Restorative circles can be used for large groups as an alternative to meditation.
This process started with local communities in Rio De Janeiro. Rio had the largest rates of police killings. The current strategies at the time were unsatisfactory and Dominic Barter, founder of restorative circles, and his team were asked to run a pilot project in 2004.
During the circle we are listening for meanings, not only words said. We are looking for the underlying value that informs our choices, not just who’s guilty or who should be punished; self- responsibility can rise to the surface naturally and be heard and appreciated.
The facilitation work within the circle is based on the principles and practice of Nonviolent Communication, founded by Marshall Rosenberg Ph.D. Power is shared, and people have the possibility to search for a new solution to their conflict without the threat of one person using their authority over someone else to punish or cause further pain.
It can be used anywhere there is a group of people that gather regularly; work, families, schools, NGOs.