The Center for Restorative Practices fosters an inclusive, engaging campus climate where all members have the tools and experiences necessary to engage in meaningful, restorative dialogue around community and conflict. To help with these efforts, we host a number of presentations, circles and trainings throughout the year for the Amherst College community. See below to explore what we have planned for the upcoming semester.


Introduction to Restorative Practices in the Workplace

Join us for a Restorative Practices in the Workplace workshop

Want to reduce conflict in the workplace? Interested in learning ways to incorporate Restorative Practices (RP) into your workplaceculture? Join the Center for Restorative Practices as we host a 3-part workshop series on RP in the Workplace. Experiential by design, these workshops will offer participants the opportunity to be introduced to RP, build skills in navigating team conflict, & find ways to use a circle process for enhancing trust and community building. See the link below to register:

Cohort 1:

Session 1- February 11th, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session 2- March 11th, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session 3- April 8th, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Cohort 2

Session 1- February 17th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Session 2- March 17th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Session 3- April 21st, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Introduction to Restorative Practices in the Workplace

Register for Intro to RP in the Workplace in:

  • Cohort 1: Feb. 11th, 10 am - 12:30 pm, March 11th, 10 am - 12:30 pm, April 8th, 10 am - 12:30 pm.
  • Cohort 2: Feb. 17th, 2 pm - 4:30 pm, March 17th, 2 pm - 4:30 pm, April 21st, 2 pm - 4:30 pm

Who, What, Why is the Center for Restorative Practices

In 2021 Amherst College officially launched the new Center for Restorative Practices. What is/are Restorative Practices? How does this relate to Restorative Justice? What does this mean for Amherst College? How can I be involved? Come to an experiential presentation and training that explores these questions.

Friday, February 18th, 2022, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Zoom

Thursday, March 31st, 2022, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Zoom

Monday, April 4th, 2022, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Zoom

Friday, May 13th, 2022, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Zoom

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Who, What, Why is the Center for Restorative Practices

Register for Who, What, Why is the Center for Restorative Practices on

Friday, Feb. 18th, 12 - 2:30 pm Zoom

Thursday, Mar. 31st, 12 - 2:30 pm Zoom

Monday, April 4th, 12 - 2:30 pm Zoom

Friday, May 13th, 12 - 2:30 pm Zoom

Spring 2022 Training: Dialogue Across Divides

Learn the skills to bridge the identity, partisan and ideological divisions that dehumanize others and threaten our democracy. Hands Across the Hills has developed an intensive, three-day, in-person training program in dialogue facilitation and cultural organizing that will make it possible for people from communities across the country to work across seemingly-insurmountable divides.

  • When: April 22, 23 and 24. Training will begin on Friday, April 22 at 9 am and end on Sunday, April 24 at 4 pm.
  • Where: Shutesbury, Massachusetts (Near Amherst)
  • Tuition: $750 per person. Limited scholarship support available.
  • Applications are due January 31st. Applicants will be notified by February 1. To secure your place in the training, 50% tuition deposit will be due February 15, with remainder due March 1. If you have questions, please email us at handsacrossthehills@gmail.com.
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Register for Spring 2022 Training

Register for Spring 2022 Training: Dialogue Across Divides on April 22, 23 and 24.

Circle Keeper's Training

Interested in becoming a trained circle facilitator?  Circles are a dialogical tool rooted in indiegenous ways of being that are used to strengthen relationships and build community through storytelling. The Center for Restorative Practices is hosting a 3 part Circle Keepers Training that is made up of 3 training sessions that last about 2 hours each, and take the span of about 4-6 weeks to complete. 

This training is experiential by design, and includes session readings, group discussions, and requires that you complete a final project consisting of designing and facilitating a circle on campus. Click the link below to register for our next training cohort.

  • Cohort #3 - February & March 
  • Cohort #4 - March & April 
  • Cohort #5 - April & May 
  • Cohort #6 - May & June 

We will send you a timings poll in the future to determine specific common dates and times for the Circle Keeper's training.

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Circle Keeper's Training

Register for Circle Keeper's Training.

Cohort 3: February & March

Cohort 4: March & April

Cohort 5: April & May

Cohort 6: May & June

Care for the Caregiver: A Restorative Circle to Replenish Your Well

Are you someone on campus whose role is often one that supports others? Do you give of yourself in ways that can sometimes be depleting of your energy and self-care? Would you like to come to a space with other support givers, to fill up that well of self-tenderness, resilience, courage and love? Come to our restorative circle to share stories, sit in silence, listen to music, and remember how to come home to yourself. You deserve this gift.

  • When: Tuesday, January 11 at 9:30 am–11:00 am.
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Register for Care for the Caregiver

Register for Care for the Caregiver: A Restorative Circle to Replenish Your Well on Tuesday, January 11 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am.