The Circle Process

Restorative Circles, LLC,  offers facilitation, training and coaching in Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice (also called Circle Process / Circle Keeping / Talking Circles),  creating more welcoming communities and improving the response to conflict and harm, in schools, community, workplaces and justice systems. We are dedicated to motivating and supporting individuals, organizations and communities as they move towards embracing restorative values, principles and practices, to create cultures of belonging and innovation, where all voices are heard and valued. 

Restorative Practices / Restorative Justice / Circle Keeping has the broad goal of proactively developing community, building relationships, managing conflict, and increasing shared values that enable individuals and groups to develop trust and therefore live / work more effectively together. The field is developing across national and disciplinary borders, including families, schools, communities, workplaces and justice systems, with the intention to restore community in an increasingly disconnected world. 

Defining Restorative Practices, Restorative Justice and Circle Process: 

We distinguish between the terms Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice by viewing Restorative Justice as a subset of Restorative Practices. Restorative Justice is reactive, consisting of responses to crime and other harm after it occurs. Restorative Practices uses processes that precede conflict, those that proactively build relationships and a sense of community to prevent conflict and harm.  

Circle Keeping is used to describe both Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice, as it refers more directly to the origins of these practices from indigenous cultures.  Circle Keeping is rooted in the tradition of Talking Circles that indigenous Peoples of North America and many other cultures use and have used for millennia. In these traditions, Circles are far more than a technique; they are a sacred way of life. Circles embody philosophy, principles, and values that apply whether people are sitting in Circle or not. For further information on Indigenous Origins of Circles, link to: https://restorativecircles.net/indiginous-origins-of-circles/