Circles are a versatile restorative practice that can be used proactively, to develop relationships and build community or reactively, to respond to wrongdoing, conflicts and problems. Circles give people an opportunity to speak and listen to one another in an atmosphere of safety, respect and equality.
The circle has a wide variety of purposes: conflict resolution, healing, support, decision making, information exchange and relationship development.
Connection circles are a subset of the larger system of Restorative practices These practices adhere to a basic set of principles and values as expressed in the 5 R’s: Relationship, respect, responsibility, repair, and reintegration. Connection circles are a relationship building process used to promote understanding, share experiences, build relationships, and establish a circle practice.