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Global Experts in RJ and Peacebuilding.

A 12-Month Ongoing Opportunity to Connect, Share, Solution-Build and Participate with a Diverse Wayshower Faculty & Global Community via Web- and Telecast.

June Sessions with Kay Pranis and others
Starts Again in September

"The Connection Series...with global participation of leading RJ practitioners, peacebuilders, educators and diverse transformational activists gets my highest recommendation for conscious change work in the year ahead.

If you really want to help raise the bar this is one journey you should not miss in 2019."

- James O'Dea

Author of Cultivating Peace, Co-Director of the International Social Healing Project & former Washing DC Director-Amnesty International

Focal Areas:

  • Restorative Practices
  • Indigenous Peacemaking
  • Bias, Racism & Stigma
  • School-Based Restorative Justice Practices (RJE)
  • Community & Organizational RJP
  • Trauma & Intergenerational Wounding & Healing
  • Formerly & Currently Incarcerated
  • Media & Elevating Social Justice

Summer Break July-August

Monthly Sessions with most Guides to Connect, Mentor, Share, Explore Poignant Topics. Mentorship is Direct at Intimate Circle and Deeper Dive Levels--Tuition Covers you for entire year.
Dominic Barter, Teiahsha Bankhead, Jeffrey Weisberg and Heart Phoenix, Tyreece Sherrill, Joe Brummer, Elaine Shpungin, Ph.D, IIRP Faculty, Kit Miller, Kris Miner Schwiegert, Belvie Rooks, Lauren Abramson, Kay Pranis, Eric Butler, Grandmother Mona Polacca, James O'Dea, Cassidy Friedman and more.
Our series features an extraordinary lineup of guides from a diverse cultural voice as well as specialization and hands-on experience in a wide array of RJ and Peacebuilding related fields.

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Eric is one of our Guides and is a long-time facilitator and restorative justice coordinator who served an integral role in the development of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth's thriving school-based programs. He is also the subject (with his son, Tre) of the award-winning documentary, Circles.

Eric Butler

Mona, a Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa elder, has a Master of Social Work degree and has recently been chosen as a member of the World Council of Religious and Spiritual Leaders due to her international justice work. She has worked on issues of Indigenous Peoples especially related to the Right to Water, social and health issues, including the elderly native peoples. Mona serves on several United Nations committees on indigenous people’s issues and is a featured author, speaker, and educator on indigenous people’s human rights, aging, mental health, addiction and violence. She is also the President/CEO and faculty of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit program that promotes a vision of wellness by providing trans-cultural training to individuals, families and healthcare professionals.

Grandmother Mona Polacca

Lauren Abramson, Ph.D., has nearly 30 years of experience working to provide people and communities with inclusive and collaborative ways to build community and address crime and conflict. As the founder of the Community Conferencing Center (now Restorative Response Baltimore), she worked for 25 years to vision, implement and sustain a community-based program that provided over 20,000 Baltimore residents with accessible and effective ways to heal and learn in the wake of crime and conflict, in their own neighborhoods, without going to court. With a background in neuroscience, Lauren sees restorative approaches as the biological imperative of our time: Only when our education, justice and other institutions allow us to be fully human will we create a healthy, caring and connected society. Lauren offers support to individuals, agencies and institutions on facilitation skills, program development/implementation, training, and other issues grounded in values-based RJ work.

Lauren Abramson

Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), Teiahsha Bankhead is a social justice activist, a restorative justice advocate, a licensed psychotherapist and a professor with both MSW and Ph.D. degrees in social work from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a Research Fellow of both the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the United States Psychiatric Congress and served on the Family Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is co-author, with University of California Berkeley, Professor Emeritus Jewelle Taylor-Gibbs, of Preserving Privilege: California Politics, Propositions and People of Color. Born to a Black radical mother during the uprising of the Watts Rebellion and coming of age in South Central Los Angeles during the embittered racial relations and social unrest of the civil rights era ignited within Dr. Bankhead a passionate commitment to social justice advocacy and transformative community

Dr. Teiahsha Bankhead

Dominic Barter is founder of Restorative Circles

Dominic Barter

Kay teaches and writes about the dialog process known as ‘peacemaking circles.’ Kay learned about peacemaking circles in her work in restorative justice in the mid-90s Her initial teachers in the circle work were Barry Stuart, a judge in Yukon, Canada, and Mark Wedge and Harold Gatensby, First Nations people of Yukon. Since that initial exposure to the use of peacemaking circles in the justice system Kay has been involved in developing the use of peacemaking circles in schools, social services, churches, families, museums, universities, municipal planning and workplaces. Kay has authored or co-authored several books about circles: Peacemaking Circles – From Crime to Community; The Little Book of Circle Processes – A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking; Doing Democracy with Circles – Engaging Communities in Public Planning; Heart of Hope – A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing & Build Healthy Relationships; Circle Forward – Building a Restorative School Community.

Kay Pranis

Belvie Rooks is a writer, educator and producer whose work weaves the worlds of spirituality, feminism, ecology, social justice and racial healing. She has a passion for engaged dialogue as a way of bridging the various "socially constructed" related to race and gender. She is the co-author of I Give You the Springtime of My Blushing: A Poetic Love Song, with her (now deceased husband) poet, Dedan Gills. Springtime is an engaging love story that models the complexity and possibility of what love is and can be in these times. Reflecting on Springtime, Julia "Butterfly" Hill says, "In this time where it feels so much has lost its way, allow the words within this book to guide you home, to the origin, to love.

Belvie Rooks

Lecturer Elizabeth Smull is a skilled restorative practitioner who has provided direct services to struggling youth and their families. She provides restorative practices professional development to a worldwide audience of educators, counselors and social workers and has worked with schools across the country to improve school climate. Most recently, she helped develop the IIRP professional development event on Motivational Interviewing (MI) and supported the implementation of MI at the IIRP model programs — Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) — through training, coaching and observation. Previously, Ms. Smull worked at CSF Buxmont for 15 years. As a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, she supported individuals involved in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. She did extensive work with youth and families, oversaw the Conferencing Program, which includes both Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) and restorative conferences, and supervised counselors for at-risk youth.

Elizabeth Smull, M.R.P.Y.C.

Tyreece has been an integral part of the Restorative Justice movement in the Bay Area, serving as an RJ Coordinator in Oakland after going through the program himself. Tyreece is an active youth voice for social justice issues and will guide mentorship sessions with Dr. Teiahsha Bankhead.

Tyreece Sherrill

Joe has been the victim of two separate violent anti-gay hate crimes and what began as a personal healing response to the trauma, he has transformed into professional involvement in the field of community and restorative justice. In 2006, he began his work with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence during a training of trainers in Kingian Nonviolence. Then in 2007, he served as a victim advocate on the Juvenile Restorative Justice Advisory Board for the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. In 2008, he attended the International Intensive Training on Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg in Albuquerque, NM. From 2010 until 2014, Joe was the associate director of a community mediation center in Connecticut where he oversaw juvenile and adult criminal mediation/dialogue programs that involved victim/offender and offender/offender dialogues. Also, in this role, he supported school-based mediation programs, mediation for the Juvenile Review Boards in Hamden and New Haven, Connecticut, and provided hundreds of trainings in Nonviolent Communication.

Joe Brummer

James O’Dea is author of The Conscious Activist, Cultivating Peace , Soul Awakening Practice (June 2017) and other acclaimed works. James is a former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation. He worked with the Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut during a time of war and massacre and lived in Turkey for five years during civil upheaval and coup d’etat. He has taught peacebuilding to over a thousand students in 30 countries. He has also conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world. He is a member of The Evolutionary Leaders group and on the Advisory Board of The Peace Alliance and Kosmos Journal. James also mentors emerging leaders. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Laszlo New Paradigm Institute. James is both an activist and mystic.

James O'Dea

Sequoyah Trueblood is an internationally respected Cherokee/Chocktaw Elder, healer, ceremonialist and teacher. Born in Stroud, Oklahoma, he has lived an extraordinary life including being a Green Beret in Vietnam where he was part of the Special Forces Operational Detachment “A Team,” and eventually became a major. He fluently speaks Thai, Korean, and Japanese. In the service he was a code breaker for military intelligence. 

After a period of healing, transformation and recovery of his spiritual roots, Sequoyah has been of service in embodying the heart doctrine, while living with and learning from aboriginal peoples. He is the father of five and grandfather of nine. As a pipe carrier, Sequoyah conducts healing circles and traditional ceremonies to remind us of “the one Ceremony,” which is life itself, and of the sacredness of all things. He has helped and worked with people from all cultures, including indigenous tribes in Canada, USA, Russia, Thailand, Bolivia, Columbia, and Guyana. He has conducted ceremony and offered consultation to top business executives from international companies, many celebrities, the faculty of psychology at Harvard, the Dalai Lama, and countless individuals in between. As a pipe carrier, he performs sacred ceremonies and conducts healing and prayer circles for all peoples. He teaches at Southwestern College, offering pipe ceremony to the students in the Consciousness class, and joins with the community in prayer and ritual.

Sequoyah Trueblood

Dr. Elaine Shpungin is the founder and director of Conflict 180. Elaine wants to contribute to systems that address conflict more courageously, compassionately and restoratively.Her secret lifetime goal is “Circles in Congress.” After serving as the director of the University of Illinois’ Psychological Services Center for 12 years, Elaine founded Conflict 180 in 2016, with the mission of providing training, consulting, and coaching to organizations that want to create more positive climates, and address conflict more constructively. The Conflict 180 motto of “turning conflict into connection” describes the 180 degree turn that is possible when systems are willing to courageously tackle their “elephants” and create environments in which people thrive rather than survive. Elaine’s consulting is based on decades of hands-on experience, and the synthesis of research and best practices from the fields of psychology, communication, organizational change, leadership and diversity.

Dr. Elaine Shpungin

Restorative Justice field, Theo founded the IARS International Institute, a user-led charity that empowers the most marginalised groups of our societies to influence policy, practice and public opinion on youth, justice and rights. He also founded Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All), which is an international NGO aiming to advance community cohesion and redistribute power through education. I run this voluntarily on a part-time basis. Theo is also active in academia and has positions as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology (Centre for Restorative Justice) of Simon Fraser University (Canada) as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University (UK). He served as a Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Panteion University of Social & Political Science (Greece) and as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University (UK).

Dr. Theo Gavrieliedes

Heart Phoenix & Jeffrey Weisberg will co-lead a January 10th "Pre-Launch" session (Timely Topic) plus will be mentorship Guides throughout the year. Jeffrey is Executive Director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding based in Gainesville, FL. Heart and her family founded the River Phoenix Center as a tribute to their son and brother, River, a passionate social justice and environmental activist.

Heart Phoenix & Jeffrey Weisberg

Mike Gilbert is the Executive Director of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (, and will appear as will other NACRJ representatives at Timely Topic opportunities during the series.

Michael Gilbert, Ph.D

Assistant Professor Borbála Fellegi, Ph.D., brings her work as a researcher, mediator, and conference and peacemaking-circle facilitator to the IIRP. As founder and executive director of the Foresee Research Group, she oversees Hungarian and EU programs researching potential applications of mediation and peacemaking circles in community conflicts and prison settings, and she performs conflict resolution-related research, as well as community-building and training projects. Dr. Fellegi has been a consultant for the Council of Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the National Crime Prevention Board and the Hungarian Ministry of Justice, and she coordinated a project for the European Forum for Restorative Justice on restorative justice implementation in Central and Eastern Europe. Foresee Research Group, which she has led since 2008, received the 2018 European Forum for Restorative Justice award for outstanding contributions to the development of restorative justice in Europe.

Borbála Fellegi, Ph.D.

Paulina Phelps studied with Dr. David Karp at Skidmore College's Project on Restorative Justice and has worked as an intern for YES! Magazine and for Restorative Justice on The Rise. She is currently working as Outreach Manager and Production Support for the Connection Series.

Paulina Phelps, Outreach Manager

Eric Butler and Cassidy Friedman will serve as Guides throughout the year.

Cassidy Friedman, Eric Butler and Friends

Molly is Founder and Executive Producer of Restorative Justice on The Rise.

Host & Producer Molly R. Leach

Heart Phoenix is the Board President of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.

Heart Phoenix

Professor Frida Rundell, Ph.D., LPC, is a founding IIRP faculty member and professor. A committed teacher and practitioner, she brings extensive experience in Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapies to restorative practices and supports her students in mastering competencies related to Life-Space Crisis Intervention, adversity and trauma. Dr. Rundell also works directly with young people and their families and is involved with training and workshops for teachers and counselors in the IIRP model programs. Her current work involves using somatic experience to help traumatized children and families. Dr. Rundell has more than 50 years of experience working with children and families facing adversity, from youth with learning difficulties to those who are homeless, disabled, delinquent or suffering from AIDS. She initiated and developed an undergraduate degree program for child- and youth-care professionals at Durban University of Technology, South Africa. She has also worked with IIRP community-based programs. Dr. Rundell is committed to empowering people and helping them achieve their potential. She has presented her work at seminars, workshops and international conferences in over 10 countries. She earned her Master in Educational Psychology from the University of Natal, South Africa, and her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Zululand, South Africa. She is a licensed professional counselor in the USA.

Frida Rundell, Ph.D.

Lecturer A. Miguel Tello is the Executive Director of the Strachan Foundation, a family foundation that supports education and health projects throughout Central America. He offers restorative practices training and consulting to a variety of NGOs, schools, churches, jails and criminal justice professionals in Central America. He teaches an online course on program monitoring for the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and offers workshops on restorative justice and circles for their students from visiting U.S. universities. View a listing of Mr. Tello's publications and presentations.

A. Miguel Tello, MACC, M.P.A., MAIS

ecturer Nicola Preston began her involvement with restorative practices as a police officer with Thames Valley Police, in the United Kingdom, where she was part of a team — the Restorative Justice Consultancy — that successfully introduced restorative justice into police work. She has also been a school teacher specializing in children with special needs, thus bringing two distinct and relevant areas of expertise to the IIRP. Ms. Preston is now a senior lecturer in special educational needs and inclusion at the University of Northampton in the U.K.

Nicola Preston, M.A.

How It Works

Numerous Guides that have earned global respect in particular areas of restorative justice and peacebuilding have committed to providing their presence at different levels of engagement. This series will offer a robust schedule each month that will feature the Wayshower Faculty appearing one time per month to connect with you and a smaller group, live and in person via Instant Teleseminar, with a focus on your bringing your challenges, edges, and successes in a particular focal area (or more).

Each month, depending on your level of engagement, you will have the opportunity to engage with our Wayshower Faculty live at 1.5 hour sessions. Public talks/presentations will also start in November and string throughout this series each month.

The first level is broadly public webinar-style events on topics we select that are poignant to today’s challenges and edges.

The second level of engagement that most Wayshowers will offer are regular monthly calls with a smaller more intimate circle of participants. These calls will be a platform for bringing individual and organizational challenges to discuss with a Wayshower. Kay Pranis, Eric Butler, Dr. Teiahshah Bankhead, Tyreece Sherrill, Cassidy Friedman, Joe Brummer, Lauren Abramson, and others will be monthly guides.

Belvie Rooks and James O’Dea will appear in primarily pre-recorded formats, with a few live appearances we will announce soon. In addition, we are adding up to 4 more faculty/Wayshowers for the January 15 start date.

Please make sure to register now to save your spot for this exciting year-long journey. Even if you cannot make live sessions, you will be provided recordings of all events at the level you sign up for.

Choose A Level That Suits Your Needs Below To Register

Timely Topic: Large Presentation Style Events only + Recordings/Resources-1/15-12/15 2019. ** Does NOT include direct mentorship opportunities. Does include ability to submit questions previous to events or live during specified times. This membership level does not include mentorship-style intimate sessions with Guides, but gains you access to any larger presentation style events each month of your choice. Can be applied towards an upgraded Membership level. Tuition at registration applies through December 15, 2019.

Intimate Circle: Direct Mentorship with 2 Guides Per Month (can interchange or "track" with same ones) plus other access per "Membership Card" above. Access to 2 Timely Topic presentation-style webinar sessions per month plus 2 Intimate Circle small-group discussion sessions with Guides of your choice. Comes with recordings and any supplemental materials. Tuition at registration applies through December 15, 2019.

Deeper Dive: Direct Mentorship with 4 Guides Per Month (can interchange or "track" with same ones) plus all other access per Membership Card at above left. For only $39/mo or one-time discounted payment of $449 for the entire year's schedule of sessions with over 12 global guides, you'll get access to 4 mentorship style group dialogues per month, plus 2 Timely Topic events on a monthly basis. Tuition covers through December 15, 2019 and includes all recordings and resources applicable.

Choose from levels that offer larger presentation access or go for Level 2 and up for mentorship style sessions that support troubleshooting and challenges in direct support from Guides. All Pre-Launch Events are Level One/Timely Topic events.


November-December 2018: Preliminary Level 1 Sessions from some Wayshowers including Kay Pranis (November 12th)  

January 15-December 15 2019: Level 1 & 2 Regular Monthly Events with 6-10 Wayshowers.  Can’t attend live? See “What You Receive” for all details.


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