AVP Indiana Gathering

Join AVP Indiana for our Annual Gathering this July 14th!

AVP Indiana is hosting out annual gathering where we will continue to build relationships with one another and vision for the future of AVP Indiana and AVP in the Midwest Region. Please join us!

Here are the Logistics Details:

Location: Earlham School of Religion, 609 National Road West, Richmond, IN 47374
Date/Time: Saturday, July 14th 11am-5pm
Food: Lunch will be provided! Feel free to bring a small donation and a side dish (drink, dessert, salad)
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.

The AVP USA National Conference is Coming Up!

There are only 5 days left to register for the AVP USA Annual National Conference in Richmond, Indiana!

Join us this Memorial Day Weekend, Thursday May 24th through Monday, May 28th, for a celebration of 43 years of AVP in the United States and worldwide. Learn, share ideas, meet new people, and have fun!

Register online at https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventId=2022849 or visit http://avpusaconference.org/ for more information. Follow us on Facebook for updates and reminders!

    

Basic Workshop @ Earlham College

AVP Indiana is excited to be offering its first college based workshop at Earlham College over two consecutive Saturdays!

 

When is it?

The workshop will be held over 2 consecutive Saturdays, March 24th and March 31st, from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Snacks will be provided! We will have breaks for lunch and dinner. To complete the workshop, you MUST attend both sessions!

Where is it located?

Earlham College Multicultural Center. Inside Runyan Center, this workshop is located in the Orchard Room.

What is the cost?

This workshop will be free. Donations of any amount will be accepted to help cover material costs, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Register online! https://avpindiana.org/registration 

Promote the Workshop on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/217079932173129/ 

AVP Basic Workhop

 

 

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 Alternatives to Violence Project Returns to Kentucky in April

In April, AVP Indiana was invited to Berea, Kentucky to facilitate a Basic (1st level) AVP workshop.  One of our original group of apprentice facilitators is a Kentucky native and has been working for the last several years to regenerate interest in AVP.  This spring, Steve was successful in organizing a group of local Quakers from Berea Friends Meeting to attend a workshop held on the campus of Berea College.  It was a beautiful spring weekend, with the trees beginning to leaf and the mountains  beckoning in the distance.

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Our facilitation team consisted of me, Steve, and Arnold, who was a  new apprentice from South Carolina, looking for an opportunity to gain experience.  I had never met Arnold before the Friday evening of the workshop, so team building that first evening was crucial.  Also, I had not facilitated a community workshop since the fall of 2012 and I knew it would be a different experience than my prison workshops.

Fortunately, the weekend proved to be a great learning experience for all of us.  As a facilitation team, we learned how to smooth out some or our own rough spots and became aware of issues that we, ourselves, needed to work on.  Personally, I learned to be more sensitive to the needs of the participants.  We tried an exercise I had never done, or seen done before, and it generated some strong emotions among the participants.  In the evaluation process, I received really good, critical feedback that will help me facilitate the exercise better in the future.

I also discovered that I have come a long way from my former, introverted, conflict-avoiding self.  When conflict arose in several instances, I was able to handle them with a great sense of calm.  Transforming Power was truly present, because I knew exactly what to do without thinking.  It reminded me that the AVP process works and that we can trust it.  It was a superb beginning to a new AVP presence in Kentucky!

Magical Miriam