Shanti Sena Skills

This page is dedicated to podcasts, videos and writings from experienced Peace Team members (shanti sainiks) about the skills and topics they feel are the most important to share. If you would like to use this material, please cite the source and give credit to the peace team and person who describes the skill. Enjoy!

Training for Post-Election Violence Scenarios

An Interview with Eli McCarthy from DC Peace Team Over the past decade there has been a quantitative growth in organized unarmed civilian protection groups and violence de-escalation trainings within the United States. As people begin to awaken to the fact that the best way to defend democracy and achieve mass-participation in a democratic struggle is… read more

To stop the cult of Trump we need to satisfy the human need for meaning

Like all cult leaders, Trump fills a certain void for his followers. Stopping him means providing pathways to sustainable forms of spiritual fulfillment. Because of my background in ancient religion and culture I have special reason to be alarmed by the frequent references to the psychopathology of the president and his followers as a “cult.”… read more

Are we done fighting?

The work for peace begins when we are ready to try another way of resolving our problems. Matthew Legge, Peace Program Coordinator for the Canadian Friends Service Committee talks about his findings in his new book, ‘Are We Done Fighting?: Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division’. Play in new window |… read more

“Hugging Meditation”–Daily Metta

May 16: “Perfection in love or non-possession will remain unattainable ideal as long as we are alive, but towards which we must ceaselessly strive.”  –Gandhi (My Religion 1935, p. 412)    Gandhi always wanted to bring together the best of the East and the West as he developed his nonviolence. Vietnamese monk, spiritual activist Thich… read more

Nonviolent Conflict Intervention Skills 2-day Training

Mica and Peijman are offering their two day training in Santa Rosa! This two-day training is formed around one simple premise: conflict is inevitable, violence is not. Learn how to reclaim your personal power by seeking a third path between passivity and violence: active nonviolence. The nonviolent conflict intervention and de-escalation skills taught in this… read more

Social Change Through Nonviolence

As Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. have proven, social change through nonviolence is one of humanity’s most powerful forces. Metta Center is offering a two-day workshop that will challenge participants to establish a deeper understanding of the role conflict plays in creative, action-oriented nonviolence. Mica Stumpf and Peijman Kouretchian, nonviolence trainers at Metta… read more

Season for Nonviolence 2015

Sonoma County’s Season for Nonviolence 2015 begins on Friday, January 30. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided, and donations are welcome. You won’t want to miss this year’s event: Peijman Kouretchian and Mica Stumpf will be leading a nonviolence training right before the Opening Ceremony, from… read more

Building the Peace Army: Research and Practice

“Armed peacekeepers are 12 times more likely to be killed in the line of duty than unarmed peacekeepers.” –Randy Janzen sharing some of his research on unarmed peacekeeping on this show… In today’s show we go into the concept of unarmed peacekeeping and its expression of building a “peace army” or “shanti sena” through nonviolence skills… read more