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


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


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


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


Past Metta Center Events


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


Party With a Purpose: September 23, 2016

A Benefit for the Metta Center for Nonviolence Don’t miss the party of the year! Everyone is welcome. No charge for admission, though donations are appreciated.  When: Friday, September 23 6:30 p.m. – Food, drinks and socializing. Please bring a beverage or dish to share if you can. 7:30 p.m.  – Program Featuring: The Sebastopol Love Choir Kevin Brennan – Irish Troubadour Abraham Entin and friends – Music and the original review “Who do We Owe?”, Incl. lively original… 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