Events

Upcoming Events at the Metta Center for Nonviolence and in Our Community

Metta sponsors and supports a wide range of talks, workshops, and other events to engage our community in an ongoing discussion about nonviolence. Please have a look below for our upcoming events including our ongoing film series, and our archive of past events which often contain video or audio of the event and other resources.

Upcoming Special Events


Workshop: Transform your Thinking, Transform your Actions, use NONVIOLENCE, April 8th

  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… read more


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… read more


Cultural & Peace Trip to Iran: June 29 – July 9, 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… read more


Person Power: Yoga Workshop in NC

Tools to Renew Our Spirits & Transform Conflicts Stephanie Steiner of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Sydney Hughes-McGee of 18 Springs Center for Healing Body and Earth 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… read more


Past Metta Center Events


NONVIOLENCE IN THE HOLY LAND

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… read more


Love in an Age of Anger: Celebrating & Learning Nonviolence

~Exploring Nonviolent Strategy~ Thursday, February 23rd  6-8 PM AQUS CAFÉ   189 H Street, Petaluma A Benefit for Metta Center for Nonviolence In honor of founder Michael Nagler’s 80th birthday! Hosted by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (ret.) How can we challenge injustice and build a future that rests on the foundation of nonviolence? We will come together as a community to make connections and discuss tools that support movement-building —and we will enjoy an evening of food… read more


Training in Sonoma County: Jan 22, 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 22, 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… read more


After the Election: Strategy Conference

Now What?—After the Election: The Tikkun Strategy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration November 12: the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) will co-host a day-long Progressives Summit in Berkeley to forge a common vision and discuss the strategies needed to build a “movement of movements”—no matter what the outcome of the election. A professional facilitator will lead discussion sessions using the Metta Center’s Roadmap strategy tool and the principles of… read more


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… read more


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Ongoing Events


Hope Tank – Petaluma and Berkeley

The world has enough think tanks… what we need is a “hope tank”! Join us for our monthly discussions in which we generate ideas for building a nonviolent world. Bring something to share for breakfast (vegetarian)! Details: Begins with meditation from 8:30-9:00 am, then potluck breakfast and discussion until about 11am. First Saturday of the month – Petaluma. RSVP here – stephanie@mettacenter.org Berkeley CA, winter/spring 2017 schedule TBD. To be added to email list for… read more