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Online: 6-week, Restorative Circles Level Two Course

Online: 6-week, Restorative Circles Level Two Course

You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

This Restorative Circles Level Two course is for people who have completed an Restorative Circles Level One course with us.

Learning objectives

  • Know how to prepare the ground for a restorative system.
  • As a host, tracking meaning and making sure that it’s received.
  • As a host, how to add meaning to the dialogue.
  • As a host, know how to care for yourself and your resources.
  • Be able to ask restorative system building questions: why, what, how, when, who, and where?
  • Practise co-designing a restorative system.

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When and where

Six Thursday evenings: 11, 18, and 25 November; 2, (skip 9), 16, and 23 December, 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?

To keep our focus on practising hosting skills and reflecting deeply on the principles of restorative sytems building, we are only inviting people who have already done our Restorative Circles Level One course. The learning will include hosting semi-simulated circles, with coaching. 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 if they are unable to attend for a week. 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 a 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.

Gift Culture

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:  

  1. 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. 
  2. 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 £140–£300 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.

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