Circle Skills for Hosting Difficult Conversations

Thursdays 3 Oct, 7 Nov and 5 Dec 2024 and 31 Jan to 2 Feb 2025

This course involves three online sessions in 2024 and a residential weekend in 2025.

The Briery, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Circle Skills for Hosting Difficult Conversations

Do you wish you had a loving, transformative tool for approaching the change, disagreement and loss in your Quaker community? Restorative circles are a method for enabling dialogue and healing.

This course aims to enhance participants’ skills, confidence and illustrative stories to use restorative circles within their communities to have difficult conversations.

In the process we will be taking small steps toward co-creating a Quaker version of circles (drawing from threshing meetings; meeting for clearing etc).

What models of restorative practice are there? What are the stages in a restorative circle? What questions can we use? How can we keep our restorative practice embedded in our faith?

Using an experiential, participatory process, Leon Dundas (expert in restorative processes) and Tanya Hubbard (dialogue facilitator) will co-lead this learning journey.

This course is for complete beginners in restorative circles or people already well on the way who want to deepen their knowledge, practise together and strengthen connection with other Quakers seeking to use restorative circles in their community.

The live Zoom sessions are at 18:30-20:30 (UK time) on Thursdays 3 October, 7 November and 5 December 2025.

The residential weekend, beginning with the evening meal on Friday 31 January and ending with lunch on Sunday 2 February 2025, will take place at The Briery in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

Participants are required to participate in both the online element and the residential weekend.

This course will involve:

DiscussionOnline discussion forumOnline Learning MaterialsWorkshopWritten and visualZoom Session

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course.

Please be clear about your requirements when booking so that we can ensure you are allocated an appropriate room.

Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.

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