The Alternatives to Violence Program of California is inviting area residents to come to a special workshop on Thursday, January 28th, to get a taste of the work done by the group in communities throughout the state. The program offers an opportunity to discover common ground between diverse groups and to connect deeply, be joyful and be deeply nourished.
How does it work?
Through an international network of local chapters, AVP facilitators — all trained volunteers — offer workshops in prisons as well as in the community for all who would like to reduce the level of unresolved conflict in their lives and the lives of those around them. AVP offers basic, advanced and Training-for-Facilitator workshops. Workshops are fast-paced, weaving together interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, role plays, humor and games.
Local groups are connected through an informal California collective of representatives, who bring together facilitators to produce successful workshops. They assist one another by exchanging ideas and working on specific California AVP issues.
You will learn to create a safe environment to make this possible and confront and resolve conflict in your life, your community and between communities.
The workshops, according to event organizers, use the shared experiences of participants, interactive exercises, games and role playing to see beyond differences, to explore mutual respect and to discover the power within ourselves to transform lives – our own and those around us.
The workshop will be held at the Community Church, 1400 Numa Road, from 6:30 to 9:30p.m., on January 28th.
If you have questions about AVP or the upcoming workshop contact an outreach coordinator at (530) 421-8287 or Lynda Alberico at (530) 249-2774.