Study Nonviolence Systematically
The Certificate in Nonviolence Studies program guides you through the history, theory, practice, and application of nonviolence. Our 6-month course is open to anyone who wishes to develop a comprehensive understanding of the science and theory of nonviolence. Do you want to bring nonviolence into your life and work more intentionally? Are you eager to contribute your wisdom and talents to the greater movement for nonviolent culture? If so, this program is designed for you!
This course will help you:
Course Benefits: Special Trainings & Mentorship
Your 6-month program features inspiring readings, podcasts, and videos. Weekly reflections, assignments, and group discussions will help you apply the concepts and practices that are introduced throughout the course.
The Metta Center course team will be on hand each week to answer your questions and facilitate your learning processes.
We invite a diverse array of renowned scholars, practitioners, and nonviolence activists to share their stories and knowledge with you.
Our ability to embody peace partly depends on our capacities for transformation. Boost your resilience and well-being with weekly yoga podcasts.
Grow your understandings in 1-on-1 conversations with other course participants. Support one another in our course forum.
Course participants may join our private community, where current and former students exchange ideas and updates.
Certificate in Nonviolence Studies is divided into 3 main parts. Each part of the course lasts for 8 weeks. We schedule a 1-week break between each part.
Part 1: Discovering Person Power
What is person power exactly—and where does it meet (or not) with people power? We dive into that, plus you'll consider how to make the most of communication principles while honing your media literacy skills.
Part 2: History & Core Concepts
While we'll draw on Gandhi's life for inspiration throughout the course, Part 2 offers a chance to learn about Gandhi with deeper focus. You'll also glean insights on developing nonviolence leadership, building viable alternatives for people and planet, and knowing how civil resistance works.
Part 3: Practical Applications
To put nonviolence into action, it helps to have some methods of nonviolent action in your toolbox. We'll discern what effective actions look like, and we'll examine the successes of nonviolent movements. As we head toward the end of the course, you'll start planning a nonviolence project to carry out.
Meet Your Instructors: The Metta Center Team
As a nonprofit organization, the Metta Center provides educational resources on the safe and effective use of nonviolence, with the recognition that it’s not about putting the right person in power but awakening the right kind of power in people. We advance a higher image of humankind while empowering people to explore the question: How does nonviolence work, and how can I actively contribute to a happier, more peaceful society? The Metta Center holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations.
Contributors to the 2018 Certificate Program
Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and
Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace
and Conflict Studies program in which for 15 years he taught an immensely popular
nonviolence course. Among other awards, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj International
Award for “Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India” in 2007, joining Archbishop Desmond
Tutu and the noted peace scholar/activist Johan Galtung in this honor.
Stephanie N. Van Hook is passionate about the power
of nonviolence and constructive conflict resolution, especially in its
practical applications in early childhood education and unarmed
She has been serving the Metta Center since 2007, starting as our Executive Director in 2010. Stephanie is the author of
Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children and the host of Nonviolence Radio, which airs on community station KWMR every other Friday at 1pm PST.
Kimberlyn David values contemplative dialogue that engages our full humanity: She sees creative communication as a
means to activate our highest potential. Her mission is to bring transformative approaches to work, leadership,
and changemaking. Along these lines, she guides retreats, teaches
emancipatory yoga, and develops communications and wellbeing initiatives for ethical brands. Kimberlyn collaborates
with the Metta Center on various outreach and educational
Taylor Anderson-Stevenson joined
the Metta Center staff in late 2017, as Partnership Catalyst. She is an
alumna of Mills College, where she studied International
Relations, and has worked with the Women’s Justice Center in Sonoma
County, Calfornia. Her dream is to build a local matriarchal women’s
co-op where she can ease the burden on working single mothers with
trainings, medical and financial education, and childcare. Taylor likes
to work with wood, in hand as well as
What Course Graduates Say
“The instruction was excellent. One of the best
parts was interacting with so many amazing individuals committed
to nonviolence. I am happy I
took this course and am really grateful for the people at the Metta
~ John M., Illinois
“I have renewed appreciation for myself and my spirituality. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in peace and social change.”
~ Anna I., New Jersey
"This course helped me develop into a better professional equipped with the tools to address issues nonviolently, as well as into an individual with a richer perspective on human interactions, spirituality, and social issues.“
~ Marissa U., Uganda
“I gained a much deeper understanding of what nonviolence is and how
it can transform our lives and our world. The
breadth of material covered, from examining personal choices to looking at nonviolent
revolutions around the world, gave me a strong framework to make my own contribution.”
~ Kelly D., New Jersey
“I can highly recommend this course. It has given me a vocabulary with
which I can promote the use of nonviolence in every area of our society—and the confidence to get out there and take action
~ Paul B., United Kingdom