to Visalia Friends Meeting Home Page)
to Violence Project (AVP)
contacts -- Greg Seastrom (firstname.lastname@example.org, 559-734-4911)
and Dan O'Connell (email@example.com)
AVP is a non-profit
organization of volunteers offering experiential workshops that empower
individuals to liberate themselves from the burden of violence. Our
fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone,
and this power has the ability to transform our relationships. AVP builds
on respect and caring for ones self and extends that into concentric
circles of community.
What's an AVP workshop
like? AVP workshops are guided into being, not run by the facilitators.
The facilitators setup an environment where participants can create
a close community. Much of what happens depends on the participants.
Each workshop creates a unique community. It's difficult how to explain
that starting out on the same road leads to a different destination
every time, but that's what it's like.
There are three
different levels of workshop - basic, advanced and training for facilitators.
The relationship between participant and facilitators is different in
each case. In a basic workshop, the participants are guided by the facilitators
through a series of exercises, discussions and games, which explore
the themes of violence, non-violence and conflict resolution. In a second
level, the participants decide which aspect of violence they wish to
explore in depth. In a trainer's course, the trainees facilitate a basic
workshop with experienced backup.
AVP believes there
is a drive within us all towards peace. Once you can show people that
they too have this drive, it's amazing the transformation that can happen.
AVP has worked in prisons, in local communities, and youth groups for
over 40 years. Quakers started it, but AVP is a non-sectarian project
facilitated by volunteers with a common principle -- a heartfelt belief
that each of us can access the transformational power to avoid violence
and create peaceful communities.
How Can I Help
Transform My Community Toward More Peaceful Relationships?
- Help spread
the word -
- Visit the
Internet addresses below and learn more about AVP
- Make 10
copies of this flyer and share it with your friends
to the community AVP library
- Attend a Community
AVP Basic Workshop and use the techniques in your daily life
- You or your
organization can become an AVP Sponsor and support workshops through
outreach and donation of scholarships.
- You can attend
additional workshops and become an AVP Facilitator yourself!
Our community can
organize, train and field a growing cadre of AVP volunteers in the Tulare
County area to bring this project to schools, youth groups, correction
centers - wherever there is the need.
For more information,