River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

Join with us as we continue our work for the establishment of safer communities through partnership and collaboration, embedding best and new practices in existing systems and facilitating cutting edge dialogues, workshops and trainings buoyed by our ongoing commitment to prevent, reduce and heal from violence in all forms.

It is estimated that in the United States alone, the cost of interpersonal violence is over 300 billion dollars per year. Yet, it is largely preventable when a coordinated and strategic approach is taken with community, local and state agencies. The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding takes this very approach, addressing violence with a continuum of prevention and intervention strategies that involve the general public, at-risk populations, and those that are healing from the impact of violence by embedding best and next practices into the complex systems.

Upcoming Events

Pillars of Peacebuilding     -   FREE EVENT

Thursday, Apr. 2nd, 2015 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM

Peacebuilding in Gainesville and South Sudan!
A community dialogue with Sheldon Wardwell, Protection Officer with the Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan and Jeffrey Weisberg and Heart Phoenix of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.

This evening discussion brings together peacebuilders working in two different corners of the earth, in the midst of conflict and violence, yet identifying the similarity at the core in their approach to building peace.
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Morita Therapy - FREE EVENT

Wednesday, Apr. 8th, 2015 from 3:30PM
at Alachua County Downtown Library - Meeting Room A

Join Dr. Brian Ogawa as he shares his holistic approach of Morita Therapy.  Dr. Ogawa will describe how our natural human aspiration and determination for meaningful life produces both anxiety and hope.  He will offer practical and proven ways to promote personal wellbeing and healthy spontaneity in daily living.
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Morita Therapy Training with Dr. Brian Ogawa

Thursday, Apr. 9th, 2015 from 9 AM until 3:30 PM
at Health Department Auditorium - Lunch Provided
Must register by Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 2015

Morita Therapy with Dr. Brian Ogawa, D.Min., emphasizes natural healing environments, less reliance on talk therapy or pharmacotherapy, and integrative approaches to well-being.
Morita Therapy focuses on the intrinsic human aspiration and determination for meaningful living and the disruption of natural life processes towards health.
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Peace4Gainesville: A Trauma Responsive Community Initiative

Thursday, Apr. 23rd, 2015 from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM 

at CIED Center, 530 West University Avenue

Join with a unique blend of community partners who together have taken a multidisciplinary approach to address the causes and consequences of trauma through a coordinated comprehensive community effort that would respond to and foster resiliency and healing.     peace4gainesville.org
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Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System

Thursday, May. 7th, 2015 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
at 322 SW 4th Avenue, Gainesville

Join retired Gainesville Police Department Captain Will Halvosa, Jeffrey Weisberg and members of the Dream Defenders as they discuss the disproportionate contact that minority youth have with law enforcement. Community members are encouraged to participate in the discussion as together we seek to continue to repair this national epidemic.
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The mission of RPCP is to enrich the lives of individuals, families and communities by providing and promoting the best practices and principles of peacebuilding and global sustainability.