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Sacred Connections

Conflict Resolution Services for North Tahoe

“Because differences are inevitable and conflicts tend to happen around them, a circle approach assumes that conflicts are a natural part of life. Whether they are good or bad, destructive or constructive , depends on how we respond to them. If we respond with a process which encourages us to be respectful, honest, open and compassionate, conflicts can bring about personal growth, deepening our connections to others and helping us value our differences.“
— Peace Making Circles, From Crime to Community, (Pranis, et al., 2003)

Conflict doesn't have to destroy, disconnect or fracture relationships. In fact navigating conflict with another can be an invaluable process which builds trust, confidence and connection within the relationship. 

Sacred Connections offers the North Tahoe Area two distinct restorative process to help you navigate, resolve and repair conflict; restorative mediation and restorative conferencing.


What is the difference between restorative mediation and a restorative conference?


Mediation is an interactive process where a neutral "mediator" facilitates disputing parties in resolving conflict. Mediation focuses primarily upon the needs, rights, and interests of the parties. The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution. The mediator manages the interactions between parties by facilitating open and constructive communication.  The goal of mediation is to create an agreement around the conflict which is satisfying to both parties. Mediation is often used as an alternative to going to court to settle a dispute.  Examples of disputes in which mediation can be a satisfying, efficient, cost effective, less time consuming, and less traumatic strategy compared to court are:

  • property disputes,
  • contract performance disputes,
  • employment disputes,
  • neighborhood disputes,
  • divorce 

restorative conferencing:

Restorative Conferencing goes beyond mediation in that the focus is not only to resolve conflict but also to repair the relationships harmed by conflict. Restorative conferencing typically involves a clear case of harm done by one or more people on another (or others). In restorative conferencing it is necessary for the "harm doer(s)"to fully admit to and be willing to take responsibility for their actions. The primary goal of restorative conferences is to attend to social, emotional needs of the person harmed in addition to any other needs they hold around the incident of harm, in other words, "to restore" those harmed as much as possible.

Restorative Conferences can resolve, repair and support the healing from many types of conflict including but not excluded to:

  • Bullying
  • Destructive behavior of any kind
  • Attacks on Property
  • Stealing
  • Physical Harm
  • Emotional Harm
  • Defamation of Character
  • Irresponsibility which affects others