Learn with Us

In addition to public offerings, the Gandhi Institute offers learning experiences to groups of all kinds on a donation basis. We adjust the length and content of our offerings to best serve the groups with whom we work:

On one of the following: Rev. Martin Luther King’s nonviolence theory, Nonviolent Communication, Talking Circles, conflict resolution skills.

For middle or high school students on Nonviolence in Action: this 75-minute webinar involves defining nonviolence, exploring different methods of nonviolence, understanding how Dr. King and Gandhi used nonviolence, and exploring how nonviolence may be applied to a school conflict. The webinar includes instructions for activities the classroom teacher can lead before the webinar to begin the discussion about violence and nonviolence with the students, as well as a digital copy of the webinar afterwards.

Single or multiple sessions which include King’s nonviolence theory, conflict resolution skills, or a modified version of any of the offerings below.

Single or multiple sessions designed to introduce the principles and practices of nonviolence through experiential activities and group-based learning. Gandhi Institute staff and volunteers will lead exercises and present on topics that relate to current issues in participants’ lives. Participants will learn how to transform personal and social conflicts; develop techniques and strategies in nonviolent social resistance; be exposed to different forms of meditation; participate in a Talking Circle; and become familiar with the life and teachings of M.K. Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  All offerings below are available for full-day workshops.

In addition, we offer training to high school and university student groups and community groups: Gandhi staff members are available to offer the following workshops designed to build critical skills. The cost of workshops are negotiated by the coordinators but all contributions benefit the work of the Gandhi Institute.

Creating Student Conflict Resolution Spaces:

Could your school benefit from having a space where students can go to work through conflict?

Through this interactive workshop, you’ll learn about current programs that Gandhi Institute staff support in area schools, as well as ideas for how to create conflict resolution spaces in your school.

Learn about:

  • Best practices for student conflict resolution spaces
  • Systems where students and staff can learn and practice skills
  • Responses to grief and trauma
  • Systems for tracking data
  • How the implementation of community building, mindfulness, peer mediation routines can support school climate work

Conflict and Creativity Workshop

Conflict is often presented to us as a negative experience to avoid. But what can we discover about ourselves and others when we approach conflict creatively?

In this workshop we will examine the opportunity that conflict offers us to more deeply understand our values and relationships when we use curiosity instead of hostility. Through cooperative games, movement exercises, visual art, and discussion we will facilitate an exploration of how we can define conflict, offer empathy, and powerfully advocate for ourselves to build understanding and connection with others. Workshops will be led by pairs of experienced Gandhi Institute ‘near peer’ educators.

Listening as an Act of Transformation

This experiential workshop focuses on strengthening empathy for self and others and other active listening skills. It will support any group or class to be more connected and work together.

Conversation on Race

Join a community-wide conversation project focused on understanding race and racism and its effects on our lives and communities. This training will help racially diverse groups dialogue with honesty on this challenging topic.

Student/PTO Fundraising Opportunity

Gandhi Institute has created decks of Gandhi Knowledge Cards, designed to teach information about Gandhi and nonviolence in a fun and interactive way. Each deck of 43 cards contains instructions for use for individuals, families, classrooms and other groups.  Each deck sold yields $2.00 profit for school groups.

Learning how to communicate and adjusting to everyone’s style is one of the hardest parts to accomplish in [my] organization. It’s often easier to communicate with students and families than it is with each other.  [From this workshop] I gained some skills I can immediately apply to interactions with customers, staff, and other employees.

-Feedback from a recent workshop participant

For more information contact the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at 585-463-3265.