The Metta Center for Nonviolence is teaming up with Meta Peace Team for a monthly one-hour nonviolence skills practice sessions in 2021 with skills ranging across the spectrum of nonviolent intervention and personal nonviolent development. Meta Peace Team has trained and placed violence de-escalation peace teams locally, nationally, and internationally for over 25 years, and teaches these skills to anyone interested: They’re just as important in our own day-to-day lives! Their mission is to build… 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
Mailing Address: Box 98, Petaluma, CA 94953
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 are not having guests visit at this time due to the pandemic.
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
On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed ‘Willis Wagons,’ on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools. Blending unseen 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants’ reflections today, ’63 Boycott connects the… read more
We invite you to our first book study! Begin by getting a copy of the Third Harmony (you can find it online or you can order a signed copy from us), and then join our online discussion forum on Slack (we’ll send you instructions for how that works), and/or join our lunchtime group discussion calls on Feb. 10 and 24, 2021 from 12-1 PST on Zoom. — About the Third Harmony: In the latest fruit… read more
You can catch a screening of the Third Harmony film at the Camera As Witness film event out of Stanford. When: Thurs. Dec. 10, 2020 Time: 4 pm PST What: Screening of film and panel discussion to follow. Camera as Witness program presents POWER OF EMPATHY series co-presented with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Palo Alto Libraries and Stanford Film Society THE THIRD HARMONY, (41… read more
Join the conversation: There will be a conversation with the National Coordinator of Ekta Parishad (Unity Forum), Ramesh Sharma, on Thursday, October 29th, at 6:30 AM PST followed by a Panel discussion with activists Valerie Traore Burkina Faso and SomboonChungprampree from Thailand. Register here. Talking Peace and Restorative Justice on the Rise are co-hosting an End-Of-Year Summit called “Doing Us Justice” that starts this Thursday, October 29th, at 5 PM PST. Register here. Rivera Sun… read more
Starting on October 15, the UNAFF’s 23rd Annual Film Festival theme, “The Power of Empathy,” is shining light on something vital. The Third Harmony is one of the many inspiring films they have lined up to highlight this power. The film brings you on a journey around the world as nonviolence practitioners, scientists, and scholars give you a broad overview of the philosophy and practice of nonviolence. As the film progresses and you listen to their… 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
Support and strategy for a new story Some 10 years ago Michael Nagler, our founder and president, proudly announced to a young adult friend that he was planning to inaugurate a new think tank on peace and nonviolence. “We don’t need another think tank,” she replied. “We need a hope tank.” And so Hope Tank came into being. The benefits of the hope tank are many, including but not limited to: getting to practice listening… read more