The Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive ONLINE

There is an intricate, and implicit nearly infinite network of connections living beneath our feet that serves to resource all that grows in the soil. Not only does mycelium connect and allow organisms to communicate and share sustenance with one another, it also serves as a filter that has the capacity to compost harmful toxins into beneficial nutrients. Using the mycelial network as a metaphor and framework to ground our practice and exploration of compassionate interdependence allows us a model for understanding the non-linear nature and potential of the connections we make with each other as human, and aspirationally humane, beings.

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The Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive RETREAT

Details about our in-person intensive:

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unlikely we will have our intensive in the summer as we have done for the past 12 years. There is still a lot of our uncertainty so our team have been exploring many options.

Currently, we are considering a hybrid intensive for 2020 in place of the original “in person” 7-day NLSJ intensive.

There would be two components to our next NLSJ intensive:

  • Part A: an online component scheduled for a weekend at the end of July 2020
  • Part B: an in-person component, once it is safe to meet in person, lasting 3-4 days that would provide the vital in-person connection that is the core of our work

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Registration is currently on hiatus for the in-person Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive while we determine what is possible and best serves our community during this pandemic.  While you wait, you may be interested to read more about our registration practices to support racial diversity at the intensive retreat that we implemented for the first time last year. We’re delighted that because of this practice, over 40% of our participants identified as black, indigenous people of color.

For the past two years, the NLSJ Intensive was held at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. While we intended to return  there this year, we are taking the hiatus due to COVID-19 to explore other locations.  Our ideal location is affordable for our participants, within a 2 – 3 hour drive from the BayArea, ideally accessible by public transportation, and has sleeping facilities and meeting spaces for 60- 75 people.  We’d be especially delighted if it’s near nature, pet and kid friendly, and has great culinary staff who can accommodate a variety of dietary needs. If you know of a potential home for us, please email us the relevant details from our Contact Us page.

At the in-person NLSJ Intensive, we invite you to:

… the realization of the world you long for.

Do you dream of a future that holds care for all life?  Are you committed to the cultivation of true, lasting peace?  Where do you see yourself in this vision?  What gifts do you have to offer towards the creation of this future?  What do you need to walk the path?

Drawing on the tools and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication, following in the tradition of Nonviolence as modeled by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and taking inspiration from Dr. King’s vision of Beloved Community, the Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive offers an intensive immersion into the heart of nonviolence and social transformation, calling together a community of committed practitioners working to manifest a nonviolent future.

… the skills, knowledge, and capacities to live your values and carry your vision forward.

At the NLSJ Intensive, we train ourselves in the skills of nonviolent action, expanding our capacity to move powerfully in the world, caring for what matters most and transforming those systems that perpetuate injustice and violence. We learn new frames to understand the causes of harm, and practices to transform them and heal their impact. We develop awareness around our habitual responses to injustice – from the internal, to the interpersonal and institutional/systemic levels – and work to free ourselves from the constrained choices, judgmental narratives, and divisive behaviors we have learned through generations of trauma and patriarchal conditioning.

… to the process.

This is not easy work, and not everyone is ready or willing to do it.  It requires an abiding orientation towards self-reflection, an openness to engaging with feedback, and the courage to move toward healing.  It needs the support of a principled, courageous commitment to nonviolence, and it will initiate the transformation of everything internalized within us that remains attached to judgment, violence, and the withholding of love.

… with a community of people passionately engaged with ending injustice through nonviolent action and fiercely committed to weaving a container of love strong enough to hold all of humanity.

Together, we will compost wounding into wisdom, anger into passion, fear into courageous vulnerability, hatred into compassion, and violence into love. Our circle will be a chrysalis for change, a nest woven for healing, a crucible for transformation, and the next step on our journey into Beloved Community.