Welcome to Circle Work

This is an exciting time to work together to create the world we want for ourselves and the world we care about. Circle Work utilizes restorative processes that draw from both ancient and modern practices to bring about and restore peace and harmony.  Contact us to learn how we can help you build and maintain peace and harmony within yourself, your relationships, workplace, classrooms and schools, businesses, etc.  Check out our upcoming events to learn more about and how to do Circle Work.


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Teaching Peace and Nonviolence

This is a compelling example of the implications of and why it is imperative to teach about social justice, peace, and nonviolence. Every school, whether k-12 or higher education, should offer this type of course.

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Shake the World

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Restorative Justice and Us

New podcast explores restorative community

The Metta Center for NonViolence invited Restorative Resources director Susan Kinder to talk about our program on their latest podcast. Listen below, as Susan points out how restorative justice is really about us “being human together.”


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Repairing our schools through restorative justice: Jean Klasovsky

Relying on suspensions and zero-tolerance discipline doesn’t deter misbehavior in schools–in fact, it makes matters worse. Teacher Jean Klasovsky shares Farragut High School’s story, a model for how schools can improve climate and discipline by using restorative justice practices such as peace circles and peer juries. Such practices lead to reduced dropout rates and greater student achievement.

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Peacemaking Circles as Restorative Practice: Fostering Racial Equity in Schools

We’re happy to announce our Peacemaking Circles as Restorative Practice: Fostering Racial Equity in Schools a multi-part Institute for Educators on the following dates:

September 22-23, 2017 & October 6-7, 2017CirclingTheWorld
Friday and Saturday from 9:00a-4:30p

Healing Justice Film Premiere
Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00p-8:30p

Healing Justice Workshop with Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director/Producer
Friday, October 27, 2017 from 9:00a-12:00p

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Author of “What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy” and “Is Everyone Really Equal?”

Introduction to the Peacemaking Circle Process: This training will begin with an experiential introduction to the peacemaking circle which is a dialog process that works intentionally to create a safe space to discuss very difficult or painful issues in order to improve relationships and resolve conflict. The intent of the circle is to find resolutions that serve every member of the circle. The process is based on an assumption of equal worth and dignity for all participants and therefore provides equal voice to all participants.

Introduction to Restorative Practices: Under- girding this training will be an exploration of the fundamental values and principles of restorative practices. Restorative practices aid to build community and promote healthy relationships among everyone in the school context in order to develop social-emotional and conflict-resolution skills necessary to reduce conflict.

Exploration of Racial Equity in Schools: Included in this institute will be the study of theories and pedagogies of anti-racism and multicultural education. This will include presentations from guest speakers who will address racial equity and racial power dynamics in schools. Particular attention will be given to helping participants develop proactive dispositions (attitudes and beliefs) and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatments, impacts, and outcomes for everyone within the school context.

Implementation and Assessment for Stakeholders: This training will focus on evidence-based implementation of restorative practices. Topics include culture and climate assessment, identification of strengths and roadblocks, stakeholder participation and support, professional development recommendations, using restorative practices to address staff and student conflict, and building a sustainable community of practice. Participants will come away with an understanding of best practices for restorative practices implementation for the unique needs of their school.

Location: Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Costs: $875 (Includes admission to all scheduled sessions, materials, and lunch) – Teams of three or more: $825 per person Click here to register .

NOTE: It is important to plan to attend the full day for all four sessions. Anything less will significantly diminish the intended experience and outcomes. Plan accordingly.

Inquire about additional fees and registration forms for:

  • WA State Clock Hours (30 clock hours)
  • *Continuing Education Credit (3 credits)
  • *Post-Baccalaureate Credits (3 credit hours)

For more information contact Pamela Taylor 206-296-2678; taylorpa@seattleu.edu  There are a limited number of slots for this, so register early. Registration will close on September 13th.

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Introduction to Restorative Justice

Introduction to Restorative Justice by Mark Umbreit from Restorative Justice Center on Vimeo.

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