Upcoming PJC Events

The following events are hosted, organized, co-sponsored, or put on in partnership with/by the Peace & Justice Center and are open to the public – we hope you can make them!

We charge a fee for many of our publicly hosted programs. No individual is turned away from any of our our programs due to a lack of funds. People under 25 are not expected to contribute financially. We ask those who are able to pay full price or more for our programs to do so. This helps keep our programs financially accessible to all, regardless of income. Not sure if you should pay less, nothing, or more? View our Sliding Scale document to choose an amount that feel appropriate to you.

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Mindfulness for Activists

September 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In order to keep taking on injustice, we need to develop a strategy for self-care as activists. This program focuses on ways to utilize mindfulness for nonviolent social justice and peace work. Emphasis is on developing skills in meditation, deep listening, and what Gandhi called “soul force.” We will explore ways to see and act on a sense of common humanity that lies deeper than conflict. This workshop is designed by the Peace & Justice Center, a Vermont-based non-profit, membership organization. Our mission is to create a just and peaceful world by working on the interconnected issues of economic and racial justice, peace, and human rights. We are excited to have Rachel Siegel and Ginny Sassaman lead both these sessions together. Sign up by e-mailing [email protected], calling (802-482-7194) or filling out online form (http://cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access/registerhere.html).
About the Teachers:
Rachel Siegel became the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center in 2013. She is raising two children with her partner Jules on their mini-urban homestead in Burlington. She is committed to the causes of economic, racial, and environmental justice; has tremendous organizational and fundraising skills; is a proven leader in the community; and is well-established in Burlington. She has worked for positive change as an advocate for women and economic justice through both Vermont Works for Women and as a founding member of Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom. She served as a Burlington City Councilor representing the Old North End from 2011-2014, coached Center City Little League from 2012-2016, and is a dancer/performer.
Ginny Sassaman is a co-founder and President of GNHUSA. In 2011, she created the Happiness Paradigm Store and Experience, which expanded to include the Happiness Paradigm blog where she posts essays about living life in concordance with GNH and Positive Psychology tenets. She has an M.S. in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from the Woodbury Institute at Champlain College and in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute. She works as a meditation and positive psychology teacher, coach, and workshop leader. Formerly the Communications Director for the Women’s Legal Fund and Media Communications Director for Common Cause in Washington, DC, Ginny moved to Calais, Vermont in 2001. A creative spirit and entrepreneur with a strong interest in social justice, Ginny worked as a fulltime watercolor artist for many years before becoming a mediator and establishing the position of staff mediator for Home Share Now. She gave a keynote speech entitled “Personal Happiness: a Vital Component of a National Movement” at the 2014 national gross national happiness conference. She has frequently delivered sermons in Unitarian Churches on the connections between personal happiness, a GNH paradigm, and climate action. She also leads Joyful Creativity Retreats, and is a proud and dedicated grandmother.


September 28, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Peace & Justice Center


Champlain Valley Union High School
369 CVU Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461 United States
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If you have questions about our programming, please contact Kina Thorpe, Educational Program Manager, at [email protected] or call (802) 863-2345 x9. If you would like to volunteer at any of the Peace & Justice Center's events, please email v[email protected].