Take a Look at These Featured Items From This Years Auction!

We know you’ve been wondering what surprises are in store for this year’s auction. Well here’s a sneak preview of some of our featured items. Once you take a look, you’ll be clamoring to purchase your ticket as soon as possible!

Delicious Paella Dinner for Four!
Enjoy a mouth watering Spanish classic without the fuss and clean up involved with putting it together at home! Prepared by the Peace Center’s very own Paul Fleisher, this prize is a culinary dream, featuring salad, wine AND Dessert-Yum!


Plan an Active Weekend with our Active RVA Package!
This package is giving you two great weekend experiences: Two two-hour trampoline passes at Jumpology, AND a two hour segway tour from Segway of Richmond! As a bonus, this package also features a canteen, provided by Ashton Creek Vineyard!


Fashion and Elegance! 
These Fabulous pair of 18k Akoya Pearl and Gold Earrings, donated by Mindy Loiselle, is just the accessory you’ve been looking for! Try showing them off with a Cruelty Free Faux Fur Coat, one of which is also featured in this year’s auction.



And we can’t forget about the fabulous getaways!


A one of a kind Chincoteague Escape!
Every Virginian has heard of the majestic and beautiful Chincoteague island, home of the roaming wild horses. Escape the dredges of every Chincoteague escapeday life with this fabulous week long getaway! This home sits on the quiet Main St. of Chincoteague Island, with four spacious bedrooms, a perfect view the water, decks for relaxing, and nearby biking trails. Embrace your inner horse, and be free with this getaway!


Relaxing stay in an Afton Mountain Cottage

The beach is always a blast, but how about a three-day, two-night getaway to Afton Mountain? Enjoy a spectacular view of the Rockfish Gap from a tiny, cozy and absolutely charming cottage, just 1 ½ hours from Richmond. Hiking? The Appalachian Trail is a 10-minute walk away. Wine tasting? Visit three wineries within a short drive. Craft brew aficionado? Choose from five local breweries. Charming towns? Head to historic Staunton, a 20-minute drive away. This getaway has a little bit of everything! 


These are just three of the awesome treasures you’ll find at this years auction! Be sure to circle back and check our featured items page for updates leading up to the event, and don’t forget to purchase your ticket and come ready to bid!

Community Trauma & Healing Basic Workshop

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How Can Communities Heal from Violence: A Trauma Healing Workshop

 November 3-5, 2017

 The Richmond Peace Education Center will offer a Healing And Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) 3-day Basic workshop for adults Friday Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 5.

The HROC three-day basic training presents a group-based experiential model of healing that focuses on recognizing and understanding extreme trauma and its effects on the individual, family and community. Based equally on trauma theory and in-the-field application, the HROC training engages participants in a process that is both instructive and personally enlightening.

Gain tools to help yourself and others heal from hurt and trauma through a collective trust-building process.  Many people have benefited from this Richmond Peace Education Center program. Experience it for yourself!

Here are a few quotes from previous program participants:

  “This workshop taps into your inner strengths & pulls them out as a way to help others.”

 “In my 27 years, I have not felt the calm and peace that I felt over the past 2 days. I feel very sure that I will overcome my story.

Details of the training: 

Friday, November 3 from 6pm to 9pm

Saturday, November 4 from 9am to 5pm

Sunday, November 5 from 9am to 5pm

Location: Health Brigade 1010 North Thompson, Richmond, VA 23230

Participants gain tools to help themselves and others through the process of grieving, loss, and the transformation of hurt into healing. Healing from trauma and building peace between groups are deeply connected.  It is not possible to do one without the other. RPEC trainers and educators Santa Sorenson and Ram Bhagat will lead the workshop.

The fee for this session is $200. Partial scholarships are available. To reserve a spot please send a $25 non-refundable fee that will go towards RPECsquare2the $200 fee of the workshop.For more information and to register, email name, address and phone number to santaredhawk@rpec.org.  Please mail your check in advance to RPEC, 3500 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221 with HROC Basic in the memo line.

Pay here to reserve your spot

Teens: What should we do about the monuments?

What Should Richmond Do About Its Confederate Monuments?

Richmond-area teens are invited! Join the conversation at the Richmond Youth Peace Project Monthly Meetup Monday, September 18.

Share your ideas, and discuss, with youth from other schools and neighborhoods.  Meet members of the Mayor’s Monument Avenue Commission.

Monday afternoon, September 18, at the Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St. 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Your ideas matter. Your voice matters.

  • Join us for snacks
  • Meet new friends
  • Earn two community service hours

Please let us know if you plan to attend.  Email us at rypp@rpec.org.

See a schedule of upcoming RYPP monthly meetups here: www.rpec.org.

Apply to be trained to become a RYPP leader.

The Richmond Peace Education Center empowers teenagers to be leaders for peace and community change through its Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP). RYPP is a program of the Peace Center in collaboration with Drums No Guns.


Reclaiming our Democracy: Reforming the Police









Join us for the ACLU of Virginia’s event; Reclaiming our Democracy: Reforming the Police Panel Discussion on Saturday, September 9, co-sponsored by the Peace Center!

ACLU of Virginia 2017 Annual Member Meeting and Panel Discussion
Saturday, September 9, 1-4 p.m.
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
1000 North Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
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Moderator:  Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director, ACLU of Virginia

Hassan Aden, founder of The Aden Group, Inc.; former chief of police of Greenville, NC
Osita Iroegbu, 2017 Governor’s Fellow; journalist; graduate student, VCU
Wornie Reed, PhD, professor of sociology and Africana studies; director of Race and Social Policy Research Center, VA Tech
Phillip E. Thompson, Esq., president, Loudoun County Branch, NAACP

1-1:30 p.m. | Refreshments and networking
1:30-1:45 p.m. | Introductions by ACLU of Virginia and Richmond Peace Education Center
1:45-2 p.m. | ACLU of Virginia’s Year in Review
2-3:30 p.m. | Panel discussion by ACLU of Virginia and police practices experts
3:30-4 p.m. | Post panel question and answer opportunity


Please click here to register in advance by August 31, 2017.

Tickets on Sale for the 2017 Auction + Peace Party!

Ticket sales have gone live! Join us, Friday November 17th at Diversity Richmond for our annual party and fundraiser.

Place your bids!This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever! There’s never been a better time to come together and celebrate our community. Have fun with friends and support the work of the Peace Center. 

This year’s auction is going to be a real party! Enjoy wine, beer, and mingling with new friends while you place your bids. We are expecting a full house at this year’s event, so be sure to purchase your ticket early! We are thrilled to be holding this year’s auction at Diversity Richmond; a central venue that truly celebrates inclusivity! Diversity features easy access onsite parking and colorful rainbow decor!  

2017 Auction + Peace Party at Diversity!

As a special bonus, when you purchase your tickets early, you’ll be able to participate in our online pre-auction, and BID ONLINE before the event! That’s right; Select items will be available for bidding before the event.

Our online bidding isn’t the only bonus to purchasing your tickets early. The first 100 ticket purchasers will be entered into a drawing for a special prize(to be announced).Only by purchasing your ticket early can you get in some of these special deals. 

Don’t wait – Purchase your tickets today! 

Teens: Become a Leader for Peace and Justice

Teens, and Parents and Youth Mentors

Would you or your teen like to:

  • Learn to settle conflicts peacefully?
  • Develop leadership skills?
  • Help reduce the level of violence in your school and community?
  • Connect with other teens from throughout the Richmond region?
  • Earn community service hours?

Become a Youth Peace Leader!

We’re now accepting applications for our fall 2017 FREE training for new youth leaders.

There are two training opportunities:


Saturday and Sunday, September 30-October 1  9:30am-5pm 


Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22  9:30am-5pm

Apply to participate in one of the workshops .

You and other teenagers will spend a fun weekend doing activities and learning. You’ll learn to resolve and defuse conflicts. You can use the skills you learn with friends, at home, and at school.

Lunch and snacks will be provided. You’ll also get a copy of a training manual with dozens of exercises and activities.  This year’s workshops are scheduled to be held at the new 6 Points Innovation Center in Highland Park.

Once you complete one of the weekend trainings, you’ll be qualified to become a Youth Leader in the Richmond Youth Peace Project!


As a youth leader, you’ll have opportunities to teach other young people ways to communicate and resolve disagreements. You’ll also get involved in creative activities and make your voice heard in the community…all under the expert mentorship of the Richmond Peace Education Center.


In addition, you’ll earn 15 hours of community service credit just for participating in
the two-day training.

Learn more about the Richmond Youth Peace Project here.

Or follow this link to apply.

The Richmond Youth Peace Project is a collaboration between the Richmond Peace Education Center and Drums No Guns.

Do you have the perfect item for this year’s Auction?

Do you have an item to offer that would be perfect for the Peace Center auction this year?

Our annual auction is the Peace Center’s most important fundraising event. All of the proceeds directly support our work to build a more peaceful and just community.

Volunteers are just starting to work on this year’s auction and we are really changing things up!


This year, the auction will be held Friday, November 17th at 6:30pm at Diversity Richmond.

We are especially looking for items made in Richmond by Richmonders, to showcase local artists and artisans and who want to show their support for the Peace Center with their work.

We are also looking for Richmond specific experiences…think classes, tours, and attractions that make our city unique.

In addition to local donations, we want to add more out-of-Richmond adventures and getaways, since those items are always a big hit in the live auction.  

Special items from faraway places are also popular with our bidders.

Do you have a suggestion for an auction item you (or your business) might like to offer for this year’s event.  If so, please email your suggestion to items@rpec.org.  Thanks.

We are also looking for some fresh faces and fresh ideas from our auction team.  Would you like to get involved?  Do you know anyone well connected in the Richmond community who might like to help in our efforts this year?  Please let us know!

We’ll do all we can to make the process easy for you: We’ll suggest a list of contacts to approach, many of which will be people who donated in previous years. 

We’ll give you materials to hand or email to potential donors, including a letter and step-by-step instructions..  

Would you like to volunteer this year? Let us know if you can help!  Email us your confirmation, or any questions at items@rpec.org.

Again, thank you for your continued support of the Richmond Peace
Education Center.

Train to Lead Programs for the Peace Center

Two-Day Introduction to Conflict Resolution July 17 & 18

Do you want to…

  • Learn healthy ways to communicate and resolve conflict?
  • Become a member of the Peace Center’s training team?
  • Earn recertification points if you’re a teacher?

This July, experience the Richmond Peace Education Center’s basic two-day training in conflict resolution.

This workshop is the foundation for all of RPEC’s conflict resolution programs and provides essential skills and insights to adults of all experience levels.

It’s open to any adult interested in learning to resolve disputes peacefully. Through two days of engaging group exercises, you’ll strengthen your communication, listening, and conflict problem-solving skills. The skills you’ll learn are helpful in addressing everyday interpersonal disputes at home or workplace, in the classroom and in the community.

This training is well suited to educators, individuals who work with youth, and any member of the general public who wishes to strengthen their conflict resolution skills. Educators will earn a minimum of 15 points toward recertification.

Interested in Becoming a Workshop Leader?  

The Richmond Peace Education Center needs skilled and passionate individuals to lead Conflict Resolution workshops in the community, working with youth and adults. Successful completion of this two-day training is a first step for those interested in leading workshops for us. Contact Santa Sorenson for more information at rpec@rpec.org.

We also welcome participants who wish to enhance conflict resolution skills for their own personal development!

Date: July 17 & 18, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. on both days 

Where: Richmond Friends Meetinghouse, 4500 Kensington Ave.

Pre-payment is required. Tuition for the workshop is $175, which includes the cost of a 200+ page training manual. Partial scholarship are provided if needed.

Email your name, address and phone number to rpec@rpec.org to pre-register.

To pay: Use the PayPal button below or mail your check in advance to RPEC, 3500 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221, with “T4T” in them memo line.

Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch each day. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Click “Add to Cart” to make payment, and to enter any scholarship codes.

Member Gathering & Iftar Dinner–Now Full

Our June 14 Member Dinner is now full. We are sorry that we are unable to accept more RSVPs as we are completely full due to overwhelming interest!

Please email rpec@rpec.org to be added to a wait list.

2015 RPEC member dinner 003The Peace Center Member Thank You Dinner is your chance to come together with other members of the Peace Center to relax and look back on the accomplishments we’ve shared.

The evening will include music, recognition of youth leaders, and the recognizing of our 2017 Peacemakers of the Year, Malik and Annette Khan. For more than 20 years, Malik and Annette have dedicated themselves to encouraging interfaith understanding.

Anyone who is a member, volunteer, active supporter, or partner of the Peace Center is welcome!

This year will be special.  As the dinner takes place during Ramadan, we will join our Muslim Peace Center members, and our Peacemakers of the Year, and eat after sundown.  We encourage all of our members to come break the fast, break bread, and celebrate our community’s diversity!

The dinner is Wednesday, June 14th at 7pm, at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church.  We will hold the program first.  After the program, enjoy the Iftar dinner! Note that we will be eating late (after sundown, around 8:45pm). We encourage those non-Muslim friends who need to to have a snack or light meal before coming.

Please let us know in advance if you need child care services or special accommodations. (Email rpec@rpec.org.)

Volunteer to Judge the Peace Essay Contest

Find out what Virginia’s young people think about American diversity, and opening our nation to people from other parts of the world.

We need additional volunteers to help read and judge entries in the 2017 Peace Essay Contest on May 16.  No special expertise is required, beyond being a thoughtful reader.

The theme of this year’s contest is Many People…One Nation.  Students were asked to consider how to build understanding and respect for one another among people of different heritages and beliefs.  The writing prompt generated a lot of interest among students and teachers, and we have received well over 500 entries.


:  Tuesday, May 16

Time:  Beginning at 3 p.m. (but people can arrive later, as their work schedule allows.)

Place:  First Unitarian/Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave.,


We will offer a light dinner for people as they work.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer as a judge, please contact rypp@rpec.org.  Thank you!


(Image from Dance Interface performance at this year’s Generation Dream educoncert)