Hope Tank: Bay Area and Online

The world has enough think tanks. We need hope tanks!

Each month, we gather with local friends to generate ideas for building a nonviolent world. Hope Tanks are nonviolence affinity groups for working out strategies for the Great Turning.

Join us for these monthly discussions, which open with a silent meditation and include a potluck (please bring something vegetarian to share).

Not in the San Francisco Bay area? See our tips for starting a Hope Tank in your own community. Or join us for our web-based Hope Tanks. Details for all Hope Tanks are listed below.

Berkeley Hope Tank

These monthly gatherings are paused for the time being. For updates on when we resume, email  organizer Maja Bengtson to be added to the invitation list: maja@mettacenter.org.


Nonviolence News Hope Tank: Online

The Metta Center for Nonviolence is teaming up with Waging Nonviolence for a Nonviolence News Hope Tank on Wednesday mornings through the end of 2017, from 8:15-9:15 am PST (11:15-12:15 EST). We’ll discuss the featured articles published by Waging Nonviolence, exploring the key ideas, grey areas, and core nonviolence concepts highlighted in the articles.


Petaluma Hope Tank

Our meditation runs from 8:30-9:00 a.m. We then enjoy a potluck breakfast, which is followed by discussion. The hope tank usually wraps around 11 a.m.

  • When: the first Saturday of the month
  • Where: the Metta Center for Nonviolence (205 Keller Street, Suite 202D)
  • RSVP: Call or email: (707) 774–6299; stephanie@mettacenter.org


San Rafael (Marin) Hope Tank:

The Social Justice Center of Marin holds Hope Tanks on the last Thursday of the month, at 4:15 p.m. Meditation/silence begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. for 30 minutes, followed by potluck and discussion. Space is limited. RSVP with Angela Parker: angeladawnparker@gmail.com.