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The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.
— Ted Wachtel, International Institute of Restorative Practices


Restorative Practices is a social science which studies how to use participatory learning and decision making to build relationships and influence positive behavior. It has applications for work, home, school and any network which depends on interpersonal relationships.  

Through Sacred Connections I offer restorative practices training, consultations and coaching to help you experience stronger and more effective relationships.  

Restorative practices has two functions, which operate under the umbrella of building community. The first piece uses restorative communication and participatory decision making to build relationships, encourage positive behavior, increase compliance, collaboration, effectiveness, and connection in all areas of interpersonal relationship, whether at home, work, or play.  The second piece uses restorative communication, circles and conferences to repair and reintegrate after harm.  This second piece is often referred to as Restorative or Healing Justice.  

Restorative practices draws on theories of fair process, restorative discipline, affect theory, re-integrative shaming and conflict ownership to provide you with clear and specific practices and processes you can apply immediately to your personal and work practices to experience peaceful cooperation, connection and conflict resolution.

Learn how restorative practices can benefit your family, community group, school or professional organization.


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