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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!

Send a Message or Ask a Question: At this link

Email: info [at] mettacenter [dot] org

Phone: 707-235-3176

Mailing Address: Box 98, Petaluma, CA 94953

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

Social Media: Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter 

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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~Gandhi

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 Events Calendar

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


2021 Certificate Program

“Nonviolence is the bridge between spiritual practice and social change.” ~Michael Nagler, Metta Center founder We are opening registration for our online 2021 Certificate Program in Nonviolence Studies. This year’s program will be co-taught by Michael Nagler, PhD (UC Berkeley) and Safoora Arbab, PhD (UCLA). Who is this for? This program is open to anyone who is ready to develop their understanding of one of the most important, and often overlooked, powers at our disposal:… read more



Nonviolence Skills Practice Hour

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


Past Metta Center Events


Bacha Khan:’My Life and Struggle’

The Metta Center is excited to support the launch of My Life and Struggle, The Autobiography of Abdul Ghaffar Khan. Join us on Facebook Live, Sunday, March 14th, 9AM Pacific Standard Time (9PM Pakistan Standard Time.) Speakers for this event include: Jalila Haider — Human rights lawyer and activist from Quetta currently at Sussex as a Chevening awardee.  Gulalai Wali Khan — Granddaughter of Bacha Khan and a medical doctor currently based in the US.… read more


’63 Boycott Screening

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


Book Study: April 2021

We invite you to our next 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 two group discussions calls with the author on Saturdays April 3 and 17, 2021 from 8:30-9:25 AM PST on Zoom. — About the Third Harmony: In the latest fruit of a brilliant career, Michael Nagler argues that nonviolence–not just as a… read more


Film Screening Thurs. Dec.10

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


Nonviolence Report Oct 28

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


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Ongoing Events


Nonviolence Skills Practice Hour

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


Hope Tank

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