Your grace with sorrow informs your Restorative Justice approach.

The field of Restorative Justice has really grown.  Thank goodness for the communication tools of documentaries, articles, mainstream media.  I can’t wait for a participant to become the next Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey and lend support to the movement!  Recently we’ve seen New York Times Magazine (Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice), Huffington…

In Life and in Restorative Justice, shame is a gift; feeling and friendship lead to healing.

A good night’s rest really helps me out.  I’ve got one of those monkey minds.  A “monkey mind” is a Buddist term, rather than staying in the present moment, my thoughts leap from one to another as a monkey leaps from tree to tree.  When I first wake up, I get a moment before the monkey jumping…

The will to live, is the will to heal.

Healing is living.  Our bodies and the planet are in constant cycles of change.  Old cells die off, new one’s take their place.  “Healing is how we maintain our health and wellness” – Angeles Arrien, The Four-Fold Way.  Arrien shares four healing “salves” storytelling is the first.  Storytelling is a key aspect of Restorative Justice…

A Restorative Justice practioner considers how crime impacts sex.

This may very well be the craziest blog title yet and I’m not doing it for the google rankings either.  I better get right to the point and start explaining that title. St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program reaches out to survivors of traffic fatalities, suicide, homicide and deaths caused by underage drinking and drug…

Restorative Justice Talking Circles, addressing suicide.

International Institute of Restorative Practices, recently posted: Healing After a Student Suicide: Restorative Circles at the University of Vermont by Joshua Wachtel, this article highlights the use of Restorative Justice talking circles as response following a student suicide. This blog post highlights the start of Restorative Response Circles at St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program.  Restorative…