Advanced Circles and Community Building

Starts: February 4, 2020 9:00 am | Ends: February 5, 2020 12:00 pm

This training is designed to help you build skills for facilitating community building circles and beyond. How do you prepare for a circle or restorative conversation? How do you know if a restorative dialogue is appropriate?

We will focus on circles of support and the preparation for restorative circles/dialogues. This training will lay the foundation for learning to facilitate circles/dialogues when conflict has occurred. We will address how our identity and culture inform relationships and thus the dialogue process. We will also discuss how to ensure oppression is not perpetuated in the restorative process.

Training for facilitating restorative dialogues for complex and escalated cases is often 40 hours; this is an introduction to the framework and skill sets needed to facilitate such cases. Participants are encouraged to have some experience facilitating community building circles and/or training in basic circle facilitation.

Registration Details:

The fee for this workshop is $360. We ask each person to pay what you are able. Space is limited. Register here.

  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Restorative Justice or other RJ training with RNW
  • Trainers: Natalia Mathews & Maria Scanelli
  • Date and time: Feb 4 from 9:00am – 4:00pm (lunch on your own) & Feb 5 from 9:00am -12:00pm. Please note the different end time on day 2.
  • Location: Resolutions Northwest, 2538 NE Broadway, Suite A, Portland, OR 97232 – accessibility, transit, and other info here

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Event Organizers

Natalia MathewsNatalia was born and raised in Northeast Portland and has always had a heart for inner-city youth in this community. Her past work experience includes: mentoring at-risk youth, school support staff member, restorative justice specialist, and her current position is Co-director of restorative justice. Natalia received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development in 2014, a Master’s in Management and Organizational Leadership in 2016  , and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Concordia University. She loves to spend time with her family. When she’s not working or doing homework, you can catch her having a picnic, or enjoying quiet time. Natalia has committed herself to equity work, and minimizing disproportionate data.  She believes in order to achieve this goal, restorative practices are the key.

Maria ScanelliMaria’s passion for ending cycles of harm began as a young child. She saw how individuals, families, communities and systems repeat unlearned and unhealed lessons, which leads to cycles of harm. Life led her to Restorative Justice (RJ) and the philosophy has become a way of life more than a job. Maria has been a volunteer for the Dept. of Corrections and the Oregon Youth Authority since 2008 as a Restorative Justice Group Facilitator and as a Dialogue Facilitator for serious and violent harms. She completed her MS in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University in 2008 and joined Resolutions Northwest in 2011. She has taught college and high school classes in RJ and has been a trainer, dialogue and circle facilitator for youth, families, adults and organizations for over 12 years. She most appreciates the constant learning, unlearning and relationship building that is essential to dismantling the sticky webs of oppression. “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” Howard Zinn


February 4, 2020 9:00 am

February 5, 2020 12:00 pm

$240 (pay as you're able)

Lead Organizer

Natalia Mathews


Advanced Circles and Community Building
2538 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, USA

Natalia Mathews

February 4, 2020 9:00 am

February 5, 2020 12:00 pm