Category: Upcoming Events

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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Mill Valley Seniors for Peace: Michael Nagler a Guest

Mill Valley Seniors for Peace are residents of the Redwoods Retirement Community in Mill Valley, California. The residents’ average age is 86, and each person is committed to the search for world peace, social justice, and genuine democracy. On September 25, Michael Nagler will be a speaking guest at Mill Valley. The subject of his talk: “Nonviolence Now: What’s Going Well, and How Can We Help?” Details: When: 3:00 – 4:30pm PST Where: Auditorium, The Redwoods Retirement Community, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941 RSVP: please email your RSVP to

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Restorative Justice for Petaluma

Photo credit: Restorative Resources A Community Conversation about Justice. Join the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Restorative Resources for a Petaluma community conversation about the practice of restorative justice. What is restorative justice? How does it help us as individuals within our community? How does it help our students perform better in school and in life? How can we work together to help our local schools adopt a restorative, instead of a punishment-based, approach to discipline? And how does it fit into a larger picture of ending the school-to-prison pipeline? Bring your friends! Aqus Cafe will have meals and beverages for sale. Come for inspiration, strategy, and community. When: September 18, 2017 Where: Aqus Cafe (189 H Street, corner of H and 2nd Streets) Time: 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm   “Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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WORKSHOP: Foundations of Nonviolence

“Nonviolence is the greatest power at the disposal of humankind.” -M.K. Gandhi THE PRINCIPLES AND FOUNDATION OF NONVIOLENCE In this fun, interactive workshop hosted by the Metta Center for Nonviolence team, participants will explore key principles of nonviolence, how it works, and how to apply it in our day to day lives as well as our activism. WHEN: Saturday, August 19 TIME: 9-11:30 am WHERE: The Metta Center for Nonviolence, 205 Keller St. Suite 202D Cost: $20. RSVP:  

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Social Justice Week: Sonoma State University

Sonoma State’s Social Justice Week: April 3 – April 7 Monday, April 3rd: Social Justice Week Kick Off 11 am-1 pm: Sponsors and Organizations Tabling in the Seawolf Plaza Monday Events: Ballroom B 1:00-2:00pm: North Bay Jobs with Justice: Higher wages movement, $15 an hour minimum wage, and Unionization 2:30-3:30pm: Police Brutality Coalition: Sonoma County Law Enforcement in the Time of Trump and What It Means for You 4:00-5:00pm: Global Critical Media Literacy Panel by Project Censored: Mickey Huff, Nolan Higdon, Mary Cardaras, and Nick Baham III 7:00-9:00pm: Keynote Speaker: Davey D: “Culture, Race and Civil Rights Now” in Ballroom A   Tuesday April 4: Tuesday/Domestic Affairs in Ballroom B 10:00-11:30am: Toby Blomé from Code Pink on Drone Warfare and the American Empire 12:00-1:30pm: Veterans for Peace: Today’s Relevance of Martin Luther King Jr’s 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” Speech and the Military-Industrial Complex 2:00-3:00pm: Nicole Wolfe, SSU Professor Sociology – Cannabis in context: Understanding prohibition, decriminalization, legalization, and your rights 3:00-4:00pm: Linda Sartor – Author: Turning Fear into Power – Stories that inspire following your heart even when fear is present 4:00-5:00pm: Rental Housing Crisis in Sonoma County: Davin Cardenas, Fair & Affordable Housing campaign. Organized by SSU Investigative Sociology Research Group     7:00-9:00pm: Keynote Speaker: Mickey Huff from Project Censored: Censorship and Fake News in America, Ballroom A   Wednesday April 5: Women’s Rights in Tuscany Casentino Room 10:00-11:00am: Healthcare Panel discussing Women’s Health and Single Payer for All, organized by Investigative Sociology Group 11:30-12:30pm: Immigrant Rights Panel discussing DACA Sanctuary Cities and Campuses, organized by Investigative Sociology Group 1:00-2:00pm: Women’s rights/LGBTQ, Activism and Awareness at SSU 2:30-3:30pm: The School Box Project: Providing mobile, trauma-informed education and support to children and families in refugee camps. 4:00-5:30pm: Maestra film on how Cuba built full literacy after 1959 with Commentary by Blanca Monett, Cuban Revolution Teacher 7:00-9:00pm: Keynote Speaker: Gloria La Riva – Peace and Freedom Candidate for President, Challenging Fascism and Imperialism, Stevenson 1002 Thursday April 6: Foreign Affairs in Ballroom B 10:00-11:30am: Fukushima Response Campaign, John Bertucci and Films of Fukishima 12:00-1:00pm: SSU Student Bobby Ramirez and Martin Herrera-Pazmiño; Hip-Hop performance in the Seawolf Plaza 12:00-1:00pm: Elaine Wellin, Professor Sociology SSU, on Environmental Justice with Panel 1:30-2:30pm: North Coast Coalition for Palestine: Justice for Palestine – Two States or One? 3:00-4:00pm: David Cobb on “How to Engage Electoral Politics in an Age of Emerging Fascism” David Cobb was the Campaign Manager for Jill Stein of the Green Party 4:00-5:00pm: Islam Center, Salman Hameed, Human Rights and Islam 7:00-9:00pm: SSU Faculty Panel on U.S. International Relations in the Era of Trump in Darwin 102 Faculty: Chingling Wo     English     Diana Grant    Criminal Justice     Tim Wandling    English     Ron Lopez        CALS     Napoleon Reyes    Criminal JusticE Anastasia Tosouni CCJS Friday April 7: The Cooperage 10:00-11:30am: Peace and Justice Center: Networks for Peace and Justice in Sonoma County 12:00-1:30pm: Marian Killian: Public Education Advocate on the Privatization of Education 2:00-3:00pm: Jeff Mackler on Socialist Action and Building to Revolution 3:00-4:30pm: Michael Nagler from the Metta Center […]

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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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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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