Category: Upcoming Events

Changing Times Spa Meditation Retreat: Mar 29

“Wherever people gather for selfless ends, there is a vast augmentation of their individual capacities. Something wonderful, something momentous happens. An irresistible force begins to move, which, though we may not see it, is going to change our world.” ~ Eknath Easwaran Wondering about the oppressive power the political situation is having over our minds and our lives in this unprecedented time? Power is not about physical strength. Nor is it about putting the right person in power. As we say at the Metta Center: It’s about awakening the right kind of power in people—and that comes from our inherent capacity to transform anger and fear into love and compassion. Join the Metta Center’s Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook for a morning of meditation, teachings and conversation at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. In the afternoon, enjoy spa treatments and relaxation. The daylong retreat fee of $239 includes: Instruction and practice in passage meditation Presentation of nonviolent principles and practices Cedar-Enzyme Footbath and 75-minute Swedish-Esalen massage to relax and unwind Healthy Organic farm-to- table lunch Great company Learn more about the Changing Times Spa Meditation Retreat.

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Cultural & Peace Trip to Iran: May 11–22, 2017

Nonviolence International invites you to make history with an affordable travel opportunity: visit Iran. Delegation will include Dr. Mubarak Awad, founder of Nonviolence International, and Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink. Iran is home to 85 million people with an ancient history and culture. Iranians are eager to meet Americans to further mutual understanding and find common ground during these critical times. Join this unprecedented trip to open dialogue between Iranians and Americans who seek a peaceful future between our peoples. Explore a Fascinating Country The trip will bring participants to the cities of Shiraz, Isfahan, and Tehran. You will have a chance to visit an ancient world riddled with mosaic mosques, enchanting palaces, and medieval fortresses. Forge New Friendships Participants will meet with Iranian war veterans as well as share ideas and build memories with Iranians engaged in music/art/film, and community service, all towards improving cross-cultural understanding. Experience a Vibrant Culture Iran is home to an incredible ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, as witnessed in its many museums and popular sites like Tehran’s Grand Bazaar. Registration Total trip cost: $2900 (there’s a limited number of student scholarships available). For more info, please email: To apply, go to:      

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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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Person Power: Yoga Workshop in NC

Tools to Renew Our Spirits & Transform Conflicts Sydney Hughes-McGee of 18 Springs Center for Healing Body and Earth and Stephanie Steiner of the Metta Center for Nonviolence are hosting this 1-day yoga workshop. In addition to practicing rejuvenating asanas and calming meditation, participants will dive into lively discussions about what it means to be an activist, how conflict matters to societal transformation, and why nonviolence is key to creating positive and lasting changes. Participation is open to all; prior experience with yoga and/or meditation is not necessary. The only requirement is a willingness to take action! When: March 18, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Place: 18 Springs – 2424 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC For registration info, please email or call Sydney Hughes-McGee: Email: Phone: (336) 775-7313 Download the event flyer.

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Celebrating Nonviolence: January 20 & Beyond

January 20, 2017 is Michael Nagler’s 80th birthday. It is also the inauguration date for the 45th president of the United States. “Nonviolence isn’t about putting the right person in power; it’s about awakening the right kind of power in people.” ~ Michael Nagler, Founder & President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence As a lifelong scholar and spiritual practitioner, Michael Nagler has made vast contributions to the field of nonviolence. He co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies program at UC, Berkeley, and he is the author of the American Book Award-winning Search for a Nonviolent Future. Many of us are familiar with the term “people power;” Michael coined the term “person power,” to describe how nonviolence truly begins—when an individual converts a negative drive (fear, anger, aggression) into a positive drive (universal love, compassion, resilience). Michael’s birthday aligns with the inauguration of a president who will, unwittingly, increase humanity’s desire for nonviolence. So we’re out to accomplish two things: 1. Honor Michael’s birthday and 2. Support the initiatives that he is directly involved in at the Metta Center. We would like to create 100 Person Power Awards for Michael while also raising funds for his beloved life’s work. Perhaps Michael was your favorite teacher at UC, Berkeley. Maybe his webinars and books helped you grow your understanding of nonviolence. Whatever the case, here’s your chance to award him! Head to our campaign page and show your support.

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Love in an Age of Anger: Celebrating and Learning Nonviolence

February 23rd
A Benefit for the Metta Center for Nonviolence
Food, music, and tools for challenging injustice and building the future on the foundation of nonviolence.
Aquas Cafe: 6- 8 pm
189 H Street, Petaluma
Open and free to the public (Donations On…

Training in Sonoma County: Jan 8, 2017

The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County’s Of One Soul  project and the Sebastopol Grange are co-sponsoring a day-long nonviolence training. Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017 Time: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Please arrive at 9:30, as the training will begin at 10:00 a.m.) RSVP: Don’t wait: Attendance is limited to 50 people Location: Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave. (HWY 12), Sebastopol, CA (It’s a green building set back from a white fence along the north side of Hwy 12, just east of downtown and near the famous “Strawberries” farm stand.) Location is wheelchair-accessible. Tuition: $20.00 – $40.00 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BROWN-BAG LUNCH AND BEVERAGE. Training for a Nonviolent Response to Fear & Hate This introductory-level training includes:  nonviolence theory,  brainstorming about threats in our communities, ways to handle fear,  The C.L.A.R.A. method of de-escalation, practice role-plays and more. Our lead trainer, Mica Stumpf, received her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C., Berkeley and has been a nonviolence trainer for 5 years. In the fall of 2013 she spent six weeks working with an international peace team in Jeju Island, South Korea. Since January of 2013, she has been working as a Kingian Nonviolence trainer with Positive Peace Warrior Network and East Point Peace Academy. This work has opened the opportunity to teach nonviolence in local jails, tapping into a passion to serve communities most affected by violence. She has also trained in restorative justice and mediation. In 2015 Mica Stumpf became a nonviolence trainer with the Metta Center for Nonviolence. In 2016 she became a certified counselor and currently also works as an assistant teacher at Interchange Counseling Institute. She lives in Oakland, CA. Background and Purpose of Training: The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and ICSC’s Of One Soul project are working with other faith and social action groups to establish a nonviolent network of goodwill in Sonoma County:  Trained people who have agreed to step forward supportively, if a person or group in our community is scapegoated, threatened, harassed, or abused. We are concerned in particular for Muslims and Latino immigrants, because of the hateful and threatening tone of the U.S. presidential campaign rhetoric over the past year. We know from history what happens when we fail to act in the face of bullying and abuse. On January 8 we will (and receive) training on how to respond nonviolently and supportively. For more information: David Hoffman, Chair, Interfaith Council of Sonoma County Email:              

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After the Election: Strategy Conference

Now What?—After the Election: The Tikkun Strategy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration Now What? is a two-day strategy conference for liberals and progressives about what direction the left should take after the results of the November election and a ceremony on Sunday to give out the Tikkun Award to a few of the many people whose lives are embodying Tikkun’s message of global healing and transformation. This year’s awards feature noted peace-activist and singer Holly Near, award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone (most recently, the new movie “Snowden”), Rabbi Arik Ascherman (for 21 years chair of Rabbis for Human Rights), Stanford history professor and editor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Clayborne Carson, cultural anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Aaron Davidman (creator of “Wrestling with Jerusalem” and more! We also want to “honor the activists,” so if you are one, come! If you know some, invite them to come! And if you would like to honor those people who have been activists, come! But come also if you simply want to participate in thinking through the challenges facing us in American society in the coming 4-8 years (not just in electoral politics, but in changing the direction of our society). Date and time: November 12 and 13 Location: Berkeley, CA See the full event details.

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Roundtable Symposium: November 10, 2016

After Confrontation, Then What? Nonviolence in the 21st Century The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University will be hosting this roundtable symposium and on the role and relevance of nonviolence to the social, economic, and cultural conflict challenges that new frameworks of violence—from terrorism to climate change—present in this century. Date and time: Thursday, November 10; 9:30am – 4:30pm EST Participants include: Clayborne Carson Johan Galtung Shamil Idris Mary King Lester Kurtz Michael Nagler Jamila Raqib Jagadesh Shukla Maria Stephan See the event flyer for full details.

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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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