Basic AVP

The Basic AVP Workshop is an intensive, three-day learning experience which teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills through a series of step-by-step processes. These experiences in small groups and one-to-one interactions build a sense of community and trust through exercises focusing on:

  • Affirmation — Building self esteem and trust.
  • Communication — Improving both listening skills and assertive methods of expression.
  • Cooperation — Developing cooperative attitudes that avoid competitive conflicts.
  • Creative Conflict Resolution — Getting in touch with the inner Transforming Power to resolve violence. Role plays provide an opportunity to explore this power and learn new and creative ways to respond to real life conflicts in our lives.

AVP workshops seek to assist people in personal growth and change, but AVP is not psychotherapy. We join together, participants and facilitators both, to explore our own corners of violence and seek more satisfying ways to respond.  Each workshop is generally 12 – 20 participants to facilitate discussion.


Raleigh Friends Meeting
625 Tower Street
Raleigh NC 27607


Friday, July 12, 2024 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, July 13, 2024 , 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 14, 2024, 1:00pm to 6:00pm

How much?

$20.00 registration fee for the weekend [additional tax-deductible donations gratefully accepted for the scholarship fund] includes registration, snacks, and supplies.

Checks should be made payable to AVP North Carolina, a tax-exempt organization and mailed to:

AVP NC c/o Deborah Bromiley
621 Thistlegate Trail
Raleigh NC 27610.

Cash or Venmo options are available, as are scholarships to cover the registration fee.


[We will keep a waiting list for future workshops]

Please register no later than 6/30/2024, or if you have questions:

Registration fee is due 6/30/2024

*Workshop facilitators are volunteers. Do not stay away due to the registration fee; scholarships are available.

Raleigh Friends

Raleigh Friends Meeting, 625 Tower Street, Raleigh NC 27607

Facilitator bios:

John Shuford has been leading AVP workshops for over 30 years. He was the state coordinator of the program in Delaware for over 20 years. John has been past president of AVP USA and vice-president of AVP International. He continues to facilitate AVP workshops because it provides a depth of meaning and enjoyment that he can not experience any other way.

Deborah Bromiley has been leading AVP workshops for almost 15 years. She was the program coordinator at the Women’s Prison in Delaware for 7 years. Deborah has been secretary for AVP USA and chair of the Information Committee for AVP International. Deborah believes that AVP continues to change her life and open her up to a more peaceful way of living. Being able to participate in and witness the transformations that AVP brings is an honor.

Lee Pickett has been leading AVP workshops for three years. She finds facilitating workshops within the community and in the prison rewarding because of the personal growth she sees when people share close-to-the-heart truths about their lives. She is especially gratified to realize how her own behavior becomes more peaceful, collaborative and forgiving after each workshop.

B.J. Council completed her AVP Facilitator training 3 years ago. She was drawn to AVP’s simple philosophy of peace and dignity. Witnessing strangers become a community in three days demonstrates how AVP can impact the reduction of violence. Her background is law enforcement. When community members are taught to have successful interpersonal interactions, it lessens the need for the community to interact with police.

Cynthia Wood began her AVP journey in 2023. She was drawn to the healing and openness demonstrated in every AVP training, and to the capacity for deep connection with other participants as we all learn and grow while exploring alternatives to violence. AVP complements her other work with restorative justice in building a more just and peaceful world.

I went into the workshop as a pessimist and I came out as a changed person. I was alive. I was actually alive. I liked what I saw in myself. I liked what I saw in the mirror.”

 AVP changed my life. I was actually happy and successful as a CEO, but that wasn’t enough. Now I have purpose and the skills to be the person I knew I could be.

If there is such a thing as a miraculous change in an individual, I can truthfully say that it was during my involvement with AVP that I began to grow from a person filled with hate, anger, and despair, into a person who believes he too is responsible for the protection, preservation and enrichment of humanity.

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