International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Marin Experimental Teaching Training and Advising Center

  • Petaluma, CA
  • www.mettacenter.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Metta Center is to promote the transition to a nonviolent future by making the logic, history, and yet-unexplored potential of nonviolence available to activists and agents of cultural change (which ultimately includes all of us).  We help practitioners use nonviolence more safely and effectively, and anyone interested to understand and articulate it more fully.

Main Programs

  1. Metta Mentors
  2. Educators for Nonviolence
  3. Nonviolence Consulting
  4. Nonviolence Resource Center
  5. Nonviolence Education Resource Development

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Service Areas

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International

We work locally (Bay Area, CA) and globally.

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer since 2010

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Stephanie Van Hook

Co Principal Officer since 2010

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Erika Christie

Keywords

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nonviolence nonviolent peace gandhi martin luther king spirituality

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Also Known As

Metta Center for Nonviolence

EIN

94-2907482

 Number

6532466353

Physical Address

4390 Bodega Ave

Petaluma, CA 94953

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Peace and Security (Q40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Metta Mentors

The Metta Mentors Nonviolence Immersion
Program is a 10-week mentorship (internship) program based in Berkeley,
California. The program pairs students of nonviolence (mentees) with
local partner organizations for practical nonviolence and social justice
work, while offering regular guidance from Metta, in order to help
participants 1) learn about the principles of nonviolence as a personal
path, and 2) apply those principles effectively in the service of
building a nonviolent culture.
 
In short, Metta Mentors is an immersion program in applied nonviolence.
 
How Metta Mentors works… ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Four days a week, participants work with a local (San Francisco Bay Area) social
change organization to address specific issues relevant to nonviolence
such human rights, youth empowerment, conflict resolution, food justice, environmental sustainability, or other forms of social justice
work, and to
address specific issues relevant to nonviolence in their work.

Every Friday mentees come together under the
guidance of the Metta Center to participate in reflective exercises,
forums, and workshops that explore how to integrate nonviolence into
social change work and daily life.
• Friday mornings will be geared toward
personal reflection, as well as and facilitated discussion of the
mentees’ experiences from the past week.

• Friday afternoons will offer workshops,
speakers, and seminars on various topics of a more external nature
exploring interpersonal nonviolence, exploration of nonviolence as a
social and political force, etc.

• These Friday gatherings offer
participants guidance and structure, while also allowing them the
opportunity to democratically guide their own learning and experiences.
  By participating in the program, mentees will:
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embody the spirit of praxis, reflecting on principled nonviolence while working actively for social change.
be challenged to ask tough questions and live out the answers during the 10-week mentorship, and beyond.
receive guidance and mentorship from the Metta Center for immersion in a nonviolent paradigm
build deep relationships with their peers and colleagues, thereby
creating a community and culture of nonviolence that inspires and
supports each individual to realize and activate their own potential for
change.

While there is no predetermined stipend for this program, Metta Center
will cover the costs of food and lodging for program participants, as
well as incidentals such as travel money to reach program locations,
etc. In most cases, mentees will be asked to cover travel expenses to
California, though we will have funds available to cover travel expenses
for international applicants. For more information on this topic,
please see our FAQ section(http://www.mettacenter.org/mc/projects/metta-mentors/mm-faq) .
Note that we are planning to work with mentees on an individual basis
to determine the best way we can provide for your needs. Please contact
us with any questions or concerns about this part of the program.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 2

Educators for Nonviolence

"In my mind, the purpose of education is to enable human beings to develop to their
full potential, intellectually and spiritually. That means that students have
to be empowered to pursue self-knowledge and the skills that will help them be
of service to their fellow human beings. Education should encourage people to
develop their curiosity about life; above all, it should not trivialize either
the students or their lives." —Metta Center founder Dr. Michael Nagler

 

The mission of Educators for Nonviolence is to make the teaching and living of nonviolence part of mainstream education by bringing high-quality nonviolence curriculum resources to classroom teachers, and to support and bring together educators who wish to develop their capacity to use nonviolence in the classroom.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 3

Nonviolence Consulting

Nonviolence is spreading throughout the world—more than fifty percent of the global population lives in a country that has experienced a major nonviolent event. Awareness of nonviolence as a tool for resolving conflict and promoting
social and political change is growing rapidly. Yet the science of nonviolence is often misunderstood, sometimes even by those who are engaging in nonviolent action. Too often those
who wish to embrace nonviolence lack the knowledge and skills for its
effective use, leading them to place themselves or others in needless
danger, or to abandon nonviolence in favor of violent means. The Metta
Center works directly with those who seek to better understand
nonviolence and use it more effectively. Through direct consulting and advising, the Metta Center is supporting the increasing number of people who find themselves in a position to offer nonviolence but have not yet learned how to use it safely and effectively in their situation. We consult with activists, educators, the media, and offer resources to anyone who anyone who wants to learn about “the greatest force at the disposal of humanity.”

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 4

Nonviolence Resource Center

The Metta Center runs a resource center for the study and practice of
nonviolence, located at our offices in Berkeley, California. The
resource center features a library of nonviolence books and videos,
meetings, study groups, and a variety of events for the Bay Area
nonviolence community.

Ongoing programs at the resource center include:

The Hope Tank:(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/blogaudiovideo/hope-tank)
Weekly community discussions on nonviolence, spirituality, and social
change. Meets Friday mornings at our offices in Berkeley, CA. For info
on joining us see "Hope Tank" on our events schedule.

Nonviolence fellowship: Our nonviolence fellowship group
serves our growing community for nonviolence across the world, starting
from right here in Berkeley, California. The group meets via
conference call once a month to discuss themes and topics that deepen
our understanding of nonviolence theory and practice. To participate
please send your skype id or telephone number  to community [at]
mettacenter [dot] org!

Nonviolence film and discussion series:(http://www.mettacenter.org/events/film-series) Monthly series exploring the power of nonviolence through film.

Events and workshops:(http://www.mettacenter.org/mc/connect/events)
Metta hosts talks and workshops that explore the power of nonviolence.
In the past two years, speakers have included Randall Amster, Cynthia
Boaz, Stephen Zunes, Adriana Castaño Roman, Mel Duncan, Elizabeth
Lozano, Sami Awad,  Joanna Macy and Krishnammal Jagannathan.

Our website at

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$18,000.00

Program 5

Nonviolence Education Resource Development

The Metta Center develops and makes available educational tools that
provide both introductory information for those beginning to learn
about nonviolence as well as analysis for those wishing to deepen their
current knowledge base. We deliver these resources through multiple
mechanisms, including our written publications, website, and speaking
events.

Publications:(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/resources/publications)
The Metta Center provides several online as well as published books,
pamphlets, and study guides that provide more in-depth presentation of
nonviolence and its applications. Many of these publications are written
by Metta Center’s founder Professor Michael Nagler. Prof. Nagler is a
respected Gandhian scholar and has taught nonviolence and meditation
for over 25 years. Visit the publications(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/resources/publications)
section of our website for a full listing of publications, free
downloads, articles, and other resources as well as information on how
to order Metta Center publications.
Glossary of Nonviolence Terms:(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/resources/glossary)
The Metta Center is working to develop a common vocabulary for
describing and understanding our world through the lens of nonviolence.
As part of this effort, we are developing a web-based glossary of over
150 terms and concepts, with succinct definitions and examples of
applications.
Theory and Practice of Nonviolence Webcast:(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/resources/nonviolence-courses)
The popular University of California, Berkeley course Theory and
Practice of Nonviolence (PACS 164A) is now available for viewing or
audio listening via webcast. This class is an upper-division course in
UC, Berkeley’s Peace and Conflict Studies program and is taught by
Metta Center founder Prof. Michael Nagler. Prof. Nagler provides an
introduction to the science of nonviolence, mainly as seen through the
life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. He also covers a historical overview
of nonviolence in the West up to the American Civil Rights movement
with emphasis on the ideal of principled nonviolence and the reality of
mixed or strategic nonviolence in practice, especially as applied to
problems of social justice and defense.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We work locally (Bay Area, CA) and globally.

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Principal Officer

Stephanie Van Hook

Co Principal Officer

Erika Christie

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael Nagler

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