Community, using consensus and majority rules.

Originally written for the River Falls Journal Blog – Community Justice, Resotrative Justice In restorative justice we use consensus.  This means we make space for everyone else and come to agreements that work for everyone.  It is really hard to imagine that this works.  I myself have been surprised by how the process is successful.…

Restorative Justice and lessons from Bikram Yoga, skill practice for both.

I have taken two Bikram Yoga classes in Fort Collins, Colorado.  As I have gotten back into this process, I have a few comparisons to restorative justice.  Change, 100% effort and working on the edge. Change.  When you are in the steaming heat holding one of the 26 postures, stretching your body as you can,…

Life is a series of beginnings, middles, ends and experiences.

I was sitting in a quiet house, two boys napping.  I was sewing a new fleece hat for my sister-in-law.  When you make things for people you get to infuse them with love.  I know it sounds a little “kooky“, but it’s true.  At that moment I was also waiting for my brother to bring…

Restorative Justice Circles increase L-factor, likeability.

It was just a quick 2 and a half hour training session, introducing the middle school staff to concepts of Restorative Justice and Circles.  The format was in Circle.  The experience was very deep during the story telling round.  As the teachers were leaving the classroom, I was picking up the Circle Center items.  I…

Dear Mom, thanks for the ceramic lessons. A full Circle experience.

Family.  There is nothing like family.  In dark times families get closer.  I have been at my brothers home 8 days.  I am so sad that my sister-in-law is sick, but we are rallying around her.  I decided to contribute to her health and recovery by providing love and care for the kids.  I came to stay…