The Power of the Process

As a life-long avoider of conflict and an acknowledged introvert, I find it ironic that I spend so much time facilitating Alternatives to Violence Project workshops. It seems so out of character to willingly go into a minimum or medium security prison and spend essentially 18-20 hours over a weekend, once a month, with a bunch of guys dealing with conflict and talking about feelings. It is difficult for me on so many levels. And yet, I keep going back.

For me, it was the power of the process that kept pulling me back. An AVP workshop is packed with interactive, immersion type experiences. It very successfully builds a sense of community and level of trust I have never experienced anywhere else before. It was the power of this community that drew me. I kept learning things about myself and changing, and even though it was challenging, everyone else was being challenged at some level at the same time. I was not alone.

I used to be afraid of doing anything that put me in a position of making mistakes in front of others. The first community workshop I helped facilitate was a baptism in fire. I made all kinds of mistakes, but the process worked so well that in spite of my mistakes, all of the participants grasped what we hoped they would. As one person said at the end of the workshop, “I realize now that non-violent resolution of conflict is inside everyone of us and what we need to do is reach down inside ourselves and pull it out.” I learned to trust the process, because it works.                          — Magical Miriam

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Basic AVP Workshop – Plainfield Correctional Facility – January, 2017

AVP Indiana Training For Facilitators

Hello!

Announcing the next Community T4F from AVP Indiana.

AVP Community Training 4 Facilitators – at West Richmond Friends Meeting.
9 am – 8 pm Saturday January 14th and , 9 am – 7 pm Sunday, January 15th.  Participants should have taken Basic and Advanced Workshops to participate.

Please sign up on website: avpindiana.org under the Registration tab.

Contact avpindiana@gmail.com for more information.

Announcing the FIRST AVP Indiana Annual Gathering

The Core Coordinating Group of AVP Indiana has been hard at work creating the first AVP Indiana Annual Gathering. The gathering will bring together AVP facilitators from all over Indiana and the surrounding AVP Midwest Region.  Participants will be sure to have a lot of laughs as well as working on how to make our community stronger and practicing a few AVP facilitation skills.

We are so excited to see old friends and new in Indiana and the surrounding region to share with each other our love of AVP and to learn together how to make our organization even stronger. We promise this will be loads of fun!!

Location: 212 South 4th Street Richmond, IN 47374
Date/Time: July 9th 11am-5pm
Food: Lunch will be provided!
Who: Anyone involved in AVP Indiana or the Midwest Region (no need to be a facilitator)
What: Practicing AVP skills, learning about the non-profit and ways to plug in, and brainstorming how to make our community stronger.

If you’re interested in coming, simply show up! Or fill out this brief RSVP form: http://goo.gl/forms/R4vVKkok0S9IBYSX2

Thanks and hope to see you there!

-Courageous Kirsten Bunner

AVP/USA Leadership Fellow Program

 

 

Leadership Fellow Program
During the AVP/USA Gathering in Denver, the assembled body directed the Board of Directors to develop a “Leadership Fellow” program. The goal of the program is to provide leadership training and mentorship to those seeking to serve AVP/USA, to pass along institutional knowledge about the decision-making process, and to add new voices and perspectives to the Board of Directors.

Attached you’ll find two documents. The first is a description of Leadership Fellows program, detailing the opportunities the program offers, and the expectations the Board will have of selected to participate. The second is an application. Completed applications are due on July 1, 2016.

The AVP/USA Board of Directors Leadership Fellows Program is open to any AVP-trained person who wants to get experience in AVP leadership. Three (3) Leadership Fellow positions will be made available each year.

The Board is very excited about this program, and looks forward to seeing it up and running.

Please pass this along to any AVP-trained person who you think might be interested.

Thank you,

Chad
Chad Dell, co-clerk
AVP/USA Finance Committee

Download:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

APPLICATION (DOC)

APPLICATION (PDF)

The Power of Nonviolence

Check out this new radio series!

The Power of Nonviolence, a major new series distributed worldwide by NPR, is now available to hear (or download):www.humanmedia.org/nonviolence

History proves over and over that violence breeds more violence. Victims are traumatized by brutality — as are perpetrators, and the cycle is uninterrupted.

Yet, today ISIS terrorizes the Mideast and Europe, civilian jetliners are shot down in Ukraine and Sinai, mass shootings erupt even in “safe havens” like churches and elementary schools in the U.S. People of conscience everywhere are heartsick and looking for answers.

The Power of Nonviolence, by award-winning radio documentary producer David Freudberg, seeks deep solutions to this vexing problem. Voices of peacemakers are heard and their stories are uplifting. And we turn to wisdom teachings across our great spiritual traditions for guidance and inspiration. This is a powerful free resource.  Please share with everyone.