Alternatives to Violence (AVP) Workshops
Basic Workshop: Sept 29th- October 1st
Advanced Workshop: October 26th -28th
Om Center for Spiritual Living
7484 University Avenue, Suite 210, La Mesa
Additional information below
As a teacher, vice-principal and school principal I more often than not had to sit with students of all ages, kindergarten to senior high, to help them get along with each other, to make peace.
I loved that aspect of my work, the nitty gritty of it, the getting to the bottom of why they felt they had to hit back or resort to name calling and ridiculing. I’d often ask them to think of what they could have done differently if the same troublesome situation that got them in each other’s face happened again.
It’s essential training since we live in a very violent society, one wherein: children kill children; children are abused in their homes; husbands batter wives and vice versa; metal detectors are used in our schools.
Our prisons are bursting at the seams, spawning more violence, sending those released back into the streets angrier than before, fearful of a world that’s left them behind hopeless and jobless, and clueless as to how to better the situation they’re in. And we do very little as a society to counter the negative influences inherent in such a violent society as ours.
But the Om Center for Spiritual Living does offer our community help in making peace and later this month and at the end of next month they are offering, along with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), two weekend workshops designed for participants to learn the skills to practice nonviolence in their everyday life, to become an agent of change in their world. The workshops are described below.
Basic AVP Workshop: September 29th – October 1st
Participants learn and practice nonviolence conflict resolution skills including communication, self-acceptance, and community building using self-discovery and group exercises. All activities are experiential, educational and fun.
September 29th, Saturday, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
September 30th, Sunday, 1 PM – 6:30 PM
October 1st, Monday, 6 PM – 9:30 PM
Advanced AVP Workshop: October 26th – 28th
The workshop addresses a specific topic related to conflict and selected by workshop participants. For example: fear, anger, power and powerlessness, forgiveness, white privilege.
Requirements: AVP Basic Workshop.
October 26th, Friday, 6PM – 9:30 PM
October 27th, Saturday, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
October 28th, Sunday, 1 PM – 6:30 PM
Saturday workshops include a ½ hour lunch break – bring your own sack lunch.
For information and to register: Carroll Boone, 619-697-3223, firstname.lastname@example.org Sign up. Learn a few things. Have fun. Peace.