Key Elements of a Peacemaking Circles Process:
1. Talking piece - regulates the conversation
so that each person has an equal opportunity
2. Intentional conversation about values.
3. Guidelines - for how they want to be together.
4. Ceremony - A form of opening & closing
5. Building relationships is treated as equally
important as tackling difficult issues.
Role of the Circle Keeper (facilitator):
The keeper assists in keeping the space safe enough for individuals to speak openly and honestly without disrespecting anyone. The keeper does this by leading the group through a process of identifying their values and guidelines and by supporting proper use of the talking piece. Through questions or topic suggestions, the keeper stimulates the reflections of the group while monitoring the collective space.
The keeper is in a relationship of caring about the well-being of every member of the circle. Keepers do this not from a detached place but as an equal participant in the circle. The circle keeper creates a space for:
Types of Restorative Circles
Celebration Circles - recognizes an individual or a group and to share joy and a sense of accomplishment.
Talking Circles - Participants explore a specific issue or topic from many different perspectives. Talking circles allow all voices to be respectfully.
Community-building Circle - Creates bonds and build relationships among a group of people who have a shared interest.
Circle of Understanding- Its purpose is to develop a more complete picture of the context or reason for a particular event or behavior.
Healing Circle - The purpose is to share the pain of a person or persons who have experienced trauma or loss.
Support Circle- Brings together key people to support a person through a particular difficulty or major change in life.
Re-integration - Brings together an individual and a group or community from which that individual has been removed to rebuild connections and integrate the individual into the group again.
Conflict Circle - Brings together disputing parties to resolve their differences. Resolution takes shape through a consensus agreement.
Sentencing Circle - Is a community directed process, in partnership with the criminal justice system, for involving all those affected by an offense in deciding an appropriate sentencing plan which addresses the concerns of all participants.