How to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with restorative responses

“Part of what makes a restorative practice restorative is that it prioritizes an
inclusive process which encourages engagement from all people. As
restorative practitioners, we know that this can be extremely empowering
for all involved. Furthermore, opportunities to share one’s experience and
feel heard is a fundamental starting point in response to this crisis due to
the heightened level of stress that is taxing our nervous systems and
feeding communal anxieties. Feeling heard, feeling a sense of belonging,
feeling connected – these are powerful antidotes to stress and illness! As
restorative practitioners, we have seen that creating this kind of connection
helps us move out of survival mode and into a rest-and-digest mode which
gives us fuller access to creative thinking. It also gives us greater capacity
for building trust and working in collaboration in order to mitigate further
negative impacts and prevent/repair harms to the furthest extent possible. Ames Stenson” Read full article