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Email: info [at] mettacenter [dot] org

Phone: 707-774-6299

Office: 205 Keller Street Suite 202D, Petaluma, California, 94952

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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

How Nonviolence Works

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

Past Metta Center Events

April 2nd Spring Lecture: SRJC

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

Unconditional Nonviolence: Mini-Retreat

  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

International Yoga Festival: March 2018

Journey to the Himalayas. Connect with Paradigm-Shifters. Discover a New You. If you find yourself seeking a spiritual adventure (not to mention some awakening), the International Yoga Festival is the place to be, from March 1 – March 7, 2018. Yoga is an ancient science that improves health in the body, increases peace in the mind, expands joy in the heart, and accelerates liberation for the soul. The International Yoga Festival will be held at… read more

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Ongoing Events

Constructive Dialogue: Workshop

Creating Constructive Dialogue: Using Empathy Circle practice to connect across differences Learn some key principles and a simple practice that helps create understanding and empathy among people regardless of their differences. Structural attributes of the Empathy Circle practice ensure that each person has the opportunity to speak and be heard to their satisfaction. This process can enhance understanding and connection within personal relationships, families, workplaces, communities, and across groups. Time: 4 hrs Size: 25 max… read more

Tools and Principles of Nonviolence: Workshop

“Nonviolence is the greatest power at the disposal of humanity.” ~Gandhi   Conflict is inevitable, violence is not. In this workshop, we will dive into the transformative power of nonviolence, which, when properly understood and creatively applied, has the potential of solving almost all of the challenges of our modern world, especially the on-going menace of structural and physical violence that surrounds all of us. In an interactive and engaging setting, participants will be introduced… read more

Harnessing Power as a Community: Workshop

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

Monday Meditation & Prayer Gathering

“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

Hope Tank

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