We are excited to announce the Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s virtual training in Restorative Practices and Circle Keeping for October! Please share this email with anyone who may be interested in this work. Thank you.
Training will run Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5th and 6th,
from 9am to 2:30pm.
Day ONE will include an introduction to Restorative philosophy and tools for building relationship and equity in any and all interactions with others – from the interpersonal to the institutional. Both Day ONE and Day TWO will include exercises and breakout groups to create a sense of community between participants. Day ONE will conclude with a synthesis of the information shared and a brief introduction to “Circle Practice”.
Day TWO will focus on Circle Practice and the skills needed to “keep” and hold space in Circle, which includes Circle design and practicing facilitation. Circle is a type of equitable dialogue practice that allows members of a community – large or small – to build connection and understanding through prioritizing the equal representation of voices. Circles are structured in a way that ensures all have opportunities to be heard and to listen actively, without interruption or debate. Circle practice is informed by Indigenous practices from around the world. Training includes methods for honoring these origins and maintaining the integrity of the practice in a way that does not appropriate culturally specific rituals that are not part of our culture or heritage.
This training is considered “Tier 1” – Restorative Practices for proactive community building. “Tier 2” – Restorative Practices for responding to harm, will be offered as a separate training later in the calendar year to those who have completed Tier 1 Training.
WHEN: 9am to 2:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5th and 6th: including breaks and half an hour for lunch.
WHERE: virtual training using Zoom
WHO: Open to the public, priority given to community partners and residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley
HOW MUCH: Sliding Scale
Circle process, at its core, is intentionally designed to support equity and representation in community dialogue and culture building. To honor these values, we offer this training on a sliding scale in order to maximize equity and representation both among those training and those who might go on to become Restorative practitioners.
Space is limited, please register early to avoid disappointment 🙂
If you would like more details and information, please reach out to Claudia: email@example.com.