***Note: This day-long introductory event can be attended as a stand alone event, or is well complemented by the Facilitation Practice event the next day.***
Restorative Circles are a community-based approach to conflict transformation, supporting organizations and communities of all kinds – including families, schools, non-profits and businesses – in transforming and learning from conflict. Conflict is a natural part of any social system, but conscious facilitation of conflict can transform damaging dispute and tension into an amazing source of positive learning, creativity, and connection.
Recognized internationally for their effectiveness, the development of Restorative Circles began with the work of Dominic Barter with youth gangs in Brazil in the mid 1990s and continues with a growing network of practitioners in over 23 countries. Restorative Circles projects have won awards for innovation in justice and in education, and have been recognized internationally by organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, the Brazilian Justice Department, and NESTA, the UK’s foremost social innovation think-tank.
This hands-on learning event will offer practical capacity-building and a space in which participants will be invited to explore and discover what kinds of restorative practices can serve the communities they are a part of – schools, courts, families, organizations, etc. In doing so, we will explore the basics of both facilitating Circles and setting up the systems to support restorative practices in our home communities.
Come early: You’re welcome at the house as of 9:30am. We’d love to start at 10am sharp, so please arrive early if you can.
We're looking forward to seeing you!
Karl is passionate about co-creating learning experiences and communities that contribute to peace, justice, and sustainability. With over 20 years of experience teaching and facilitating groups, he has helped catalyze learning in settings ranging from companies and university classrooms, to ecovillages and intentional communities. As a CNVC Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) he leads trainings in conflict resolution and communication across North America, Europe, and Asia, and serves as a CNVC Assessor supporting candidates on their journey to becoming CNVC Certified Trainers. In addition, he facilitates Restorative Circles, a community-based approach to restorative justice.
Beyond his work with NVC and conflict resolution, Karl is actively involved in co-creating communities that embody values such as sustainability, transformational learning, and consciousness. With academic training in Anthropology (B.A. Dartmouth College; M.A. U of Michigan) and Environmental Policy (M.S. U of Michigan), Karl enjoys practicing & sharing ecovillage design, Permaculture, aikido (a nonviolent Japanese martial art), Buddhist meditation, and yoga.