What is a Healing Justice retreat?
Our retreats invite people directly harmed in these cases (crime victims and survivors, exonerated individuals, and both sets of families), as well as others directly affected, to come together in a safe, nurturing, and confidential space and speak openly about their trauma and loss, provide peer support to one another, identify ways their needs can be met, and begin the road to healing and recovery.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND A RETREAT?
Participation in our retreats is available to the following individuals affected by a criminal case that resulted in a post-conviction exoneration:
individuals who were wrongly convicted and have been officially exonerated on grounds of innocence
family members of the exonerated
crime victims and survivors
family members of crime victims and survivors
If you are someone else affected by one of these cases (juror, law enforcement, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney) and are also interested in attending a retreat, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE & WHEN ARE THE RETREATS HELD?
We currently hold four retreats a year at the beautiful Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond, Virginia (http://www.roslyncenter.org). Healing Justice covers all costs to attend, including travel, lodging, and meals. Our retreats typically begin on Thursday evening and run through Sunday morning. You may request to attend a retreat on a particular date, and we will do our best to honor that request. However, because space is limited, and because each retreat has to be specially designed to provide sufficient support for all participants, actual attendance dates are decided by our staff.
What activities take place at the retreat?
The main activity at the retreat is a continuous restorative justice circle. During circle time, the group sits together and passes a “talking piece” so that everyone has an opportunity to share and be heard. We also include other group activities during the retreat when we relax and have fun, such as shared meals, art projects, and games. All participants are expected to be present for all activities. Free time is built into the schedule to provide breaks from circle time and other group activities.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND A RETREAT:
Please complete and submit the Registration Request. Once we receive your completed interest form, we will be in touch about attending a future retreat.