Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice bannerGroup dynamics can be a challenge for any community, and healthy community often feels like an unattainable goal. How do we maintain healthy community within our Pagan covens, groups and groves when conflict is such a normal part of human engagement?

Conflict continues to be a challenge within the Modern Pagan community, contributing to disputes and dynamics that aid in the dissolution of many groups and organizations. The idea of sustainability has to include tools and methods of engage with conflict and dissension that supports healthy restoration of relationships and growth. In addition, the idea of healthy community dynamic has to include an understanding of community building and restoring disruptions when shifts happen.

This six week online seminar will introduce some of the concepts of restorative practice that are being used in community building and conflict models in many different groups, schools, agencies and organizations today. Restorative Justice has become one of the best practices for resolving the ups and downs of community in ways that are reparative, solution focused and strength based.

We will explore some of the best practices and applications of restorative practices, provide context to community based conflict models and provides some practical tools that can be used to implement RJ like practices within your own communities. Together we will examine restorative justice concepts and the flow of energy that happens in these types of circles, we will learn about the various elements of the practice and we will do some hands on RJ style work in our live sessions. Join us for an opportunity to add community and strength based tools that support healthy communities and cultivate a foundation of restoration.

Crystal Blanton is a High Priestess, clinical counselor/social worker, graduate student in a Social Work program at a California State University and author of Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World: Spirituality, Ethics and Transformation and Bridging the Gap: Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society. She is the editor of three anthologies, Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism, Shades of Ritual; Minority Voices in Practice, and Bringing Race to the Table. She writes and coordinates the Patheos blog “Daughters of Eve”, is a writer for Sage Woman Magazine, and is a monthly columnist for The Wild Hunt. Crystal currently works to integrate much of her personal experience as a Black woman within the Pagan community, with her professional study of psychology, social work, social justice, restorative justice practices, group dynamics and the cultural implications of ethnicity within society.

Cost is sliding scale $90-180 with some scholarships available.
Those who pay at the top of the scale help those who need scholarships.
Class size is limited to 25 people.

We will use Moodle for weekly online homework and discussions.
We will use Zoom for three pre-scheduled video chat sessions.
With the exception of these optional chats, class is in session whenever you have time set aside to show up. As these seminars are intensives, we recommend scheduling the time on your calendar in advance.

To register, or for more information, please write to solarcrosstemple AT gmail.com .