Category: Events

Second Saturdays-Hope Tank

Come alone or gather your friends!  Join the Metta Center for a fresh Hope Tank experiment, Second Saturdays from 8:45-9:45 am PST. We will explore topics related to nonviolence including Restorative Justice, the New Story, Science of Nonviolence, Nonviolence in Families/Parenting, Meditation/Yoga, Strategy, as well as topics that arise due to current events. Participants can expect both presentation format as well as an open but moderated conversation. The Hope Tank group will be connected with a listserv as well as Zoom call-in number (that won’t change for the duration of the experiment, see below) and will receive topics, with relevant material and questions prior to the gathering.   To join this experiment, please sign up here.   Come alone or gather your friends!  —– Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699006833,,781971574# or +14086380968,,781971574# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923 Meeting ID: 781 971 574 International numbers available:

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Petaluma Training: Restorative Justice and Nonviolence

Are you interested in helping create a more compassionate and connected community? Would like like specific training to help you engage in conflict with positive outcomes? Are you worried about crime, bigotry, and/or bullying in our community and want to do something about it? The Metta Center, a Petaluma Nonprofit,  is partnering with Restorative Resources to host a workshop exploring the foundations and tools of restorative justice and  nonviolence. Todd Harper, the training manager at Restorative Resources for secondary schools, and Stephanie Van Hook, the Executive Director of Metta Center for Nonviolence, will lead this workshop, which will present community members with the tools they need to engage in conflict constructively and compassionately; in schools, families, the justice system, and more.  Location: Metta Center Office, 202 Keller Street Suite 205D, Petaluma Time: Saturday, October 7th from 10-1pm Cost: $20-40, sliding scale. Please RSVP here.  Email with any questions or if you need financial assistance. Learning these tools of conflict resolution, community building, and justice can go a long way in our work towards a more connected and compassionate world.   

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Workshop: Transform your Thinking, Transform your Actions, use NONVIOLENCE

  On the path of nonviolence, fear can be both foe and ally. We can be curious about its message for us, and invite its wisdom; or we can let it rule us, keeping us from engaging in true depth with the very purpose of our lives. In this workshop we will explore a process for identifying our hearts’ calling–moving into relationship with our fears– and then imagine ways for strategically harnessing the transformed fear energy into concrete, constructive and creative actions for long-term nonviolent change, such as restorative justice and unarmed protection teams. With Linda Sartor and Stephanie Van Hook Where: Lanham Village Community Center, 4 Martin Drive, Novato. When: April 8th, 10:00am to 1:00 pm   Donation: $20.  No one turned away for lack of funds   Facilitators: Linda Sartor, Author of Turning Fear into Power: One Woman’s Journey Confronting the War on Terror. We are honored to have Linda present her book nonviolent workshop to Marin County.  Linda will bring her wisdom and experience in presenting how to transform our thinking and action.   Stephanie Van Hook, Director of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and children’s book author, Gandhi Searches for Truth.  We are honored to have Stephanie present her incredible knowledge and experience in our nonviolent evolution.   

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Metta Center presents an evening with Ali Abu Awwad Ali, a Palestinian peace activist, joins us to speak about the Taghyeer (Change) Palestinian National Nonviolence Movement.  Taghyeer is dedicated to fostering Palestinian national nonviolent identity in action – through which communities, leaders, and organizations come together to address social development needs, and at the same time resist occupation and open a path to resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.   February 22nd at 7pm Congregation Ner Shalom 85 La Plaza, Cotati Also appearing will be the Irthlingz Duo: Sharon Abreu & Michael Hurwicz, to share songs of peace and sustainability. Donations to T. gratefully accepted Suggested Donation $25 No one turned away for lack of funds Co-sponsored by Fenwick Foundation, Congregation Ner Shalom

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Metta in San Diego: Roadmap Workshop!

  Attention Metta friends in San Diego! Stephanie Steiner, Metta’s Director of Education, will be having a Roadmap-themed workshop at the San Diego Peace Resource Center on Saturday, October 22 from 10am to 1pm. She would love to see you there! Participation is free. Register here! About the workshop: Nonviolence is much more than simply the absence of violence – it is better described as “love in action” and is, as Martin Luther King said, a way of life for courageous people. The Metta Center’s Roadmap is a framework that individuals and groups can use to gain a sense of united nonviolent action and begin to design a strategy for concerted action along nonviolent lines leading to major, systemic change (some call it “The Great Turning.”). The message of the Roadmap is that “we all belong here” – everyone can find themselves and their passion within the roadmap, and realize that they are part of a bigger picture. Working together, we can create a powerful, nonviolent strategy for weaving our work together toward a safer and saner future. In this participatory workshop, we will discuss nonviolence and related core concepts, the Roadmap model, and seek to find our places within it and how our work and passions are connected. It will include building community and connecting with others who are interested in practicing nonviolence in their daily lives and work. Together, we can be unstoppable! The workshop will be facilitated by Stephanie Steiner, Director of Education at the Metta Center for Nonviolence, Peace Studies professor at San Diego City College and Chapman University, and board member of the Peace Resource Center. We will start promptly at 10 – please arrive on time! Please email Stephanie at with any questions.

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A Party with a Purpose. Join us September 23rd!

~A Benefit for Metta Center for Non-Violence~ Friday, Sept. 23rd At the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics 99 W 6th St. in Old Town Santa Rosa 6:30: Food, drinks and socializing. 7:30: Program Music and an original Revue entitled “Who do We Owe?” featuring Abraham Entin and friends doing lively original and familiar songs that explore questions of debt from a political/spiritual perspective. Also performing will be The Sebastopol Love Choir and Lloyd Ferris No charge for admission.

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Tools for Person Power: Online Workshop with Maja Bengtson

Tools for Person Power is a two-part series (attend one or both) exploring two interrelated concepts about our individual and interpersonal dynamics. Join us for this interactive online workshop! When: June 7 & 14 10:30am-12:00pm PST Where: Google Hangouts (online) Cost: Sliding scale (suggested payment $25-50) Register here! Metta takes a broad spectrum approach to nonviolence, often ranging from the broad theoretical context and the “new story” to practical advice for activists, from spiritual practice to social change.  In this course our friend and associate Maja Bengtson will be focusing on some of the psychology of the personal and relational self, from a perspective of Nonviolence.   Part 1 (June 7): Dynamics of Personal Integration In this online workshop, we will explore the inner dynamics of “Integrative Power.” Integrative power has been named by Kenneth Boulding, and can be considered an aspect of what makes nonviolence work: “I will be authentic, and it will bring us closer together.” At any point in time, we human beings can find ourselves somewhere on a spectrum between Integration and Disintegration. I define Integration as “being in touch with that place inside that anchors me into my belonging”. When we’re not in touch with that place, we experience degrees of Disintegration, with increasing levels of emotional discomfort and intensity, as we move along the spectrum. We will discuss these concepts, learn to recognize the levels of Disintegration, and explore a range of methods to use towards re-integration.     “Wholeness can be scientifically defined as Integration” – Dan Siegel   Part 2 (June 14): Story of Me – Working with our Personal Narratives In this online workshop we will look at the places we bump up against ourselves, despite our best efforts, despite all our strategies and all our efforts to do things differently, or even nonviolently. The workshop will include a brief presentation and discussion on the concept of Narratives – “the stories of who I am” – as well as exercises to help audience articulate some for themselves. Since narratives form the blueprint of how we see ourselves, we go through life mostly unaware of them and their impact. They create the basis of “normal” , the filter through which we understand and get feedback from the world around us. They become sneaky self-fulfilling prophecies! The good news is that with some understanding and tools for detecting and re-designing them, and for how to make the new ones stick, we can effectively upgrade our stories to better match current reality.   About Maja Maja Bengtson has a MA in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Conflict Resolution and Organization Development. She has worked with personal development since 1991, including a decade with Nonviolent Communication (NVC). She’s certified as an Integral Coach (TM) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Metta Center for Nonviolence.

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Nonviolence Education and Building Community: Conference Call Series

Dates: June 9, July 14, August 4 (Thursdays) Time: 5:00-6:00 pm PST Platform: UberConference (via computer or phone) Cost: Free! Click here to register! Join Metta and special guest Robin Wildman, a nonviolence educator from Broad Rock Middle School in Rhode Island, for an inspiring discussion series geared towards educators and anyone who is passionate about nonviolence education. The calls will be a mix of inspiration, drawing from Dr. King’s words and teachings; conversation, having questions and discussion each week; and action – practical ways that we will be able to apply what we discuss in our lives, classrooms and communities. The calls will provide a unique opportunity to build community with others who are passionate about nonviolence and education, and will be held in the style and spirit of Metta’s Hope Tanks, which is “open but focused.” Topics will include: Breaking Down Conflict: Looking at Types and Levels of conflict and how that looks in schools and classrooms, as well as in our own lives Six Principles of Nonviolence: A brief explanation of Dr. King’s work from 1955-1968 and his journey to Nonviolence. Description of how the Principles are the values system and framework for creating personal and societal change Six Steps to Reconcile Conflict: What is the difference between resolve and reconcile? Why reconcile? How do the Steps work? Suggested Reading (to be discussed on the calls): Letter from a Birmingham Jail My Pilgrimage to Nonviolence Please join us this summer for an enriching and inspiring series! We *hope* to see you there Questions? Email us at

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1 Day Teachers’ Retreat: July 28. Register Today!

Teacher Retreat

This retreat is dedicated to teachers designed to promote personal nonviolence, bringing nonviolence to the classroom, teaching the nonviolent path, and the state of the art of nonviolence today. This event will be held in the University Lutheran Chapel of UC Berkeley on Saturday, July 28th […]

Thurs. May 10: Restorative Justice Telecouncil

A Restorative Justice and Social Healing Telecouncil Series:

The principles of nonviolence and the transformation of justice:
a live telecouncil dialogue with Michael Nagler
Thursday, May 10th 5pm PST/ 8pm EST
Hosted by Mali Rowan Leach