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Upcoming Events

Bandelier 13Author/Activist Rivera Sun speaks, reads from her novels, and facilitates workshops in strategy for nonviolent movements. Set up your workshop, speaking engagement, or book reading today! 

Upcoming Events:

Rivera Sun’s 2018 Book Tour with a Twist:
This year, Rivera Sun is putting conviction into action and organizing a low-carbon footprint 2018 Book Tour using Zoom and Skype to connect with book groups all across the country. Gather 3 or more friends, and let Rivera Sun know you’d like to host a book group Author Event, and she’ll send you a 20% off discount code to use on any of her books on her website. Find out more about scheduling or joining Author Events below. Connect with Rivera Sun here to let her know you’re interested.

Individual Book Club Events w/ Author Rivera Sun:
While your book club can join with people around the country during one of the Community Author Events (see below), Rivera Sun is also available to join your individual book group for an online event hosted in the comfort your living room. The following dates are available for your groups’ discussion with Rivera. Please contact her to let her know what will work for you.

Thursday Evenings: March 22, April 26, May 3rd, May 10th
Saturdays at 5pm ET: April 28th, May 5th, May 12th

If your group needs a different time, please connect with Rivera Sun to schedule it! It can probably be fit into the schedule. Thank you!

2018 Community Author Events – Open to Everyone!
Here is a list of upcoming online Author Events and conversations with Rivera Sun. These events are free and open to everyone. You can join as an individual, bring friends, or even invite your whole book club to these lively calls. Click on the Zoom links to RSVP and get your login info.

The Roots of Resistance Release Celebration!
March 17th, Sat, 3-4pm ET
Join Author Rivera Sun for an online Author Q & A in celebration of the release of The Roots for ResistanceEarly supporters of the Community Publishing Campaign are encouraged to join, share their experiences reading the book, and take part in the lively discussion of the themes, scenes, and characters from the novel. New readers are welcome to participate and get a sneak peek of the novel, too! Free, registration required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ad8cfd2c4d54357ccde7dc3c8da9331e

“Intellectual Hooliganism” Guest Speaker, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, March 24th 12:30-4:30pm
The annual Intellectual Hooliganism conference is an opportunity for students and guest speakers to share their scholarly research on fantasy, sci-fi, and popular culture topics. This year, the conference will be on March 24th in honor of March 25th, International Tolkien Reading Day. It is hosted by the UNM Hobbit Society and will take place at the Honors College Forum. It is open to the public. Rivera Sun will be speaking on the topic of nonviolent action in novels.

Steam Drills and Climate Action: A Special Talk for Earth Day
April 19th, Thur, 8-9pm ET
Author Rivera Sun invites you to join her for a discussion of her climate action novel, Steam Drills, and our on-going saga of working for climate justice. Sharing success stories and challenges alike, the conversation will take a look at the epic “story of our times” in both fiction and reality, offering a dose of inspiration for all of us who are becoming the heroes and sheroes of our real life adventure. Free, registration required:


The Roots of Resistance: Book Discussion w/ Author Rivera Sun
April 28th, Sat, 3-4pm ET
Come join Author Rivera Sun for a discussion and Author Q & A about her latest novel, The Roots of Resistance. Dig into the themes of nonviolent struggle, dealing with violent flanks, building powerful campaigns for change, and much more! Discuss the novel with other readers, find out the “how and why” behind Rivera Sun’s writing process, and ask the author all your burning questions! Free, registration required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/4c2d6fcaca3b1714cde7dc3c8da9331e


Billionaire Buddha: Getting to the Heart of True Wealth 
(with the man who inspired the novel!)
May 5th, Sat, 3-4pm ET
Join Author Rivera Sun and former multimillionaire Dariel Garner, the man who inspired the story of Billionaire Buddha by giving away his fortune, for a powerful conversation about wealth, right livelihood, ethical business, and much more! This online discussion will cover not just the novel, but also a wide range of topics including rethinking capitalism, redefining “wealth”, and a radical re-envisioning of economy. Come share your thoughts on connecting money, work, and business to the values of compassion, interconnectedness, and sustainability. Free, registration required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ede2c02b1fac64d18c34be5db4a05ad8


The Way Between: Building a Culture of Peace and Active Nonviolence
May 12th, Sat, 3-4pm ET
Join Author Rivera Sun for an online conversation about her novel, The Way Between, and the role of novels in building a culture of peace and active nonviolence with people of all ages. And, get ready for a special treat! Rivera is in the midst of writing the sequel, and will share a sneak peek at what’s coming for Ari Ara. Free, registration required:


Past Events (in case you’re wondering!)

The Roots of Resistance – Community Publishing Campaign Celebration
December 2nd, 2017, 3pm MT,108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571

Author Rivera Sun streams her live reading and words of inspiration from the Taos, NM celebration of The Roots of Resistance‘s Community Publishing Campaign. Be a part of the fun and excitement! Local friends and readers will join us at SOMOS for snacks, drinks (including Dandelion Wine, of course), and an in-person book signing. Rivera Sun will read from The Roots of Resistance‘s powerful and inspiring story, and also offer a heart-warming and uplifting message of courage and hope during these times of challenge and resistance. (free)

RSVP for the free Zoom link to view the live stream of Rivera Sun’s reading and talk: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a2e6227c418cd93dcde7dc3c8da9331e



Thursday, March 23rd, 8pm ET/5pm PT Online Author Q & A
Join this live Q & A with Author Rivera Sun to discuss “The Way Between”. Ask questions, share comments, connect with the subject, the book, and the author! RSVP here for the call-in info: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ed74f81136d59f7ddc2040ba88984b7b

This Author Q & A is part of Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence’s Book of the Month Series of readings and discussions to build a culture of peace and active nonviolence.

About “The Way Between“: In an exciting blend of action, adventure, and fantasy author Rivera Sun boldly takes the genre in a new direction . . . that of waging peace, active nonviolence, and nonviolent movements. Challenging war cultures and military societies, The Way Between brings the skills of resolving conflict, anti-bullying, and ending violence into a coming of age story for a new generation of readers. Between flight and fight lies a mysterious third path called the Way Between, and young shepherdess and orphan Ari Ara must master it . . . before war destroys everything she loves!


Exciting! Four Free Winter Webinars On Nonviolent Change!

Sponsored by the Netherlands-based organization SVAG, this webinar series is offered free to the public (although donations are gratefully accepted).  The series is intended to bring US-based and international activists together to learn, understand, advocate and move towards a nonviolent world. It is offered in collaboration between Campaign Nonviolence and the Netherlands-based organization SVAG (Foundation/Association for Active Nonviolence) and its project ToNoWo (Towards a Nonviolent World).

If you would like to donate to support this series and future webinars, donations can be made via Campaign Nonviolence/Pace e Bene. The website will automatically earmark your donation for this series! Here’s where to contribute.

Introduction Webinar – Nonviolent Activism: Oppose and Propose
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
5:30pm-7pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
11:30am-1pm ET (US)
Cost: Free (Donations welcome, but not required)

gandhi-1930-march-all_bgLearn the basic skills you need for making change with nonviolent action. Join this practical webinar that covers the basic concepts, the 198+ Methods of Nonviolent Action, strategy and campaign design, and also the “Two Hands of Nonviolence” that create an unstoppable force to oppose injustice and propose solutions. Get strategic planning tools, further resources, and learn from nonviolent struggles throughout history.

Please RSVP to receive the login info! Here’s where to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/0df0dc5e5a344a9e34538d7d4481ef37

Invite Others! Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/621148008056153/


Nonviolent Responses to the Rise of Hate, Xenophobia, Discrimination
Saturday, January 28th, 2017
7pm-8:30pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
1pm-2:30 ET (US)
Cost: Free (donations welcome, but not required)

Hear about strategies and share solutions! At a time when hate and discrimination seem to be rising in society, politics and certain institutions, this online conversation offers you a chance to connect with others to hear the many creative solutions that are being used to counter hate, and to affirm respect, dig15781623_673509449492876_1815529889882425218_nnity, and inclusion. Share what’s happening near you, and find out what others are doing in this lively conversation focusing on people-power, creativity, and nonviolent responses to some of our pressing issues. Opening remarks and facilitation by Rivera Sun.

Please RSVP to receive the login info! Here’s where to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/9b4ab37d8999562cdc2040ba88984b7b

Invite Others! Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/415468098784898/


Webinar – Nonviolent Fiction and Nonfiction: The Dandelion Insurrection
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
7pm-8:30pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
1pm-2:30 ET (US)
Cost: Free (donations welcome, but not required)

dandelionfrontcovIn a time that looms around the corner of today . . . when Author/Activist Rivera Sun wrote the opening words of The Dandelion Insurrection, the line between fact and fiction was already blurring. Join her for a special conversation about what parts of the story have come true – and what now looms on our horizon. Find out how this story about a nonviolent movement for change in a slightly fictionalized United States remains timely and highly relevant. Ask questions, see how the book compares to current US situation . . . and find out what’s brewing in the sequel that’s coming in 2017.

Please RSVP to receive the login info! Here’s where to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/7b10d64b0d47ab2c7c24e00bf0acd2b8

Invite Others! Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/573343339521349/


Structured Dialogue – Environmental Destruction & Nonviolent Action: Creative Solutions to Big Problems
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
7pm-8:30pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
1pm-2:30 ET (US)
Cost: Free (donations welcome, but not required)

world-memeJoin with others for a creative, lively conversation about how people around the world are using nonviolent action to stop environmental destruction. Share your experience and favorite stories. Speak up about your pressing concerns. Learn from others and gain fresh ideas for protecting our beautiful Earth, our communities, and ourselves. Facilitated by Rivera Sun.

Please RSVP to receive the login info! Here’s where to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/68faea700c38dcad7510d14dfea9e911

Invite Others! Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/110625452773527/



Online Author Tea and Celebration for The Way Between!

January 14th, 2017
3pm ET/12pm PT

way-between-indiegogo-icon-squareJoin us for an online celebration of Rivera Sun’s newest novel, The Way Between. We’re gathering with tea and snacks for a virtual face-to-face conversation about the book using Zoom Videoconferencing Platform. Fun, easy to use, exciting to see one another! Ask Rivera Sun questions, hear from one another about your favorite parts of the book, and enjoy a special experience with new friends, everywhere! This is a free event, but please register here for the login information.


Seeds of Change: Strategy for Action Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the ABQ Peace and Justice Center, 202 Harvard, SE, ABQ 87106. Learn to use effective nonviolent strategies to confront abuses of power and to promote positive change. Conducted by Rivera Sun, a nonviolence trainer for Campaign Nonviolence, thiSeedss workshop will focus on the dynamics and strategies of nonviolent action. Participants will learn about Gene Sharp’s 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action and how to uses them to become more effective agents of change. Learn how to use nonviolence to confront injustice, resist militarization, uphold the rights of threatened minorities and build sustainable communities. Brown bag lunch or local eateries. Cost is $20 in advance (register online at  www.paceebene.org/abqtraining or register in person at the ABQ Peace & Justice Center), or $25 at the door. Sponsors include Campaign Nonviolence New Mexico, Creating Peace Project of the ABQ Peace and Justice Center and Albuquerque Chapter, United Nations Association USA. Contact: shalseyhoover(at)gmail.com or ABQ Peace and Justice Center (505-268- 9557).

love as revolutionlove AS revolution festival, Madrid, New Mexico June 4-5th The second annual loveASrevolution Festival is happening at The Lotus, on the Deck at The Mine Shaft Tavern & Shanti Community this summer June 4th & 5th 2016. Nestled in the beautiful Ortiz Mountains, Madrid, New Mexico will host the second living and loving as revolution gathering of amazing beings working for the evolution of our species! Come support those working to make our world a better place! Join other active love beings in meditation, yoga, dance and art. Meet, support, & join other activists, musicians, Shamans, nonprofit leaders, our drum circle & ecstatic dancers, conscientious vendors, organic farmers, artists, healers, sustainability practitioners, sustainability experts, and all those working to create positive changes in our world with love and peace! http://www.loveasrevolution.com/

Fellowship of Reconciliation Centennial Conference and 58th Regional Pacific Northwest Gathering at Seabeck, WA, July 1-4.Seabeck Poster Rivera Sun and Dariel Garner will be guest speakers and presenters, along with Erica Chenoweth, Jamila Raqib, Stephen Zunes, Rev. Sekou, and Tom Hastings. Learn more and register at http://forseabeck.org/


“Tools for Change – an engaging, participatory workshop for today’s activist”, Monday, April 11th, 7-10pm. Learn how to weave protest, noncooperation, constructive action, and civil disobedience into powerful campaigns for change. Discover interconnection, collaboration and strategy through the window of ecology and general systems theory. Activist/author Rivera Sun guides this participatory workshop sponsored by the Chico Peace and Justice Center and Campaign Nonviolence. Donations accepted. No one turned away. For more info, contact 530 591-3225 or 893-9078. Location: Chico Peace and Justice Center, 526 Broadway, Chico, CA.

Restoring Dignity, Stopping Hate” – a workshop with Rivera Sun, Wednesday, April 13th, 6:30-8:30pm, 123 Calle Marguerita, Los Gatos, CA 95032. From Trump’s attacks to discrimination against homeless people to racism to class warfare to bullying to Islamophobia, we’re seeing a rise of scapegoating in our society. Learn how you can use the tools of nonviolence for transforming, intervening and interrupting these problems. Discover effective strategies for change, envision creative actions, and learn powerful peacebuilding practices. This engaging workshop is for everyone! Contact Rivera Sun for info. rivera(at)riverasun.com

“Dandelion Skills Workshop – Making Change Through Nonviolent Action”, Saturday, April 16th, 9:30-11:30am, Maria B. Freitas Community/Housing 455 Manuel T. Freitas Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903. Rivera Sun, the Author of the Dandelion Insurrection, with the Social Justice Center of Marin, will be presenting a skills workshop for making change through nonviolent activism and mobilization. $10 Donation Request, No one turned away. (Capacity 30-50 persons) Contact Rivera Sun with questions: rivera(at)riverasun.com Invite friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1691720144410214/

Rebel Poetry Workshop” Sunday, April 17th, 2-5pm,Canticle Farm, 1972 36th Ave. Oakland, CA 94601. You are invited to join an afternoon workshop focusing on unlocking the words in your heart. Rebel Poets use the power of words to speak truth to power. Use creativity to express the thoughts churning inside you. Find practical and poetic ways to speak about our times. Gather skills for tapping into your creative potential. This workshop with author Rivera Sun offers engaging and practical ways for you to write, speak, and create poetry with a message.

Cost: This workshop is being offered on gift economics, so bring whatever you have to offer: your heart, a book, a check, a trade. All options being possible, your traveling workshop facilitator would like to note that any monetary donations to cover travel costs are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Invite Facebook friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1731698287069129/


“Hope In Action” – a Afternoon of Conversation with Rivera Sun on Saturday, January 30 at 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM in CST, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, 3661 State Highway 131, La Farge, Wisconsin 54639

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Thursday, November 5th, A Workshop on Tools for Nonviolent Organizing & Social Change w/ Author & Activist Rivera Sun, 7:00-9:00 PM, DePaul Lincoln Park Campus, Schmitt Academic Center, Room 254 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Rivera Sun is a novelist and agent for nonviolent change. She is a trainer and social media director for Campaign Nonviolence, the cohost of Occupy Radio, and co-founder of the Love-in-Action Network. Her most recent novels include The Dandelion Insurrection and The Billionaire Buddha. In her lively, invigorating speaking events, Rivera Sun connects the dots between the issues we face, relates stories from historic nonviolent struggles, covers groundbreaking new understandings of nonviolent struggles, and brings a pertinent and timely message to youth, elders, students, and ordinary, extraordinary people everywhere. Presented by the Peace, Justice, & Conflict Studies at DePaul University. For more information on Rivera, visit www.riverasun.com. For questions about the event, email pjc@depaul.edu.

Sat, Oct 17th, Creative Nonviolence: Peacemaking in the 21st Century, 8:45am-3:00pm All day workshops with facilitators from around the country, and keynote panel with Sr. Megan Rice, Rivera Sun, and Elizabeth Murray. St. Elizabeth High School, 1530 34th Ave, Oakland, CA (walking distance from Fruitvale BART). Pre-registration $20; at the door $25; no one turned away for lack of funds. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. Questions and registration at oaklandcatholicworker(at)yahoo.com

Seeds-of-ChangeSun, Oct 18th, Seeds of Change Workshop, Chico, CA. 12:00pm-5:00pm, Riparia Farm Barn, 2300 Estes Rd. Organized by Chris Nelson. Join us in a beautiful, comfortable space for an inspiring and connecting afternoon workshop on nonviolent action. This workshop will bring you hope, courage, and practical skills. Drawing from inspiring stories of nonviolent action, you’ll learn how to bring people together, create a plan, and become a vibrant part of the growing Movement of Movements that is sweeping across the nation and into our lives! Bring your friends, neighbors, elders, and students. Together we’ll explore how ordinary people can make extraordinary change! Donations accepted, no one turned away. All welcome. Contact Chris Nelson for directions, and with other questions: 530-345-7590.

SUN Poster Oct 15Thurs, Oct 22nd, Billionaire Buddha & Nonviolent Action to Address Income and Wealth Inequality, 3:00-6:00pm, Portland State University. Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU, Room 327. 1825 SW Broadway. Presented by Students United for Nonviolence (SUN). Rivera Sun will speak about her new novel, Billionaire Buddha, and lead a session on nonviolent strategies to address income and wealth inequality. This strategy session builds on Prof. Erica Chenoweth’s presentation from 12:00-3:00pm (Please contact PSU for ticket information. There are no tickets needed for Rivera’s session.) Former multi-millionaire Dariel Garner will also speak at the event. Dariel Garner is a recovering member of the o.o.1%, and the inspiration for the book, Billionaire Buddha. This is a full day of incredible speaking, learning, insights, and awakenings! Come join us! If you have questions contact rivera(at)riverasun.com

12068823_10156020186280167_4187827304409573533_oSat, Oct 24th Beyond Violence: A Spiritual Journey 9:30am-2:30pm, lunch provided. First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon. Join people from all parts of the community for a day of dialogues, skill-building, and inspiration. Participants will envision a world beyond violence, gain practical training in moving beyond violence, explore the spiritual dimensions of leaving violence behind, and engage in small group discussions around violence. All are welcome! Free of charge or by donation. Featured panelists & presenters: Author/Activist Rivera Sun; Rev. Kate Lore, Minister of Social Justice, First Unitarian Church; Terri Shofner, Chairperson, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation.



  1. February 6, 2015    

    Where in Santa Cruz Ca. will you be speaking? I’d like to attend if I can.


    • February 10, 2015    

      Hi Janelle,

      I am still working out the details on Santa Cruz. I will let you know as soon as it is sorted out. Thanks, Rivera

  2. Neta Neta
    March 6, 2015    

    Rivera! You’re coming to Portland! That’s where I live now. I’ll try to come see you. Post details if you can! <3 <3 <3

    • March 6, 2015    

      Neta, here’s the details! Sat, April 18th Seeds of Change Workshop 9am-12pm Portland State University, Hoffman Hall. This event is sponsored by Students United For Nonviolence and is a day-long celebration and educational event on nonviolence. Come for Rivera’s session and stay for the rest! You won’t regret it!

      It would be great to see you. Love, Rivera

    • April 3, 2015    

      Hi Neta,

      Just a little update note about the April 18th event:

      pre-registration is recommended … and you get a free copy of The Dandelion Insurrection and Study Guide if you are one of the first 100 to register. The event itself is free. Here’s the info:

      Visionary Voices: Strategic Nonviolent Movements That Sustain
      April 18, 8:30am-5:30pm, – Hoffman Hall, PSU

      Breakfast served from 8:30 – 9am, refreshments in the afternoon

      Free Tickets available at the PSU Box Office or online (preregistration required)


  3. May 15, 2015    

    Hi Rivera,

    I called your home phone and spoke to a very nice man who took my info. I am planning on attending your workshop on May 31st in Madison, WI. I’m wondering if we need to register for it? I don’t see any info on their website.

    Blessings on this journey,


    • May 20, 2015    


      No need to register . . . just show up. Thanks for letting friends know, too. See you in Madison.


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