This course is currently accepting registrations for our 2022 classes to be held in the summer from May 27th through July 24th.
Our Transformative Justice Class is an opportunity for folks to learn more about everyday transformative justice tools, the roots of this philosophy and praxis, and build community around abolitionist, consensual, and liberatory ways of being.
This seven module course has been designed and developed in community and collaboration with organizers, students, educators, care workers, and advocates. At Spring Up we have been practicing and teaching about Transformative Justice, harm reduction, and consent since our founding in 2013. With the launch of bluelight academy, our digital learning platform, we have aimed to make this content accessible to a wider audience that may not have a community or organization in their area that has embraced TJ and had the funding to get training.
While there are a number of incredible resources available about TJ - including books, podcasts, mix tapes, and various private trainings, we have found a gap in digital spaces that go beyond stand alone or individual trainings and provide space for ongoing community building between folks with shared frameworks and values. bluelight academy is designed to be a container for lifelong learning, storytelling, generative conflict, and community care.
This cohort will be made up of pairs and groups - this means you and a learning partner or you and a group from your life all need to individually register for the course and commit to going through the content together. This is because we have found that learning and healing cannot happen in isolation and folks are much more likely to bring what they learn back to their communities if they have accountability buddies who know them and their context enough to have deep conversations about how what you are learning applies to your lives and community. We do also accept groups of people who want to go through the course together rather than a pair. If you have a group of 10 or more who would like to take this class as a group, fill out the interest form at timetospringup.org/collaborate - for all groups of 10 or more, you will receive a private opening and closing Q+A with members of our team.
Over the summer, there will be 8 weeks where you will have our full attention including optional weekly live office hours, comment moderation on the platform, and a community mixer. After those 8 weeks are complete, you will continue to have access to the content for a full year so you can dive deeper and continue your reflections. Many participants share that it was helpful for them to let go of a perfectionistic desire to get through all the content during the 8 weeks, and instead to embrace the element of choice in exploring 1-3 resources per week with an intention to return to the content throughout the year that they had access.
Participants will get access to:
- An Asynchronous opening Q+A experience where you can submit questions and see answers to our most common questions.
- A closing live question & answer session with Spring Up team members; to discuss what you learned and answer any remaining questions at the end of the 8 week experience.
- A print copy of Spring Up’s accompanying Transformative Justice workbook will be sent to you in the mail (including for international students)
- 7 modules of online content, each to be released weekly. Each module has about 1-2 hours of content to review including journaling and reflection prompts, as well as alumni reflections about the various topics. All videos included have closed captions.
- Optional Weekly office hours with our Teaching Artists and coaches to discuss what the content and themes are surfacing in your life, ask questions, get a recap of the pre-work, and hang out with the bluelight community. Office hour times are yet to be determined, but there are always at least two options per week, with an option that is before 5 PM PST, and one that is after 5 PM PST. These are usually held on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
- Spring Up team members will be attuned to our online platform with the ability to respond to questions and comments left under the various resources and modules. We also encourage you to respond and engage with each other! The community is full of wisdom and is just as much about building lateral relationships between students as learning from Spring Up.
- The opportunity to share a reflection at the end of the course that will be added into the content for future cohorts - these could be written, drawn, recordings, or whatever feels supportive to you - we have seen some really creative reflections and are excited to share them with you!
- Optional add on: You can register for 1-3 individual or pair private coaching sessions with our transformative justice coaches for an additional fee.
- If you complete the content including weekly brief feedback forms and a closing reflection during the course timeframe, you will receive a free surprise gift in the mail!
- You will have access to the course content for one year, and can choose to renew your access for a lower fee at that time if you choose to.
We are currently accepting late registrations for a few more days, and will close registration by May 24 at the latest.If we fill all of the spots, we may close registration early. If you do not have a buddy registered by May 14th, we will pair you with two other participants to go through the course with. You will need to introduce yourself on the platform, and complete an intake survey including identify your buddies (or the need to be paired with a buddy) by May 20th.
This course is offered at a sliding scale between $200 and $400 per person. The actual cost is $300. You are welcome to pay this upfront or in three installments. We are not a nonprofit, we are a network of practitioners who do this work balanced with other commitments and grassroots support makes this work sustainable for us. If you would need a scholarship to be able to participate please email [email protected] with the subject "scholarship" - scholarships are available upon request. Please propose what you would comfortably be able to pay in your scholarship request - no need to explain your circumstances. The minimum payment is $25 to cover materials and shipment. If international students incur unforeseen taxes or fees for participating, they can request reimbursement for those fees by also emailing [email protected], with the subject "reimbursement." Although our team is based in the United States, we welcome participants from around the world and have alumni from numerous countries. At this time our content and resources are all in English - we are working on a translation to Spanish by 2023. You can request translation to other languages by emailing [email protected], with the subject "translation."
The bulk of this course is asynchronous / self guided with space for you to discuss the content with your learning buddy, other people in your life, or with other class participants in office hours.
Curriculum Timeline and Summary
- Module 0: Welcome and Community Building Before the course begins you will receive our community agreements, guidance on how we address harm at bluelight academy, materials for the course, and a safety and self care plan that we encourage you to start before the content begins. This will also be a space for you to submit questions, and introduce yourselves to each other on the platform. This content is already on the platform when you register - you must complete the opening survey by May 20th.
- Module 1: Transformative Justice core concepts including roots, values, and core terminology. Posted on May 27th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Module 2: Trauma & Care including safety & care planning, boundaries, equitable care labor distribution, and everyday support practices. Posted on June 3rd with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Module 3: Power, Consent, & Coercion including our power mapping tool to analyze complex and overlapping power dynamics, recognizing signs of coercion interpersonally and structurally, and frameworks to understand and practice consent. Posted on June 10th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Mid-Course Break, Community Mixer, & Alumni Database: This is an opportunity for you to catch up on content if you are behind, or take some time to reflect and get started on your reflection project. At this point in the course you have the option to join our alumni database of people around the world who want to stay in community, learn together, and support each other's work.
- Module 4: Generative Conflict including how to analyze conflicts, de-escalation, patterns of conflict along race, gender and class lines, and the philosophy of Harm Reduction. Posted on June 24th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Module 5: Shame & Accountability including unlearning perfectionism, abolishing your inner cop, and discerning between punishment and consequences. Posted on July 1st with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Module 6: Community Accountability including steps and roles in a process, tools, and examples / case studies. Posted on July 8th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Closing Reflection: You are invited to share an optional reflection on your learning journey with our team and the community in response to any of the following prompts. Reflections from course alumni are integrated throughout the course. Due by July 24th.
- Learning: WRITE, SPEAK, SING, DRAW or COMPOSE something that connects to a key learning you had during the course.
- Growth: celebrate your growth by engaging in nature and physically planting something in honor of that and sharing more about what growth you’re honoring.
- Connection: keep the momentum of connection going by crafting a commitment to yourself and your community.
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Spring Up is a collective of care workers, transformative justice practitioners, liberatory educators, and coaches practicing and teaching the liberatory arts here at bluelight academy. We cultivate a culture of consent and liberty for all through storytelling and popular education.