in a foundational praxis to prepare students for doing this work.
This course was developed under the mentorship of Rev. Dr. Gabriella Lettini of Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA as part of a research and outreach project in transformative justice's applications to abuse and sexual assault. She is the author of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War.
This class is meant to serve as an experiential learning experience merged with a more traditional study type of environment.
Like a traditional environment of study, we will be exploring resources each month such as book chapters, articles, videos, podcasts, and possible other forms of media for the purposes of engaging with a topic of study. Each student is accountable for exploring the materials, engaging with classmates, and attending a monthly all-class meeting. We will be discussing the materials just as one might in a more traditional school environment.
Where this program diverges from a traditional learning environment is the experiential aspect. This course has been specifically designed to go at a slow and grounded pace.
This program also diverges from a traditional learning environment in it's expectations of students. It is not a requirement to be able to engage, write, and articulate oneself by the standards of the academy. I believe overarchingly that academic standards are inaccessible and perpetuate white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy. Students of all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to apply. You do not need to conform to oppressive societal standards of how you express yourself or your ideas to be treated as legitimate and worthy of space in a learning environment.
slow and grounded
One of the greatest challenges in transformative justice work is that it can often lead to burnout. What many of us lack going into the work is a long-view, big picture, slow-time based approached. The hurried pace of our daily lives in late-stage capitalism, and the traumatic conditions of life in this world lead many of us to live our lives at a frenzied pace. This pace is not suitable for work in transformative justice. Therefore, this program is designed to help participants find their own pacing and capacities, experience the rhythm of time, and learn how space can lend crucial perspective. Students will then be able to utilize these embodied practices to inform the way they approach justice in their own communities.
The pacing of this class is meant to be a slow, deep dive into the content, and to produce a truly embodied experience of the material. Topics are meant to build on and interact with one another, so that each month we can develop new insights into topics already covered.
At the beginning of each quarter, you will be assigned a one-on-one partner who will be your study buddy.
The general flow of the month is as follows:
At the beginning of each month, you will receive by email a packet of resources, as well as a monthly guide with instructions on when to have completed reading/listening to/watching the resources assigned.
Each week there is a discussion question you must answer in the forums.
The first week is designed to foster curiosity, self-awareness, and skills in self-inventory. During this week you will be engaging on forums to answer the discussion question and respond to your classmates.
The second week is for engagement with assigned materials. This week is also for meeting with your study partner. Discussion question answers must be posted, responses to classmates, and a short debrief on your chat with your study buddy are all due on the forums.
At the beginning of the third week (Sunday) we meet as a class for a live 2.5 hour video-chat discussion (Time: 11am-1:30pm Pacific) and go over exercises which will be due by the middle of the week. A recap of how the exercises went and any lingering thoughts from the meeting, as well as responses to your classmates are due.
Finally, the fourth week is a time of rest and reflection. There is no mandatory engagement on the forums, and in fact it is encouraged to not engage at all. This is designed not only as a break but as time to digest the information and activities that were done during the course of the month. Some months, due to odd numbers of weeks, there are extended breaks before the next month begins.
To become familiar with the histories of restorative and transformative justice
Be familiarized with common tools used in transformative justice work
To enhance the student’s ability to identify personal boundaries and capacities
To be able to assess the energy of a situation and know when to take personal space to avoid burnout
To develop self-care tool boxes to help handle high activation states
To develop realistic expectations about the scope and ability of transformative justice processes through exploring common pitfalls and assumptions
To evolve abilities for creative thinking and collaboration in justice work
To hone crucial relationship and trust-building skills
To prepare contingency plans for when abuse and violence inevitably crop up in their communities
NINE MONTHS OF
Fall Quarter: Introduction
September: Orientation and Foundations
October: Introduction to Restorative and Transformative Justice
November: Theories of Interpersonal Violence + Problems with TJ in Interpersonal Violence
Winter Quarter: Tools for the Work
December: Mapping and Visioning Technologies
January: Tools for Violence Intervention
February: Contingency Planning
Spring Quarter: Personal Care Toolbox
March: Boundaries for Self and Community
April: Finding Your Gift
May: Wrapping Up
TUITION THAT SUPPORTS
Tuition is priced on a sliding scale from $1500-3000 for the entire 9-month course. A $200 deposit to hold your spot is due within five business days of acceptance into the school.
For more information on my sliding scale and how to figure out what you should pay, please thoroughly read my Rates and Accessibility Page, fill out your application (link below), and send me an email letting me know your needs and what you've decided you can afford.
All payments will be made through a PayPal invoice which I will send to your email after we have decided upon your payment amount and plan.
Payment plans are available upon request.
There is no discount for paying all at once as this system punishes those with less resources.
I have ONE full scholarship position available by application. Priority for this spot goes to BIPOC and people with disabilities, particularly for those at the intersections of race and disability. To apply please fill out your application and send me an email with your application attached and answer the following questions in the body of the email:
How would taking this course enrich your life and your community?
Please share your experience with structural barriers to education.
The recipient of the scholarship award will be announced by August 1st.
Tuition funds go directly towards overhead costs and labor. Since this work is not funded by grants or a non-profit, I do have to charge for my work. My labor not only includes the hundreds of hours put into designing this course and doing outreach, but also the many years of experience and learning, including expensive student loans, that have made this school possible. While school is in session, I am working every week creating and editing video lectures and written content, reading and responding to student posts and discussions, and am available for any questions or personal support students may need around the topics and the ways they are implementing the things they are learning in the class. I am not just teaching, I am also open to students as a mentor, guide, and support person. My training in divinity school means that I approach my work and the ways I support students as a spiritual guide.
Additionally, I have done the work of supporting many survivors on a completely volunteer basis for many years, having assisted many survivors in leaving abusive partners and creating safe communities around themselves. In the future, I plan to begin offering free consultations to communities needing advice and support addressing violence in their communities. Charging for this course allows me to continue to do unpaid survivor support work so you are not only investing in your own education, growth, and community development skills, but you are also investing in the wellbeing of other communities, and the spread of justice for survivors as well.
Being a neurodivergent and chronically ill parent to a small child means that my ability to perform at traditional jobs is nearly non-existent. This school, while first and foremost being a product of my passion for healthy relationships, community, and justice for survivors, serves to support my survival in capitalism.
Further, five percent of the proceeds will be going toward a cause that we will decide as a class.
READY TO APPLY?
LINDEN SCHOOL'S FIRST YEAR IS POSTPONED UNTIL 2020. Please sign up for my newsletter for updates.
Please follow this link to download a PDF of the full application. Fill it out electronically or in writing. If you choose to fill it out in writing, please scan your application (you can use a smart phone app such as CamScanner for this, and many libraries have scanners) and attach it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your application is received we will schedule a one-hour interview by phone or video chat to make sure it is a good fit before acceptance is finalized and a $200 deposit will be due within five days.
I am looking forward to learning, growing, and dreaming with you.
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