Circles-MN - Circle Peacemaking process

About Circle peacemaking process and related links

There is/was an announcement mailing list about the circle process in Minnesota.
CIRCLES-MN-LV  -- the ANNOUNCEMENT LIST  It has been inactive for some time.

Read about events already announced at Circles-MN-LV archives 

The Circles-MN-LV list is a low volume ("lv") list to which announcements
about the peacemaking circle process and related events, workshops etc
will be posted up to 1 to 4 times per month.  Most but not all events are
in Minnesota.  Anyone interested in the circle process is welcome to

To subscribe send a blank e-mail from your account to

or to subscribe via the web (which requires free registration not required
by email command subscribe above ) by using the the "Join This Group" link
(in the upper right corner) at CIRCLES-MN-LV 

CIRCLES-MN background and related links

The Basics of Circles
Community Problem Solving Circles
Mpls Star-Tribune Article about Circle of justice 
Restorative Circles at Wiki
Fred's Circle Training Report
Sharing Circles (Cohousing)
Justice as Healing

An article and some books related to the circle process:

"Sharing Circles Build Strong Bonds" by Rob Sandelin in Cohousing
   Magazine, Vol. 6 #4, Winter 1994, page 10

_The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking_
Kay Pranis paperback | 80 pages US $4.95
See Titlepage

_Calling the Circle_, book by Christina Baldwin.

_Women Circling the Earth_, book by Beverly Engel
A Guide to Fostering Community, Healing and Empowerment

_Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community_
by Minnesota's own Kay Pranis and Barry Stuart, and Mark Wedge
Living Justice Press

This book presents the fundamental philosophy and practice
of peacemaking Circles and then explains how Circles can be used to
respond to crime. Based on indigenous teachings combined with research
in conflict resolution, the Circle process described here builds an
intentionally safe space where we can bring our best selves to some of
our most difficult conversations.

Though the book relates the process to criminal justice uses, the
explanation of how Circles work can be readily applied to hurts and
conflicts in other areas of life. Above all, the book offers a grounded
vision for how we can be together "in a good way"əespecially when
it seems hardest to do.

"This is the circle book for which restorative justice and other
practitioners have been waiting. Accessible and practical, yet solidly
grounded in principle, Peacemaking Circles explains how and why circles
work in terms that we all can understand and put into practice."É™

Howard Zehr, author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice and Changing

The authors Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, and Mark Wedge bring significant
experiences with law, mediation, community building, and criminal
justice. For nearly a decade, Kay was the restorative justice planner
for the Minnesota Department of Corrections and has worked with
communities in many capacities. Barry has spent much of his career as a
Yukon judge, while also doing cutting-edge work in multiparty dispute
resolution across Canada. Born into the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in
Yukon and raised with Circles, Mark has served as a mediator and Circle
keeper in the justice system within his community and in other
communities in Canada, the United States, and internationally.

MN Circle web page and mailing lists maintained by
Fred H. Olson fholson at