About the course
Conflict is a natural part of life, like eating and sleeping. We have designated places for eating and sleeping. Why don’t we have dedicated places for conflict?
Restorative Circles is a community dialogue process developed by Dominic Barter and associates in the slums of Brazil. More on Restorative Circles.
- Be able to describe the difference between restorative and punitive approaches.
- Discover different ways of being with, or even moving towards conflict.
- Gain an overview of the Restorative Circles process.
- Practise the skills you need to ‘host’ a pre-circle, main circle and post-circle.
- Learn what agreements we need in place, in order to feel confident as a sangha to address conflict.
When and where
Six Tuesday evenings: 17, 24, 31 January; 7, 14, and 21 February 2023, 19:00 – 21:15 pm UK time.
This is an online course. We will invite you to six online calls, using a platform called Zoom — instructions to follow. Zoom allows us to break out into ‘rooms’ for smaller group and couples work.
Who is this course for?
This course is for Triratna Buddhist Order Members only. It is for OMs who want a practical, experiential introduction to Restorative Circles as a sangha dialogue process, including learning ‘hosting’ skills. It’s an interactive audio-visual course over the period of six weeks. We ask that you agree to attend at least five of the six sessions. If you are going to miss more than one session, we ask that you book on a later cycle. In order to create a safe space for sharing, we will only be sharing recordings of the sessions with attendees on the course i.e. there isn’t a ‘watch only’ option. To give attention to each OM on the course, we are limiting the total number of participants to 20.
About the trainer
Shantigarbha has been a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer since 2004 and has led reconciliation events in Israel/Palestine, Sri Lanka and Nepal (see documentary). He trained in Restorative Circles with Dominic Barter, its founder, and Sabine Geiger. He is a founding member of the Triratna Buddhist Community Restorative Coordinating Group. He says, “Restorative Circles has given me a deeper understanding of how conflict emerges within the Sangha, and the role of Sangha in restoring trust, connection and safety.” More about the trainer.
Course content great and delivery on Zoom effective.
Vimalasara, Restorative Justice practitioner, Canada.
The course inspired me because it showed me a way of moving towards conflict and supporting those conflicted to meet each other.
Findhorn community member.
I would like to share that last week I unexpectedly facilitated my first restorative circle between two of my housemates and I want to thank you for the training, practice, role-modelling and demonstrations over the past years both in RC and in NVC that I’ve experienced with you that enabled me to do it and feel so comfortable with it.
RC course and NVC Year Training participant.
I learned at a deeper level that conflict is something to be welcomed and not feared.
Early Years Coordinator, Scotland.
I enjoyed meeting with people from all over the world in what I see as a shared vision of peace through communication. I think you both did a great job of co-facilitating! It was nice to listen to both of you. For me, it created interest and met a need for variety as well as collaboration. I really liked the handouts and can imagine myself using them as a guide. I would need them. They met needs for clarity and structure.
Participant from the USA.