Nonviolent Direct Action Trainings

Join the local and regional climate justice movement in defeating fossil fuel infrastructure! Learn techniques of nonviolence from experienced trainers and form Affinity Groups with your neighbors and allies. No prior experience necessary & free and open to the public. You do not need to know if you are prepared to risk arrest to attend; the training will support you in considering all of your options.

Most of these sessions are broken into two parts, with the second half for those who have been recently trained (within the past 5 years) in nonviolence.

Trainings are free but we do ask for donations to cover printed materials and some for trainers’ time and gas. Usual donation is $5 – $20 per person, but no one will ever be turned away from a lack of funds. All are welcome!


​The training scheduled for April 23 is being cancelled due to undersubscription.
We may reschedule but have not decided that yet. Look at the Facebook and website pages for Sugar Shack Alliance for further announcements.
In addition, there are other opportunities to take an NVDA training, so we are also sending this to those of you who registered and withdrew.
NVDA    MAY 7th, 12:30 to 7:30 PM, (through Andrea Ayvazian’s about to launch project), The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership) to be held at 40 Center St. Northampton, and repeated June 17th, 9 to 5. To register: These are appropriate for Sugar Shack folks and others wishing to learn the skills and foundations of non-violence in order to consider taking arrest in non-violent actions. Cate Woolner and Andrea Ayvazian are the trainers on June 7th and Paki Wieland and Jeff Napolitano are the trainers on June 17th.
There will also be a Peacekeepers training through the Truth School, held at 40 Center St. in Northampton,June 4th, 3 to 6 PM. to register: You must have completed a full non-violence training. Having been in a large demonstration where arrest took place is preferred but you do not have to have been arrested yourself.
In any case, be sure to check out for all the other exciting offerings!
Thanks for your interest.