On October 27th from 9am-5pm TGI and The National Peace Academy will team up to offer Transforming Power: Ways of Transforming Ourselves and the Prison System, Here and Around the World. This learning event is a special journey that takes participants through the early history of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) to its current international status. It will examine the countries and communities that currently offer AVP in their prisons, communities and schools, and will offer particpants the opportunity to experience a variety of AVP exercises, reflect on these experiences and discuss their responses in a supportive community circle. The exercises invite attendees to explore who we are, what we believe, how we can respond to our needs non-violently, and how we can express ourselves using such skills as nonviolent communication. Participants will also be introduced to the concept of Transforming Power and conclude their journey with a greater understanding of AVP, its history, structure and how to participate in future full-length programs both nationally and internationally.