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For questions  contact ---   conference@avpusa.org

2019 AVP-USA National Gathering

May 24th thru 27th

Also pre and post Gathering workshops available see tab to your left! 


A paper was written by one of the CA conference committee members on the subject of choosing our theme...  Nathan Kleban challenges us with his thoughtful discussion.   Go here to read  

In Northern California at


Mills College
East Oakland

Early Bird until March 23rd - $410
three nights w dinner on Friday night

Regular Fee March 24th - April 20th - 
Featured Speaker
Paul Chappell

Author and Peace Educator

Paul is an international peace educator and serves as the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain.  He is the author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living , and our shared humanity.  

    Guest Speaker 

  Watani Stiner  

Watani Stiner went to prison in 1969 after two black Panthers were shot and killed at UCLA by a member of another revolutionary Black Power group called Us, of which Watani was a part.  Watani and his brother were sentenced to life in prison although neither of them had taken part in the killings.  Five years later, he escaped from San Quentin and fled to South America, where he lived in exile for twenty years and raised 7 children  In 1994 , concerned for the safety and welfare of his children, Watani voluntarily walked into the U. S. Embassy in the country of Suriname and negotiated his surrender.   It was in 1998 that Watani signed up for his first workshop in San Quentin Prison.   Following 21 more years of incarceration, he was released in 2015, and continues to share his personal story of reconciliation and advocate for Restorative Justice. 

In-Depth Workshops

We are excited to announce two In-Depth workshops prior to the Gathering and then one extended one after.  The first one is entitled
"Who Me? Implicit Bias"  and  Embracing Wholeness Through Body-MInd-Heart Integration in AVP Training -.On Friday AVP-USA Board is hosting a retreat and all AVP Facilitators are encouraged to attend.  Also this year there will be a post Gathering workshop.   This is AIKI Training and is a 2 1/2 day workshop.  Registration has been updated . Check out the separate page entitled In-Depth Workshops for more information.  You must pre-register for these workshops.

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Want to facilitate a break out session?
Strand one:  TBD - will update 

Strand two:  TBD - will update 

Strand three:  TBD - will update 


Friday evening dinner, May 24, through Monday lunch, May 27

Start off Friday night with an evening of laughter, sharing our successes, renewing friendships and making new facilitator-friends. Take time to enjoy a stroll on one of the many trails surrounding the University.

Saturday, the sharing deepens as we explore more methods of implementing AVP exercises
and workshops, ways to promote community workshops, as well as working with prison and department-level staff. Discover what AVP/USA committees do and how you can participate.

Sunday features more workshops and the AVP/USA Annual Meeting. Find out how AVP/USA is moving forward and how you can be a part of the next steps.

Monday, stay until lunch for a morning of catching up on what you missed either with repeat workshops or small Dialog sessions—
to ask questions and get answers on your specific issues.