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AVP Virtual Special Topic Workshop: Restorative Justice Practices, March 2021

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


AVP Special Topic Workshop: Restorative Justice Practices, March 2021 scheduled for 3 Saturdays in March 3/6, 3/13 and 3/20.

Restorative Justice Practices are trending in the U.S. and many parts of the world, and they intersect with Alternatives to Violence Project values and practices in many ways.

A central part of the workshop will involve answering and asking questions of each other during structured exercises. This practice of asking and answering restorative-oriented questions is central in Restorative Justice conferencing and Compassionate Witnessing. During some of the exercises, we will be practicing mindful, empathic listening and authentic sharing – while engaging in dialogue in a structured manner that benefits all involved. AVP workshop structure and exercises are well-suited for this restorative practice.

Some of exercises used in this workshop are similar to the Empathy Exercise, the Reflection Exercise, the Who Am I? Exercise, the brainstorm exercises, and role play exercises frequently used in AVP Basic and Second Level workshops. AVP workshops are composed of “restorative” practices and exercises even though the term “restorative” isn’t typically used. AVP exercises and activities, like restorative practices, have been derived or adapted from many sources, including spiritual traditions and humanistic psychology.  An exercise based on Restorative Justice Conferencing will be used.

This has been scheduled for 3 consecutive Saturdays

3/06/2021; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
3/13/2021; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
3/20/2021; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please email the organizer directly at: if you wish to register for this workshop.

There is no cost to attend this workshop but donations to AVP/CA are always welcome :


March 6
10:00 am - 2:00 pm




Mark Thomas