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Restorative Justice Principles I training at The Conflict Center

Do you want a new skill for the workplace?
Do you want to build a peaceful community?
Do you want to learn how to build a community where discipline is handled in a restorative way?
Do you wish you could find peaceful approaches to conflict resolution?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, the Restorative Justice Principles I workshop may be for you!
There are several different ways we can approach a conflict.  Restorative Justice is a value-based approach that includes communication, reparation, reintegration, healing, responsibility, and — most of all — respect.  The process gives participants a voice and the opportunity for reparation and healing, along with the opportunity to ask questions  in a guided and safe environment.  It also provides the possibility for taking responsibility for personal actions and allows all parties to take part in repairing harm and building relationships.

During this workshop participants will be able to:
 Explore Restorative Justice and restorative discipline principles
 Understand the differences between punishment and discipline
 Learn how to establish a culture of accountability among youth and adults
 Gain insight into power struggles and authority
 Learn how to facilitate Restorative Justice circles and practice in a safe environment
 Establish your own network of individuals within the Restorative Justice community

Please join us!

WHEN:  May 16th, 2014
WHERE:  The Conflict Center 4140 Tejon St. Denver, CO  80211
TIME:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm (1 hr. lunch)
COST:  $120  (Before May 6th, $99)
CEU CREDIT AVAILABLE
REGISTRATION:  303-433-4983

The Conflict Center is also recruiting Restorative Justice facilitators for a special project.
If you are interested in this new volunteer opportunity, please contact Theo Vargas at theo.vargas@conflictcenter.org or 303-865-5635

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Peace Garden Makeover is underway!

The Conflict Center’s Peace Garden is getting a makeover!  Work is under way to transform the Peace Garden into a beautiful and functional space to be enjoyed by all.  The first phase of the project, removal of existing plants and features, took place on Saturday March 22.  Over a dozen intrepid volunteers braved the temperamental March weather, and in just a couple of hours they created a blank canvas that will be transformed over the next couple of months into our new garden.  Visit our Facebook page to see photos and follow this project to its completion.

Special thanks go out to Tess Scanlon-Phillips, of Gardening by Tess, who has volunteered her time and expertise to create a new design and guide our work through the project, and to Shawn Ryan of Environmental Designs for providing heavy equipment and labor for the demolition, and for donating mulch and compost!

The next work day is scheduled for Saturday May 17, and on that day we will begin installing plants in their new homes!  Additional work days will be scheduled to place more plants, flagstones, outdoor furniture, and mulch.  In the future there will be opportunities for donors to purchase personalized stepping stones for the garden.  More information will follow as the details are finalized.  If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Theo Vargas, Volunteer Coordinator at 303-865-5635 or theo.vargas@conflictcenter.org.

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Peace Garden Makeover begins Saturday March 22

Volunteer Gardeners Needed

The Conflict Center would like to invite you to part of our upcoming Peace Garden Makeover.  Our first day for the project is scheduled as follows:

Date:   Saturday, March 22nd

Time:   9am to noon.  Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Place:  The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street (the Peace Garden is in the back of the building)

We will be doing a major garden clean-up and clean-out that day, removing many of the older shrubs and plants so that we can make room for a built-in watering system, a new tree, shrubs, plants, stepping stones and seating areas in order to create a more interactive community space.   We will need folks who are ready to do some hard work for peace, cutting back overgrown plantings, digging out old shrubs and hauling refuse to the dumpster.  Wear old jeans, bring your gardening gloves, and come join the fun.

Additional work days will be scheduled in April and May to install the new plantings, outdoor furniture and mulch.  We will also be adding a beautiful new piece of artwork from the 23rd Avenue Sculpture Studio at a later date.  Opportunities will be available for donors to purchase personalized stepping stones for the garden.  More information will follow as the details are worked out.

Special thanks to Tess Scanlon-Phillips, of Gardening by Tess, who has volunteered her time and expertise to create a new design and guide our work through the project.  If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Theo Vargas, TCC Volunteer Coordinator at 303-865-5635 or theo.vargas@conflictcenter.org .

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