Stories bind us together as a community. We want to hear yours. Come share your story of positive transformation and get inspired! When: November 13 Where: Aqus Cafe, Petaluma, CA Time: 7-8 pm This event is a benefit for the Metta Center for Nonviolence.… read more
Nonviolence is all about connection. On this page, you’ll find lots of ways to connect, including our contact info, events, and newsletter sign-up form.
Have questions about our educational programs, volunteer opportunities, visiting Metta, or something else? Have a powerful nonviolence story to share? Get in touch!
Email: info [at] mettacenter [dot] org
Office: 205 Keller Street Suite 202D, Petaluma, California, 94952
About our office and staying over in Petaluma for those from out of town:
The Metta Center’s office is located in the heart of Petaluma, California. It is wheelchair accessible from the side of the building by the parking lot. Street parking has a two hour limit in front of and around the Metta Center’s offices, and unfortunately, folks will get ticketed if they ignore the signs and/or forget to set a timer. We have four small office rooms, which we have named after the three kinds of “yoga” and then a word that means “connection”: Karma (work); Bhakti (devotion); and Jnana (Knowledge). The middle room connecting Bhakti and Karma is called “Setu” (Bridge). You can usually count on finding us in our office M, Tu, W, and every other F when we are not in Point Reyes Station for Nonviolence Radio (so check the calendar). Usually, you will find us in Bhakti, our meditation room, between 12-1 pm with lunch served at 1 pm when we are in the office. Monday is a community meditation day, and the first Saturday of the month is another community event called “Hope Tank,” which begins with 30 minutes meditation at 8:30 am, and is a vegetarian potluck. Every other Monday at 10 am, we host the Nonviolence Report downstairs from our office at Petaluma Community Access.
Unfortunately, we do not have a residential center, so if you plan to stay overnight or desire to stay for an extended period, you will need to find/research your own accommodation in the area and be able to manage your own transportation. Buses run from SF and Santa Rosa Airports to Petaluma and there is a SMART Train from Santa Rosa and San Rafael. The office is a very short distance (for walking or wheeling) from these stations. Please direct your questions to info [at] mettacenter [dot] org. If you would like to gift us with a residential center and/or would like to offer your space as a location for Metta guests to stay when they come to town, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
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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
Past Metta Center Events
In this hour-long interactive presentation, participants will explore a few principles of nonviolence and learn of five ways for establishing a daily practice of nonviolence. Presenter: Stephanie Van Hook, Executive Director of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. When: November 3 at 9 am PST. Where: Zoom Media (link will be shared after you register and reminders before the event.) Questions? Contact Stephanie (at) mettacenter (dot) org Please fill out this form and we will send you… read more
Nonviolence and Human Destiny by Michael Nagler This will be a presentation of the “State of the Art” of nonviolence today, and its significance for the cultural, economic, and political shifts that are underway. We will consider Gandhi’s contributions to economic theory and social change, duly adjusted tomodern conditions, and place special emphasis on the “paradigm shift”in science regarding the potential of human nature. MONDAY, APRIL 2, 12 NOON – 1 PM NEWMAN AUDITORIUM, EMERITUS… read more
How do we create constructive dialogue across differences that seem insurmountable? Join Lou Zweier for a workshop to learn practices and tools to connect and build empathy across personal and political divides. March 31, 1-5 PM The Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa $30 dollars suggested “love offering” Contact: Lou (@) Mettacenter.org… read more
Nonviolence can sometimes be a source of worry–what if it doesn’t work? as well as contention–It’s fine for some things but it just wouldn’t work in THIS situation. In this three hour session, we will take a deep look at nonviolence and allow ourselves to explore with curiosity and open-heartedness the nature of the limitations we place on this power taking effect in our lives and society. Where do we need healing? Where do… read more
There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. ~Meg Wheatley Building community is more than getting to know our neighbors–it is about building our power together to be a force for security, safety, care, and healing transformation when necessary, as well as learning how to work with those with whom we may have serious differences in the interest of the integrity of the whole. Participants will gain tools and support… read more
“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. In this lies the power and the meaning of spiritual companionship.” – Eknath Easwaran Join us at the Metta Center’s Petaluma office to amplify peace and nonviolence around the world through meditation and prayer. Silent practice… read more
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… read more