Why this restorative justice practioner crafts and cooks.

I just responded to an email, fighting back tears.  I sent out love and support to someone I haven’t met yet.  Haven’t met physically.  I’ve already met her on her life  journey, she and I connected over the dynamic of a parent who lost a child.  She is meeting her child’s friends and scattering her child’s…

For Schools: Reduce bully behavior, increase diversity management, by use of Circles.

I like to write about the practices and success that I have had, so you can try the practices and see if they work.  The evaluation forms and feedback from 1,000’s, literally 1,000’s of Circles have been documented by SCVRJP evaluation forms.  I am more “concrete” than “gray” when it comes to using Restorative Justice…

Bucking up and being restorative, avoiding cynicism and anger.

Vandals Trash Closed State Park http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/125028954.html I couldn’t believe the headline as I walked past a newspaper stand.  I was hoping the damage done was not to my favorite MN State Park.  Sadly, it was. I was mad.  Started thinking of swear words in my head.  Realized I was not being very restorative.  Then realized…

4 “inner” tools to do effective Restorative Justice Circle work.

We only know what we know and we can only do what we can do.  What we know and do translates to how we think and act (our behavior). In a culture of safety, built by the values and structure of the talking piece, we can have new experiences of relating to one another.  A…

The collective issue and the individual experience, promoting healing and tranformation.

Our communities are faced with a variety of issues.  Our local non-profit St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice (www.scvrjp.org) works to address teen driving, underage drinking, impaired driving, crime and conflict in the community and schools. SCVRJP recently began services to help with issues around suicide, providing prevention, intervention, and postvention services. The unique aspect of how…