Find Your Dream Vacation at this Year’s Auction!

The highlight of our annual auction has always been the exciting getaway opportunities! This year, we have a wide array of dream vacations and getaways to bid on. Here’s a full list of what you can expect to find at this year’s auction!


5-Night Stay at Nags Head Beach House

Value: $2,000

A sound-front home with spectacular views of the sunset and golf course. Three tastefully decorated master suites, every room overlooks the water and only a pitching wedge to the golf course clubhouse! Excellent golfer or family vacation getaway! 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bath Outer Banks vacation home. Fairway/sound-front location on the Nags Head Golf Links in the Village at Nags Head. Swim in the sound behind the house or at the beach a quarter mile walk away. Hot tub on deck, WiFi, gas fireplace, grill and outside shower. Available anytime between mid-November 2017 and mid-May 2018 or mid-September 2018 to mid-November 2018. Parking for 4-5 cars. 


3-Night Weekend Stay at Gorgeous Alpine Home

Value: $1,050


Enjoy a 3-night, weekend stay at this stunning alpine home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Wintergreen offers a wide range of year-round activities like skiing, golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, and much more. Enjoy the scenery of the Blue Ridge from a gorgeous, custom-built alpine home! The 4-bedroom, 4-bath house sleeps 8-10 people and boasts a great room with a 25-foot vaulted ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful stone fireplace (gas), gas fireplace in the master bedroom suite, magnificent views from four decks, gourmet kitchen, large steam shower, eight person hot tub, and much more. The décor is granite, cedar, natural wood and stone, and is furnished in a contemporary but cozy Alpine style. The artwork is extraordinary. The property backs up to the Wintergreen Foundation Nature Center, for an unobstructed panoramic view from all sides, including an eastward-facing 70 mile view.


Wintergreen Weekend Getaway

Value: $800


A 3 night weekend at a pretty and cozy Wintergreen getaway house. Weekend to be coordinated with donor. From Margaret Rittenhouse and David Woodburn.



Value: $650


This home sits on the quiet Main St. of Chincoteague Island. It has four spacious bedrooms and 2.5 baths, Sleeps 7 with 3 queen beds and 1 double futon. From this home you can view the water. Bike or drive to Assateague Island to visit the ocean, only 3 miles away. Available for 1 week in September 2018. Amenities include TV, DVD, VCR, Washer/Dryer, Dishwasher, A/C, and two decks.


One-Week Cottage Stay at Southern Shores, NC

Value: $650


The Clarke Cottage is one of the Southern Shores historic Flat Top beach cottages, located just 1,000 feet from the ocean, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina near Kitty Hawk and Duck. The cottage sits directly across from a natural preserve area, and guests can enjoy the beach, walking paths, and amenities of the Southern Shores Neighborhood association! There are 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, and has a large enclosed porch. The cottage is most comfortable for 6 people. One bedroom has a queen bed, and two bedrooms have 2 twin beds, the living room has a queen sleeper sofa. Direct TV, piano, grill, bicycles, and fishing rods are provided. Please bring your own linens & towels. Pets are not allowed. Rental includes access to amenities of the Southern Shores Civic Association (ocean side parking, boat ramp, bike paths, handicap beach access, trails through dunes and maritime forests). One-week stay, with check-in at 3pm and checkout at 10am. Website: Available during May and October.


3-Night Stay in Lovely Cottage in Duck, NC

Value: $525


Three-night stay in lovely cottage in Duck, North Carolina on the beautiful Outer Banks. About 300 yards from the beach, you can enjoy your days by the water and evenings in a beautiful cabin home. Relax in the comfortable Great Room decorated with knotty pine tongue groove paneling. The 3 bedrooms were updated and all new flooring was installed. House is equipped with password protected Wi-Fi ! There is a well-equipped kitchen or cook up your ‘catch of the day’ on the gas grill. Bring your bike and enjoy an exciting bike path that connects Duck and Corolla! This cottage has 3 bedrooms; 7 people maximum may stay for 3 nights in the off-season. Not available on holidays. Available in the January-April or September-December. This perennial auction favorite is a tribute to the memory of early and long time RPEC activist Galen Heckman whose family owns the cottage. Visit to see rental calendar. PROP #303436


Afton Mountain Getaway

Value: $260


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. Or – sit, read and relax while enjoying the view! The cottage has a modern kitchen, queen-size Murphy bed and a roll-out twin bed. Offer expires May 1. Dates to be mutually agreed upon.


#221 The Clearing Retreat Center

Value: $200

Two Day, One Night Rental

The Clearing is the Richmond Friends’ meditative retreat center, in the center of roughly 85-acres of natural forest within an hour’s drive of Richmond. Includes a modern air-conditioned lodge with a large meeting room with fireplace, full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a big front deck. Also two sleeping cabins, 20+ cleared campsites, an open grassy area with a roofed pavilion, outdoor worship area, an Adirondack shelter, outdoor privies, an all-weather gravel access road and parking. A great vacation spot for your family, extended family, or any group up to about 20 people.

Don’t forget to take a look at our full items catalog, and we’ll see you at the auction!

Auditions open for Generation Dream 2018

The Richmond Youth Peace Project is now putting together Generation Dream 2018, our annual performing arts tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Once again we’re looking for talented young performers—singers, musicians, dancers, actors and spoken word poets—who would like to be part of the show.  All performances should in some way reflect Dr. King’s message of peace, nonviolence and social justice.  Individual acts should be limited to no more than five minutes.

We’re auditioning new performers, so, If you know of someone who may want to participate, please have them get in touch with us as soon as possible, at

We’re planning two shows this year:  One will be held at the Richmond Public Library on Friday evening, February 2.

Our second performance is scheduled for the Grace Street Theater on Sunday afternoon, February 11.

Performers who have participated previously do not need to audition, but we would need to know what you’re planning to perform, and preview your performance when you’re ready.

Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this year’s show.  

You can find video from past shows on the Peace Center’s YouTube channel,

For additional information, or to schedule an audition contact us at


Featured Items in 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

Conceptual symbol of multiracial human hands making a circle on white background with a copy space in the middle

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  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

See a schedule of upcoming RYPP monthly meetups here:

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
Campus map
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  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

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

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 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.