Peace Circle Keepers
Peace Circles are a versatile, informal restorative practice where a discussion group is lead by the Keeper, who defines and controls the discussion topic. The Participants are placed in a circle, and the Keeper has a series of rituals (ground rules) to recite, and then introduces the talking piece, which each participant needs to possess to speak. The Talking piece holder controls his/her portion of the process until he/she passes the talking piece to the left. The Circles teach patience, respect, safety and calm. Every participant must take possession of the talking piece for the circle to close.
This process can be used in a number of atmospheres, and used for a wide range of topics: relationship building, class instruction, substance abuse, traumatic issues.