AVP workshops focus on five different areas: affirmation, communication, co-operation, community building and transforming power (learn more about each of these further down the page). All our workshops are based on working together as equals, learners and teachers – both participants and facilitators. The team running the workshop are there to share some ideas which the group then explores together – the best workshops are where the facilitators have very little to say as the participants are sharing their own knowledge, experiences and thoughts.
We occasionally offer taster sessions to give you the opportunity to experience the Alternatives to Violence approach before committing to the full workshop. Get in touch for more details .
We offer an Introductory (level 1) and an Advanced (level 2) workshop – to attend an Advanced (level 2) workshop you must have fully completed a previous Introductory (level 1) workshop.
Affirmation and Communication
Improving communication skills forms an essential part of our workshops. We begin with introductions, agreeing on boundaries for the workshop, sharing names, and getting to know the group.
The exercises help us improve our listening skills, and share what is good about one another (affirmation) – something we typically don’t do enough of.
Learning to co-operate in a group can take different forms, even without communicating verbally!
AVP is an experiential programme – everything we do in our workshops begins with our own experiences.
Before we start discussing co-operation in the workshop, we first remind ourselves how it feels to work in a group, either co-operating with the others or not!
Reflecting on what we learn from our experiences, and listening to what others have learned, helps us to grow as a person.
Group construction and trust exercises help build a sense of community, as do fun games and shared storytelling of experiences.
Doing such exercises together is fun, and also teaches us a lot about ourselves and others.
Our trained facilitators will debrief each exercise, drawing out lessons and insights from the group.
AVP workshops are great teambuilding tools – participants get to know each other much better, and build a valuable basis of trust and understanding.
A key element of AVP is pre-emptive conflict resolution by creatively transforming unhealthy relationships through sharing, caring, improved communication skills and sometimes even surprise and humour.
Role-plays and other forms of drama allow us to explore possible approaches to different forms of conflict.
Important insights are gained through the roleplays, which are flexibly adapted and debriefed as they run, again helping us to assess and digest whatever we learn.
An Advanced (level 2) workshop builds on the principles of the first workshop, and each group works towards a consensus to choose topics they will explore in more detail.
Participants who have experienced our workshops and want to deepen their involvement can also train to become facilitators with AVP.