Restorative Practices are techniques that build and restore relationships through equal opportunity sharing and listening. Through the use of circles, individuals build the skills needed to strengthen community and support conflict resolution. Restorative circles help people of all ages practice respectful listening and healthy self-expression.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. The tools of mindfulness can be beneficial for stress-reduction, increased focus, emotional regulation, and overall well-being.
Embodiment forms the mind-body connection that leads to self-awareness and emotional regulation. Our bodies and movements often communicate much more clearly than our words. Embodiment gives us the practices to pay attention to our bodies’ wisdom. By doing this, we end up feeling more in balance with ourselves, our community, and our world.
The circle is the most ancient of symbols and the most universal of all.
It is the earth and sun.
The circle creates solidarity.
Because it takes more than two people to complete a circle,
the circle creates community.
There is equality.
The circle provides a protected, all-inclusive space.
It is nonlinear, multidirectional, and endless.
In the process, something higher is discovered, namely, the group heart.
- Iris J. Stewart