The courses, workshops and programs of the National Peace Academy are facilitated by experienced peacebuilders, academics, community organizers, and educators and are hosted and offered by a national consortium of partnering academic, non-governmental and community-based organizations. These organizations and individuals have years of experience and wisdom to share and are actively working for change around the world.
If you are interested in partnering with the National Peace Academy please email us at
The following is a list of our current partner organizations.
Dr. Elaine Yarbrough is president of The Yarbrough Group, a consulting group in Boulder, Colorado, USA. She and her group specialize in communication, effective leadership, inclusive workplaces, conflict management, and managing change for individuals, groups, and organizations in a diverse global context. During the past 37 years, she has assisted more than 500 organizations and thousands of individuals in 27 countries.
Her published work includes Artful Mediation: Constructive Conflict at Work (with Dr. William Wilmot), Constructive Conflict, and Training Strategies from Start to Finish (with Paul Friedman).
Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Volunteers of America, National Peace Academy, Sterling Rice Marketing, Baxa (Medical Device), WealthTouch, Caridian BCT, LSG Sky Chef
“The Yarbrough Group is absolutely transnational. They are very accessible for people from all parts of the world. They are respectful and warm, sensitive to others people’s cultural identities without losing the frame of their own identity and culture. Their interactions are mature and appropriate.” Simon Middleton, Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, LSG SKY CHEFS, GERMANY
“Elaine and her folks have an amazing talent for integration, people skills, intuition and the theory of organizational development. And there is a very significant impact on the bottom line.” Mary Peery, Senior Vice President, Hewlett Packard
“Elaine is one of the strongest organizational development consultants with which I have worked. In addition to OD, Elaine has a deep expertise on gender dynamics in organizations. She blends diversity seamlessly with team effectiveness and leadership development, in a way that makes “natural” sense. Elaine can adapt to shifting priorities quickly, and based on her years of solid consultancy, come up with alternative approaches that drive towards the intended outcome. Elaine’s consultancy approach has worked well both inside the US and in countries beyond the US. She’s a very strong, collaborative partner.” Lisa Kepinski, Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Microsoft, Berlin, Germany
The Metta Center for Nonviolence
Mission: Promoting Nonviolence Worldwide
The Metta Center offers inspiration, instruction, and support for activists, educators, and the media or anyone interested in carrying out her or his own ‘experiments with truth.’ We consult with individuals and educational institutions, maintain a lively, information-packed website, and do a great deal of speaking and writing.
Box 98 Petaluma CA 94953
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center
Mission: to provide, through its programs and its environment, a nourishing place of peace where persons of all faiths can search for truth, engage in dialogue, experience personal growth, realize their self-worth, embrace the sacred, and then refreshed and renewed, participate more responsibly in the creation of a just and peaceful world, and a whole and healthful earth.
Primary Program Objectives:
- To cultivate spiritual growth
- To promote the common good of our communities through art, education and health & healing
- To nurture a culture of peace and social justice
- To work for the renewal of the earth.
We are a retreat and conference center which both provides a place for like-minded organizations to bring their programs as well as designing and producing our own programs and programs in collaboration with partners.
800 El Bosque Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
University’s roots reach back to 1863 and the founding of the Adelphi Academy, a private preparatory school in Brooklyn, New York. The Academy was incorporated in 1869. Adelphi University comprises a small liberal arts college and a cluster of professional schools that have grown up in close relationship to the needs of the region. The University’s mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education and to offer professional preparation of the first rank in arts, education, business, clinical psychology, social work, nursing, and other health sciences.
The Adelphi University community has been actively engaged in peace and justice work in local and global communities: the Breast Cancer program, annual Health Nets conference, annual Autism Conference, orphanage in Kenya, annual United Nations-Adelphi University Teaching for Peace and Human Rights Conference, Imagine Change Act Now project (ICAN), and Women’s Peace and Justice project.
Peace Studies at Adelphi University, launched in the fall of 2010, is a minor that provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex nature of human rights, peace, and peacebuilding work as well as hands-on experience with local, national, and global human rights organizations. In addition to core courses, students choose among five strands, which include human rights, social justice and diversity, global justice, eco-justice, and conflict resolution. The overall focus on social justice, activism and human rights complements Adelphi University’s existing strengths in International Studies, the Levermore Global Scholars Program, and work with the United Nations.
The Adelphi University Manhattan Center offers evening and weekend undergraduate and graduate programs in social work, nursing, education, and teacher certification designed for people seeking to change career paths, as well as those who wish to develop greater skills in their current careers. The Manhattan Center also offers Adult Academic Programs in University College.
The National Peace Academy maintains its Education Office at Adelphi University’s Manhattan Center.
No More Tears
Mission: No More Tears is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization devoted to providing individualized assistance to victims of domestic violence in the U.S. We assist all victims who are scared to speak out and face tremendous barriers in leaving abusers and staying safe. No More Tears works with victims of domestic violence by providing them with legal counsel, financial assistance and psychotherapy. We help the abused in not only wiping away their tears, but also making sure that there are No More Tears!
In addition to providing services to victims of domestic violence and their children, No More Tears coordinates educational programming and training in South Florida and beyond related to responding to and preventing domestic and dating violence. We have presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences as well as to a variety of community groups, organizations, schools and universities. We have sponsored a Women and Human Rights Conference and are co-sponsors of the College Brides Walk (www.collegebrideswalk.com).
TechChange: the Institute for Technology and Social Change
TechChange partners with universities, organizations and software developers to train leaders to leverage emerging technologies for social change. We envision a world where a highly trained corps of creative and tech-savvy professionals can effectively and quickly respond to the most critical humanitarian, development and peacebuilding challenges of our time.
218 D St. SE, 3rd Floor, Washington D.C. 20003
The Graduate Institute (TGI)
Mission: An accredited, not-for-profit institution of higher education, The Institute creates an environment for learners to pursue their passions and affect changes in their lives and work. Our programs are designed to meet the intellectual and spiritual needs of contemporary thinkers on their paths of personal and professional evolution.
The Graduate Institute recognizes conflict transformation as an inherently creative phenomenon. To move from conflict to understanding to negotiation to transformation is a process that requires vision and innovation. It is an art form of the highest caliber. Each conflict situation generates its own set of potential solutions, and it is within this field of possibility that the conflict transformer, as artist, orchestrates the dynamics of change.
The Institute’s M.A. in Conflict Transformation originates in the perspective that understanding the art of conflict transformation is fundamental to healing human relationships, to building cooperation in organizations and societies, and to maintaining the sustainability of our global culture. It is an ongoing, never-ending process of creating new systems, social relations, and visions for the future.
The M.A. in Conflict Transformation engages learners dedicated to applying their language, skills, and resources to the transformation of conflict in diverse environments.
171 Amity Rd., Bethany, CT 06524
Peace and Justice Studies Association
The NPA has a partnership with the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA). PJSA and NPA share many common goals and visions and we are certain that this new partnership will serve in growing and promoting our shared interests.
The PJSA is dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies, and is the North-American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association.
Through this partnership, the NPA will be offering a 15% tuition discount to individual PJSA members, and to the faculty, staff, students, and community members who have membership status in PJSA due to their institutional affiliation.
Beyond War’s biggest legacy is bringing to consciousness the need for humanity to change its paradigm to one that understands and is based on the principles that:
- War is Obsolete
- We are One Interdependent Whole
- The Means Are the Ends
The implications of these principles lead to personal practices of:
- Maintaining a spirit of good will towards all (posing no enemies)
- Resolving conflict without using violence
- Working together with others to build the world that works for all
On December 15, 2012, the national/international organization Beyond War announced that, with its broad focus and historical approach to seeking “a world beyond war,” it was no longer needed as an independent organization. It stated that “What is needed is for all organizations to embody the principles of living beyond war in their work, and to collaborate and consolidate in building the new systems in the culture of peace.”
The National Peace Academy is honored and delighted to have been named one of the Beyond War legatees. Given the alignment of our aims and philosophies regarding creating a “world beyond war” – a culture of peace – this evolution is indeed very much a good fit. Please find more information about Beyond War here.
Earth and Peace Education International (EPE)
Mission: Founded in 1992, Earth & Peace Education International* (EPE) aims to promote the recognition of the reciprocal relationship between ecological degradation and the violation of human rights on a local, national and global level, in other words between social and ecological violence and its converse, social and ecological peace.
Contextual sustainability, the organizing principle underlying EPE’s educational approach, defines this relationship. It assumes that the Earth is the primary context and essential foundation of all social activity and that ecological sustainability is key to achieving a culture of peace. Reciprocally, respect for human rights characterizes the social context essential to ecological sustainability.
EPE’s educational activities facilitate the development of an integrated and value-based perspective on issues related to the achievement of a culture of social and ecological peace.
Activities: Ongoing educational activities include 1) a website which provides resources that highlight the link between social and ecological peace www.globalepe.org 2) Transitions an e-educational resource posted online twice annually and distributed to a network of educators 3) Online courses to be launched spring 2012. EPE directors also take on special projects that focus on the link between social and ecological peace. See EPE website ‘about us’ for a description of these projects.
97-37 63rd Rd # 15E, Rego Park, NY 11374
Teachers Without Borders
Mission: To connect teachers to information and each other to create local change on a global scale.
At over 59 million, teachers are the largest group of trained professionals in the world. As transmitters of knowledge and community leaders, teachers are powerful catalysts for lasting global change. However, their professional development is often irrelevant, inconsequential, or missing entirely. Teachers must therefore have a support network to provide the resources, training, tools and colleagues they need to fulfill their important role. Teachers Without Borders offers that support.TWB offers courses through several core programs, including the Certificate of Teaching Mastery, Emergency Education, and Peace Education. Through the peace education program, TWB promotes peace education as a key part of teacher professional development with the intention of supporting teachers in their roles as agents of peaceful change in their communities. The peace education program offers workshops and online courses that provide formal and nonformal educators with a foundation in peace education theory and practice.
PO Box 25067, Seattle, WA 98165
Pax Educare Consulting
Located in Hartford, CT, Pax Educare, as a resource center for transformative pedagogy, seeks to build public understanding of peace education and to promote and advocate for the importance of peace and sustainability pedagogy in every aspect of education, both formal and informal. Pax Educare links families, educators and community practitioners to partnering opportunities in order to help promote the processes and skills needed to build a more peaceful world.
Pax Educare’s current work includes:
Enabling educators interested in learning and teaching peace to network and connect; workshops, community and educational dialogues on a variety of topics, with particular emphasis on the philosophy and skills of nonviolence, sustainability, building cultures of peace, and the importance of emphasizing the “way and how” we teach as much as the “what we teach,”; consultation on resource materials and curricula; sponsoring and co-sponsoring educational events and activities related to peacelearning; authoring publications related to peacelearning: books, journal articles, book chapters.
Publication of a newsletter, rich with resources and connections in peace education, peace research and peace studies
Rasur Foundation International
Vision: A world where every one practices peace and passes this gift to the next generation
Mission: Attracting, training and supporting natural peace teachers to evoke the wisdom and compassion in children through the practice of BePeace.
Motto: Before directing the lightning in the sky, we must first harness the storms in our own hearts.
The Rasur Foundation, named after the epic poem Rasur or Week of Splendor by Roberto Brenes Mesén, has inspired the foundation’s work. This prophetic poem tells the story of a master teacher, Rasur, who teaches the Costa Rican children how to be peacemakers. The children pass this knowledge on to their parents and soon their village is transformed into a culture of peace.
The mission of the BePeace Practice Course is to teach the essence of BePeace, a practice that combines a scientifically tested technique for “feeling peace” with a method for “speaking peace” that creates an honest, empathic connection. This combination allows the participants to access and express their intuitive wisdom and compassion, which effectively shifts them from stress to peace. BePeace empowers practitioners to then “teach peace.”
3CG: The Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance at the University of Colorado, Boulder
3CG: The Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance, was formed to promote dialogue and exchange around new governance structures, effective collaborative decision making processes and advanced communication concepts and practices that help people develop creative, just, and mutually beneficial solutions for pressing issues in our world. It is housed in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
The Center for Collaborative Communication
Mission: Through sharing the consciousness and skills of Collaborative Communication (NVC), we support people in hearing each other and being heard. We share transformative communication skills with individuals, families, groups and organizations in the greater metro New York area, nationally and beyond, creating a world of abundance, interdependence and peace where the needs of all beings matter and are held with care.
CCC offers training programs in Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication in diverse settings, including for non-profit and NGO organizations (such as the UN Development Program, NYU, SUNY, the AJ Muste Institute, Americorp, among others), companies, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, and for the general public via the NY Open Center, the 92nd St Y, the JCC, Omega, Kripalu, and Life Labs and via our own programming. In addition to workshops and trainings, we offer NVC-based coaching, mentoring, and mediation to individuals, couples, families and organizations as well as community events, such as Gratitude Circles (based on celebrating needs met), the Empathy Festival (a family event at Central Park featuring the Empathy Labyinth and other NVC activities and games), and relevent film screenings, such as of the film Gandhi. We have been involved with and/or co-sponsored programs with the Department of Peace campaign, John Jay College, Theater aginst War (THAW), and Brooklyn for Peace.