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Engaging Nonviolence II: Inner Skills and Outer Practices For Interpersonal and Social Conflict

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST

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Co-Facilitated by Nina Koevoets & Rivera Sun
Wednesdays, February 21 – March 27, 2024
9-10:30am PT // 10-11:30pm MT // 11am-12:30pm CT // 12-1:30pm ET
$95, scholarships available

In this new 6-week online course, you will explore the power of nonviolence in our relationships, communities, and daily lives. Engaging Nonviolence II explores skills for interpersonal conflicts, builds our inner awareness, and fosters our capacity to engage nonviolence in wider settings, such as interrupting harassment on the subway, or participating in nonviolent actions.

When we learn nonviolent practices, we gain ways to communicate, problem-solve, and deal with the challenges we face. From friends and family to coworkers and community, this 6-week course offers practical, useful skills for a wide variety of interpersonal conflicts. We will look deeply into ourselves to find our potential – and barriers – around activating nonviolent power and each week will offer new opportunities to put what we’re learning into practice. With your fellow participants, you will have many chances to explore role plays, dive into exercises, and engage in group discussions. Pace e Bene trainings are fun, participatory, and always lively.

Co-facilitated by Pace e Bene trainers Rivera Sun and Nina Koevoets (who coauthored the Engaging Nonviolence Study Guide), this 6-week course draws from many sessions of the book as well as integrates new knowledge. Purchasing the Engaging Nonviolence Study Guide is recommended, but not required.

Engaging Nonviolence II is open to people of all experience levels. You do not need to have taken Engaging Nonviolence I (our introductory class) to take this course.

We will look at:

  • Session 1: Conflict & Identity

  • Session 2: Inner Awareness & Nonviolence

  • Session 3: Communicating Through Challenges

  • Session 4: Stepping Up, Stepping In

  • Session 5: (Nonviolent) Power

  • Session 6: Unleashing Our Potential


Nina Koevoets has been studying nonviolence and conflict resolution for more than a decade. Her master in Conflict Resolution did not include what regular people can do to build peace, so she sought answers elsewhere. She joined a training program with the Metta Center for Nonviolence in the USA and worked several months in India and Israel-Palestine. These experiences gave her new perspectives and ideas about the challenges and potential of nonviolent action. In 2015 she implemented her own training courses that included exercises from the Engage Study Program. As she became more familiar with the materials by facilitating several trainings and workshops the idea for a new Study Program became more clear and so this book came into existence.

Author/Activist Rivera Sun is the Editor of Nonviolence News, a nationwide trainer in strategy for nonviolent movements, and the author of many books and novels, including The Dandelion Insurrection and The Way Between. She serves on the Advisory Board of World Beyond War and Backbone Campaign. Rivera helps coordinate Campaign Nonviolence Action Days and our Nonviolent Cities Project. www.riverasun.com