Why take the upcoming HIP workshop? Hear what previous participants have to say.

We’re offering a Help Increase the Peace workshop for adults and youth on February 28-March 2, 2014.  Want to know why you should attend?  Here’s what participants from the last session had to say:


From Incoming RPEC Board Member and CR trainer Bunny Chidester:

Attending the Help Increase the Peace (HIP) basic workshop was a powerful experience.  I have attended many trainings on a wide range of topics, and the RPEC trainings are by far the best I have ever experienced!  The trainers are really talented, and have a deep working knowledge about peacemaking and community building.  During the HIP training, adults and teens are brought together for activities and discussion around important issues such as racism, economic inequality, stereotyping, and interpersonal violence.  We also focused on building understanding, cooperation, youth leadership, personal affirmation, and positive steps we can all take to make our communities and the world a better place.  My favorite take-away was the basic principles of HIP:

  1. Find something you have in common.
  2. Reach for the good in others.
  3. Listen before making judgments.
  4. Base your positions on truth.
  5. Be ready to change your position if it is wrong.
  6. A position based on truth will give you the courage to act.
  7. If you can’t avoid danger, face it creatively rather than violently.
  8. Use surprise and humor.
  9. Learn to trust your inner sense of when to act and when to withdraw.
  10. Be willing to experience discomfort for standing up for what is important.
  11. Be patient and persistent.
  12. Help build community, based on honesty, respect, and caring.

These formed the foundation of the house we built together at the HIP workshop (figuratively and literally- spoiler alert!!)


 From RYPP Trainer Khadijah Baker:

The HIP workshop was a great experience. It opened up my mind to so many new things, and allowed my heart to see new veiwpoints. It was a great to see the diffrent issues of the world and know what steps to take to help fix those problems. Ram and Santa were great attributes to this workshop. I can’t wait for the next one.


 From RYPP Trainer Suzanna Woods:

HIP was a unique opportunity to communicate not only with other youth, but with adults as well, about a broad range of current issues. I appreciated the breadth of information presented, as well as the thoughtful discussion and willingness to participate everyone displayed. I believe it is important to bridge the generation gap by facilitating intergenerational dialogue in a safe, equal environment, and HIP does just that. I am definitely interested in the advanced workshop.


The next HIP workshop is scheduled for Friday, February 28 (6-9 p.m.), Saturday March 1 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), and Sunday, March 2 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the Fan Free Clinic, 1010 N. Thompson St.

The fee for the workshop is $150 for adults, and free for RYPP Youth.

Email name, address and phone number to rpec@rpec.org to pre-register, or for more information. Please mail your check in advance to RPEC, 3500 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221 with HIP Basic in the memo line.