May 17, 2010

Conflict Resolution workshop June 25-27

Founded in 1975 as a collaboration between inmates at a maximum security prison in New York and members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) sought to reduce the level of violence in prison by teaching Gandhian techniques for non-violent conflict resolution. The original project was wildly successful and quickly spread to other prisons, community groups, schools and war zones. AVP International describes its purpose today as "enabling participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways."

This summer, the Duluth-Superior Friends Meeting is sponsoring a Basic Community Workshop in Conflict Resolution facilitated by the Friends for a Non-Violent World. The 21-hour hands-on workshop focuses on "new skills to cope with violence, our own and others’, and build and deepen community. AVP workshops emphasize developing peace-building tools for use in homes, the workplace, and the broader community."

The workshop runs from Friday June 25 through Sunday June 27th at the Friends Meeting House (1802 E 1st St, Duluth). Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit the FNVW website (click on events) or contact Bonnie Ambrosi at 218 728-9942 or grihastashrami{at}gmail{dot}com.

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