Special Topics Conversations

Tuesday, October 24 – 5:30-7:00 PM

Three IIRP faculty and an IIRP student will facilitate structured conversations exploring special topics related to restorative practices. All conference attendees, current and prospective IIRP students, IIRP alumni and others are invited to participate in this free event. Light refreshments will be served.

The conversations will be held on the 3rd floor of the Hotel Bethlehem, in the Brandywine, Monocacy, Northampton and Moravian rooms.

Being Compassionate Witnesses
Facilitator: Frida Rundell, Associate Professor

“We all place ourselves in danger to one degree or another when we stand up, but we place our children and grandchildren in even greater danger when we don’t.”
– StandUp Luton, Issue 1

I would like to invite those who wish to explore new and innovative ways to stand up for those who have not gained their voice. To explore “being compassionate witnesses” in our homes, work and our nation. How do we connect with ourselves and others where generational harm and trauma exist? Does storytelling enable awareness and provide empowerment to future generations? Is it able to stop the violence and bullying children and youth are exposed to? This indaba is for our children’s future.

Stepping Closer to the Unknown: Our Role in Reducing Value-Based Conflicts
Facilitator: Borbála Fellegi, Lecturer

Political division, the non-understanding of the “other side,” disappointment in our political system and representatives, and global challenges can influence not only our professional, but also our private daily life. As restorative practitioners, what are the impacts of these current political tendencies on us as human beings? What are our individual strategies that help us live by restorative principles? What can help us and our fragmented communities to be able to share our voices and listen to others’, even if such discussions might be quite difficult? I invite everyone interested in these questions to an inclusive and honest circle discussion about ourselves, our daily dilemmas, and coping mechanisms. 

Co-Designing a Restorative Retreat
Facilitator: Paul Malecki, ’16 (Grad. Cert.)

What would compel you to attend a restorative retreat? You are invited to help create a high-value, two-day retreat to re-inspire, re-align, re-define and re-commit to your restorative practitioning. Bring your curiosity and creativity to help design a retreat that you would not miss! Keywords could include: Reflection; Self-Care; Hopes/Fears/Expectations. Suggest your own topics for deep-diving.

Mindfulness and Restorative Practices
Facilitator: Beth Smull, Lecturer

Developing a mindfulness practice helps individuals become self-aware and present in all things, including their emotions, bodies, experiences and how they connect with others. Being present in relationships can have an impact on how individuals implement restorative practices in their personal and professional lives. Please join me, alumni and students for an evening of mindful practice and a circle discussion about how to be more present in our work with restorative practices and empower others to do the same.