Living Justice Press

Books, Video, and Web Resources



Several books, most published by Living Justice Press, describe the philosophy and practice of peacemaking Circles as well as some of their uses. We suggest that anyone interested in Circles read some of the literature on the process. That way, you can determine for yourself whether the process might be useful for you and, as importantly, whether the approach of a particular trainer or keeper resonates with your best understanding of what Circles are all about.


The following LJP books are a good place to start:


Peacemaking Circles: From Conflict to Community by Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, and Mark Wedge (Living Justice Press, 2003).


Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community, by Carolyn Boyes-Watson & Kay Pranis (Living Justice Press, 2014).


The Heart of Hope Resource Guide: Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing, and Build Healthy Relationships by Carolyn Boyes-Watson & Kay Pranis.


 Peacemaking Circles and Urban Youth: Bringing Justice Home by Carolyn Boyes-Watson (Living Justice Press, 2008).


Building A Home for the Heart: Using Metaphors in Value-Centered Circles by Patricia Thalhuber, B.V.M., and Susan Thompson (Living Justice Press, 2007).


Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning by Jennifer Ball, Wayne Caldwell, and Kay Pranis (Living Justice Press, 2009).


We also suggest several other books on the peacemaking Circle process. Some of these books can also be ordered through LJP (See “Books from Other Publishers”)


Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice by Rupert Ross (Penguin Canada, 1996), also available from Living Justice Press.


The Little Book of Circle Processes by Kay Pranis (Good Books, 2005).


Calling the Circle by Christina Baldwin (Bantam, 1994, 1998). To order online this book and other books by Christina Baldwin, go to:


Books from CenterPoint, including Corporate Circles:  Transforming Conflict and Building Trusting Teams; One Circle: Tapping the Power of Those Who Know You Best; and Circle Meetings: Using the Circle Process to Make Every Meeting More Effective.



The National Film Board of Canada produced two DVDs on Circles. These can be ordered online or by calling 1 (800) 542-2164.


Circles, ID No. 153C9197120

Hollow Water, ID No. 153C9100013


Heartspeak Productions produces DVDs on Restorative Practices and Healing Justice. The following DVDs can be ordered on the Heartspeak Productions Web site:


In Search of Healing Justice (2009)


A Healing River (2004)


You Tube

“The Circle,”, a video made by Paulette Moore of paulettefilms.


Trailer- "A HealingRiver This is a clip of the full DVD by Heartspeak Productions.


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