Trainings for Nonviolent Action


There is an increased demand for nonviolence trainings since the latest presidential election. Exactly what is needed depends on the goal and experience of the participants.
Possibilities include:

  • Introductions to nonviolent social change/nonviolent action
  • How to organizing strategic nonviolent campaigns
  • Nonviolent direct action preparation.

Training may include learning from the history of nonviolent social change and learning specific skills such as group facilitation. Training is a participatory process preparing people for action. It takes time to do this. While an introduction to nonviolent action can be a two hour workshop, preparation to engage in nonviolent direct action takes longer to ensure people know their rights and understand what it means to risk arrest if that is their choice.

For more on Nonviolence training and role of trainers, click here.
For Tasks and tools for organizing a training, click here.
For additional workshops, check out the Planning for Nonviolent Campaigns Page.



When organizing for direct actions, you need to create a strong agendas:

An Introduction to Nonviolent Action in 2-3 hours: This training is an opportunity to prepare for participating in demonstrations for people who are new to nonviolent action. It is not preparation for participating in civil disobedience, which is a longer training.

Nonviolent Direct Action Preparation Agenda: This annotated training agenda is to prepare people who are considering engaging in nonviolent direct action. It is also helpful for people who want to participate in nonviolent actions but not risk arrest. This agenda includes links to handouts and resources, as well as:

  • Exploring what is meant by nonviolent direct action (NVDA)
  • An overview of the scenarios and the action structure
  • Understanding your rights and the potential consequences of nonviolent direct action, including the arrest process.



More agendas coming soon.



War Resisters League offers speakers and training on a range of topics. Please contact us at wrl [at] if you are interested in hosting a speaker, or organizing or attending a training.

If you have experience as a nonviolence/direct action trainer and would like to be added to our Trainers Directory, contact Joanne Sheehan at joanne [at]

"I learned that you can really fight the powers-that-be with nonviolent action and coordinate how effective we can be through training,"
-Julian Larson, LGBTQ +Youth Kickback, at WRL's Training for Trainers

For more testimonials from powerful organizers who attended WRL's Training for Trainers: