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Restorative Circles

“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)

 

Restorative Circles are used to process, collaborate and navigate compassionately through difficult situations. Those affected sit together in the RC to share how they are being affected and to find ways to support each other. A Restorative Circle can include as few as three people or as many as 50, or more.

Each Restorative Circle is led by an experienced and trained facilitator. The facilitator and the formal circle process create a safe and constructive space for all parties to express their concerns and their needs.

  • Unlike Restorative Conferences, Restorative Circles do not involve any pre-meetings unless desired by the parties involved. Interested parties may simply request a circle to be convened around a specific challenge being dealt with. 
  • Similar to Restorative Conferences, only willing parties participate in the circle
  • Restorative Circles can be conducted in your home, work, community space in a Circles 4 Community space.
  • Restorative Circles typically last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

 

Restorative Circles can be used to give support during most difficult situations

 

To process and heal through major life changes

birth, death, job loss, move, divorce, new marriage...

To support decision making

considering a major life change such as job, move, relationship change, goals

to process and navigate conflict

when all parties hold some degree of responsibility