Tuesday Peace Circles aim to build community


With Restorative Justice Week taking place in November in B.C., Salt Spring’s RJ committee has decided to put the spotlight on the concept with a weekly series beginning Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Peace Circles in the Library will feature four different guest facilitators who will share some form of peace practice during free 12 to 1 p.m. sessions.

Salt Spring Zen Circle leader Peter Levitt is up first on Nov. 6, followed by Barb Slater and Kevin Wilkie of Ubuntu Sacred Song Circle fame on Nov. 13. Heather Martin, the resident teacher for the Salt Spring Insight Meditation Community, leads the Nov. 20 event, and Aaron Kipnis takes the Nov. 27 session. Kipnis is the author of four acclaimed books, an international speaker and film-maker, whose work addresses RJ themes.

Speaking about the origin of the Peace Circles in the Library idea, committee member Philippa Tattersall said, “We thought it would be a really nice extension to providing information about Restorative Justice, but also something people can participate in so they get a variety of opportunities and can experience a different aspect of peace with the five people we have arranged.”

Tattersall said the initial idea arose from asking, “What brings us peace and what brings peace to the community we live in?”

“We hope to plant seeds of possibility and positivity for change,” she said.

For more information about RJ on Salt Spring, visit www.rjssi.org.

For more on this story, see the October 31, 2018 issue of the Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper, or subscribe online.

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