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Restorative Circles: Transforming Conflict, Building Community Resilience
  • Shed the perspective of conventional punitive approaches and discover how holistic healing can occur when communities listen actively to their members
  • Gain confidence in shaping your own unique community processes so your members feel empowered to resolve their own disputes in a lasting way
  • See how understanding and empathy can inspire and light a path for renewal and growth rooted in community cohesion, hope, healing, and happiness
  • Practice facilitating restorative dialogue processes while staying grounded

Tuesdays, May 9-June 13, 2023 (Six sessions)
9:00-11:00am Pacific (California) Time

Registration Fee:
Early Bird 20% discount: $370 until April 18 ($462 after)
NVC Library Members 20% Discount: $296 until April 18 ($370 after)
Enter coupon code NVCL at time of checkout.


Make 4 payments of $95 if registered by April 18.


Experience shows us, and studies confirm, that community well-being is dependent on the quality of the relationships and the sense of cohesiveness and belonging of its members. At the same time, people in many communities around the world are reporting an increased sense of isolation, division, conflict, and violence, and a resulting decreased sense of safety. The very fabric of our communities seems to be unraveling. Despite all of this, few individuals – let alone communities – know how to respond to conflict with behaviors without creating further pain and damaging relationships. How, then, do we build safe, resilient communities? 

Restorative Circles offer a systemic approach to community self-care that directly addresses a community’s sense of relatedness, belonging, cohesion and connection. It invites you into a whole new way of understanding and experiencing being in community, engaging in justice, and living interdependently. 

Restorative Circles, as developed by Dominic Barter and the favela communities in Brazil, establish a simple, concrete structure which empowers communities to choose a nonviolent response to conflict. These involve your whole community in discovering sustainable strategies for addressing your immediate and underlying long-term causes of conflict. The circles provide an alternative to the accusatory-punishment paradigms for dealing with crime, harm, and conflict that are embedded into conventional law. Instead, the circles focus on your individual and collective resources and responsibility for restoring justice and renewing your community’s social fabric.

Join this practice-based course with Duke Duchscherer for an introduction to supporting  your families, groups/organizations, and other communities to create community spaces for conflict that are safe, constructive, and often, transformative. You can: 

  • Learn how to build a container for dialogue that can sustain all the pain and intense emotions that can arise in you and in others in your community when you experience conflict (even violent conflict) 
  • Develop the personal skills to stay grounded and focused within yourself even when fear, uncertainty, and doubt come to shake your sense of self 
  • Create a process that empowers your communities to develop their own unique systemic approach for transforming conflict that you can facilitate with them
  • Practice facilitating a dialogue process that enables you to guide, and everyone to navigate, the chaos and complexity of group conflict. 

In this course, you can begin exploring Restorative Circles in different social contexts such as schools, neighborhood and church groups, families, and business. You can begin to discover how this resource may be applied to your specific community.

  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
  • Translated captions in 23 languages are available in live sessions (more are being added on a regular basis!)
What Happens After I Register?

When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access your course.
Note that course recordings display images of active speakers only, and are made available to all registrants.

Dates & Times

Dates and times are adjusted to your location. You can select a different time zone at the bottom of the list.

Duke Duchscherer

About Duke Duchscherer

CNVC Certified Trainer from Rochester, New York, USA

Facilitator Duke Duchscherer is a past member of the Board of Directors for the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. He has facilitated training in Restorative Circles and Nonviolent Communication around the world with a depth and breadth of peoples and communities from small villages at the grassroots to governmental leaders at the United Nations on five continents. 

Some of this work has included supporting the transformation of active conflicts such as leading a series of restorative dialogues between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian community where they reside near the warfront in Ukraine(2015); or facilitating dialogue between...