Portland, OR Nonviolence Skills Training

Peace is Power
Peace is Power

Chalk drawing that welcomed us to Portland State University

Trainers Preparing for the Day
Trainers Preparing for the Day

(From L to R) Peter Dougherty, Alison Zacharias, Mary Hanna, Sheri Wander, Kim Redigan, and Ansel Courant compare notes. Not pictured is our our photographer, Craig Wing.

Centering
Centering

Eighty-six people from the greater Portland area, many of them students at PSU, participated in the day-long skills training. Here, Ansel begins the day (as all MPT activities do) with a centering.

Continuum
Continuum

One of our first activities involved all the participants at once: people physically move along an imaginary continuum to demonstrate whether they feel a scenario given is violent or nonviolent.

Mini Role-Plays
Mini Role-Plays

Learning what to watch for in body language....and what YOUR body is saying (intentionally or not).

Small Group Discussions
Small Group Discussions

Sharing thoughts, ideas, stories, and strategies.

Demonstrating Skills
Demonstrating Skills

Alison and Peter are demonstrating how to effectively use "I-messages", part of the communication emphasis in our trainings. The day ends with everyone participating in role plays, practicing the skills they've learned.

Students United for Nonviolence
Students United for Nonviolence

The logo of our hosts for the day. For more information, click on the link below.