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Monday August 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM EDT
Friday August 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Gandhi Institute 
929 South Plymouth Avenue
Rochester, NY 14608

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George Payne 
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence 

Are you interested in learning Gandhi and Dr. King's philosophies and how they can be taught and applied today?

Are you interested in examining violence and nonviolence in your own life and community?

Join us for our 2013 Gandhi Institute Nonviolence Intensive!

This experience is designed for social workers, students, teachers, activists, people of faith and any individual interested in the principles and practices of social change through nonviolence.

 During the workshop, participants will learn: 

  • the life and teachings of M.K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Tools for inner change based on mindfulness
  • Deep ecology and the Work That Reconnects 

The Intensive will be interactive with a focus on group-based learning. Each day will focus on a different theme: Gandhi's history and philosophy, nonviolent movements (especially focusing on the Civil Rights Movement), violence and nonviolence in our own lives, deep ecology and the Work that Reconnects (philosophy and exercises developed by Joanna Macy and colleagues). We will combine individual reflection with small group learning each day, engaging our heads and hearts.

Lunch and nutritious snacks will be provided each day.

Only 25 Spots Available!  

Sliding scale of $100-$500.  A contribution of $75 is requested to reserve your spot in the Intensive. If $75 is beyond your means, please contact us to discuss a scholarship. We are committed to helping everyone to attend. Funds help cover food, materials, and staff time.

Need lodging in Rochester?

Our best and most affordable recommendations are: couchsuring.org or Mercy Prayer Center, which offers lovely rooms at an affordable price. Mercy Prayer Center is about a 30 minute walk from the Gandhi Institute, where the Intensive will be held each day. Alternatively, there is a hotel down the street from the Gandhi Institute, Staybridge Suites. This is more expensive and about a 10 minute walk from the Gandhi Institute.

About the facilitators

George Payne
George has degrees from St. John Fisher College, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and Emory University (Candler School of Theology). Among his trainings and certifications include the 5- Day Advanced Training in Kingian Nonviolence through the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) through Monroe Community College and the Sport in Society Program at Northeastern University, Interfaith Dialogue and Pluralism Education through the Hickey Center at Nazareth College, and Restorative Circles and Conflict Transformation through Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PIRI).

Shannon Richmond
Shannon has a degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice Studies, and Violence Studies from Alfred University, including studying reconciliation and development in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa for one semester. Since 2005 Shannon has volunteered with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), and since 2007 she has facilitated these workshops in multiple prisons and the community. She also has received training in Kingian Nonviolence with the Positive Peace Warriors Network, Peace Circles and Community Conferencing through Partners in Restorative Initiatives, Restorative Circles with creator Dominic Barter, the Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy, and Nonviolent Communication with various trainers.

Anna-Kristina Pfeifer
Anna-Kristina's background is in Social Anthropology and Documentary filmmaking. Anna holds a MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, a certificate in counselling skills from Manchester College and a diploma in Education for Peace from Trascend Peace University. Among her trainings and certifications are a 10- Day Facilitation Training in the Work that Reconnects with Joanna Macy, a 2- Day Training in Kingian Nonviolence through the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, Community Conferencing and Peace Circles through Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PIRI) and Restorative Circles through Dominic Barter.