Dip your toes into restorative practice, a philosophy reforming and breathing life into schools, workplaces, and criminal justice systems in waves. Participate in and learn to facilitate a Talking Circle -- a beautiful method of building community, restoring relationships, and building meaningful human connection rooted in mindfulness, the wisdom of Indigenous American cultures, and both Eastern and Western monastic thought. In this class we will discuss the philosophical underpinnings as well as the practical application of the Talking Circle, including the tools involved. Participants will walk away with a basic understanding of the history of the talking circle as well as the basic knowledge to take and facilitate one themselves in their community, classroom, office, church, or wherever else they encounter willing participants who wish to get to know others and themselves better.
Please note: Each participant should wear clothes they would feel comfortable possibly bending or sitting on the floor in. Each participant should bring one small item that really means something to them. Teacher will provide coffee and tea.
This class will take place at Rochester Brainery, located at 176 Anderson Ave F109, Rochester NY 14607.
About the teacher:
Richard Christman is a high school special education and English teacher in the Rochester area who holds a master’s of science (MS.Ed) from Roberts Wesleyan College in teaching students with emotional disorders and a bachelor of arts (BA) from Grove City College in Communications Studies with a concentration in experience design. He is certified by PIRI Rochester in Restorative Practice. He has a passion for people, for education, for mental health, and for philosophy and theology’s place in shaping and defining these pillars of our lives. He does his best to learn something every day, impart what he can to his 11th graders, be a great friend, and the best husband he can be to his wife of almost one year(!). He enjoys coffee, instagram, road trips, old music, and new things happening in Rochester.
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