Promoting Heart-to-Heart Dialogue in All Restorative Practices


After 25 years, CRJP Forms Partnership with New UMD Duluth Site

duluth bridgeAs a way to strengthen its base of operations and expand its scope of work, the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking has recently established a second site at UMD in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Site director Emily Gaarder, with her background as a restorative justice practitioner, professor and researcher, brings new energy and vision to our center. We are all looking forward to working together!

Upcoming Trainings to Deepen Restorative Justice Facilitation Work

Mark Umbreit is repeating the "Beyond Technique" workshop in September 2018. This day-long offering is geared for people who have already been doing facilitation work in the fields of restorative justice and conflict resolution. More information. Ted Lewis is also available to customize a Victim Offender Conferencing training of any length for your organization. More about Ted. 

"Peacemaker" Article Features the Heart  of Mark Umbreit's Work

On a hot summer Saturday, seven U of M students sit in a circle in the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing’s sunlit meditation room. They close their eyes as Professor Mark Umbreit leads them in breathing exercises. Read more about Umbreit's work.

New Videos on Restorative Justice

Four new videos on restorative justice by Mark Umbreit are ideal for using in group trainings as well as for general presentations. A video by Ted Lewis covers a case narrative for a victim offender mediation. All videos are 10 to 20 minutes long.  See all the new videos.

Complementing Mark's video on A Humanistic Approach to Mediation and Dialogue is an overview article on the same topic. What does it really mean to 'humanize' a resolution process for conflicts or crimes?PDF icon  Read "What Is A Humanistic Approach to Mediation?"

Center Resources Focus on Energy Dynamics in Conflict and Dialogue 

The Energy of Forgiveness: Lessons from Those in Restorative Dialogue Book Cover The Energy of Forgiveness: Lessons from Those in Restorative Dialogue (by Mark Umbreit, Jennifer Blevins, and Ted Lewis)

 This book features 12 powerful case stories of healing and reconciliation and is available for purchase through the center. More information about this book and others with discount prices.

Mark Umbreit's book, Dancing With the Energy of Conflict and Trauma: Letting Go, Finding Peace in Families, Communities & Nations shows how people have learned to "be" with the energy of conflict and trauma in ways that help them find deeper peace. PDF icon More information and how to purchase (PDF).

Silhouettes of people holding hands in a chain Being With the Energy of Forgiveness: Lessons from Former Enemies in Restorative Dialogue is a 30 minute film that features victims who found supports for moving forward in life. PDF icon See flyer for details. View the film on YouTube.

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To contact us at the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, call 612-624-4923 or email