The Ari Ara Series Summer Peace Literacy Program
June 10- Aug 26, Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm ET
(Sessions will be recorded in case you miss one.)
Study. Learn. Teach. Peace Literacy Through Award-Winning Peace Literature!
Discover peace skills through fantastic novels! Join Author Rivera Sun and an incredible group of guest instructors for this unique summer program that shares Peace Literacy skills through peace literature. June-August, you’ll get to read and explore all three novels in the fun and eye-opening Ari Ara Series (The Way Between, The Lost Heir, Desert Song).
Each week, you and other participants will gather on Zoom to learn exercises in peace, nonviolence, and conflict skills that YOU can use to train others in your community. Each session will also be recorded to allow for flexibility and summer schedules.
Guest instructors (see the amazing list below) will present on topics that relate to readings in the books. This course is perfect for educators, parents, youth, peace activists, faith leaders, and others who yearn to teach peace in a fun and engaging way.
Each week, our online gatherings will feature a special guest presenter. These include peace educators and activists from:
Peace Literacy Program (Paul K. Chappell)
Voices For Creative Nonviolence (Kathy Kelly)
Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence (Education Director Veronica Pelicaric)
River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding (Heart Phoenix & Jeffrey Weisberg)
Nonviolent Schools Project (Founder Robin Wildman)
Metta Center For Nonviolence (Senior Advisor Michael Nagler)
Portland Peace Team Coordinator (Tom Hastings)
East Point Peace Academy (Kazu Haga)
Code Pink Women For Peace
World Beyond War
… and more!
Participants will learn skills and exercises in the following that can be shared with their communities:
Peace Literacy Through Peace Literature
How to teach peace with people of all ages using the Ari Ara Series
Nonviolent Communication & Needs
Social Emotional Learning For Youth (and everyone)
Building a Peace Culture
… and more!
COST: suggested $200; sliding scale: $99-300
Note: This is a 12-week course. If you are able, thanks for signing up at the full rate. It helps support those who cannot. It also helps us give a small stipend to our amazing presenters. If you’re signing up at the lower rate, consider inviting a couple friends to take the course as a way of helping us meet the costs of the program. Full scholarships are also available; please email rivera(at)riverasun.com Thanks, everyone!
Family Pass: Sharing a screen at home? Have one person sign-up and your family can do the course together.
Ages: Intergenerational, ages 12-100+ (Precocious younger students are welcome if a parent does the course with them.)
Each session will be recorded, so if you have to miss a week, it will be available.
You will also need the books! Please purchase the Ari Ara books separately or contact me if you need financial assistance with this. (Many participants already have copies, which is why I ask you to pick them up as a separate purchase if you don’t have them. You will need The Way Between, The Lost Heir, and Desert Song. You can find them here >>
How to Pay: Enter the amount you can offer in the blank space below the “Add to Cart” button. Don’t use a dollar sign ($). Click “Add to Cart”. The sliding scale is $99-300; suggested amount is $200. If you have any questions, just send me an email rivera(at)riverasun.com Thanks! – Rivera
The 12-week curriculum is full of practical skills and a sense of magic, adventure, and fantastic stories about waging peace.
Here’s what the summer course will explore:
Part 1 – The Way Between: Navigating Conflict, Finding Peace
Week 1 June 10 Culture of War, Culture of Peace & Opening
Week 2 June 17 Conflict Styles, The Way Between
Week 3 June 24 Pieces of the Truth, Anti-bullying
Week 4 July 1 Meeting Needs, Finding Solutions
Part 2 – The Lost Heir: Person Power & Change Makers
Week 5 July 8 Scapegoating/Culture of War/Youth Peacebuilding
Week 6 July 15 Finding Common Ground
Week 7 July 22 Truth Force, Person Power
Week 8 July 29 Peace Teams
Part 3 – Desert Song: Building Peace Through Justice
Week 9 Aug 5 All Voices Belong (Inclusion, Diversity, Democracy)
Week 10 Aug 12 Inner Work (Social Emotional Learning, Anger)
Week 11 Aug 19 Nonviolent Action for Change
Week 12 Aug 26 Restorative Justice & Closing