Season For Nonviolence Sonoma County 2018



Information about the Season for Nonviolence
at the Center for Spiritual Living
and in Sonoma County


Many of us are wondering how to rebuild our sense of community in the face of so many challenges. How do we respond with love and compassion while standing and acting for essential human values? As many of us seek practical ways to engage proactively in these challenging times, the practice of nonviolence can provide valuable and time-tested tools and resources.

Ways to Learn More:

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening of the Season for Nonviolence in Sonoma County on January 31. There were powerful and inspiring presentations by Lyndsey Burcina, Dion Martin, and Kazu Haga. Kazu and Dion were featured in an interview on Nonviolence Radio that same day. 

Here is a link to their interview with Stephanie van Hook, executive director of the Metta Center for Nonviolence:  Interrupting Incarceration with Nonviolence/

Nonviolence Education and Training Opportunities:
The Metta Center for Nonviolence in Petaluma offers a variety of ongoing educational and training options through its comprehensive website. Nonviolence educational resources include a free 8-week self-guided email course, a six-month certified training program, podcasts, books, videos, radio show and much more. Please visit: www.mettacenter.org for more information.

In March the Center for Spiritual Living hosts two workshops offering tools to inform the practice of nonviolence.

Saturday, March 10, 2 to 5 pm, "Unconditional Nonviolence"
Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler of the Metta Center for Nonviolence will facilitate a mini-retreat on "Unconditional Nonviolence." Here's what the leaders have to say about the afternoon program:

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 having impact in our lives and society. Where do we need healing? Where do we need greater understanding? What can we learn from the successes and "failures" of nonviolence? And what can we learn from one another? Participants will leave with practical insights, tools, and resources for their daily journey of self-discovery.

The workshop will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa. Suggested love offering $25. Please visit the Sonoma County Season for Nonviolence Facebook event page to let us know if you are coming.

Saturday, March 31, 1 to 5 pm, "Creating Constructive Dialogue"

Are there some people that you just can't listen to, even if they are in your family, work colleagues, or neighbors? Those toe-curling moments increase the distance and separation we feel from those who are "different" from us. In today's world, that separation can cause misunderstanding and even lead to violence. Facilitator Lou Zweier brings the tools of empathic listening circles developed by Edwin Rutsch to a four-hour workshop on March 31. at the Center for Spiritual Living.

The ability to listen to each other with respect and curiosity and to hear each other is vital in today's interconnected world. Participants will have opportunities to observe and to participate in speaking and listening to create bridges rather than walls.

The workshop will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa. Suggested love offering $30. Please visit the Sonoma County Season for Nonviolence Facebook event page to let us know if you are coming.

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If your organization would like to host an event during the Season for Nonviolence, please contact Rev. Tara Steele at tara@cslsr.org and include “SNV” in the subject line.


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