Conflict is a natural part of life, like eating and sleeping. We have designated places for eating and sleeping. Why don’t have a 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 you need in place, in order to feel confident, as a community, to address conflict.
When and where
Six Thursday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10, 17, 24 June; and 1 July, 19:00 – 21:15 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?
People who want a practical, experiential introduction to Restorative Circles as a community 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 person on the course, we are limiting the total number of participants to 20.
About the trainers
Shantigarbha has been a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer since 2004 and has led reconciliation events in Israel/Palestine, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He trained in Restorative Circles with Dominic Barter and Sabine Geiger. He is a founding member of the Triratna Buddhist Community Restorative Working Group. He says, “Restorative Circles has given me deeper understanding of how conflict emerges within community, and the role of community in restoring trust, connection and safety.”
Gesine Schrader has been sharing NVC since 2008 and was certified in 2016. She has worked alongside Shantigarbha for the past four years and is trained in Restorative Circles with Shantigarbha and Sabine Geiger. She is also a Montessori-trained teacher. She says, “Peace isn’t the absence of conflict, it’s the ability to address conflict non-violently. Restorative Circles is a way to restore safety and connection.”
More about the trainers.
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.
Course content great and delivery on Zoom effective.
RJ practitioner, Canada.
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.
Gift Culture is a new paradigm that moves us away from making money a measurement of worth and value, towards focusing on the sustainability of the community as a whole. More about Gift Culture.
As part of experimenting with financial-co-responsibility, we ask the following:
- When you apply, select the £70 deposit option. We ask that you treat £70 as a non-refundable deposit for your place – you can attend and choose to contribute no more than £70.
- At the end of the sixth session of the course, we will invite you to make a further contribution to help us continue and expand our work with others. This will relate to a) the value you have derived from the course, and b) your current financial resources and commitments. On the booking form, we will ask you to confirm that you are aware of this.
A note on finances
We ask for a deposit of £70 to book your place plus a financial contribution of your choosing. To meet our costs and to ensure the sustainability of the event we are suggesting a total contribution in the range of £110–£260 for an online course. If this would be a hardship for you, please do not let that stop you from attending as we would love to have you there. Please contact us to talk about it.