Program

Nurturing Local Community – Building Global Community

Preliminary explanatory notes:
More details and agenda outlines will be provided as these become available

Plenary – All participants gather together in the same room. These activities will include different kinds of presentations, discussions and large group activities.

Let’s get to know each other – We’ll spend the evening meeting each other and relaxing in a social atmosphere.

Topic Sessions – 90 minute sessions on specific topics related to AVP workshops, facilitating, AVP organisations, different areas of AVP work, etc. There will probably be 4-5 options per time slot.

Regional – AVP International currently divides the world into 5 regions (Africa, Asia-West Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America). During the three regional meetings scheduled, each region will gather primarily to build community and share within that group and to discuss strategic planning

Film Night – in development

Light & Livelies from around the world – As the name of this activity would suggest, we’ll spend the evening sharing Light & Livelies.

Exploring Kathmandu
– in development

Multi-regional / Multi-cultural festival
– Celebrating cultures from around the world through music, song and dance.

Topics arising – Space is left open on the agenda to address questions, concerns, issues that come up during the gathering.

Party – A celebration of our week together, in a social setting.

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Monday: Building Community

Making Role Plays Easy and Impactful

All-In Role Plays offer an easy and impactful way to practise conflict resolution skills for real life conflicts. They allow practise in using Transforming Power while in a stressful situation and to enable people to avoid fighting or fleeing. After taking part in an All-In role play, participants will discuss and compare different approaches to doing role plays.

“Marvelous” Mark Thomas is an educator from Oakland, California, USA and has been involved in AVP since 1992. He facilitates and organises workshops with AVP California and AVP USA.
“Natural” Natalia Tsikhistavi is a psychologist from Georgia. She has been with AVP since 2009, working in schools, universities and with refugees. She started AVP in Armenia and Azerbaijan. AVP is her lifestyle.
“Optimistic” Odette Ntambara is a Quaker living in Rwanda. She was raised in South Africa, where she studied social work. She has been involved in AVP since 2011 and facilitates workshops in Johannesburg and Kigali.

Maintaining Dignity by Understanding Human Needs

We will introduce our social, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs using an exercise called Feelings and Needs. In the discussion following, we will explore how recognising these needs can help people who are marginalised maintain their dignity and self-worth.

“Dynamic” Deb Wood has been an AVP facilitator since 1984. She was involved in helping to found AVP USA and AVP International.
“Romantic” Ramola Tiwari has been an AVP facilitator since 2007. She facilitates AVP in India with underprivileged girls.
“enDuring” Dot Dobbins (USA)

Handling Diversity Challenges

(in development)

Harmonious Relationships

(in development)

Facilitator Development: From Apprentice Facilitator to Workshop Coordinator

How does your group invite, train, support, and give recognition to facilitators from apprentice levels to workshop coordination? Using the AVP Facilitation Learning Guide and Competencies as the framework of developmental stages of facilitation, we will share ideas about knowledge, skills, and attitudes of experienced, skilled, and effective facilitation from apprentice to workshop coordination. We are seeking new ideas for revision of the Guide.

“Bountiful” Betty McEady is a university educator and community psychologist in Oakland, California. She is Co-chair of AVP-USA Education Committee and a member of the AVP-USA Board. Since 2010, she has facilitated workshops in community, organisational, and prison contexts in California.
“Numinous” Nancy Vimla, is a member of the Education Best Practice team and AVP-California Steering Committee. Since 2008, she has facilitated workshops in community, organisational, and prison contexts in California. She was on the team that started AVP in two state prisons in Chino, California.


Tuesday: Resources
 

Connecting our Communities Internationally and Locally through Technology

How does your AVP group communicate at the local, national and international levels? How can AVP International support your information technology needs? Bring your questions about the AVP International website, country member sites and the IT and communication resources available for your AVP group.

“Talented” Tino Barrera is a web developer and co-founder of AVP Mexico. Tino has been the IT/Webmaster for AVP International since late 2014.
“Lovable” Lance Haworth (UK)

Basic Workshop: Critical Elements

We will review the AVP Basic Workshop: the AVP philosophy, critical sequences of activities, building community, affirming self and others, listening from our core selves to the core selves of others, and supporting focused storytelling. We invite everyone to bring a recent Basic Workshop agenda from your area to share.

Petrus facilitates AVP In Indonesia, Founder of Peace Place as AVP training in Indonesia and developed peace education in Indonesia.
Nanik facilitates AVP in Indonesia, Founder and lead teacher at Peace Place for preschool, after-school and parenting education based on AVP.
Jamuna Maharjan Shrestha facilitates AVP in Nepal and President of AVP Nepal. Recently visited the USA to support resettled Bhutanese community in four states.
Nadine Hoover facilitates AVP in U.S. and Asia, coordinates Friends Peace Teams-AWP, conscientiously objects to war, and collects Power of Goodness stories.

Sharing Facilitation Skills, Sharing Stories

We’ve all run into thorny problems in workshops. We can all use ways of learning to facilitate better. This will be an open discussion on challenges, issues, unusual circumstances that arise during workshops needing good and creative facilitation skills. Bring your questions and your stories of what you have tried and what has worked.

“Funny” Valentine Doyle facilitates mostly in prisons in the state of Connecticut, USA, and also coordinates a prison program there. The state is currently committing itself to being a “second chance society,” and AVP is being invited into several new prisons — an exciting time to be there.”
“Adventurous Alan Saleh has facilitated all over Great Britain, in prisons but mainly in the community giving hope to those who want a new path.”

AVP as a Mentoring Tool for University Students

Academic results-oriented education where children are drilled for exams does not allow time for learning of life skills. Consequently, university students are often vulnerable to destructive influences. AVP helps them in self-awareness and nonviolent reactions. Facilitators will present their own programmes followed by discussion and sharing of participants’ experiences.

“Melodious” Malesi Kinaro has been an AVP facilitator since 2003 in Kenya, Tanzania, Liberia and Juba. She facilitates in communities, prisons and university, and is also a HROC and TTT facilitator.
“Prudent” Philip Quoqui is the coordinator of AVP Liberia Students’ Initiative. He is a postgraduate student in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution. He is a peace builder, administrator and trauma healer.
“Peaceful” Penine Uwimbabazi is a senior lecturer of policy and conflict analysis and AVP facilitator at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences in Rwanda.
“Determined” Deborah Leter is a 24-year old French/American with experience in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and human rights. She is an AVP facilitator in the USA, in prisons and community centres.

AVP in Conflict Areas

(in development)


Wednesday
 

Youth and AVP

Youth are our present and future. Practising AVP values from an early age helps youth to reflect while developing their career path. Facilitators will share their experience and the basic challenges they encounter during youth workshop facilitation followed by discussion and sharing of participants’ experience to overcome these challenges.
Ram Chandra Paudel is the secretary of AVP Nepal. He facilitates AVP workshops in schools, colleges and communities for youth, teachers, and community leaders.

Lorena “Luciernaga” Escobar facilitates AVP workshops with youth in schools, health promoters, men and women, and the Guatemalan civilian police.
Achyut Paudel is a young facilitator who has been facilitating youth AVP workshops and leadership development workshops in Nepal.
Mustafa El-Hawi is the coordinator of AVP Palestine and facilitates training workshops for university students and members of NGOs.
Jordan Hoffmann is a young facilitator who has facilitated youth workshops.
Ludwig Bon Quirog y Migriño is an AVP facilitator.


Thursday: Nurturing Local Community / Building World Community
 

Building Reflection into Workshops

This session will make us more conscious of ways to build self-exploration and self-reflection into our workshops, through journals, mindful practices, meditation techniques and agenda development. We will share and brainstorm ways we incorporate self-reflection into our workshops.

“Natural” Nancy Shippen has been a facilitator for over 20 years and is delighted to still be learning. She serves on the AVPI Coordinating Committee, AVPMA Board, and as assistant clerk of Friends Peace Teams.

Dynamic Self-Governance

(in development)

AVP & Structural Violence

Participants will identify structural violence and its relationship with direct violence in various contexts, uncovering some universal and historical root causes of violence. Through brainstorming, exercises and discussion on questions like ‘Does AVP make any meaningful difference in contexts of structural violence, or is it a band-aid?’ we’ll explore whether and how AVP can contribute to a sustainable, just peace.

Penine Uwimbabazi is a senior lecturer of policy and conflict analysis at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences in Rwanda, and an AVP facilitator.
Marie Odendaal incorporates AVP into teacher training, student leadership programmes and schools peace clubs in South Africa as her way of helping young people become peace agents.
Harold Urbina has been incorporating AVP into training workshops with Community Based Organizations and Human Rights groups in Nicaragua during the last few years.
Vaughn John has incorporated AVP into university Adult Education courses in South Africa, supervised AVP research, and published papers and book chapters on AVP.

Giving Effective Feedback in AVP

Feedback is a communication skill that nurtures or destroys facilitators. It is essential for growth together in community. Good feedback turns a lousy workshop into a growth experience. In this workshop we will share ideas and stories of when feedback has been useful. We will pose scenarios and practice effective feedback in role play situations. If others bring difficult cases, we will try to problem-solve.

Handling Trauma that Arises During AVP Workshops

(in development)


Friday: Other Topics
 

Keeping Facilitators and the AVP Community Involved Through Continuing Learning

This workshop will share models for building and sustaining facilitation teams. We will also explore ideas and models for keeping the greater AVP community involved after they have been through the Basic and Advanced workshops. We are hoping to form a network that can generate ideas and support each other to maintain vibrant AVP Communities!

“Diligent” Dawn Addy
“Bountiful” Betty McEady is a university educator and community psychologist in Oakland, California. She is Co-chair of AVP-USA Education Committee and a member of the AVP-USA Board. Since 2010, she has facilitated workshops in community, organisational, and prison contexts in California.
“Dynamic” Dustin Muller

Challenges of AVP in Prison

Using an AVP format, we will share challenges about starting and sustaining a prison program, dealing with administrations, funding, boundary issues and challenges of re-entry into the community. After introductions and a gathering, we will choose a few focus topics for the rest of the session. We look forward to hearing the challenges and joys of bringing AVP to prisons in your country.

“Jumpin’” Jill McLellan has been facilitating prison workshops in New York, USA for over 20 years. Her latest adventure is AVP in a school with 10-year olds.
“Elegant” Elke Stratmann has been facilitating AVP workshops in a German prison for over 10 years. Working on a team with prisoners has changed her perspective as a facilitator in may way.
“Magaly Magnífica” Quispe has been facilitating workshops in prisons and in the community in Bolivia since 2006 and particularly enjoys her prison work because of the strong experiences of the participants.

AVP in the Middle East

The presentation will describe the introduction and development of AVP in the Middle East, starting with Palestine and Israel, in 2007. AVP facilitators from Gaza and Israel will be on the presentation team. The presentation will discuss strategies for expanding AVP to other parts of the Middle East and how to involve AVP facilitators in this expansion.

“Gentle Joe” Digarbo has been an AVP facilitator since 2000 and has introduced AVP in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, 2001-2006 and in the Middle East, 2007 to present.
Dr. Mustafa El-Hawi is a Professor at Al-Aqsa University in Gaza. He has over a decade of experience in conflict resolution, mediation and nonviolence activities, and reconciliation.
Sharon Kantor is a professional trainer for Matzmichim, the Israeli Violence Reduction Organization, Petah Tivka, Israel. She translated the AVP Manual into Hebrew and was recently trained in AVP.

AVP & the Brain

In AVP’s 42 years, both facilitator observation and evaluations from participants have enabled AVP to hone it’s activities to enable real change. Medical science has recently made huge progress identifying and measuring the effect of our experiences on brain plasticity. This workshop explores how brain plasticity can damage our thought processes and how AVP can help heal them.

“Rambunctious” Rick Krouskop is an academic research pediatrician, pursuing AVP prison and community workshops in the USA since 1991. Past AVP-USA president and current Chair of US Communications Committee.
“Germinating” John Michaelis has a passion for AVP in Nepal, where he has facilitated over fifty workshops over the last ten years.

Understanding Conflict Dynamics and Transformation

Understanding Conflict Dynamics and Transformation
We’ll brainstorm on what conflicts are and are not, followed by group discussion on causes and positive aspects of conflicts. We’ll deliberate on intervention strategies, including the ABC triangle of conflict and other relevant models. Establishing the linkages between conflict and communication will highlight elements of AVP which give perspectives on conflicts and conflict-handling strategies.

“Zestful” Ntombizakhe Moyo-Nyoni is a Zimbabwean-based peace building practitioner. She is a member and pioneer of AVP Zimbabwe.
“Jammy” John Mulligan has delivered AVP in Irish prisons for several years. His background is in education, organisational development and conflict resolution / transformation.
Natasha Venables was born in Zimbabwe. While studying in Australia, she began doing AVP workshops in a men’s prison and with asylum seekers and refugees.
“Dynamic” Deb Wood has been an AVP facilitator since 1984. She was involved in helping to found AVP USA and AVPI.

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Activities Before the Gathering


AVP Youth Basic Workshop
November 2 – 4
Kathmandu, Nepal

This is an opportunity to participate on a facilitator team for an AVP Basic workshop with Nepali youth. This workshop will be held in English. If you are interested in sharing your experience of AVP with young people, this is the workshop for you.
Approximate cost to participate in this activity: US$165 total cost per person (accommodation, meals, workshop)

This workshop will be held at Union House, Anamnagar, Kathmandu.

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Trauma Healing Workshop
November 2 – 4
Kathmandu, Nepal

In human life, at least once in our life, we will suffer traumatic experiences. People may live in unstable situations. Trauma often stays in the brain as a picture. This workshop offers a good process for all people who are suffering from trauma. The workshop processes their traumatic experience in a positive way.
Participants need to be stable in their lives. This is an opportunity to learn about trauma and healing techniques.
The purposes of this workshop are to:
– Gain an understanding of trauma.
– Learn trauma healing tools/techniques to create safe space and face traumatic events.
– Rebuild social relationships and trust.
– Learn to be a companion to others healing from trauma.
Approximate cost to participate in this activity: TBD
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Pre-Gathering Seminars

Park Village Hotel, Kathmandu


Sharing AVP Research & Evaluation Projects
Saturday Afternoon, November 4

People directly involved in researching AVP are invited to share their research and evaluation projects, and share their research methods and instruments. There will also be time to discuss potential partnerships, joint research/evaluation projects and replication of research.

Yoga and Meditation in AVP
Saturday Morning, November 4 (to be confirmed)

Awareness of one’s body, mind and intellect is conducive to one’s transformation. How simple breathing and meditation techniques can be included in AVP workshops.

AVP Work with Refugees (time to be confirmed)
Sunday Morning, November 5

How AVP is being used in work with refugees, particularly as part of the healing process.

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Activities After the Gathering


AVP Youth Basic Workshop
November 13 – 15
Pokhara, Nepal

AVP Youth Basic workshop in Pokhara with international AVP visitors on the facilitator team.
Approximate cost to participate in this activity: US$160 total cost per person (accommodation, meals, workshop)
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AVP Advanced (2nd Level) Workshop
November 18 – 20
Pokhara, Nepal

AVP Advanced (2nd level) workshop for people who have taken the basic workshop and who have shown interest to learn more. The participants will be teachers, social workers and youth. We are looking for experienced facilitators for the team.
Approximate cost to participate in this activity: TBA
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Facilitator Sharing Workshop
November 16
Pokhara, Nepal

A day long sharing between AVP Nepal and international facilitators in Pokhara. This is an opportunity to meet, share and learn from each other.
Approximate cost to participate in this activity: US$40 total cost per person
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School Visit: Meet Teachers Using AVP in the Classroom
November 21
Pokhara, Nepal

School teachers are practicing AVP in schools. We will visit one school to meet teachers and students. We will also do an AVP activity with them.
Approximate cost to participate in this activity: US$40 total cost per person
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A Special First Friday Gathering
Friday, November 17, 2017
Sydney, Australia

Descripción: AVP facilitators are invited to meet locals and share experiences at the AVP Sydney support group on Friday 17 November from 5pm to 9:30pm. This gathering of AVP facilitators, workshop graduates and potential participants has been meeting on the First Friday of every month (except January) since 2001. The get-to-know-you circle is followed by a shared meal and a mini AVP session.
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Asia West Pacific Regional Training Gathering
January 5-11, 2018
Perth, Australia

A 6 day live in training gathering for the sharing of ideas and reports from the World Gathering as well as from each AVP group. One afternoon will be spent at Acacia prison with our inmate facilitators. Other program ideas include HIPP for primary schools and the youth program for high schools. Suggestions and offers to lead other sessions welcome. We invite AVP facilitators from the Asia West Pacific Region as well as other countries to join Australian facilitators.
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Touring

We offer the following information for two Nepal tour packages for use by people planning to attend the World Gathering who are interested in touring. Both tour providers below have connections to AVP Nepal.
AVP International holds no further responsibility with regards to this information or the tours offered by these companies. AVP International cannot provide any additional information to that provided below. Please communicate with the tour providers directly.


Kathmandu Experience Travels & Tours (P) Ltd.
Tel. 00977-1- 444 36 09 / Email: info@kettours.com

9 days / 8 nights
October 27 to November 4 (before the gathering) or November 11 – 19 (after the gathering)

Tour Summary
Day 1 Pick-up from Kathmandu airport on arrival; visit old town Kathmandu and Thamel as time permits.
Day 2 Sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley; Durbar Square in Patan, Buddhist Stupa and Hindu Temple; Hindu cremation ritual.
Day 3 After breakfast, travel to Pokhara (7 hour drive); late afternoon stroll along the lake.
Day 4 Short drive to Sarangkot Hill to see the sun rise over the Annapurna range; boat trip after breakfast on Fewa Lake; hike uphill to the Peace Stupa with a view of the Pokhara valley, Fewa Lake and the Annapurna range; typical Nepalese folk dances and music in the evening.
Day 5 After breakfast, travel to Chitwan National Park (5 ½ hour drive); village tour to experience the “Tharu” ethnic tribe way of life; visit the elephant breeding centre; typical Tharu folk dances and music in the evening.
Day 6 Jungle activities; canoe trip on the Rapti River to see the crocodiles; jungle walk with an experienced nature guide; watch elephants bathe; jungle safari tour riding on an elephant into the Chitwan jungle where you might see a Bengal tiger or Indian rhinoceros.
Day 7 Return to Kathmandu (6-7 hour drive).
Day 8 Explore narrow market streets, temples; Buddhist Stupa Baudhanath; old city of Bhaktapur; Nagarkot.
Day 9 Travel to Park Village Hotel.

Price based on minimum 20 people. Private individual or small group tours may be arranged with travel in private car. Ask about prices.

Price A
Kathmandu: Malla Hotel or similar 3-4 star international standard
Pokhara: Hotel Barahi or similar
Chitwan: Hotel Wildlife Camp or similar
US$720.00 per person in a double / twin room (single room supplement US$290.00)

Price B
Kathmandu: Hotel Serenity or similar 2 star international standard
Pokhara: Hotel Landmark or similar
Chitwan: Hotel Wildlife Camp or similar
US$490.00 per person in a double / twin room (single room supplement US$170.00)

Included:
Accommodations in deluxe or medium category hotels
4 nights in Kathmandu + 2 nights in Pokhara, with full breakfast the next day
2 nights in Chitwan, including all meals and jungle activities
Airport transfers, deluxe coach travel in Nepal, sight-seeing tours
English speaking guide

Not included:
Meals not mentioned
Entrance fees for monuments, museums, heritage sites: approximately US$45.00 per person
Extra costs incurred due to unforeseen events, such as bad weather, unsafe road conditions, general strikes, etc.
Tips, porterage, telephone calls, etc. and all other personal costs

Flight-seeing
Experience the Himalayas from the air during a 1 hour flight that leaves from Kathmandu airport every morning. US$215.00 per person

Holidays Mart Tours and Travels (P) Ltd.
Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal
Tel: +977-61- 466805
Email: tellmeat2@gmail.com, hmartnepal@gmail.com
Website: www.hmartnepal.com

9 days / 8 nights
October 27 – November 4 (before the gathering) or November 11 – 19 (after the gathering)

Tour Summary

Day 1 Pick-up from Kathmandu airport on arrival.
Day 2 Travel to Pokhara (7-8 hour drive); dinner with typical Nepalese folk dances and music.
Day 3 Short drive to Sarangkot Hill to see the sun rise over the Annapurna range; International Mountain Museum; waterfall, Peace Stupa; boat trip on Fewa Lake.
Day 4 Walk around Dhampus village, visiting social projects or adventure sports
Day 5 After breakfast, travel to Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha) (7 hour drive); visit monuments, museum, stupa.
Day 6 Travel to Chitwan National Park (3 ½ hour drive); village tour to experience the “Tharu” ethnic tribe way of life; visit the elephant breeding centre.
Day 7 Jungle activities; safari tour on elephant back or by jeep; boat trip on the Rapti River to see the crocodiles and watch elephants bathing; typical Tharu folk dances and music in the evening.
Day 8 Return to Kathmandu (6-7 hour drive); old Durbar Square.
Day 9 Buddhist monkey temple; Stupa Baudhanath; old city of Bhaktapur; travel to Park Village Hotel.

Price for 16 to 30 pax: US$650.00 per person in a double / twin room
Price for 7 to 15 pax: US$680.00 per person in a double / twin room
Price for 4 to 6 pax: US$700.00 per person in a double / twin room
Single room supplement US$150.00

Included:
Accommodations in medium category hotels
2 nights in Kathmandu + 3 nights in Pokhara + 1 night in Lumbini, with full breakfast the next day
2 nights in Chitwan, including all meals and jungle activities
Airport transfers, deluxe coach or micro bus travel in Nepal, sight-seeing tours
English speaking guide

Not included:
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini not mentioned
Mountain Museum entrance fee: US$40.00 per person
Extra costs incurred due to unforeseen events, such as bad weather, unsafe road conditions, general strikes, etc.
Tips, porterage, telephone calls, etc. and all other personal costs

Dhampus village including visit to social projects: US$200.00 (minimum 4 pax)
Paragliding: US$125.00 per person (25 minutes)
Ultra-light flight: US$145.00 per person (30 minutes)
Bungee jump / Zip line: US$110.00 per person

Nurturing local community: How do we care for our own AVP groups? How do our AVP tools help us to resolve difficulties arising in our local AVP groups? What role does each facilitator play in helping to make their AVP group sustainable?

Building global community: How does our AVP community communicate across countries, regions and the world? What kinds of resources can we share with each other? What differences do we overcome to come together as a single community?

Goals of the 2017 AVP World Gathering:

  • explore the theme of the gathering and how these topics relate to us as individuals, our AVP groups and our worldwide AVP community
  • learn about successful AVP programs around the world
  • learn and practice new Workshop Exercises and Light & Livelies
  • discuss the philosophy and principles of the AVP model
  • share ongoing and completed research on AVP and research techniques
  • build understanding of Best Practices and Core Values in AVP
  • exchange views and experiences of hosting and being guest facilitators
  • appoint officers and regional representatives and build committee membership to continue the work of the AVP International organisation
  • AVP groups from 50 countries sharing ideas and activities
  • …and much more