I live by two maxims: We move in all the light we have and It is only in an uncondemned state that any of us can change—and I am an ardent advocate for tenderness.
Drawing on my experience teaching at the college level since 1985, I am particularly interested in restorative pedagogy and practice in educational contexts. I provide immersive learning experiences for school staff (K-12 and college/university) interested in developing and deepening relationally-based, trauma-informed, healing-centered learning communities that value connection and belonging.
Similarly, I draw on ten years as a congregational minister to work with congregations across faith traditions to integrate restorative practices into congregational life. I facilitate visioning circles, conflict transformation circles, and offer restorative processes in cases of misunderstanding and harm among and between congregants, clergy, and staff.
In my local region, I work closely with two colleagues creating and facilitating restorative processes in response to harm, as well as pro-active initiatives designed to familiarize community members with restorative ways of being.
I serve as a restorative practitioner working with a domestic violence agency in Ontario, developing in-shelter and community-based practices to foster tenderness, empathy, accountabilty, and healing across the spectrum of harm.
I had the good fortune of formal training in circle-keeping with Kay Pranis and Elizabeth Clemants, and a lifetime of informal restorative practice preparation that includes serving as a jail chaplain, leading arts and humanitites programs and co-facilitating AVP in prisons, thirty-years in a twelve-step program, professional training in organizational behavior and study about grief and trauma, along the learning, healing, and repair work around my own mistakes and missteps.
You can find links to my videos on the importance of tenderness and restorative teaching here: https://leafseligman.com/restorative-circle-services/