“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” ~bell hooks Maybe you are the only LBGTQI2A+ person in a room, and someone says, “That’s so gay…” and means they don’t like something, and it feels like everyone is laughing with them. Or maybe it’s a comment about… 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
“We see the figure of the child who stands before us with his arms held open, beckoning humanity to follow.” ~Maria Montessori “If we are to have peace in this world, we will need to begin with the children.” ~Gandhi Dear Friends, A way to channel fear, frustration, boredom, anger and other strong emotions–as well as to grow together in depth and strength– in the home during shelter-in-place is to build the necessary life-skills for… read more
You’re cordially invited to join Michael Nagler, the Metta Center for Nonviolence, and UC Berkeley’s Public Service Center for an online discussion of the Metta Center’s Third Harmony book and film projects. Please see the event and registration details below. In his latest book, UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Micheal Nagler argues that nonviolence—not just as a tactic but as a way of being—is the only way to unite deeply divided people and enable progressive movements… read more
Times of upheaval and turmoil are also times of possibility—a nonviolent world is undoubtedly possible. We’ve seen plenty of glimmers of it over these past few weeks, as people everywhere are waking up to our interconnectedness. Despite the necessity of physical distancing, we are finding creative ways to connect and to care for one another. The question is, how do we maintain this restorative momentum? How do we not go back to “normal”? Nonviolence is… read more
Michael will be speaking at this UC Berkeley event this coming Sunday afternoon, September 15th, 2019. If you are able to attend, please come and say hello. … 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 from wherever you are at and meditate at 12 noon PST from home or your office. We are together in… 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