Creating Cultures of Peace
a movement of love and conscience
Ordinary people transforming our private and public lives
in a movement of love and conscience.
Engage with others
Join in-depth face-to-face training for adult and teen citizen leaders who believe peace is possible and work for it!
Register by sending a letter of interest.
Online facilitator training provides ongoing support to local community groups.
Learn with others
Creating cultures of peace requires training and practice over time and spreading the message of peace broadly.
Creating Cultures of peace:
A movement of love & conscience
A toolbox of ideas and practices for citizen leaders to:
- Get started with orienting ourselves, creating a context and investing in principled friendships.
- Love life, both oneself and others, transforming power, practicing peace, tending emotion and learning to play.
- Act on conscience being aware of and available to life, forming community, experimenting with conscience, liberating ourselves from oppression, and practicing mutual discernment.
- Create culture by creatively responding to human needs that have no universal solution, speaking up, caring for others, investing in living wealth, and documenting love and conscience.
THe power of goodness:
stories of nonviolence & reconciliation
Stories that inspire deep respect for the dignity of self, others and the natural world, in all our diversity, and embolden us to act peacefully. These stories show how peace and nonviolence work even under the conditions of war and violence.
- Collection of short stories from around the world loved by young children and adults, with questions to spark reflection, conversation, insight and application.
- Study Guide to using the stories in mini-workshops for youth and adults.
- Teachers Guide to using the stories with students, teachers and counselors.
What you’ll learn
Gain tools for personal and social transformation that prepare us for creative cultural work of peace.
Personal Transformation: empowerment, resiliency & play
affirmation & safety
Learn to set expectations and follow a roadmap to make principled friendship, listen, speak positively, get to know and care for oneself and listen to, discharge, regulate and speak about emotion.
Learn to talk about violence, understand nonviolence and recognize transforming power in our private and public lives.
commitment to practice
Make personal commitments to live in accord with love and conscience allowing life’s transforming power to shape and guide our lives.
communication & cooperation
Learn to listen, speak, find our authentic voice, talk about feelings and needs, interact and balance needs with generosity, humility and empathy.
remembering & reconnecting
Learn to identify stress, distress and trauma, reprocess memories, grieve, mourn, reintegrate and create narrative timelines.
Engage in developmental play activities that reconstitute gaps in cognitive skills eroded by stress or violence: playing, patterning, creating, constructing, etc.
Social Transformation: conscience, liberation & discernment
conscience & conviction
Learn community dialogue that recognizes the equal dignity of all life, gets in touch with humility and conviction and values the simplicity of acting in accord with our conscience.
prejudice & privilege
Learn to break our own participation in inter-generational patterns of oppression and overcome prejudice and privilege with equality and simplicity.
Make a plan to transform our personal and public lives in accord with love and conscience that allows life’s transforming power to guide and shape our decisions.
Learn to exchange feedback, make decisions alone and together in pairs and small groups, and develop our public voices.
expression & reflection
Learn to listen to conscience, write a statement of conscience, and plan steps towards continuous private and public transformation.
Engage in ongoing companion and community groups to creatively address human problems that have no universal response: respect, greeting, language, cooking, packaging, building, interacting, art, expression, curriculum, law, etc.
About the author
Nadine brings a bold, vital message that peace is possible and essential for us all.
Nadine clare hoover
What practitioners are saying about this work.
“Nadine is easily the most passionate Quaker I have ever met–when she speaks about the importance of conscientious objection right here and now; how we need to stand up and make our voices heard if we believe, as she does, that war is illegal, war is immoral and don’t let anyone tell you any different–well, you can’t help feeling stirred and emboldened.” MICHAEL MEARS, LONDON, UK, author of This Evil Thing (2016)
I began working with Nadine on this training in Indonesia in 2005. It reconnected us to our ability to take right actions based on our conscience and reconnected our souls to a sense of value and capacity. This training emboldened my family and friends to start a peace movement in Pati, Central Java. Thank you Nadine for your dedication to peaceful society on the earth and willingness to document the work for our use.
Petrus, Central Java, Indonesia
Social activist and founder of Peace Place school and training center, Pati, Central Java, Indonesia
Creating Cultures of Peace unpacks the tools for practicing peace in crystal form. Theory and practice effectively interweave through stories of years of community work. I am pleased to have a book that virtually instructs and grounds me through these stories. I have followed the instructions and see it work! I have seen how the constancy in practice builds peace in my life and in many of the scenes in the book, as I accompanied Nadine on several visits in Indonesia.
Alma "Kins" Aparece, Bohol, Philippines
Human rights and environmental attorney and Dean of Planning, Bohol University, Tagbilaran City, Philippines
This training gave the courage and perspective to live ruthlessly aligned with integrity and peace. I notice the life and beauty inside everyone and everything, stay in my core self, and when listening, expect to be changed. The truth has its own power, let it go through us, but no matter how much we know, the first step is to love.
Rosie Remmerswaal, Auckland, Aotearoa/NZ
Filmmaker, student of Te Reo Māori and peace activist, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand