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Beyond Technique: A Mindfulness-based Approach
to Restorative Justice Dialogue

As of April 6 we have reached a capacity number of 25 for this workshop, and we are not able to add more participants. We do, however, plan to schedule this same workshop next September or October, so please send an email of interest for that to rjp@umn.edu

Friday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $100
Stub Hall, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
With Dr. Mark Umbreit

See below for organization discount.

Note to attenders: Come at 8:30 AM for morning snacks and time to settle in. Free parking at Stub Hall lot. One hour lunch time -- you are on your own, but can remain on site with food you bring. Colossal Cafe is easy walking distance (St. Anthony Park).

Workshop Details

The heart of the restorative justice movement, particularly as expressed in victim offender dialogue, community conferencing, and circles, is anchored in human relationship, respect, humility, and authentic communication. As the movement has grown over the past decades many believe far too much emphasis has been on the techniques of doing dialogue. While techniques of facilitation are important to learn they can also become a significant obstacle to true dialogue among the parties if practiced too rigidly. A mindfulness-based approach to restorative justice dialogue is grounded in open-hearted, moment-by-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is a way of being rather than doing and has very significant implications for the practice of victim offender dialogue. Deep compassionate listening is a mindfulness-based practice grounded in our heart, not our head. It goes far beyond the more common active listening that by definition keeps us in the head. By working with breath and silence, taming our ego, deep listening is a gift of awakening for both the practitioner and the recipient. This experiential workshop will provide opportunities to learn and practice centering through breath work, deep compassionate listening, and cultivating the power of presence through mindfulness. Mindfulness, deep listening, and stories are the spiritual (not religious) core of peace building within and among others.

Photo of Mark Umbreit

About Mark Umbreit

Dr. Umbreit is a professor and founding firector of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking which was established in 1994. He is an internationally recognized practitioner and scholar with more than 40 years of experience as a facilitator, mediator, peacemaker, trainer, teacher, researcher, and author of ten books and more than 200 other publications in the fields of restorative justice, mediation, spirituality, forgiveness, and peacemaking. Mark has conducted training seminars and lectures throughout the world, in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Mideast, and North/South America.

Mark introduced, practiced and has taught a mindfulness-based approach to mediation and dialogue since the early 90s. He applied this approach to some of the first victim offender dialogues in homicide cases in a number of states and developed the first such training in 1995. As a practitioner, Mark has facilitated numerous victim offender dialogues between family survivors of homicide and the offender. More about Umbreit.

LodgingStub Hall

On-site lodging at Stub Hall, Luther Seminary, is available for $30 to $60 per night, relative to the number of shared occupants. Single rooms are available at the higher price. More information about Stub Hall Guest Housing.

Registration Information

Register here

25% discount available for multiple registrations from one organization.

If you have any questions, pleaseemail or call Ted Lewis at 612-624-4923. If you have a financial hardship, please contact us for discount arrangements.

If you can only pay by check, please email Ted Lewis (with your phone listed), and he will contact you and provide instructions. Once approved, checks can be made out to "University of Minnesota" with "CRJP April 2017 Training" in the note line. Checks can be mailed to:

Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking
Attn: April 2017 Training
School of Social Work, University of Minnesota
1404 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul MN 55108