The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding takes the approach of addressing conflict and violence with a continuum of prevention, intervention and restorative strategies involving youth and adult populations, including those healing from the otherwise lasting impact of trauma.


Restorative Justice Practitioner Training

Dates: Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25 from 9AM- 5PM Location: Gainesville, Florida

This two-day experiential training introduces teachers, law enforcement, social service providers and community members to the core principles and practices of Restorative Justice Circles. Participants learn the difference between a punitive and restorative approach. It is a process that offers both victims and those who caused harm an opportunity to seek answers and accountability to begin to repair the damage caused by conflict and/or crime. Over the course of the training, participants engage in role plays and activities which put theory into practice.

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Peacebuilder Residential 

Dates: Friday, October 18, 6PM -Sunday, October 27, 2 PM Location: Gainesville, Florida

Join us a for this nine-day interactive and engaging immersion experience at a retreat center in the beauty of the Gainesville, Florida countryside. Modeled after the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding’s comprehensive community model, participants will receive vital skills and training in restorative justice practices, trauma responsive care and resilience building, social/emotional learning, dialogues and facilitation necessary for empowering action and peace within one’s self, family and community. This intimate immersion is tailored for 12 - 15 participants.

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Peacebuilding Spotlight: Free Trip to EGypt

Documentary Screening, ONe Day only on June 12th!


Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, FREE TRIP TO EGYPT follows the journey of Tarek Mounib (a Canadian-Egyptian muslim) who decides to reach out to the very people who fear him. He travels across the U.S. to find Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and makes them an intriguing offer: a Free Trip to Egypt.

The initial reactions range from disbelief to hostility, but eventually a diverse group from various backgrounds is selected and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

This film is screening across America on June 12th!