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Humboldt Mediation Services

      Our mission is to train volunteers to facilitate conflict resolution and to identify and remove barriers that prevent any community 

member from learning, using, and sharing conflict management and resolution skills.

      Our vision is that peaceful conflict management and resolution will be accessible to all members of Humboldt County's diverse communities.

Peacemaker's Ball - Sept. 6. 2014
Click on Peacemaker's Ball to visit our Facebook Event Page for more information.


Who We Are

Established in 1983, Humboldt Mediation Services is a community based, non-governmental, nonprofit organization of trained volunteer Community Mediators.

  • We provide conflict resolution services for disputes of all kinds, including divorce and separation, child custody, family conflict, workplace or business conflict, property conflict, and tenant-landlord conflict.
  • Our Community Board style of mediation encourages communication, collaborative resolution, and win-win solutions as an alternative to costly court cases and ongoing conflicts.
  • We also offer annual Community Mediator Training, Communication and Conflict Management workshops, meeting and focus group facilitation, and custom workshops to the community.

Our goal is to work locally toward global peace by providing community members and organizations with community-based peacemaking tools.

We mediate these types of disputes:

  • Divorces and Separations, including Child Custody / Support / Visitation Agreements
  • Landlord / Tenant
  • Housemates / Roommates
  • Conflict with Neighbor(s)
  • Parent / Child
  • Elder Care
  • Property Issues
  • Teacher or School Administrator / Pupil or Parent
  • Seller / Buyer
  • Business Partners, Business / Business, Business / Customer
  • Workplace Conflicts (Employees, Supervisors)

How Can HMS Help You?

Are you faced with conflict or involved in a dispute?

Would you like to find a solution that will let you live in peace?

Call or e-mail our Case Manager.
There’s no cost or obligation for this consultation.

For information about mediation services,  trainings, custom workshops, board membership, or volunteer opportunities fill out our contact form or call us at 707-445-2505.

Mediation Services

HMS practices the Community Boards model of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Community Board mediation is a forum for conflict resolution with a panel of three trained, neutral mediators to guide you through the process.

HMS trains and certifies all volunteer mediators and new mediators are mentored until they gain enough experience to lead a panel on their own.

Prior to the mediation session(s), two mediators meet privately with each disputant to identify each person's issues and interests in a process called Case Development. The goal is for each person involved to communicate their feelings, wants, and needs so they can write an agreement together solving the conflict.

This can take one session or many sessions; the choice is up to the participants. You own the process!

Mediators are neutral facilitators, clarifiers, ground-rule enforcers, and consultants in the construction of agreements. Mediators never impose solutions on you, makes decisions on your behalf, or make recommendations to courts or other agencies.

Above: Three trained volunteers (facing camera) mediate

a dispute between two individuals.

Mediation and Facilitation Fees

Mediation sessions are billed per session, regardless of how long each session takes. Fees are determined on a sliding scale based on income or what you can reasonably afford.

If you are unable to pay the fees due to financial hardship, call our Case Manager to discuss your situation. No one is turned away from HMS because of inability to pay mediation fees. 

HMS Goals

  • Establish efficient, simple, confidential forums for resolution of conflict between people in the Humboldt community.
  • Encourage people to deal with problems that they have unhappily tolerated.
  • Allow those in conflict to take responsibility for resolving their disputes before they escalate to irreconcilable situations.
  • Build mutually beneficial and productive relationships with individuals and organizations that promote just and collaborative approaches to shared challenges and concerns.
  • Divert from the courts those cases that are more appropriately handled outside the court system.
  • Train members of the Humboldt Community to serve as mediators.
  • Provide volunteers with opportunities to contribute to the community and the effectiveness of the organization, and to strengthen individual growth in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

"I can't say enough good about the help HMS gave Kinetic Universe in our mediation... And neither side of that table had easy folks to contend with." -Maureen Burke of the Kinetic Universe Board

 "I want to thank you and commend you for the valuable services you provide... [I] was impressed by the professional manner in which our case was handled." -Rosie Thompson

Upcoming Trainings and Workshops

06 Sep 2014 8:45 AM • To be arranged
29 Sep 2014 5:00 PM • Bayside, California

HMS Turned 30!
We celebrated at the
Swingin' Peace Makers'
November 2, 2013

Thank you to
Sunrise Rotary for their
generous support of this event.







We would also like to thank the generous donors listed below who  donated prizes for our

Sisters' Bingo Event

and our

30th Anniversary Swingin' Peacemaker's Ball

Daryl and Phyllis Chin

Humboldt Bay Tourism Center

Lost Coast Motor Sports

Caravan of Dreams


Scotia Inn

Arcata School of Massage


Good Relations

Arcata Exchange

Eureka Books

Many Hands Gallery

Siren's Song Tavern

Fire and Light

Global Village

Rays Place-Arcata

Simply MacIntosh

Wildberries Market

Libation Wine Bar

Garden Gate

Mad River Gardens

Ciara's Irish Shop

Tetrault Tires

Mantova's Two Street Music

Natural Selections

Om Shalah Yoga

Little Shop of Hers

Humboldt Herbals

Sew What

German Motors

Arcata Picture Framing

Joseph Amaral

Arcata Scoop

Redwood Yogurt

Revolution Bicycles

Betty MacLaren

Charlotte Hayes

Linda Evans

Julie Freitas

Cynthany Windwalker

Leslie Cooper

Fran Cvitkovich

Sarah Isaac-Mayers

Thank You To The  Sponsors of
Elder Mediation & Facilitation Training:
Stuart Reichart
Chip Sharpe
Tim Canning
and special thanks to
Bruce Chaiet
for making it happen!

517 Third Street, Suite 3 Eureka, CA 95501

Request for Information

Office Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 am - 2 pm


HMS Staff

Case Manager :
Peggy Pryor

Office Administrator :

HMS is currently seeking an Office Intern. This unpaid position is an excellent opportunity to gain entry-level experience in the administration of a nonprofit alternative dispute resolution service.

Applicants may send a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to info@humboldtmediationservices.org.


Donations help us offer low-cost mediation services and trainings to the Humboldt County community.

Please consider donating today to help HMS work locally toward global peace.


HMS Affiliations

Arcata Chamber of Commerce

National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM)

Northern California Association of Nonprofits (NorCAN)

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