About
Peace of the circle

Offering space for people to connect, communicate and create change.

We specialize in difficult conversations

 Using the energy of conflict to generate peace…

Our work includes

  • teaching effective communication
  • fostering healthy relations
  • resolving & transforming conflict and crime
  • training & facilitating peace circles
  • teaching, developing & implementing restorative justice
  • organizational change & conscious governance
  • building productive cohesive groups, teams & organizations
  • facilitating dialogue, meetings, retreats & events
  • training facilitators
We are the bridge between your current situation and what is possible

Methodologies

  • Peacemaking Circles
  • Restorative Justice
  • Deliberate Dialogue
  • Dynamic Facilitation
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Open Space Technology
  • World Café

Peace of the Circle was founded by Dr. Evelyn Zellerer

Located in Vancouver, Canada – the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

We are committed to decolonizing, conscious leadership, stewardship and fostering respectful relations.

Together creating a kinder, more conscious, peaceful world.

We are global and will come to you!

Working With

  • Governments
  • First Nations
  • Communities
  • Schools
  • Families
  • Workplaces
  • Police
  • Courts
  • Corrections

Meet our Peace of the Circle Team

Dr. Evelyn Zellerer

Dr. Evelyn Zellerer

Director and Facilitator

Evelyn has over 25 years of international experience. She earned her Ph.D. in criminology, and specializes in communication, peacemaking, restorative justice, and conscious governance.

Evelyn has taught and led projects in diverse settings, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa, UK, and USA. Evelyn is a published author and has presented at many national and international forums, including the United Nations.

She is a sought after facilitator, trainer, coach and speaker.

Evelyn is a proud mom of her young adult son. When not working and traveling, you will find her immersed in photography, nature and the ocean.

Retired Chief Justice Barry Stuart

Retired Chief Justice Barry Stuart

Facilitator

Barry is a retired judge, internationally respected leader in multiparty conflict resolution, and pioneer in using peacemaking circles over the past 40 years.

Barry’s work focuses on resolving disputes and consensus-building in both the public and private sector. He has worked as a lawyer, mediator, facilitator, policy analyst, chief land claims negotiator, and judge. He played a leading role in shaping environmental law in the 1970s in Canada. He is co-author of Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community (2003). 
It’s not possible to list all his contributions!

Barry and Evelyn co-facilitate advanced courses. They are planning a retreat for facilitators and co-authoring a book.

We are honoured to learn from and work with Barry!

Elder Phil Mechuskosis L’Hirondelle

Elder Phil Mechuskosis L’Hirondelle

Facilitator

Mechuskosis is a Cree Elder from Alberta, Canada. He works as an Indigenous Elder for Corrections Canada in BC.

After many years of teachings and trainings with his Elders, Mechuskosis established All My Relations Teachings in the early 1990s. He has led many ceremonies and talking and healing circles. Mechuskosis offers teachings to bring healing, personal development, and an environmental consciousness that we are all related and created equal in the eyes of Creator. He brings a unique blend of Aboriginal and Eastern traditions to his teachings.

Mechuskosis and Evelyn co-facilitate decolonization, reconciliation, medicine wheel and peace circles workshops.

They met at sundance, and continue to be sundancers and in ceremony together.

Larelle Anderson

Larelle Anderson

Administrator

Larelle has over 25 years experience in administrative and operations support, including in healthcare and vet clinics in Vancouver, Dominican Republic and St. Maarten.

Born in Whitehorse, Yukon, she married a Caribbean man she met while living in the islands. She now resides as a single mom in BC.
She advocates for inclusion and respect of diversity, especially because her children are people of colour, LGBTQ+, and have special needs. She lives with two amazing daughters and is adopting her teen cousin/son out of foster care to keep him connected to his roots. Larelle looks forward to blending families with her new partner, a dad with four children.

When not keeping us organized, Larelle can be found in a cuddle puddle of dogs and kids, reading or watching movies.

Highlights

Annual highlights from Peace of the Circle

Highlights 2021 & Moving Forward

Highlights 2021 & Moving Forward

We are here to connect with you and offer highlights from our year, as well as invite possibilities to create moving forward. Now is the time for change and we're grateful you are with us on this journey. A big thank you to all the leaders, organizations and community...

Highlights 2020 & Resources

Highlights 2020 & Resources

Wow 2020 was a year of surprises, challenges, reckonings and opportunities. At Peace of the Circle, we had a very active year! Offering you highlights as well as inspiration and resources. And acknowledging our wonderful hosts and partners. Grateful to connect with...

Highlights of 2019

Highlights of 2019

Celebrating a few highlights of 2019 and acknowledging our wonderful hosts and partners.

Thank you for your continuing interest and participation in our expanding global work.

Highlights of 2018

Highlights of 2018

We have the privilege of working with amazing people and organizations around the world! Celebrating a few highlights from 2018: Brazil - Training Judges What a privilege spending a week with 100 judges - federal and representatives from every state in Brazil. Dr....