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Saturday May 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Friends Meeting of Washington 
2111 Florida Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20008-19

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Mali Parke
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Mikhail Lyubansky (general questions)

Barbra Esher (homestay requests)


Psychologists for Social Responsibility

Building Cultures of Peace with Social Justice

Restorative Justice on the Rise
A Program of The Peace Alliance

An International Dialogue On Restorative Justice and Practices

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Supporting Peace and Nonviolence through Nonviolent Communication

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC

Making Enlightened Society Possible

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Peace X Peace

Raise Women's Voices, Build Cultures of Peace

Little Friends for Peace

Pax Christi Metro DC Baltimore
Working For Peace With Justice 

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Walking Toward Community - A Restorative Approach, with Dominic Barter 

Engaging creatively with social systems - in our families, neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces and groups - is becoming an increasingly important part of many people's lives. The ways we've been living are under immense pressure. New forms of partnership offer the potential for increasing meaning in community life while recovering our shared power.

This day long gathering is an invitation to rethink areas of your life that seek greater alignment with your deepest values. 

We will use the experience of new community-created and owned social technologies - such as Restorative Circles - to begin redesigning how we live with others, and how we understand core influences in our lives such as justice, love, learning, truth and belonging. 


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More About this work, 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 Programme. 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 international media attention. More recently they have spread to over 23 countries, in Africa, Europe, North and South America and Asia and been recognised by the UK's foremost social innovation think-tank, NESTA, for their 'radical efficiency'. 

The same principles have been found to support new processes in related areas, including the community financing model used to sustain this event.

Dominic lives in Rio de Janeiro with his daughter. He travels widely, supporting projects in creative nonviolence and community self-determination. He also serves on the board of the international Center for Nonviolent Communication.

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 and new forms of partnership. It is a gift, and there is no specific fee required in exchange for participation.

There are costs involved in traveling from Brazil, continuing projects there and worldwide and organising this event. All of these are community sustained. For those interested in contributing financially to the event and the work, costs will be shared during the day and a process offered for making and distributing donations. 

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.



The event will be held at the Quaker Meeting House of Washington, DC, 2111 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20008.

Take the Red Line Metro, station Dupont Circle, north exit.

The Meeting House is 2 blocks up north on Connecticut near the intersection of Florida Avenue, Connecticut and 21st Street, NW.

Street parking.

 Lunch and Snacks

At this point, we are welcoming donations of lunch food, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. It is our hope to at least have snacks offered during breaks.

Multiple lunch options are available (within walking distance) in the neighborhood if we are unable to provide lunch free of charge.


The venue is conveniently located downtown DC with ample lodging options.

We are happy to help coordinate homestays for out-of-town travelers.  We welcome both offers of homestays and requests, although we can not guarantee a place for everyone, we will gladly put you in touch. Email Barbra Esher at for all home stays inquiries.

Post-Event Local Restorative Justice Network Potluck

Following the training with Dominic Barter, participants interested in learning more about or joining local efforts to strengthen restorative practices in the District are invited to join members of the new DC restorative justice network for an opt-in potluck gathering at the Friends Meeting House 6:30-7:30pm to find out more about the network, as well as local developments and opportunities to get involved.  

If you bring food to share, note that it can be stored (checking on refrigeration and will update post soon) throughout the day in the kitchen of the meeting house.  Cleaning up support is welcome 7:30-8pm.

We are also checking options at this point for childcare and want to hear needs so far. 

For all these above points, contact Tarek at maassive(at)gmail(dot)com or 202-374-0369