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

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,… read more

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… read more

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… read more

Ways to Justice: Conference at Stanford

The purpose of the “Ways to Justice” conference is to bring together prominent scholars and activists who share an interest in the methods of struggle used in grassroots justice movements. A collection of historical anniversaries being marked in 2016, including the 50th anniversaries of the rise of the Black Power movement and founding of the Black Panthers, and of the release of the seminal film The Battle of Algiers, provide a frame for re-examining the… read more

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… read more

Past Metta Center Events

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… read more

We Have Not Been Moved: Book Event

Join us for an engaged conversation about the book Maya Angelou said was “so needed” for its “investigation of the moral issues of our time.” When: March 15, 2016 at 7pm PST Where: Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 What: the first Northern California launch of We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America, which was published by PM Press (and edited by Elizabeth ‘Betita’ Martinez,… read more

Person Power Yoga Retreat: April 8–10, 2016

Our in-depth weekend retreat integrates yoga, meditation, and nonviolence to create a powerful approach to personal and social change. Where: Mount Madonna Center, Watsonville, CA Hosted by a team of peacebuilders from the Metta Center: Michael Nagler, Stephanie Van Hook, Stephanie Knox-Cubbon, Kimberlyn David This integrative, practical, and educational yoga retreat is open to everyone who wishes to sow the seeds of true peace—in ourselves, within our relationships, in our communities, and for the broader… read more

Project Censored: Terrorism & Nonviolence

Terrorism & Nonviolence: The Crisis of Our Time… And What We Can Do About It This local free event is part of the Fall 2015 Project Censored Lecture Series, which has been held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Aquas Café (189 H St. at 2nd in Petaluma, CA). Please join us for an informative discussion about history and current events from 9/11 to the attacks in Paris this past… read more

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Ongoing Events

Hope Tank

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)! When: First Saturday of the month. Begins with meditation from 8:30-9:00 am, then potluck breakfast and discussion until about 11am. Where: Petaluma! RSVP to stephanie@ for directions. What are we: a nonviolence affinity group for working out strategies… read more