Restorative Circles-Seattle

Our mission is to establish a city-wide restorative justice system employing Restorative Circles, so Seattle embraces conflict as an opportunity to build community and relationships, cultivate trust, and empower citizens.


Location: Seattle, WA
Members: 29
Latest Activity: Aug 29, 2015

Introduction to Restorative Circles-Seattle

We envision Seattle as community where conflict is embraced as an opportunity to build community relationships, cultivate trust, and empower citizens.   The mission of Restorative Circles-Seattle is to bring a citywide restorative justice system to Seattle, as a parallel justice system in harmony with existing structures.

A Restorative Circle is a community process for supporting those in conflict that brings all parties together– those who have acted, those directly impacted and the wider to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. Restorative Circles are facilitated in 3 stages designed to identity the key factors in the conflict, reach agreements on next steps, and evaluate the results. Within the circle, all voices are heard and power is shared, to engender mutual understanding, self-responsibility and effective action. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit.

Restorative Circles are a specific restorative practice whose development began with the work of Dominic Barter in Rio de Janeiro in the mid 1990s and continues with a growing community both in Brazil and internationally.

Restorative Circles-Seattle is currently developing a pilot project to establish and test the value of a Seattle-wide Restorative Justice system.  We invite individuals, organizations, community groups, and City of Seattle departments to participate in this voluntary project.

Discussion Forum

Restorative Circles Workshops invitation: 2/16/13, 3/30/13 and 5/18/13 - Advancing a Culture of Peace

Are you interested in greater harmony and deeper connection in your communities, family and organizations? Can you imagine engaging conflict in a way that builds relationships?  Would you like to…Continue

Started by Andrea Brenneke Feb 6, 2013.

Upcoming Facilitator Trainings for Restorative Circles

Come to an Introduction for Facilitators (at a reduced rate for anyone who repeats:  please feel free to join us as each session brings deeper understanding)One day Introductions (feel free to repeat…Continue

Tags: conflict, resolution, facilitation, justice, listening

Started by Restorative Circles-Seattle Mar 9, 2012.

Monthly Practice Group for Facilitating Restorative Circles

If you have attended a one day introductory training, you are welcomed to our monthly practice group.  We meet to support each other in developing skills for practice  a Restorative Circle practices.…Continue

Tags: conflict, resolution, justice, listening, circles

Started by Restorative Circles-Seattle Mar 9, 2012.

Monthly meetings for establishing RC systems in Seattle - beginning Feb 1 at 6:30 pm

Please join us if you are interested in helping to establish RC systems in Seattle. We will meet on the first Wednesdays to develop plans for supporting the systems (helping to write charters,…Continue

Tags: justice, conflict, resolution, listening, compassionate

Started by Susan Partnow Jan 8, 2012.

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Comment by Susan Partnow on October 24, 2012 at 7:47am

Join us on Saturday for a Deepening Session!

Comment by Elizabeth McKeen FG Maupin on June 19, 2012 at 11:09am

I have not been able to attend the most recent trainings or practice sessions due to scheduling conflicts.  I am trying to outline the Restorative Circle process to use in a very particular and urgent situation and would love to have a collaborator who is not in my church circle, since I am close to many involved.  Any volunteers?

Comment by Restorative Circles-Seattle on May 16, 2012 at 11:03pm

We've been having great practice groups (2nd Thursdays) and may soon open a second monthly practice time.  Please come and join us!  Hope to see you at the next training June 9.  We'll offer a special rate for repeat participants:  we believe it is of great value to attend a number of intros.

Comment by Susan Partnow on March 9, 2012 at 7:59pm

If you have attended a one day introductory training, you are welcomed to our monthly practice group.  We meet to support each other in developing skills for practice  a Restorative Circle practices. We meet the second Thursday of the month at Center for Spiritual Living in the small bungalows just south of the main building in Acorn, from 7 to 8:30 pm.  (So next meeting: Th, April 12)

Comment by Jana Pallis on January 3, 2012 at 6:59am

I am happy to be a part of this group and enthusiastic about what we can make happen in our communities through this process. My background is in transformational leadership, holistic and sustainable business development, and more than 30 years in spiritual development. I have worked a great deal with the circle philosophy to bring people together, to do deep work, and to build connection, compassion, and reconciliation. I look forward to the possibilities.


Comment by Elizabeth McKeen FG Maupin on December 22, 2011 at 11:52pm

By way of introduction, I am mostly involved with the community of the unsheltered folk in the Seattle/King County area, and with mainline churches and the interfaith community.  I came into contact with restorative circles first in the indigenous communities of Canada.  I see restorative circles as especially compatible with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and am particularly interested in promoting the use of these circles and the principles of restorative justice within Christian churches.  I'd love to network with others who share this interest or have experience using the circles in church conflicts or disciplinary processes.

Comment by Susan Partnow on December 22, 2011 at 2:05pm

Welcome, William!  I remember you well from the Illinois training.  I have told my Tucson friends about the training... Do you have Tucson contacts?  I've been trying to set up a Compassionate Listening workshop there and could use help...

We are moving forward with trainings and a pilot project for RC systems here in Seattle.  Let's all stay in touch!


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