Council and Restorative Practices
in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond...
Conflict Inquiry, Restorative Dialogue,and Community Healing
We've sat in the fire many times with groups of people divided by anger, disagreement, racial tension, hurt, and hopelessness. Using the form of council with elements of restorative justice, our teams facilitate dialogues that are open, frank, and respectful of all voices.
When everyone knows that they have had a chance to speak their truth and that it has been received, new directions become apparent. We can't guarantee healing or transformation; but time and time again that is what we have witnessed. Our approach emphasizes approaching conflicts with an attitude of curiosity and inquiry, leaning into them to discover what they have to teach us. Often they bring lessons that are crucial and that can liberate us to move into new possibilities.
Support for Communities in Crisis
Crises come on unexpectedly and often an immediate response is what is needed. We can assemble skillful teams and place them anywhere globally within very short time frames. For local (San Francisco Bay Area) situations we are available to help and support community healing over the long arc, providing a series of restorative councils over a period of a year or more as needed.
We are passionate about the practice of council. Council is the perfect antidote for a culture that sometimes seems hopelessly stuck in a quagmire of rigidly-held beliefs and chronic disagreement. Council is a format that can bring together people with a wide variety of views, perspectives, and experiences, and help them share information in a way where everyone is heard and every voice is respected, even if agreement is not reached. It is a practice that is often profoundly healing, and that has a way of revealing new possibilities and creative options for moving forward.
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Restorative Dialogue with the Land
What happens when we sit in council with the more-than-human world of nature? Join us in exploring how we can use council dialogue to reach a new levels of understanding of how we are meant to be in relationship with nature, and what it means to live sustainably. Restorative Dialogue with the Land workshops provided through Infinite Wild.
Comments from Participants:
"There are too few opportunities in life that provide us with a container for exploring powerful ways of interacting with other people. Council is one of these."
"I came with the hope of learning some new communication and conflict resolution skills. I left with a deeper understanding and appreciation for of myself, along with the skills I had hoped to attain."
"While holding circles is something that I've been doing for three years, this training deepened my understanding of the various aspects of council and my trust in the universal process by which humans learn to trust and heal."
Restorative Practices in Schools
Restorative practices are transforming how schools address disciplinary challenges and misbehavior. By making the shift from punishing offenders to dialogues leading to agreements about making things right, schools are building positive communities, reducing challenging behaviors, and freeing time and resources for more focus on academics.
The Center for Restorative Process offers: