Circles are a foundational Restorative Practice that contributes to both relationship/community building and repairing harm when needed. There are a variety of types of circles including talking, learning, listening, support, peace, celebration, re-entry and more. Despite the variety of types of circles, they all have key components including opening/closing, use of talking piece and establishment of shared values.
A circle is neither a panacea nor a magic wand that makes social problems suddenly disappear. It’s more like a form of social technology that enables us to tap capacities for wisdom, collective support, creativity that lie dormant within us.- Carolyn Boyes-Watson