3rd Bi-Annual Restorative Circles Conference
at Earthaven Ecovillage | Black Mountain, NC
July 4 - 7, 2019
About Restorative Circles
Communities have one natural resource they tend to ignore, and it's not hard to guess why! It's conflict! Though conflict is a natural way for new information to get integrated into a community’s life and culture, when it causes too much discomfort, we often come up short with ways to address it.
When conflict is painful or just doesn't go away, the Restorative Circles process brings disparate views, values, needs and feelings to light so that members of the community can see the many ingredients that make up a conflict and, through taking that deeper look, can see more clearly what might resolve or prevent the painful thereafter.
Through a careful and “omni-partial” series of interviews and conversations, Restorative Circles help us sort through our issues. Facilitators are good at helping participants see (and feel) the common humanity in their different sides of a dilemma, even if they don't agree or have immediate solutions. In a community, the relief of tension, evoked insight, and occasionally amazing turnarounds can foster community glue, taking what we struggle with to a higher level.
IN OTHER WORDS:
- Brenda Nolan, 2015 Participant
"...I want you to know that I have brought back a lot to share with my community and we are most likely going to start practicing semi-simulated circles.
Delighted to know a few people that I can call for
support. I can not pick one thing that stands out more--dinner conversations included among many. I am feeling incredibly blessed by having the opportunity to be there and so appreciate your making this a possibility!..."
DOMINIC BARTER ON RESTORATIVE CIRCLES:
Restorative Circles are being requested, studied and practiced all over the world, in schools, governmental organizations, NGOs, community groups and other venues where people are seeking to bring the promise of restorative, non-retributive justice into their communities.
For more information please visit www.restorativecircles.org.
In 2017, our 2nd Conference turned out to be a smaller group of new and seasoned practitioners of the art of restorative culture. We took in and took home tools, encouragements, critiques and reflections that promised to enrich our lives and work until we meet again.