Staff Spotlight: Andy Oliver
Andy Oliver joined the Six Rivers team in September of 2022 as our first ever Restorative Justice Apprentice. Andy made such an impression about his passion for Restorative Justice (RJ) at his interview for a Mediation Apprentice position that Six Rivers...
Meet the Mediator: Patrick Ward
Patrick Ward is an attorney-mediator in private practice. His practice focuses on helping people find peaceful resolutions to family issues like divorce, guardianship appointments and agreements about parenting time. Patrick helps people find...
Nurturing Joy & New Traditions after a Dissolution
After a divorce, holidays and special times can be challenging for families who are adjusting to new schedules and new traditions. Here are two articles, from different perspectives, that offer ideas on how to nurture joy and connection and minimize the impact of...
Navigating Family Tension During the Holidays
The holidays can be a very busy season for all. Culturally this holiday season is so often promoted as a time to spend with family, exchanging gifts and enjoying special holiday meals. Holiday gatherings can also bring up family conflict, and considering we have...
Help for Landlords & Tenants in Oregon
Six Rivers now offers free Eviction Prevention Mediation (“EPM”) through funding provided by the Oregon legislature. EPM provides mediation and conciliation services to property managers, landlords and tenants throughout our Oregon service area – the counties of...
Staff Spotlight: Michael Reid
Six Rivers welcomed Michael Reid as our Oregon Early Dispute Resolution Specialist earlier this year. Michael’s position was made possible when Six Rivers was selected as one of five dispute resolution centers across Oregon to undertake a new pilot...
Meet the Mediator: Richard Withers
We spoke with Six Rivers mediator and board member Richard Withers about mediation and how it connects with his many other interests. Richard is a retired attorney who practiced with concentrations in civil rights, constitutional law, criminal defense and public...
Newsletter Highlight: Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Gbowee began her peace-building work as a community volunteer during the Second Liberian Civil War, helping community members to heal from trauma. She then led a non-violent peace movement that helped end the war and made free elections possible. In 2011,...
The Gorge Magazine: “Resolving Conflict”
The winter issue of The Gorge Magazine is here—and it includes an article by board member and mediator Ruth Berkowitz that highlights Six Rivers and mediation in The Gorge. Her passion and vision for mediation shines through and we’re grateful for the spotlight, so...
Interview with Ona Lawrence, Early Resolution Specialist
We spoke with Ona Lawrence, our Early Resolution Specialist, to learn more about the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP) in Klickitat and Skamania Counties and to find out what draws Ona to her work as Early Resolution Specialist. What does an early resolution...
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.
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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.
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.
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.
If you have any feedback, comments or concerns regarding our services, please contact us at We strive to continually improve our programs and take client feedback very seriously.