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Promoting Heart-Felt Restorative Dialogue

Since 1994

We have moved our base of operations to the University of Minnesota Duluth, under the directorship of Dr. Emily Gaarder. We offer research, consultation, and training for restorative practitioners and programs worldwide. Contact us at or 218.726.7094.


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Introductory Workshop on Peacebuilding Dialogue

On Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st, the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking will offer an introductory workshop on restorative dialogue at the Hope Methodist Church, 301 W Saint Marie Street, Duluth, MN. Cost is $100 regular; $50 student/unemployed. For details see our workshop flyer.

The workshop includes a full introduction to the principles and practices of restorative justice, along with an overview of a facilitator's role, presence, and skill-set. Participants will experience both circle and conference dialogue models for situations of deep harm, and learn how these models can also be adapted to family and workplace settings. When healing and accountability weave together, people can speak and listen from the heart, be heard by others, and find a way to move forward in life.


For more information contact Andrea Sande ( or 218-726-7953)

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Mark Umbreit Ranked Among 50 Most Notable Social Workers in U.S. History

Dr. Mark Umbreit, founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota, has been ranked among the 50 most notable social workers in U.S. history. This was announced by the International Association of Schools of Social Work. Mark was also ranked among the 50 most influential contemporary social work faculty in the U.S. by the Journal of Social Service Research, based on the depth and range (throughout U.S. and 29 countries) of his practice, teaching, research in the field of restorative justice, and his publication of 11 books and more than 200 other publications, including many training videos and films.

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Center Services Partner with Brasilia Program

In July 2019, Mark Umbreit spent a week in Brasilia, Brazil, to advance the growth of restorative dialogue. For the past four years our center has maintained skype-communications with Judge Catarina Corrêa of the 2ª Vara Criminal e 2º Juizado Especial Criminal de Planaltina/DF in Brasilia. Dr. Umbreit presented to a wide group of judges, prosecutors, and other court workers to seed the expansion of victim offender conferencing which Corrêa has coordinated for the past 10 years. For resources in Portuguese, view these resources.

Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking
University of Minnesota Duluth
1123 University Drive, 228 Cina Hall
Duluth, MN 55812