Restorative Circles – Costa Rica

On-site in Costa Rica


The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things WITH them, rather than TO or FOR them.”

Ted Wachtel, Founder of International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)


Do you struggle with tension in your team? Would you like to improve communication with your family members, allowing for more listening and less yelling? Do you struggle with group decision-making? Restorative practices, particularly the use of restorative circles, can be helpful in all of these areas.  Circles strengthen relationships and address harm in a safe and respectful environment.  Drawing from indigenous traditions, circles have been adapted to address conflict and strengthen community relationships.

This 1-day intensive Restorative Practices workshop teaches you to facilitate circles in both work and personal contexts.  You will learn to formulate good questions and manage group dynamics.  Through dynamic small group exercises, role plays and feedback in plenary sessions, you will be trained in a solid conflict resolution technique for more collaborative, peaceful solutions.

Restorative Practices training at the University for Peace

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Understand how restorative circles work and when they can be applied;
  • Have the skills to formulate good questions for restorative practices;
  • Have the skills to facilitate simple circles at home and at your workplace;
  • Earn a certificate from the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations

The course is designed to be a practical and hands-on workshop, allowing space for sharing and peer-to-peer learning.

$475 tuition rate. A certificate is awarded upon completion by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Enroll with a colleague each will receive a 10% discount. Contact us for groups of 3 or more.

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Miguel Tello, Facilitator of Restorative Practices

The workshop is facilitated by Miguel Tello, UPeace Centre for Executive Education instructor and certified facilitator by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).  Miguel has trained hundreds of people in Central, South and North America in restorative practices and circles.  He has facilitated circles for conflicts in schools, NGOs and churches, and is an adjunct professor for the IIRP, where he teaches ‘Restorative Justice: Global perspectives.’  With a Master´s degrees in International Studies and Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, Miguel has been involved in the field of restorative practices since 2006. He lives with his wife and two sons in Costa Rica.

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