It all started with a wrong turn. Earlier, I had decided to walk instead of drive around Berkeley to take care of errands, allowing me to squeeze in a workout. During my fast paced walk, arms swinging by my sides, my mind was running through its favorite designer list of downer interpretations guaranteed to cause… read more
Learn at Your Own Pace
The courses below are for self-paced study. To help you progress with the material, we suggest following the modules as categorized here. However, feel free to explore the material according to your knowledge and interests.
We are willing to work with individuals and groups who would like to receive recognition (e.g. course credit, certification) for completing study at the Metta Center. Please contact us about creating your personalized self-study program. You may also be interested in our online certification program and our selection of books.
I. Introducing Nonviolence
II. Peace and Conflict Studies: Webcasts
- Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) 164 A and B (taught by Michael Nagler at UC Berkeley)
- PACS 164 C (taught by Michael Nagler at Metta Center)
III. Nonviolent Action
IV. The Spirituality of Nonviolence
V. Data & Strategy
“Ain’t gonna study war no more…”
We have created this section as a community for the sharing of nonviolence stories. Our hope is these stories will be seeds of discussion and learning, to inspire further thought and action in all of us who are dedicated to exploring nonviolence deeply in our own lives.
What are the nonviolent moments that have changed your life? These can be stories of small things (interacting with a stranger on the street, having a difficult conversation with a family member), or a recounting of significant events. They can also be stories of how we came to understand a certain facet of nonviolence that had previously eluded us, or of times we thought we understood nonviolence, but it turned out we got it wrong. You begin to get the picture…
Read the stories contributed so far, or write to us to share one of your own!
Latest Nonviolence Stories
While going through my Dad’s estate last year, I came across a strange artifact I had never seen before—a large, carefully crafted, but empty, wooden spool for wire. It was dated “May ‘44”, and its gross, tare and net weights were measured and recorded by hand, as if its wire had been unusually valuable. Suddenly,… read more