Please join us for an evening of conversation and reflection about implicit bias and how we, as restorative practitioners, can use awareness of our own biases to improve equity in restorative justice and in our community. This workshop will be appropriate for all volunteers. Our guest facilitator, Carmen Ramirez, has worked for the City of Longmont for 17 years. She has been involved in several community projects that work to create change within systems and assist in providing more access, inclusion and equity for all community members. Some of the projects have included the Latino Community Assessment of Boulder County in 2001-2013. She was a cohort in Rockefeller Foundation-NYU Next Generation Leadership Fellowship. She serves as a division manager, mediator, facilitator and interpreter for the City of Longmont and in the community and has worked within the Boulder County communities for over 20 years.
For centuries, traditional indigenous peoples have resolved conflicts by healing and restoring relationships within their communities. They recognize and respect the innate value of each individual, while requiring that community members take responsibility and are accountable for their actions. Under their Elders’ guidance, reconciliation occurs through public truth sharing, apology, and acknowledgement and redress of harms while maintaining an equitable and inclusive society. Ultimately, as with modern restorative justice, their goal is forgiveness, healing and reintegration of individuals back into the community.
Our speakers, Woody Vaspra and Catie Johnson, will share traditional teachings and healing exercises from many indigenous cultures, including Hawaiian, Haudenosaunee, Aboriginal Australian, Masai and others, to illustrate how these ancient restorative practices remain so vital and effective today.
Woody Vaspra and Catie Johnson are co-founders of World Council of Elders, an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, sharing and integrating authentic indigenous teachings essential to healing, peace and sustainability for all peoples in today’s challenging times. In partnership with Indigenous Elders, we strive to perpetuate the living essence of indigenous cultures including sacred wisdom, spiritual ceremonies and traditional values for generations to come. Learn more at worldcouncilofelders.org.
Woody is native Hawaiian, a retired Air Force pilot, Vietnam Veteran and former corporate director for several companies. In fulfillment of the vision of creating a worldwide organization of traditional indigenous wisdom-keepers, Woody has traveled the globe working with Elders of many native cultures who are ready to share their Earth-honoring teachings to honor, nurture and restore the balance of life on Earth.
Catie is an environmental scientist and attorney. In her passion for environmental, multicultural and experiential education, Catie has organized dozens of international gatherings throughout the Americas and Australia bringing together people from modern cultures with indigenous wisdom-keepers for sharing, healing, teaching and co-creating peace. Her vision includes helping people to appreciate the ecological balance of life, and how their personal choices impact the health, restoration and sustainability of our precious planet.
Restorative Conversations for 1-on-1 Conflict
call 303-776-1527 or write to Jessica@lcjp.org to register
Date & Time:12/5/17 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: 528 Main Street in the large conference room
Cost: $45 or free to LCJP Volunteers
This session will teach participants to use the Restorative Conversation model to address conflict. A restorative conversation can be held informally in 3-10 minutes to address immediate needs and concerns around a problematic interaction that has impacted your relationship with someone else. In a school, this might include students, teachers and administrators. In other settings this might include supervisors, employees, family members, friends, and business associates. Emphasis will be placed on the primary skills of Restorative Practices, including reflective listening and asking affective questions. Participants will have the chance to role play a Restorative Conversation.
· Participants will be prepared to invite others to have a restorative conversation, and to lead that conversation.
· Participants will be prepared to tell others how decisions and behavior affect them.
· Participants will be prepared to identify their needs for repair and communicate with others to come to agreements.
Who else has requested Restorative Conversations Training?
· Non-Profit Organizations
· Human Resources Professionals
· Affordable Housing Providers
· Summer Camp Leaders
To request a training, please contact Jessica Goldberg, Volunteer and Training Coordinator
by calling 303-776-1527 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org