Mike Walsh, Ph.D
Experience with Peacemaking Circles, Restorative Conferencing, Support Circles, and Reentry Circles.
Have done Circles with BIHA (Minneapolis), Frogtown Community Circles, Seward Neighborhood Group, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, business development, and other community-based efforts and programs in Idaho.
Areas of Interest and Service
Peacemaking Circle training, community Circles, juvenile justice, school-based efforts, business consultation and development
Mike received extensive training in Restorative Justice from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and loving Circle mentors Gwen Jones, Alice Lynch and Kay Pranis. Mike has much experience participating and facilitating Circles and Restorative Conferences. In 2008, Mike participated in a 10-day Peacemaking Circle Training hosted by First Nation Tlingit elders (Phil and Harold Gatensby) in the Yukon Territory of North Canada. Mike is currently employed with the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where he has developed a culture of Circle with his staff. Peacemaking Circles are also the foundation for many of the programs that have been developed for students of the Commission who are blind or visually impaired.
Mike lives in Boise Idaho with his wife Tracy and loving kids Zeus (black lab) and Lucy and Ethel (cats). Mike is also a beekeeper, and attributes much of his on-going peacemaking training to the bees.