Inner Strength for Nonviolent Resistance

6:00-8:00 PM (PACIFIC)


The multiple challenges facing our communities and planet require collective action to demand change. This two-hour training, part of East Point Peace Academy’s “Preparing Together” series, offers techniques to remain resourced, grounded and nonreactive during nonviolent direct actions. The practices draw upon Buddhist meditation and trauma healing. They include techniques of attention-training, visualization and relational practices of connecting to others and the environment. All are welcome, regardless of identity, background, or experience.


Donna Carter works in project management, leadership development at Genentech – a world-leading biotech company specializing in cancer medicines. She has a private practice as a Somatic Experiencing Professional (SEP), where she uses Nonviolent communication, Somatic Experiencing, mindfulness and coaching to help people to persevere through racial, gender, societal, colonial and/or cultural oppression, to resolve stress and trauma in the nervous system, and to increase vitality. Donna earned her MA from Stanford University in Documentary Film and Video Production and her BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of its national champion basketball team.

Oren Jay Sofer teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. Oren is co-founder of Mindful Healthcare and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online program that helps meditators integrate their retreat experiences into daily life. Find him on social media @Orenjaysofer



All events at the East Point Peace Academy are offered on a Gift Economy. This means that there is no fee to register, and everybody is welcome to attend regardless of their ability to pay. An opportunity will be offered to participants to give gifts to support the work of our organization and to support the facilitators. No amount is too small or too large.

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This event will happen virtually using the Zoom online conferencing platform. If you are not familiar with this platform, click here for instructions.

October 29, 2020 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Zoom Virtual Conferencing
East Point Peace Academy · · 510 500 7853

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