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…
L'aura Joy – Founder
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.