Nurturing Local Community – Building Global Community

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

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.

If you are planning to attend the gathering and would like to co-facilitate any activity, click here and mark that your message is about: Program

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.

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.

Continuing Training: Keeping Facilitators Involved

(in development)


(in development)

Handling Diversity Challenges

(in development)

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.
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.

Facilitation Skills

(in development>)

AVP as a Mentoring Tool for College Students

(in development)

AVP in Conflict Areas

(in development)


Thursday: Nurturing Local Community / Building World Community

Dynamic Self-Governance

(in development)

AVP & Structural Violence

(in development)

Best Practices in Feedback

(in development)

Harmonious Relationships

(in development)

Handling Trauma that Arises During AVP Workshops

(in development)

Friday: Other Topics

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 (Bolivia)

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.

The Dynamics of Conflict

(in development)

Facilitator Training & Standards

(in development)