Four Winds Restorative Justice offers training and mentoring services in the use of Talking Circle techniques to come to healing solutions for many kinds of issues.
The words, “Restorative Justice” in our name refer to an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of victims and offenders, as well as the involved community. Instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender, this approach works to:
- Restore harmony and balance in a collaborative way.
- Create solutions that are unique to the circle of people seeking to resolve an issue.
- Release tension and hard feelings.
- Repair harm as part of assuming accountability for actions, and healing relationships in the community.
- Address conflict as close to the root of the conflict as possible. This can often be done more quickly than taking a conflict to the court system.
- Enable the affected parties to be part of the healing solution, instead of giving that power to third parties, like attorneys and judges.
- Satisfy all parties involved by giving voice to each party’s perspective and creating a safe space where all sides can be heard with respect.
This restorative justice approach has been used successfully by many generations of Native Peoples. I seek to bring back this valuable wisdom by training people to use the time-honored techniques related to Talking Circles. Click Types of Issues if you’re wondering what kinds of conflicts can be addressed with Talking Circles.
Three-day and five-day training sessions are offered. For more information, click on Training.
After a training session, it is not uncommon to want to have some additional support as a Peace Maker develops. Click on Mentoring for more information.
If you have questions, please call (920) 655-3261, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.