Restorative Champaign-Urbana presents:


Mikhail Lyubansky
Restorative C-U 
+1 217-722-3471 


Thursday, October 13, 2011 through
Sunday, October 16, 2011

8:30am-9:30pm, Thurs-Sat
8:30am-6:00pm, Sun
(with long breaks for lunch and dinner and shorter breaks throughout the day)

We have scheduled long days in an attempt to make this event accessible to people whose schedules vary widely from each other. We hope that scheduling it this way will help everyone who wants to be there to participate in as much of the event as they can.



 A 1-day Overview - recommended for all Facilitation Practice participants - is offered the day before this event  (register here).

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202 South Broadway #100
Urbana, Illinois, USA

Restorative Circle Facilitation Practice

Restorative Circle Facilitation Practice creates the conditions for focused exploration, peer support and group practice in the dynamics of Restorative Circles, with the company and support of more experienced practitioners. Led by Dominic Barter, these 4 days of intensive learning are designed to foster and deepen the craft of facilitation in Restorative Circles.

With our focus on craft work, rather than knowledge accumulation, we'll alternate between conceptual investigation and hands-on exploration, between large group discussion and small group application. Increasing our attention to process, and thus our effectiveness in achieving results, we'll unlearn some of the impediments to serving communities in conflict and facilitating transformative action.  

Facilitation Practice aims to supplement the development of our ability to create conditions for such transformative action, while recognising that the real shift in our ways of weaving just, safe community happens when we engage, directly and ongoinly, with the ways in which our communities respond to change.


A basic understanding of the RC process and its systemic pre-conditions are necessary for being able to maintain a focus on practice at this event. Participants are asked to have completed an Introduction to or Overview of RC with Dominic Barter, either in person or on-line (available soon). An Overview is offered immediately prior to this event (register for the overview here).


As a strategy for including those whose schedules don't allow them to be with us through the whole event, we are dividing the days into 3 sessions:

  • 8:30am to noon
  • 1:30pm to 6pm
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm (except Sunday)

For the fullest learning experience, we encourage everyone to participate in as many of these sessions as possible.

In addition to the meal breaks, there will be breaks during each session. 

More About Restorative Circles and Dominic Barter

In the mid 1990s, Dominic Barter began conversations with favela residents in Rio de Janeiro's hillside communities, which led to the emergence of a new iteration of an ancient practice - community self-care through engagement with the dynamics underlying conflict. Spreading by word of mouth, indebted to the pioneering research of Marshall Rosenberg, and belatedly recognised as a restorative practice belonging to the social movement Restorative Justice, the practice spread and developed on a community level until attracting the attention of schools, government and, in 2004, the federal Justice Department and the United Nations Development Programe. Starting in 2005, Dominic and a cross-disciplinary team lead by local judges adapted the process - now known as Restorative Circles - into school, court, prison and social services settings as part of the first Brazilian pilot projects in Restorative Justice. These projects have won national awards for innovation in justice and in education, as well as national media attention. Since then - with the support of communities, as well as UNESCO, the Special Secretariat for Human Rights and State Secretaries for Education - Restorative Circles have spread in several states and been credited as an active contribution in the lowering rates of urban violence in Brazil.

Dominic, and those learning with him, have brought the work to over 20 countries in the last 4 years, in Africa, Europe, North and South America and Asia. In 2008 Dominic was a keynote speaker at the 11th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices. In 2010 the UK's foremost social innovation think-tank, NESTA, featured RC in their Radical Efficiency report. Dominic coordinates the Restorative Justice Project for the international Center for Nonviolent Communication.

For more information about Restorative Circles:


Co-creating the Financial Resources for these Events and Our Work:

We offer this event as a strategy for supporting the creation and ongoing availability of compassionate responses to conflict. As such, we are committed to making Restorative Circles as broadly available as we can. Thus there is no specific fee required in exchange for participation; we invite those who attend to do so in the spirit of collaborating to create and support these systemic responses.  

These events, and our ongoing work with RC and the projects we support, involve resources that are raised exclusively by the communities served. This has been an immensely empowering way to approach money and care for the work. We'd like to extend this invitation to you. For those who wish to help cover the costs of the event, and amply fund the reach of RC to all those requesting it, we will share information on the financial costs used in developing this event, RC itself and the projects our team of four support in several countries. This will be available during the event.

We understand that this way of doing things can introduce complexities that some organizations are not set up to respond to at this time. Employers and organizations preferring to work with a set amount should contact to make arrangements.



Hotels / Motels

  • There are 3 locations with about 50 rooms reserved at different prices (below) 
  • All reservations should be under "Restorative Circles"
  • Rooms will be held until September 21
  • Because there is a home football game in town on the 15th (Saturday), prices are higher Friday/Saturday night in most hotels AND availability is limited

Candlewood Suites (1917 Moreland Blvd, Champaign; 217-398-1000)
  • 4-5 miles from venue, depending on route (we would get van or taxi if multiple people stayed here; bus takes a while and multiple transfers).
  • 20 rooms with ONE queen bed per room reserved.
  • This includes kitchen with cooking utensils plus free laundry.
  • Folks in sleeping bags welcome.
  • Rates:
10/11, 10/12, 10/13 : $109 per night
10/14 : $149
10/15 : $179


Sleep Inn  (1908 N. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana; 217-367-6000)
  • 2 miles from venue (25 minutes by bus with one transfer)
  • 12 rooms reserved
Motel 6 (1906 N. Cunningham Avenue, Urbana; 217-344-1085)
  • 1.6 miles from venue (15-20 minutes by bus; no transfers)
  • 16 doubles (2 queen beds per room) and 5 kings (1 king bed per room) reserved.
  •  Rates same every night for either room type:
$50 for 1 person; $60 for 2 persons; $70 for 3 persons; $80 for 4 persons

Home Stays

If you are coming from out of town and would like to stay in the home of a local participant, please email with the dates you plan to be in town and your accommodation needs.

If you live locally and are willing to host someone coming from out of town, please email with the number of people you are willing to host, the dates you are willing to host them, and anything you think it would be important to know about your home.

While we can make no guarantees, we will do our best to match those requesting lodging to those offering it. If we are not able to find housing for everyone, we intend to prioritize finding it for those for whom the cost of a hotel would be a barrier to participation. If this is the case for you, please let us know in your email.


Airport, Bus and Train Information:


Champaign-Urbana is within a reasonable driving range of several airports

  • Willard International Airport, Savoy (CMI) - 15 min drive to venue and hotels
  • Bloomington, IL (BMI) - 45 min drive
  • O'hare International Airport, Chicago, IL (ORD) - 2 hour drive
  • Chicago Midway Airport
  • Indianapolis, IN (IND) - 2 hr drive (no city driving)

Airport Shuttles available to Champaign from: O'Hare airport, Midway airport and Bloomington airport:

Train and Bus

Amtrak, Greyhound and Megabus travel to Champaign and stop at "Illinois Terminal", 15 minute drive from venue and hotels.

Tickets start at $1.00 (ordering well ahead of time) and go up as you get closer to event date. 



  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)
  • ACCESS Initiative
  • Champaign County, Illinois Office of the State's Attorney, Julia Rietz
  • Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (University of Illinois)
  • Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice (CUCPJ)