Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, USA
Prem Rawat will be speaking twice at the Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, USA. The event will start on Sunday 6th March at 5:00 p.m and on Monday 7th March at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (PST).
All are welcome to attend this event.
TIME AND LOCATION
The event will be held at the Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach CA 90802.
The 1st event day will start at 5:00 p.m., lobby doors will open at 3:00 p.m.
The 2nd event day will start at 11:00 a.m., lobby doors will open at 9:00 a.m.
Special Needs support will be given for people using wheelchairs and can be booked when purchasing tickets.
If you are hearing impaired, this venue has a hearing loop system you can collect in the lobby (no booking required).
The event will be in English. Translation will be provided in Spanish and Gujarati. Headsets will be available in the lobby for US$10.
RECORDING/FILMING AT EVENT
Do not film or record this event. Official recording is copyright protected by Rawat Creations. Anyone found recording would be removed from the venue.
Rawat Creations will be filming this event. Purchasing a ticket constitutes both your agreement to being filmed as well as the release for your image/voice being included in print, social media, photographic, audio, video, or other usage by Rawat Creations and/or affiliated organizations. If you are purchasing a ticket for another person, their attendance at the event constitutes the same agreement and release.
If you wish to bring children over 10 years of age, they are welcome if they have a genuine interest and can sit quietly for about an hour. Children under this age will not be admitted.
One ticket will give entry to BOTH of the event days. Tickets can be purchased for US$30 each. They will be available:
online from the venue's ticket agent (Ticketmaster)
in person from the venue’s Box Office (which has no phone line), opening times Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
PRINT your ticket and bring it with you on BOTH event days. This will ensure your entry is smooth.
Each person will be able to purchase four seats. However, please only purchase seats that you know will be used. If your plans change and you have unused tickets, please immediately inform firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be re-allocated to other people who want to attend this event.
Ticket sales will start on Friday 19th February at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (PST).
Please note: it is recommended that you do not make travel arrangements until you have successfully purchased your ticket(s), as the number of people requesting seats may exceed venue capacity.
Becky Resnick is a volunteer with The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) who lives in Seattle, Washington. She recently helped facilitate the first Peace Education Program (PEP) in Rwanda. Here is her story:
I traveled to Rwanda for the first time in the fall of 2014 to do some volunteer work and have made two return trips since then. Rwanda is a small country in east central Africa about the size of the state of Maryland, widely remembered for the horrific genocide of 1994, when 750,000 to one million people were killed in a span of only 100 days.
Now, just over 20 years later, much of the nation remains gripped by poverty, AIDS, and loss. What has drawn me back to this place, however, is that despite such deep and pervasive trauma, every person I’ve met has also expressed a strong sense of hope and healing. It’s touched me more deeply than words can express.
Diane Mushimiyimana (left) and Becky Resnick
Just as I was planning to return to the country, I heard that a Rwandan woman named Diane Mushimiyimana had organized a pilot PEP through RICAD Rwanda, an NGO she formed to improve local communities. I was so happy when a friend put us in touch and she invited me to help her as a volunteer PEP facilitator.
Diane is a native Rwandan and, like other members of the RICAD team, is a professional journalist with connections to many movers and shakers in the country. She secured a commitment from a secondary school in the town of Kigali to host the inaugural PEP. I helped by raising nearly US$1,000 in just a few weeks via an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to purchase the audio-visual equipment and materials needed to offer the multimedia course to hundreds of students.
When I landed in Rwanda, I was immediately struck by the amazing enthusiasm Diane and the entire RICAD team had about PEP. One organizer travelled about four hours each way from his home just to be at one of our planning meetings.
The first session got off to a slow start. The school didn’t have an adapter we needed for the sound system to work, so the class was delayed while we tracked one down. When we tested the DVD player, smoke poured out of it, so we ended up using a laptop. The image from the projector was very dim because we couldn’t completely darken the room, and the sound system produced pops and crackles. But despite those technical glitches, approximately 250 students from the upper grades at the school filled the room, listened intently to the message, and were actively engaged in the reflection times.
I was completely blown away by how well PEP was received. After the first class, I could not believe how many participants came up to me to thank me, ask questions, and express how much they enjoyed it. Participants remained enthusiastic as all 10 PEP workshops were conducted over the course of the next five days. We offered them on an accelerated schedule because the students were due to take a two-month holiday break.
Journalists from several magazines, radio stations, and a TV station also interviewed me about PEP. So almost the entire Kigali region probably ended up becoming aware of PEP through their reports.
The course culminated with a heartwarming celebration of everyone’s participation, and we received inspiring feedback. Here are a few samples of what participants had to say about the impact of the course:
PEP helped me really appreciate every moment of my life, regardless of the circumstances I’m in.
This program is good, and it has been a pleasure to take a voyage into myself, discovering myself truly.
This program is so helpful. I wish that it could be offered in all Rwandan schools.
This program is really special. I enjoyed it very much because it helps me feel peace inside myself.
All of Rwanda and all of Africa needs this. My life was transformed!