Category: Upcoming Events

Peace Training: Webinar

The Moment Calls for Peace Tuesday, July 19 at 9am PST: Michael Nagler of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Kazu Haga of East Point Academy will be hosting an online peace training. If you can’t make the live webinar, it will be rebroadcast at 12pm PST. Stay tuned for more details… This training is developing at this very moment, in response to recent events.

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A Silver Lining: Conference Call

A Conversation About Violence & Healing Do you feel overwhelmed by the recent episodes of violence? Are you wondering whether there could possibly be a silver lining to any of it? You’re certainly not alone. But if we’re going to build the saner society we all want, we cannot stay stuck in despair. It’s time to get constructive. So join us for a productive, inspirational conversation about finding our way to mutual healing and reaching for our highest human potential. Thanks to Carol Bragg, a longtime nonviolence advocate and a graduate of our Certificate in Nonviolence Studies program, for proposing this discussion. Call Details The 60-min conference call will follow a free-flow format: participants will be encouraged to offer their own reflections, and Metta Center staff will be on hand to answer questions you may have about the power of nonviolence. Call time: Wednesday, July 20, 5pm PST RSVP: the call is free; sign up here so we can email you the call-in number RSVP for the Silver Lining conference call. And please spread the word: the more people who join healthy discussions like these, the better.  

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Hope Tank: Conference Call

  When Michael Nagler told a young friend that he was going to start a new think tank, he thought she’d be very impressed. Instead, she looked at him squarely and said, “We don’t need another think tank. We need a hope tank.” So we began hosting Hope Tanks, a gathering of friends seeking to deepen their nonviolence and challenge themselves to think differently about the greatest challenges the world faces–by uplifting the power of nonviolence to help us solve these crises. There is one rule in hope tank: everything is on the table, but we have to use nonviolence to solve the problem. Are you interested in learning more? Join the Metta Center for a tele-conference HOPE TANK, a new experiment from our usual in-person sessions: FRIDAY, JUNE 17 FROM 10:30 AM-11:30 AM. You can connect by calling into this conference line: 707-890-6406 with this code: 46300 Or via your computer at this link: Please bring with you: One recent story showing constructive, hopeful and empowering action, whether by an individual or a group of people. Plus, any burning questions you have about nonviolence in our world today.

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Person Power: Roadmap to Nonviolent Action

Person Power and the Roadmap to Nonviolent Action: A Teleseminar Hosted by Transition United States Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 11:00am – 12:15pm PST Registration: To participate, register online here and you will receive instructions via email. Once you have registered you can explore these other low-cost call-in options. In this TeleSeminar, Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook of the Metta Center for Nonviolence will go into the connection between person power, constructive program, and non-violent resistance (the three phases of the Metta Center’s Roadmap). They will begin with the real beginning: how can each of us empower her or himself through spiritual disciplines like meditation and the use of a mantram, along with other tools for realizing our highest potential as “spiritual warriors.” The approach at the Metta Center has always been “big picture:” Nonviolence, when properly understood, is the key issue underlying virtually every problem in our present system, and so we try to ground ourselves in a basic understanding of this force that Gandhi called “the greatest force available to humanity” and work out the structure of its applications on down to the most practical details. Transition towns for us, as you can see from our Roadmap, are a key element in transformation toward a livable future. They are the perfect testing ground for the strategies of a life based on nonviolence, which implies “perfect justice all round in every department of life” – including humanity’s living relationship with nature. They are the equivalent of Gandhi’s ashrams (he founded four of them in his career), serving as headquarters and training centers for revolution both in its active sense, where it involves direct resistance, and its constructive sense – what Buckminster Fuller called building the world you want as a powerful basis for putting the one you don’t want out of its misery. See the Metta Center’s animated short video “A New Story of US” for a great primer.  Learn more at Transition United States.

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Universal Spiritual Humanism: Vedanta Society

“Universal Spiritual Humanism: A Necessary Paradigm for Our Times” Michael Nagler will be the keynote speaker at this special Memorial Day program at Vedanta Retreat in Olema, CA (West Marin County). Vedanta is the oldest of the major living religions of the world. It affirms that all religions lead to the same Truth—“Truth is one; sages call it by various names” (Rig Veda). Vedanta teaches that the essence of all beings and all things is Spirit, infinite and eternal, unchanging and indivisible. It emphasizes that a person’s true nature is this divine Spirit, identical with the inmost being and reality of the universe and that the goal is to actualize this truth in one’s life. Date & Time: Date: May 30, 2016 Time: 10am–4:15pm PST Learn more about this event at the Vedanta Society.

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Working for Transformation: With Miki Kashtan

Are you carrying a vision of transformative change? A vision of a world that works for all, where everyone’s needs matter – including the needs of our planet? Then you may be interested in taking Miki Kashtan’s upcoming course, “Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past.” Online sessions will be held on Fridays between June 17, 2016 and November 11. The Metta Center for Nonviolence is a proud collaborator of “Working for Transformation,” which is will give you the big picture, including all key building blocks for creating nonviolent movements capable of affecting transformation. During the course, you will focus on the way you work for change and weaving your core values: How your organization functions; The way your campaign engages its opponents; How you reach out across movements; and What you do to embrace leadership and create a shared vision. To make the course as accessible as possible, scholarships and sliding-scale fees are available. Learn more about the course and Miki Kashtan on the sign-up page.

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Kingian Nonviolence: July 2016 Workshop

The Kingian Nonviolence Educator Institute will host a 4-day workshop on creating nonviolent classrooms and schools. Participants will learn how to: Decrease discipline time and increase teaching time Create a positive learning community Instill values based on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nonviolence principles Reconcile conflicts using Dr. King’s 6 steps Improve the climate and culture in learning environments Workshop Details: Dates: July 18–21, 2016 Location: Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Providence, RI Trainers: Robin Wildman and Sal Monteiro, Jr. Fee: $100/person; includes materials and continental breakfast For more info about the workshop, and to fill out the registration form, please download the workshop flyer.

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Webinar: Right Action & Social Change

Bridging Spiritual Practice, Right Action, and Social Change Join Richard Miller (founder and chairman, Integrative Restoration Institute) and Michael Nagler (founder and president, the Metta Center for Nonviolence) for a free webinar that will address the intersection of spiritual practice with nonviolence and social action. When: March 23, 2016; 4-5:30pm PST Where: Online—register for free Mahatma Gandhi had a tremendous impact on history and continues to be a giant inspiration in the world today. In the words of Albert Szent-Gyeorgyi, Gandhi “taught the world that there are higher things than force, higher even than life itself; he proved that force had lost its suggestive power.” Gandhi was a tour de force because he was both grounded in himself (or if you will, in the Self), as well as because he worked tirelessly and selflessly to bring his vision and mission into the world through his word, speech and nonviolent actions. How do we, in our own way, drawing upon our own gifts, bring the best that we are capable of being and doing, into the world, without losing our sense of peace, joy and well-being in the process? How can we bring our true creative energy to our work and relationships to create lasting change, rather than adding to the world’s existing misery and turmoil? In other words, during our lifetime, how do we balance internal meditative contemplation and well-being with right action? “Nonviolence is the bridge between spiritual development and social change” is a guiding principle at the Metta Center. “Helping people resolve their suffering and experience deep healing and peace” is a guiding principle at the Integrative Restoration Institute. During this webinar, Richard Miller, in conversation with Michael Nagler, will be exploring these and other topics that center around spiritual practice and well-being, and nonviolence and social change. Michael will be sharing his approach to both Passage Meditation, as taught by Eknath Easwaran of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, and the basic principles of Gandhian nonviolence. Richard will be speaking to the non-dual practices of meditation that promote joy and well-being no matter the situation or circumstance we find ourselves experiencing during our lifetime. Join Richard and Michael—two people who have dedicated their lives to promoting peace, well-being, nonviolence and social change in the world—for what promises to be a rich, in-depth, stimulating and rewarding conversation. More About Your Hosts Michael Nagler is the founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, and professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in which he taught courses on nonviolence, as well as seminars that probed questions such as “Why Are We Here, Great Writing on the Meaning of Life”. Michael received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India in 2007 where he joined other distinguished contributors to nonviolence including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and peace scholar and activist Johan Galtung in receiving this award. Michael is author of The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide to Practical Action, as well as The […]

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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