2021 “Engaging Nonviolence” Study Groups


Nonviolent Wilmington currently has a good-sized cohort working through Part II of “Engaging Nonviolence.” In all, there are 20 of us studying Nonviolence in Practice—10 in each group. Thanks to group facilitators George and Alice (Sunday) and Judy and Melissa (Wednesday) for continuing the work. There’s a sense that all participants are eager and engaged in this new part of the curriculum.

We’re planning a considerable expansion of our nonviolence education program in 2021.

Although it would be great to meet in person, holding the workshops online has clearly increased the number of folks we are reaching. So we think we’ll be continuing distance learning for some time to come. 

In January, we will offer a full range of classes — all three parts of the book at once.

Ideally we will start two new Part I groups. And there are a good number of folks who have completed Part I who did not go on to Part II in October. We should be able to form a Part II workshop from this cohort. And we believe that up to 20 current Part II people will move on to Part III in January.

Note that students must complete each part in order to move onto the next section. The beginning workshop requires the purchase of the workbook Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Ourselves and Our World. ($25 from Nonviolent Wilmington or from Pace e Bene Press). Subsequent workshops are free, using the same book.

Here’s the proposed schedule.

Part I – Exploring Nonviolent Power
Six weekly 2-hour sessions
Sunday or Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Starts Jan. 10 / 13 — Ends Feb. 14 / 17

Part II – Nonviolence in Practice
Five weekly 2-hour sessions
Sunday only, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Starts Jan. 10 – Ends Feb. 7

Part III – Planning and Strategy
Four 2-Hour Sessions, 2x per week
Sunday and Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Jan. 10, 13, 17, 20

Registration will open in mid-December. To receive further information at that time, please submit this Google form with your contact information. If you have questions, email nonviolentwilm@gmail.com.

Special Peace Week Nonviolence Workshop

“From Spirit to Action—
Nonviolence and Social Change”

Free Virtual Workshop
Sunday, October 4
4:00 to 6:00 pm

Nonviolent Wilmington and Pacem in Terris, through special arrangement with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, present a rare opportunity for a free 2-hour virtual workshop with noted nonviolence trainers, authors, and advocates Veronica Pelicaric and Rivera Sun.

Advance registration is required. To register, click here .
Limited to 50 participants.


Learn to exercise nonviolence to self, nonviolence to all others, and nonviolence to the entire earth and its creatures in pursuit of peace and change.  Through exercises and examples, this virtual workshop will give you an overview of different aspects of the journey and how nonviolent practices specifically speak to the times we are living in.  Participants will get a glimpse of how to delve deeper into their particular areas of interest.


Veronica Pelicaric is co-author, with Nina Koevoets, of Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Ourselves and Our World (Pace e Bene Press, 2019). She is training coordinator at Pace e Bene and has led nonviolence workshops in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Haiti, Australia, Britain, and the Netherlands.

Rivera Sun is a change-maker, cultural creative, protest novelist, and advocate for nonviolence and social justice. She is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, The Way Between, and other novels. She is the editor of Nonviolence News. She travels nationwide offering workshops in writing and making change through nonviolent action. 

Advance registration is required. To register, click here.
Limited to 50 participants.
Questions? Our email is nonviolentwilm@gmail.com
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“Engaging Nonviolence” Workshops Will Resume in September

Nonviolent Wilmington announces the resumption of its popular workshops based on the study guide Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolence in Our Lives and Our World by Veronica Pelicaric and Nina Koevoets. Our original in-person workshops were suspended in March due to the pandemic, but we have now developed a virtual curriculum that can be shared on Zoom.

The Workshops

The Engaging Nonviolence study program is composed of fifteen two-hour small-group sessions. In September, we will resume our sequence with Part I. Each group will have 10 to 15 oarticipants, including two experienced facilitators.

Then in October, we’ll invite all who have completed Part I—including two previous cohorts from February—to join Part II workshops. And in early 2021, we hope to create a large cadre to engage with Part III.

Part I (sessions 1–6) explores aspects of violence and nonviolence as a power for change. Part II (sessions 7–11) explores the impact of nonviolence in the life of the person and society. Finally, Part III (sessions 12–15) guides participants in learning about nonviolent strategic response and action organizing.

To register, fill out this form, indicating
your best day and time for a two-hour meeting.

Build a Basic Understanding—Gain Skills & Strategies

Engaging Nonviolence workshops are experiential.The three-part curriculum is structured so that people start by building a basic understanding of nonviolence, then gain skills and knowledge, and lastly learn to strategize to put what they have learned into action. Participants are encouraged to develop not only a philosophical understanding of the subject, but also gain basic skills and make the material their own.

The workshops are free, but beginning participants are asked to purchase a copy of Engaging Nonviolence ($25 from Nonviolent Wilmington) for use during each session. Copies will be available at the first session (cash or check). If you cannot afford the book, free or reduced-price copies will be available.

To register, fill out this form, indicating
your best day and time for a two-hour meeting.

Questions? Email info@nonviolentwilmington.org
or contact any member of the steering committee.