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Planting Seeds of Peace

AVP Liberation Workshop
Cambridge Friends Meeting House, MA, USA
May 22-24, 2017

One of Bhutanese AVP facilitator, Mon Rai, participated in Liberation workshop, Cambridge, MA (right) along with Tom from Arizona, Lucie from the Czech Republic and Deb from New York. AVP Liberation Workshop Cambridge Friends Meeting House, MA, USA May 22-24, 2017

The AVP Liberation Workshop was an excellent workshop! I chose not to facilitate, since I had not participated in this workshop before. Facilitators Nadine Hoover, Sarah Mandolang and Tom Martin modeled an incredible variety of strategies, developing an incredible community with all the participants, and learning many ways to work through and reflect on an activity.

It was an amazing learning experience for me. I am enriched. What I liked best is that this experiential Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop began the first day with inclusive community building, then showed how prejudice operates in daily communication among those people close to us, and then finding transforming power in everyone and every moment. We continued by exploring the dynamics of oppression and internalized oppression, how old hurts create aspirations for

AVP Liberation Workshop Cambridge Friends Meeting House, MA, USA May 22-24, 2017 Group photo of AVP Liberation Workshop participants, Cambridge, MA, 22-24 May 2017. L to R back: Mon, Nadine, Tom, Kathy, Bess, John, Steve, Kristina, Sarah, Shirley. L to R front: Minga, Jamuna, Allie, Katie, Margaret, Berenice, Lucie, Monica (with Nancy and Deb off preparing for AVP-USA!)

privilege, and how to rely on transforming power in the simplicity of direct relationships. The last day explored experimenting with relying on transforming power to guide our decisions and our lives, experiencing the liberty of conscience when act on what we know is right, and then reflecting on the whole workshop and closing.

It was quite hard for me to understand at times, but I could feel how powerful it was. I could really see how in the future, before participating in this kind of workshop, participants should learn trauma recovery and resilience tools first, so we know how to not become overwhelmed by the emotionally hard work of liberation from prejudice and oppression. Thank you.  

With love and peace,
Jamuna Shrestha

 

 

Continuing Revolution 2017: Peace
Young Adult Quaker’s National Gathering
5-7 June, 2017 at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA

 

June 2017 Pendle Hill workshop, Participants are drawing core self

Young adult innovators lead the peace movement through showing different programs and activities from there own places.
The Continuing Revolution among young adult Quakers is a national gathering to plant the seeds of peace. It reached for the possibility of creating peace between enemies within a temporarily real community gathering, deep in the Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, USA.

I believe that after experiencing how life would feel, living together in peace, removed from their normal reality at home, young people from entrenched conflict areas would be guided by a more hopeful idea for peace upon their return. I was inspired to see the cultivating of new generations of leaders to transform conflict. Young people have the courage and capacity to change and lead change.

Participating the session of "Peace Doves of Clay That Fly Away". Participants decorate a peace dove of clay then hang in the trees and let the dove ‘fly away’ by the wind and rain.

Youth voices in peace building are present everywhere, but sometimes not recognized, although most young peace builders create positive impact with minimal resources. It’s important to provide them with the tools they need to become more effective change markers. 

Nadine Hoover and I did an hour and a half session on “The Power of Visiting: Politics of Making Friends, not Enemies.” It was very powerful to see how important self care and understanding of good companionship is for peace, at home and in the world. We offered an interactive experience of building friendship, bound by cooperative agreements, and bolstered by the tools of learning to listen and share hard stories as well as uplifting stories. Nadine also call Quakers to practice their faith, to experience the immense transforming power in life, to trust it and to let it guide and shape our lives and decisions.

Group photo of Pendle hill participants, June 2017 with Nadine Hoover and Jamuna Shrestha; Participants of continuing revolution 2017, Pendle hill

During the meal times at lunch and dinner interested groups learned more with an individual who was involved in the work of peace. So Hayley Hathaway shared about the Friends Peace Teams (FPT) and Nadine Hoover and Jamuna Shrestha added about FPT and my purpose of visiting in the U.S.

I learnt how love and respect can create peace, but we have to continue the revolution and support to the young adults. Thank you.

With love and peace, Jamuna Shrestha