Restorative Justice Circles talking or transformation, using key elements for change.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (www.scvrjp.org) has been doing 100’s of Circles a year, since 2006.  In that time we have successfully placed topics in the center of the Circle.  We have consistently used a structure, based on the work of Kay Pranis (more posts referencing Kay).  The key elements of a Restorative Justice…

How key elements of a Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circle create more than conversation.

Circles are so simple, yet so complex.  I’ve been told I make it look easy, that ease comes from a deep committment to honor the process and the key elements of Restorative Justice Circles.  Here are a few of the elements and how utilizing them impacts the process, creating a deeper container a richer experience,…

Doing Restorative Justice with the core concept of WITH.

From IIRP: people are happier . . . and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them . . . I have been so fortunate.  To get to do Restorative Justice as a full-time job, provides so many opportunities.  I’m the executive director, and I provide a great…

Restorative Justice and the powerful web of interconnectedness.

I just opened a gift from a Restorative Justice volunteer.  SCVRJP has a new wall hanging.  It was less than a week ago SCVRJP gifted (gave away) a wall hanging. Interconnectedness of giving and receiving. Restorative Justice includes and survives by this web of interconnectedness, where we offer and accept with grace.  The community creates spaces for…

The work to move life forward when others have passed, the power of healing.

A recent Facebook status: The journey from survivor to thrivor takes courage.  I followed her into the coffee shop and saw the tattoo with names of the deceased across her back.  Three relatives died in that traffic crash 4 years ago, after 9 months of meetings and prep work, she will soon be meeting the…

Restorative Response – supporting survivors of sudden, tragic loss.

Restorative Response    for those impacted by sudden & suicide death. Providing support to survivors and their families. Restorative Response Resources  Guide for Grieving Families – The guide is a booklet for new survivors, created for use immediately following a tragic event.  Provided to local law enforcement and first responders . Survivor Outreach – trained local volunteers…