Seeds of Change Tour Details – this page is updated regularly! For tour overview, please see this page.
Thursday, May 21, Reading from and discussing Rivera’s book “The Dandelion Insurrection” @ Hit the Road Joe Cafe, 7291 S. Elm Ave, Newaygo, MI (Croton) 231-652-6020. 5:30 pm Doors Open, 6:00 pm Dinner, 6:45 -8pm Reading and Discussion with the author. A Vegan and Gaps Diet menu will be offered for those interested; $10 per person. Reservations must be made for the dinner by calling the cafe. No charge for book reading and discussion but donations welcomed. Coffee available. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 22, 10:30am-1 pm Introduction of the Lineage of Nonviolence with Social Media for Social Change Workshop led by Rivera Sun and Dariel Garner. Grant Area District Library, Community Room, 122 S. Elder St. Grant, MI (off M-37) $10 Registration fee (scholarships available ~ no one will be turned away) Whether your interest is poverty, racism, human trafficking, job loss/economy, climate change, hunger, fracking, peace & justice, war or violence, this workshop will benefit your organization’s social media outreach; allowing to unite, connect, and inspire your participants, members and allies. Social media can be used to build sincere relationships through the medium of social media. Learn how to bring these techniques to your organization. Email email@example.com or call 231-924-5292 to register.
Saturday, May 23, 10:30am-2:30 pm Seeds of Change Workshop led by Rivera Sun. Fremont Area District Library Community Room, 104 E. Main St. Fremont, MI. $30 registration fee (includes lunch) Scholarships available. Ordinary people like you have made change using the tools of Dr. King, Gandhi, Jesus, and Cesar Chavez. Learn these strategies for change and apply them in your community. This workshop covers the basic dynamics and strategies of nonviolent action. Participants discover how to envision and build campaigns, become familiar with the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, the Pillars of Support, the Spectrum of Allies, and learn to connect the dots between the many issues our communities face. Bring your friends, neighbors, elders, and students. Together we’ll explore how ordinary people can make extraordinary change! Invite friend on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608976166026797/
Email michigandandelions(at)gmail.com or call 231-924-5292 to register.
Sun, May 24th, Milwaukee, WI Seeds of Change Workshop 1-5pm (Location TBA)
Sat, May 30th, Echo Valley, WI, Creative Nonviolent Activism with Rivera Sun 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm. Music by Mark Adkins of Subvocal from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Rivera Sun offers an overview of successful nonviolent action campaigns and the fun, serious, lively, solemn, humorous tools available. The workshop highlights the importance of maintaining our humanity – breaking down “us and them.” Planning skills, the role of art, messaging and media and more will be discussed. In the evening, Mark Adkins, long-time friend of Echo Valley and singer songwriter for award-winning band Subvocal, will rock the amphitheater with layered, moody, honest songs. Suggested free will contribution: $10 Lunch: $5 Echo Valley is a community sustained farm and learning center. This event is hosted by the nonprofit, Echo Valley Hope, whose mission is to advance sustainable living and initiatives of peace. Directions at: http://
Sun, May 31st Madison, WI Seeds of Change Workshop, 1-5pm at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Community Center, 953 Jenifer St. This workshop covers the basic dynamics and strategies of nonviolent action. Participants discover how to envision and build campaigns, become familiar with the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, the Pillars of Support, the Spectrum of Allies, and learn to connect the dots between the many issues our communities face. Bring your friends, neighbors, elders, and students. Together we’ll explore how ordinary people can make extraordinary change! Cost: $30, scholarships available. Just contact Rivera Sun rivera(at)riverasun.com or (575) 776-3973
Sun, May 31st Madison, WI, 7-9pm Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, 426 W Gilman St, Madison, WI 53703. Join Author/Activist Rivera Sun for a lively, inspiring reading from her novels, The Dandelion Insurrection and Billionaire Buddha.
Past Events For Reference:
Texas, Arkansas, Great Lakes May 9-19th
Sat, May 9th Austin, TX 2-6pm Seeds of Change Workshop at PODER 4926 E. Cesar Chavez/1st St, Austin, TX. http://poder-texas.org/ / All around the world, ordinary people have used the tools of strategic nonviolent action to oust dictators, end occupations, achieve social justice, and create more democratic, equal, and just societies. In the Seeds of Change Workshop, learn the dynamics, methods, effective strategies, and analysis tools how how nonviolent action works. Participants will discover how to envision and build campaigns, become familiar with the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, the Pillars of Support, the Spectrum of Allies, and learn to connect the dots between the many issues our communities face. Bring your friends, neighbors, elders, and students. Together we’ll explore how ordinary people can make extraordinary change! Cost: $30, scholarships available, just contact Rivera Sun (575) 776-3973 or rivera(at)riverasun.com Invite your Facebook friends.
Sat, May 9th Austin, TX Reading w/ Author Rivera Sun 7-9pm MonkeyWrench Books 7-9p Reading at MonkeyWrench Books http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/ Author/Activist Rivera Sun will offer an inspiring reading from her novel “The Dandelion Insurrection” followed by book signing at MonkeyWrench Books on Sat, May 9th 7-9pm. Rivera will also have advance copies of her next novel, Billionaire Buddha available, too. Invite your Facebook friends.
Sun, May 10th Houston, TX Seeds of Change Workshop 3-7pm Haus Project 1917 Ruth St, Houston In the Seeds of Change Workshop, learn the dynamics, methods, effective strategies, and analysis tools how how nonviolent action works. Participants will discover how to envision and build campaigns, become familiar with the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, the Pillars of Support, the Spectrum of Allies, and learn to connect the dots between the many issues our communities face. $30-40 sliding scale, scholarships available. Contact Jerry Maynard 713-705-2319. Thank you!
Mon, May 11th, Houston, TX Action! “Take a Break and Meditate For Peace – Meditation Flashmob” 5-6pm A group of us will gather in the park to practice mindfulness siting meditation and will invite passersby to come sit with us and enjoy the miracle of the moment. We wish to offer the world a moment to take a break from the chaos, and meditate for inner peace and world peace. We will have sitting meditation for 20 minutes, then we will collectively rise up and have a silent peace walk to show our commitment to walking the narrow way of peace. ALL ARE WELCOME! We will begin at 5PM and will end at 6PM. Afterwards, we will invite all who have joined us to consider going to a local place to eat and have fellowship. Invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/983203931692072/
Wednesday 5/13, Fayetteville, AR, 7:15 pm-9:00 pm: Reading and book signing at Nightbird Books, 205 W Dickson St, Fayetteville AR. Meet Rivera Sun and talk with the activist/author personally in the relaxed atmosphere of Fayetteville’s premiere independent bookstore.
Thursday 5/14, Fayetteville, AR, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Art, Creativity, & Activism Workshop, the OMNI Center, 3274 N Lee, Fayetteville AR. “When art and action collide, hearts break open, minds expand, and mountains move! Sharing stories from her experience and from historic nonviolent movements worldwide, Rivera Sun’s Art, Creativity, and Activism workshop unleashes our creative energy as a force of change!” Invite friends on Facebook.
Friday 5/15, Fayetteville, AR, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Activism & Media – Building Our Own Media Workshop, the OMNI Center, 3274 N Lee, Fayetteville AR. “We are the media. Studies indicate that social media, online journals, and alternative news networks have the potential to reach more audience than mainstream television. This workshop explores how we build citizen media teams, cover our stories, publish our message, and get it far and wide using the tools we’ve got to leverage the change we need. Rivera Sun shares skills and strategies she uses as a writer whose articles have been published on Truthout, Occupy.com, Popular Resistance, and many other journals; and also as the social media coordinator for Campaign Nonviolence, a nationwide movement to build a culture of nonviolence.” Invite friends on Facebook.
Saturday 5/16, Fayetteville, AR, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Building Nonviolent Campaigns Workshop, the OMNI Center, 3274 N Lee, Fayetteville AR. “From the problem to the solution, learn strategies for change and apply them in your community. This workshop covers the basic dynamics and strategies of nonviolent action. Participants discover how to envision and build campaigns, become familiar with the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, the Pillars of Support, the Spectrum of Allies, and basic elements of campaign design. Explore messaging, constructive programs, and escalation of nonviolent tactics. This is a workshop for everyone, youth, elders, experienced organizers or brand new enthusiasts. All are welcome.” Invite friends on Facebook.
Sunday 5/17, Fayetteville, AR, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Book signing at the Block Street Block Party. As a co-host of Occupy Radio, Rivera has a special place in her heart for community radio. So she will be signing books at KPSQ’s Block Party booth to show her concrete support for their efforts to build a genuine community radio station in Fayetteville. Early word is that their booth will be up on the Square, next to the OMNI Center’s booth. So look for all of them there.
Tues, May 19th, Chicago, IL A Night With Author/Activist Rivera Sun, 6:00pm at DePaul University SAC, Room 154. Presented by Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Department. Rivera Sun will speak on her powerful book on nonviolent change, The Dandelion Insurrection. In her lively speaking events, Rivera connects the dots between the issues we face, relates stories of historical nonviolent struggles, shares groundbreaking new understandings, and brings a pertinent, timely message to elders, youth, students, and ordinary, extraordinary people everywhere. This event is free and open to the public. Questions: pjc(at)depaul.edu
Pacific Northwest Tour April 18-27
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! The day-long event is called 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) http://www.pdx.edu/boxoffice/home
Sun, April 19th Eugene, OR Seeds of Change Workshop 1-5pm; Dandelion Insurrection Reading at Tsunami Books 7pm. Join us for the workshop in the afternoon at the Eugene Friends Meeting House and the lively, unforgettable reading with Rivera Sun at Tsunami Books at 7pm. Each is a unique, special experience. See you there! Invite friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/989520607739698/
Sat, April 25th, Shoreline (Seattle), WA Seeds of Change Workshop 1-4pm
Join Author/Activist Rivera Sun for an engaging, inspiring workshop on nonviolence for social change. Part of her 40+ city “Seeds of Change Tour”, Rivera Sun will lead this participatory workshop on nonviolent action on Sat, April 25th from 1-4pm at the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. Hosted by Sharon Riegie Maynard and sponsored by the SUUC Women’s Circle. Please contact Sharon with general questions: sriegie(at)yahoo.com. 360-682-2970 Cost: $30, scholarships available, please contact Rivera Sun rivera(at)riverasun.com for scholarships. Thank you for inviting friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/851766674895376/
Mon, April 27th, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA, Rivera Sun Reading 7pm The Grove Recital Hall in the Music and Art Center at Wenatchee Valley College: 1300 5thSt., Wenatchee, WA 98801 Map: https://www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/music/mac.asp Join Author/Actress Rivera Sun for a lively and invigorating reading from her novels, The Dandelion Insurrection, Billionaire Buddha, and Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars.
West Coast Tour March 20-30th
Sat March 21st & Sun March 22nd 10am-6pm Metta Center Training Register here. Location: Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics, 99 6th St, Santa Rosa, CA, Facilitators: Rivera Sun, Mica Stumpf, Peijman Kouretchian – This dynamic and active workshop designed to nourish and support both those who are new to nonviolence and are interested in harnessing its power in their daily lives, as well and “seasoned” in nonviolence who would like to engage its power more safely and effectively, including tools related to movement building and making positive change in our communities. This is about harnessing love in action on all levels. Tell Facebook friends about this.
Mon, March 23rd, 11am-1pm Book Signing at Sonoma State University in Santa Rosa for their Social Justice Week. Come get a signed copy of any of my books.
Tues, March 24th, 12-2pm Nonviolence Workshop w/ Michael Nagler at Sonoma State University in Santa Rosa.
Wed, March 25th 7:30pm Berkeley, CA Dandelion Insurrection & Billionaire Buddha Reading. Please RSVP to Rivera Sun to get directions to this special, private residence reading! Contact me!
Thurs, March 26th 6-8pm A Free Book Event with Rivera Sun: Author of the powerful The Dandelion Insurrection. The Mendocino Book Company, 102 S School St, Ukiah, California 95482 Author/Actress Rivera Sun will offer a reading from her novel “The Dandelion Insurrection” followed by book signing and refreshments at the Mendocino Book Company in downtown Ukiah on Thursday, March 26, 6-8 PM. This free event is part of the Rivera Sun Seeds of Change Spring 2015 Tour and is sponsored in Ukiah by Watershed Poetry Mendocino. Following the reading Rivera will sign copies of her book, answer questions, and share in the refreshments with attendees. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/353109868204524/
Fri, March 27th 1-3pm Dandelion Insurrection Book Signing at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino Join author Rivera Sun at the Gallery Bookshop for a book signing and reading of The Dandelion Insurrection. She will also have her newest novel, Billionaire Buddha. Can’t wait? Here’s where you can preorder a copy.
Sat, March 28th 1-5pm An Afternoon Workshop on Creative Nonviolence with Author Rivera Sun’ at the Mendocino Environmental Center (MEC) in downtown Ukiah. Suggested contribution is $30-$40, scholarships available, please contact Rivera (575) 776-3973. This will be a teaching workshop on the strategies of nonviolent action behind Rivera’s story of change novel “The Dandelion Insurrection.” In her workshops, the powerhouse activist and author brings a focused approach to the dynamics and strategy of nonviolent action, covering essentials for planning campaigns, including classics such as Pillars of Support, Spectrum of Allies, 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, and more. Following the workshop there will be a potluck dinner gathering for a chance to chat with Rivera and other community folks. Invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/635279259932593/
Sun, March 29th, 1-2pm Reading and 2-5pm Art & Action Workshop in Santa Cruz – When art and action collide, hearts break open, minds expand, and mountains move! Actress/Author/Activist Rivera Sun visit her much-loved community of Santa Cruz on her nationwide Seeds of Change Tour to read from her novels and lead an Art & Action Workshop. Sun, March 29th 1-2pm reading; 2-5pm workshop at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA. She is bringing a special workshop to Santa Cruz, combining the arts and action for all writers, dancers, musicians, painters, sculptors, drummers, poets, actors, artists and activists of all types. Come explore creative ways to make change and get your imaginative juices flowing! Spread the word on Facebook!
Reading 1-2pm by donation. – Actress Rivera Sun brings to life not only The Dandelion Insurrection‘s powerful words of love and change, but also the brand-new novel, Billionaire Buddha, which features some nooks and crannies (and characters) from Santa Cruz! Written with love, and anticipated by readers around the world, don’t miss this special opportunity to hear this novel!
Art & Action Workshop 2-5pm $30, scholarships available, call (575) 776-3973 – Come for the reading, stay for the adventure! Rivera Sun co-founded the Love-in-Action Network after writing The Dandelion Insurrection. Her local chapter has done over 60+ creative, imaginative, memorable actions this year alone! Sharing stories from her experience and from historic nonviolent movements worldwide, Rivera’s Art & Action workshop unleashes our creative energy as a force of change!
Florida Tour Jan 29-Feb 7th, 2015:
St. Petersburg, FL Jan 29th
Reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the USF campus 4-5pm; “An Evening with Rivera Sun” from 6-8pm University of South Florida, Student Life Center Multi-Purpose Space (2101) The suggested donation at the door. USF Students with ID are free.
Tampa, FL. Fri, Jan 30th, 7-9pm, “An Evening of Conversation w/ Author Rivera Sun!” Sacred Grounds Coffee House. Spend an evening with Rivera Sun as she discusses her books, writing, resistance, peaceful revolution and non-violence culture. Her most recent offering is the book, THE DANDELION INSURRECTION. Info and Tickets. Facebook Event.
Tampa, Sat, Jan 31st 1-5pm Creative Nonviolence Workshop, Sacred Grounds Coffee House, Info and Tickets here. Facebook Event.
Spend an afternoon with Author of THE DANDELION INSURRECTION, Rivera Sun as she conducts a workshop on Creative Nonviolence. This is her Tampa stop during her tour through Sunny Florida!
Sarasota, FL, Sun, Feb 1st, 6pm “Season of Nonviolence” Sarasota Peace and Justice Education Center, Sarasota, FL. Rivera Sun will be speaking on building a culture of active nonviolence and Campaign Nonviolence. FREE. Bring a dish to share. Potluck Dinner and Keynote by Campaign Nonviolence organizer Rivera Sun.
Sarasota, FL, Mon, Feb 2nd, 9am-12pm “Social Media for Social Change” Workshop w/ Rivera Sun. Sarasota Peace Education and Action Center, Sarasota, FL. $10, includes continental breakfast. Learn how to use Facebook and Twitter to bring your message to the people, cultivate sincere relationships, engage in profound discussion, and connect people to your events and actions.
Gainesville, FL Feb 3rd
Tues, February 3rd, 7pm Love-In-Action for the Times We’re In! at the Center for Civic Media, sponsored the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and RealLifeScripts
Rivera Sun will speak about love in action – a phrase used by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, to describe what happens when “the heart bursts open and springs into action!” Bringing you hope and courage for these times, Rivera Sun relates the personal journey of becoming love in action and describes the growing Movement of Movements that is sweeping across the nation and into our lives! Read more about this event here.
Orlando, FL Feb 4th Wednesday, February 4th 7:00pm – 9:00pm “Strategic Nonviolent Action” Workshop. Dr. J B Callahan Neighborhood Community Center 101 N Parramore Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801 Orlando Light Brigade is proud to partner with Speak Up Florida, and the Global Peace Network, to bring Rivera Sun to Orlando on her Nationwide tour with Campaign Nonviolence. Sun will be presenting a 2 hour version of her “Seeds of Change” workshop, with a special focus on Mass Incarceration and the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow. We have a suggested donation of $15 for the event, but welcome all, regardless of whether they can pay this or not. NO ON WILL BE TURNED AWAY WHO CANNOT PAY. If you can afford to donate more to cover someone who cannot, that is encouraged as well.
Organizers around Florida have come together to coordinate a statewide tour with Rivera in February 2015. In her workshops, she brings a focused approach and strategy to the dynamics of nonviolent action, covering essentials for planning campaigns, including classics such as Pillars of Support, Spectrum of Allies, 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, and more. Applicable to anyone working to gain living wages, prevent police brutality, ban fracking, end the climate crisis, stop wars, halt drones, or any other social justice issue, these workshops share the skills of planning powerful campaigns that use nonviolence effectively to make change.
Orlando, FL Feb 5th, 6-8pm Strategic Nonviolent Action Workshop w/ Rivera Sun, Rollins College Cornell Social Sciences (CSS) Hall, room 230; Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Box 2720, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Hosted by the Orlando Light Brigade, Speak Up Florida, and the Global Peace Network. Rivera Sun will be presenting a 2 hour version of her “Seeds of Change” workshop, with a special focus on income inequality, poverty, oligarchy/plutocracy, civil resistance, and the connections between these four subjects. A giant special thank you to Dr. Beni Balak, as well as the Departments of Economics and Cultural Studies at Rollins College for their sponsorship of this event. You can check out Professor Balak at: http://punkonomics.org/
Coral Springs, FL Fri, Feb 6th, 6:00-9:00pm for a networking session 6-7pm and 7-9pm “Creative Nonviolent Change” workshop with author/activist Rivera Sun at Royal Palm Christian Church, 9600 Royal Palm Blvd (just west of University), Coral Springs, FL 33065 Office: 954-753-2383 This is an invitation to representatives of all organizations working to promote social justice and peace. Come to this networking and organizing meeting. The objective is to launch Campaign Nonviolence in Florida. Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement to mainstream nonviolence and to build a culture of peace free from war, poverty, the climate crisis, and the epidemic of violence. http://paceebene.org/ Bring your ideas. Let’s all work together. And, following the networking and organizing meeting . . . A “Creative Nonviolent Change” workshop with author/activist Rivera Sun, 7-9pm. Suggested contribution: $40. No one will be turned away. Invite your Facebook friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1598412217044789
Coral Springs, FL Feb 7th
Sat, Feb 7th, 7am Silent Peace Walk, International Peace Garden
Rivera Sun will be participating in the Silent Peace Walk. Learn more here.
Miami, FL Feb 7th (TBA)
West Coast Tour March-April 2015:
San Diego, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Petaluma, CA March 22-24th Metta Center for Nonviolence
Ukiah, CA March 26-28th
Mendocino, CA March 29th
Chico, CA March 30th or April 1st
Mt. Shasta, CA
Portland, OR April 18th
Rocky Mountain Tour Late-April 2015:
Boise, ID April 21st
Santa Fe, NM
East Coast Tour May-June 2015
Austin, TX May 9th
Houston, TX May 10th & 11th
New York, NY
Great Lakes Region
Penokee Hills, WI (tentative)
Newaygo, MI (tentative)
Storm Lake, IA (tentative)