Restorative circles

A restorative circle is a community process for supporting those in conflict. Developed in the mid 1990s in the favelas of Brazil where it became known as Círculos Restaurativos, restorative circles are now in use worldwide. The circles bring together three parties to a conflict – those who have acted, those directly impacted and the wider community – within a chosen systemic context, to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit that nurtures the inherent integrity of all those involved in the conflict. Restorative circles are facilitated in 3 stages that arise in an approximate sequence and identity the key factors in the conflict, reach agreements on next steps, and evaluate the results. As a circle form, they invite shared power, mutual understanding and self-responsibility within community. Restorative circles are facilitated by community members who identify themselves as impacted by the conflict at hand. They commit to serving the emergent wisdom of the participants through their willingness to offer questions sourced from an agreed upon basis and to track the co-creation of meaning and intra-personal, inter-personal and social action by those present.
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S’approcher des conflits / getting closer t(r)o(ugh) conflicts@ B7



Let’s approach the conflicts!

Come live a restorative circle

In this workshop, we will experience pre-circles and restorativecircles related to existing conflicts. This will allow you to betterunderstand how we can resolve a crisis or tension involving severalpeople and live a semi-simulated circle (we work with existingconflicts, of low intensity and which does not directly affect the gathered participants). The workshop will allow you to acquire somebasics of the practice of « reflection » or reformulation, whichfacilitates mutual understanding. It also gives an overview of what happens when a conflict is hosted by a circle, and how they are facilitated. This practice, also called imaginary circle, often allows tountie several nodes even in the absence of the affected people. Bring your own conflict!

Approchons les conflits !

Venez vivre un cercle restaurateur

Dans cet atelier, nous allons faire l’expérience de pré-cercles et de cercles restaurateurs en lien avec des conflits existants. Cela permettra de mieux comprendre comment on peut dénouer une crise ou une tension impliquant plusieurs personnes et de vivre un cercle semi-simulé (nous travaillons avec des conflits existants, de faibleintensité et qui n’implique pas les personnes rassemblées). L’atelier permet d’aquérir quelques bases de la pratique du « reflet » ou de la reformulation, qui facilite la compréhension mutuelle. Il donne aussi un aperçu de ce qui se passe lorsqu’un conflit est accueilli par un cercle, et comment ceux-ci sont facilités. Cette pratique, aussi appelée cercle imaginaire, permet de dénouer plusieurs noeuds même en l’absence des personnes affectées. Apporte ton conflit !


Caring for our conflicts @ sustain alive, concordia

Caring for Our Conflicts in Queer,  Activist and Researchers Communities

There is widespread agreement that punitive culture and the penitentiary system are neither healing nor sustainable. But what happens when a conflict strikes us in our circles and in our intimate, activist and friendly relationships? Do we have other references than the dominant punitive and exclusionary culture ?

Conflicts are part of the life of our communities: we believe that providing tools, times and spaces to accompany conflict contributes to collective empowerment and to living in a more secure and daring way.

What works well when conflicts become painful?
What doesn’t work so well?
What can we dream of ?

In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro (as in other marginalized communities where it is so clear that the dominant justice is not welcome) in-depth research on conflict self-management has led to the idea of Restorative Systems and circles. The systems are always defined locally and allow members to avoid punitive logics, to facilitate circles for each other, and in which participant are seen in their humanity and deeply listened to before taking responsibility for their action.

Participants will share their wisdom about what works and does not work so well when conflicts become painful. In subgroups, we will experience some elements of restoration circles with some light conflicts in our life. We will then see what we can dream of to learn from our conflicts and better care for them.

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Prendre soin de nos conflits en milieux queer et militants

On s’entend souvent pour dire que la culture punitive et le système pénitentiaire ne sont ni guérisseurs ni durables. Mais que se passe-t-il quand un conflit nous frappe dans nos milieux et dans nos relations intimes, militantes et amicales?

Les conflits font partie de la vie de nos communautés: nous pensons que de s’offrir des outils et des espaces temps pour accompagner les conflits contribue à l’autonomisation collective et à vivre de manière plus sécurisante et audacieuse.

Qu’est-ce qui fonctionne quand les conflits deviennent douloureux ?
Qu’est-ce qui fonctionne moins bien ?
Et de quoi rêvons nous ?

Dans les favelas de Rio de Janero (comme dans d’autres communautés marginalisées où il est clair que la police n’est pas la bienvenue), des recherches approfondies sur l’autogestion des conflits ont permis d’imaginer des Systèmes et des Cercles Restaurateurs. Les sytèmes sont toujours définis localement et permettent aux membres d’éviter les logiques punitives, en facilitant des cercles les uns pour les autres, et dans lesquels chaque participant.e est vu.e dans son humanité et profondément écouté.e avant d’être invité.e à prendre responsabilité de ses actes.

Les participant.e.s partageront leur sagesse de ce qui fonctionne et ne fonctionne pas lorsque les conflits deviennent douloureux. En sous-groupes, nous expérimenterons quelques éléments de cercles restaurateurs avec quelques conflits de nos quotidiens. Nous verrons ensuite ce dont nous pouvons rêver en apprenant de nos conflits et prenant soins des un.e.s des autres.


what works well wen conflicts become painful


What does not work so well when conflict becomes painful ?


What do we dream of ?


Systems & circles (very briefly)