Restorative Circles Webinar Series,
Register here: http://bit.ly/2gc8KFj
- 10 sessions
- Every other Tuesday
- Starts on November 7, 2017; ends on March 13, 2018
- 6.30-8pm [Indian Standard Time (UTC +5:30)]
- On Zoom (details to follow)
During the calls, we’ll be exploring:
- the practice and steps of the Restorative Circle
- the underlying principles of a restorative approach
- what justice means to us and our communities
- how to go about setting up Restorative Systems
Each call will offer:
- inspiration for the journey
- theory and exploring the principles
- stories from my own RC journey
- Learning in and building community
- Support and exchange
- Facebook Group for off-line interaction
- Call recordings
Fee and Payment Options:
- Living in India: Rs.8,000 (18% GST included)
- Payment Gateway Link here: https://goo.gl/SEZYye
- Transfer to SBI: Joy Living Learning; Current Acct # 33905987674; State Bank of India; Branch: Auroville International Township; Branch Code: 03160; IFSC Code: SBIN0003160; Swift Code: SBININBB474
- Living in Sri Lanka or Nepal: Rs.8,000 (18% GST included)
- Payment Gateway Link here: https://imjo.in/YQe4Dw [through Business Partner, Paradigms Unlimited]
- Living abroad: Rs.15,400 (18% GST included)
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More about Restorative Circles
~ Building a Compassionate Justice System ~
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Restorative Circles are a specific restorative practice whose development began with the work of Dominic Barker in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro in the mid 1990s and continues with a growing community both in Brazil and internationally.
A Restorative Circle (RC) is a community process designed to hold space for those in conflict. It brings together the three parties in a conflict – those who acted, those directly impacted, and the wider community – within an intentional systemic context, to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants, and facilitated by a community member. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit and nurture the inherent integrity of all those involved in the conflict.
Restorative Circles are facilitated in 3 stages, and are designed to identify the key factors in the conflict, reach agreements on next steps, and evaluate the results. As Circles form, they invite shared power, mutual understanding, self-responsibility and effective action within the community.
RC offers ways for individuals and communities to establish connection, discover meaning and recover power on profound levels. They create forums for reaching agreements that help sustain effective and nurturing relationships both personally and collectively.
This Circle process has developed within the Restorative Justice (RJ) movement, which in recent decades has rediscovered and adapted ways for communities to promote responsibility and healing. Rethinking justice, and engaging with the challenge of consciously building whole system responses to community well-being, has opened up revolutionary possibilities for furthering a culture of peace.
Conflict is an inevitable part of the diversity of life. Yet few of us individually, let alone as a community, know how to respond to conflict with behaviors that do not produce pain and damage relationships.
The RC process offers a way to create community spaces for conflict that are safe and constructive, not destructive. It has been described as a straightforward problem-solving and nonviolent restoration method that demonstrates how community members can resolve their own conflicts when provided with a constructive forum to do so.
The establishment of a restorative system empowers communities to consciously choose how they would like to respond to conflict before it occurs – a form of proactive, preventative conflict transformation. It enables them to choose a nonviolent response to conflict that involves the whole community in discovering their own sustainable strategies by addressing immediate as well as underlying long term causes.