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Fall 2009 One-Day Workshops
An Introduction to
Restorative School Practices

October 16, 2009 – University of Maine at Farmington
November 14, 2009 –
Trenton Elementary School

The Restorative School Practices Collaborative of Maine will be offering two one-day workshops this fall in Maine.  The first Introduction to Restorative School Practices Workshop will take place on Friday, October 16 at the University of Maine in Farmington, and we will repeat the workshop on Saturday, November 14 at Trenton Elementary School (near Ellsworth).

During the workshops, we will:
Provide an overview of the restorative approach and restorative practices; explore the Community Circle process and how it can be used for community building and problem solving; explore ways to practice restorative discipline within the classroom.

Each workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will receive certificates of attendance with their contact hours for the workshop.  There will be a $60 registration fee per workshop to cover snacks, lunch and materials. Payment may be made by check or purchase order to the University of Maine.

Space is limited to 30 in each workshop so register soon if you’d like to attend!  You can register in one of two ways:

1.  Complete the separate registration form and mail it with your check or purchase order for $60 to: Barb Blazej, Peace & Reconciliation Studies Program, University of Maine, 5725 East Annex, Orono, ME 04469;


2.  Complete the registration form and fax it to 581-2640, and mail your check or purchase order to the above address as soon as possible.

(Note:  For those using purchase orders for payment, please do not wait to have the check or purchase order in hand to reserve a space. Mail or fax your registration form right away to hold your space, and send the check or purchase order as soon as possible.) The deadline to register for either workshop is September 30, 2009. We will confirm your registration and send further details by email.  If we receive more than 30 registrations per workshop, we will maintain a short waiting list.

If you have any questions please email or call 581-2625.

We hope to see you at one of our workshops this fall!  And we’d appreciate it if you’d tell others who might be interested.

Thank you!  Barb Blazej (UMaine), Pam Anderson (USM), and Margaret Micolichek (RJ Project of the Midcoast)

Download the Registration Form Here

New Course for Spring 2010!!

PAX 495: Reconciliation and
Restorative Justice:
Dialogues Bridging Northern Ugandan and Maine Communities

(Also offered as PAX598 for Graduate Degree Credit)

Arthur Serota, Director of the United
Movement to End Child Soldiering

Course Description: Through readings, research, and responses, this course will address the following issues:    How has restorative justice helped to end a 20 year war, reconcile injustice and build peace in Northern Uganda? How can it work in the U.S, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Congo, Middle East and Somalia? What are the similarities and bridges between Northern Ugandan and Maine communities, including indigenous Maine communities?  How can school-based peace education build a culture of peace? Can wars be prevented? How? What is the role of strategic non violence in building a culture of peace? How do cross cultural exchanges build peace? What are the commonalities between reintegrating former child soldiers in Uganda and the needs of returning veterans in the U.S.? What are the opportunities of technology in peacebuilding? What is the role of Non-Violent Communications in building peaceful communities and preventing war? What stories demonstrate the possibilities and power of peace?

Course Goals: Building bridges between Maine and Ugandan communities centered on shared experiences, visions, and strategies to build community, regional and global peace; building meditative capacities, learning how to use non-violent communications, sharpening technology-based peace research; and exposure to readings, dialogues, speeches, and events on restorative justice and reconciliation.

Special Features: Videos and photographs of cultural traditions, peacebuilding within popular culture, audio, video and photographic sharing, innovative relationship building.

To Register contact the Continuing Education Division:

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Contact Information

Peace & Reconciliation Studies
5725 East Annex, Rm 202
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)581-2609 | Fax: (207)581-2640E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469