Who Are We? A small group of people passionate about human connection and committed to walking towards increased community resilience. We lead the larger Restorative Auroville project, we facilitate Circles, some of us teach, some of us run our different initiatives, and more... And we’re wanting to expand our team and our reach in the community.
Project Working Team
⤻run the larger project in all its aspects, from small to big…
2010 - Present
I was born and raised in Auroville, and life has lead me to work with nonviolence, peace and justice. I went to university to become a high school teacher and proceeded to teach for 6 years (3 in Canada, 3 in Auroville). But I somehow didn’t find this work as fulfilling as I had expected, so I quit, not knowing what was coming next. In 2007, I serendipitously ended up in a Nonviolent Communication workshop, and this was the beginning of a new passion and career.
A little while later, a friend told me about Dominic Barter’s work and that “he was bringing Nonviolent Communication to prisons.” Although I had no formal connection to the world of crime and justice, I was immediately inspired and decided to attend a Restorative Circles training with Dominic in Atlanta, USA in October 2010. What I discovered was a whole new paradigm, and an absolutely transformative perspective into conflict and community.
Given my NVC background and having grown up and lived most of my life in community, engaging with Restorative Circles felt like a natural next step – immersing myself and applying these principles into a dynamic, living system. I couldn’t have found a more meaningful way to give back to Auroville.
⤻available to the community as Circle Facilitators…
The Facilitator is a dynamic role, selected according to individual availability and willingness, and so therefore can change from Circle to Circle.
As Facilitators, we are committed to serving the emergent wisdom of the Circle, offering questions sourced from the RC process. Our intention is to hold space for dialogue, to track meaning in what people say, and to write down any shared agreements.
Co-Facilitation: We encourage partnership and learning among Facilitators and usually suggest that more than one Facilitator be present for each Circle. This also allows for new Facilitators to be partnered with more experienced Facilitators, and for ongoing opportunities for collaboration and accountability.
Apprentices & Volunteers
⤻community members who are journeying with us and integrating the RC process and principles…
Celia De Mengin Poirier
2018 - Present
I grew up in France in a family where conflict, trust and love co-existed. After a conflict between 2 members (or more), we would usually sit together with another member who will act as a mediator. Our technique was far from perfect but it enable us to look at our wounds, express them to the others and be heard. It was a very nice experience for myself and i also learnt to offer it for others. I always had an attraction for conflict resolution and deep communication. I even discovered later that I am "the Mediator" in the MBTI personality types.
When I arrived in Auroville I first heard about Nonviolent Communicaton and I fell in love with it and amazed by the person teaching it (L'aura), this is what I needed! I learnt how to listen deeply to another person, and how to create connection. Through this NVC practice I heard about Restorative Circle, which is for me the implementation of NVC in a community. I like that it gives clear guidelines about the process. I'm still very new to all this but I'm already super trustful in its magic and I'm excited to learn its facilitation.
⤻community members who have contributed to our project, and to whom we are immensely grateful…
Co-Founder & Past Core Team Member
2010 - 2018
I was one of the core group of people who started learning about Restorative Circles in 2010 when L'aura returned from a training with Dominic Barter, the man who created this work. I felt immediately in tune with it and saw its great potential for Auroville.
I value that the structure of Restorative Circles includes people from all sides of a conflict in one room so that everyone has the opportunity to speak, to be heard, and to gain new understanding, often being touched by others in the circle in unexpected ways.
It reminded me of what I have read about indigenous peoples' way of dealing with conflict by sitting in a circle and sharing, human to human. Listening to each other, and reflecting what we hear the other person say can change us.
My background in psychotherapy plus family constellation facilitation contributed to my understanding of the ways that this work is systemic. It challenges our understanding of each of us as separate persons and it challenges the institutions we have built based on separateness. If we let it, it can shift our way of being together; it can take us from separateness to wholeness.