“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”
Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center
Home to Oregon’s USDA Certified Agricultural Mediation Program
Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing low-cost conflict resolution and education services. Our mediators and facilitators are highly trained volunteers dedicated to helping people solve problems and resolve conflict. We strive to create positive conversations and a safe environment for settling disputes. Six Rivers DRC receives funding from local, state, and federal organizations, as well as private donors, in order to provide mediation, education, and training opportunities.
Explore our website to learn how we can assist in your specific situation.
You can also call or email us to learn more: (541) 386-1283 or .
Virtual and In-Person Services
The Six Rivers DRC physical office is currently closed to the general public; services are currently offered virtually or by phone. In some cases, in-person services can occur while maintaining physical distancing and face covering protocols.
Six Rivers Commitment to Justice
We embrace conflict for what it is; intense energy focused on something that needs to change. As mediators, we are neutral on the solution but not neutral on human values. Six Rivers stands with those rising for equity and equality. As a society we have systems in conflict and therefore, in need of change. Entire races of people are excluded from decision-making.
Six Rivers operates on the grassroots side of peacemaking every day, all day. We accomplish this by providing forums for dialogue and deliberation, for personal and interpersonal self-determination. Yet we know that the interpersonal is only one aspect of making change come to reality. We value and support organizations doing more systemic work. We, as a society, must do more. Six Rivers commits to the following:
Representation: We will expand our Board of Directors to include more members and more voices from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community, as well as the LGBTQ+ community.
Education: We will deliver opportunities for dialogue and discovery in the topics of culture and oppression.
Restorative Justice: We will expand options for local schools and organizations to build internal discipline, responsibility, and empowerment with collaborative restorative practices.
Internships: We will redirect funding to create internships for local Black, Indigenous, and People of Color youth to expand their skills in leadership, conflict resolution, and empathy-building.
Community integration: We will prioritize anti-racism projects and integrate with existing programs. We cannot accomplish this alone. We honor our community by sharing our tools and training volunteers. We empower neighbors and friends to become peacemakers.
Current Safety Policies related to COVID-19
We are here for you, helping clients over the phone and online. The unique role of community mediation centers is anchored in a belief that through connection and curiosity, we find opportunity, understanding, and meaningful ways to solve problems. During this period of uncertainty and stress, it is helpful to seek ways to use effective communication skills, be flexible, and open to new ideas. We also find ways to strengthen our relationships and care for one another, even if from a distance. We are not alone. We are a community.
We take the health and safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff seriously. Therefore, our physical office is closed to the general public. However, facilitated communication is absolutely essential in this environment, so we continue to provide conflict analysis, coaching, mediation, and conflict resolution services via phone and/or web conference. Trainings will be provided via web conference when possible. Some in-person services will be offered on a case-by-case basis as safe guidelines permit.
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Grace, Gratitude, and Goodbye to our Founding Director
After several years of cross-training and collaboration in preparation for this transition, our fearless leader, Marti Dane, is choosing to retire from Six Rivers DRC and redirect her gifts. Six Rivers would not exist without her, and she will be missed. Read Marti’s goodbye message here.