Used as guidelines, relationships values promote Restorative Circle connections.

I started saving the paper plates in 2007.  Someday, I was going to summarize all the values, written on them.  I’ve been trying to let go of my plate stack for over a year and a half.  I even started a different stack for 2010.  At each Restorative Justice Circle, I ask people to think…

Teaching Circle as a method of communicating and processing and Circles as Restorative Justice process.

SCVRJP and UWRF have a great relationship.  I am have been fortunate enough to have key staff in Circle Training.  They have taken the process and applied to different groups, enhancing the communication and structure of teams.  UWRF also provided Talking Circles as part of Social Justice programming.  These experiences have proven to be valuable…

Restorative Justice Training for Circle Facilitators requires 4 elements.

I love Circle-Keeper training.  Teaching others how to facilitate the process.  I feel like I was trained by some of the best, Kay Pranis, Jamie and Oscar, Linda Wolf . . . and equal teachers:  the girls in Ramsey County Juvenile Detention, the girls in the Amicus Girls Group, youth at the alternative school, the…

Restorative Justice Circles, work best with “non-directional dialogue”. Three ‘uncirclelike’ behaviors.

I think it’s hard to teach exactly what speaking from the heart is.  I say it in every single Circle,  its part of the introduction of the talking piece.  I explain its speaking about your own experiences, not what you think about somebody else.  I try to convey it is creating non-judgemental space.  In Circle,…

Tackling tough issues in Restorative Jusitce Talking Circles, showing up “compassionately strong”.

I have had the good fortune of doing restorative justice full time, for about 4 1/2 years, the year before that I did it part-time.  I’ve been an advocate of the process for a dozen years now.  I’ve been in my share of Circles, and I have immersed myself in learning all I can about…

How to run a meeting like a Restorative Justice Talking Circle.

I posted earlier on emotional room, ending that post with reference to Interactive Meeting Format, and a link to Moving Beyond Icebreakers, where I learned this term.  The specific 6 part format they provide makes sense, but I modified it down to the four stages of Circle process, I know and love. Not everyone is…