Our Work

The National Peace Academy is motivated by a vision of “cultures of peace” in the United States and around the world – that is, societies founded upon the concept of peace as articulated in the Earth Charter: “the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.”

5 SpheresOur contribution to the realization of this vision is to advance the transformation to a culture of peace in the United States by elevating in the public consciousness the meaning and value of peacebuilding and everyone’s role in it and developing the full spectrum of the peacebuilder in everyone.

We do this through dynamic, coordinated programmatic initiatives that together address our three areas of strategic priority. All our work is based upon NPA’s “5 Spheres of Peace” Program Framework.

Through its four cornerstones of peace education, peace research, peace policy, and peace practice, the National Peace Academy carries out its mission in three interrelated and mutually supportive strategic areas:

Sitting on 120 acres of protected land overlooking the Belmont Bay in the Mason Neck region of Virginia, Point of View is an international retreat and research center dedicated to peace – a “Civilian Camp David” – located at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR). Through an historic collaboration between the National Peace Academy and S-CAR, Point of View is expanding to include residential facilities and opportunities for joint NPA/S-CAR programming.

The National Peace Academy implements its strategic priorities through a coordinated and mutually supportive program of initiatives. Currently, these initiatives include:

  • Truth Telling
  • Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogues
  • Peacebuilding Communities of Practice
  • Peacebuilding in Schools
  • Metta Roadmap

Past programs of the National Peace Academy have included:

  • National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program (NCP)
  • Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI)
  • Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference
  • International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)
  • Global Campaign for Peace Education

Making Space

The National Peace Academy, in collaboration with partners across the country, catalyzes, convenes, and facilitates local and national gatherings and processes for face-to-face dialogue, exploration, healing, celebration, and other such opportunities for communities to discover and practice living in right relationship. We do this as both a conceptual and a physical place.

We know that, as our country moves into the future, the needs of our citizens and of our planet will change. At a conceptual and philosophical level, therefore, as the demands of the times evolve, NPA holds the space for creativity, flexibility, and continued learning around peace, peacebuilding, and building and maintaining right relationships.

At a physical level, NPA recognizes that creating a safe space is essential for building peace in the midst of violence or conflict. Peacebuilders create this space by facilitating and designing processes that allow for all voices to be heard and respected, that is, a safe place for dialogue, communion, and community building. At the same time, there is a need for physical spaces where peace is promoted, maintained, taught, demonstrated, and celebrated. Such spaces also serve as a repository or library of resources that support peace, peacebuilding, and the culture of peace, and can be the “home” of the Five Spheres of Peace.

Therefore, NPA supports the establishment and operation of Peace Places in venues across the country, ultimately at least one in every state, in partnership with local organizations who offer to house them. Examples of the functions performed at Peace Places include:

  • Convening in-person and online dialogues and deliberative gatherings focusing on major issues of the day and how those issues can be addressed from the perspective of a culture of peace and the Five Spheres of Peace.
  • Consulting on and offering training experiences for peacebuilding processes and practices.
  • Promoting the creation of nurturing physical spaces for the peacebuilder and for those seeking to bring peace to challenging situations. This includes a library, space for meditation and circle processes, and for dancing and celebration.