Unitive Justice

  Lovingkindness in action. 





April 23 - 27, 2018

9 am - 5 pm daily



Friends Meeting House

4500 Kensington Ave.

Richmond, VA 23221 USA   


Registration: If interested in attending, please send an email to unitivejustice@gmail.com with your name, email address, and a short description of your interest in taking the workshop. There is no set fee for this workshop but it is not free. You will have an opportunity to contribute to the workshop costs and to those who are presenting it.



Unitive Justice is an alternative system for achieving conflict resolution and justice based on lovingkindness, not retribution or getting even. Unitive Justice is grounded on principles that emphasize:


·          Increasing community strength and self-empowerment

                 Fostering inclusivity, equality and participation

                       Encouraging synergy, unity and connectedness

                             Achieving mutually beneficial actions and outcomes

                                   Embracing values such as trust, honesty, insight and compassion


We live in a punitive culture based on proportional revenge—an eye for an eye. This has led to systems that fail to uphold the dignity of personhood. A criminal justice system where two-thirds of those incarcerated return within three years. Crime victims who are often re-victimized. Students funneled into a school-to-prison pipeline. In our daily lives, we seek revenge rather than mutual understanding.

Unitive Justice, on the other hand, follows the Golden Rule set forth in many sacred texts, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Based on the moral principle of lovingkindness, all people are truly heard and healing is the goal. It gets to the underlying brokenness, addresses root causes, and helps find mutually beneficial solutions.


Using 12 structural elements of punitive and unitive justice (the Arcs to Unitive Justice) we discover how justice may be transformed from a retributive system to a healing process. We escape our mistaken belief that punitive justice is the best we can do. This workshop teaches tools for achieving conflict resolution and justice based lovingkindness and our shared humanity.


We teach a circle facilitation process that is nonjudgmental, non-hierarchical and non-punitive. This process is designed to achieve mutual understanding, discover our shared humanity and create mutually beneficial action in which no one has to lose.

LEAD PRESENTER - Sylvia Clute 

Over the past 30 years, Sylvia created the theory reflected in the Arcs to Unitive Justice—the focus of this workshop. A trial attorney for 28 years, Sylvia now teaches unitive/restorative justice at the college level. She is author of Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution and Destiny Unveiled. She is a contributor to two recent books on the Integrative Law movement. Sylvia holds advanced degrees from U. Cal./Berkeley, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Boston Univ. School of Law. Sylvia is President of the Alliance for Unitive Justice. Please visit her website, www.SylviaClute.com, for more information.

CO-PRESENTER - Amy Brachman

Amy comes to Unitive Justice via a career in marketing, where she learned the foundations & importance of respectful communication. On her own healing journey, she is RYT-200 certified through YogaWorks and a daily practitioner of a variety of wellness modalities. In 2014, at the intersection of business and mindfulness and as a result of that exploration, she founded Superfun Yoga Pants whose mission is to create more kindness in the world. Amy found natural alignment between her skillsets & passions when she trained to become a circle facilitator earlier this year.

Social Justice Focus

In this workshop, participants will learn Unitive Justice principles, be introduced to circle facilitation, and consider how these skills can combine with yoga and meditation to create a foundation for social justice action and activism. There will be a number of yoga teachers in attendance.