CSSA Events, Salons and Seminars

Social-Spiritual Activist Events
i. CSSA Salons
ii. Films/Videos
iii. Lectures
iv. Webinars
v. Social-Spiritual Actions

CSSA Thursday Evening Cohort Study Open Group

May 24 and May 31 with Sky Nelson-Issacs

7 pm – 9 pm PST

2930 Shattuck Avenue Suite 300 Berkeley CA and Online via Zoom Web Conferencing

Synchronicity, Flow and The Responsiveness Cycle in Communication

This simple process of Listening, Opening, Reflecting, Acting, and repeating the cycle helps us align with circumstance and ensures that we also notice when circumstance aligns with us.

Join Sky Nelson-Issacs and the Center for Social-Spiritual Activism at Western Institute for Social Research Thursday May 24, 7-9 pm we will discuss Synchronicity, Flow and the Responsiveness Cycle in Communication.

Free, all are welcome

CSSA 2018 Salons

Next Salon: Wednesday May 30, 2018 11 am – 1 pm PST

Spring 2018 Series 

2930 Shattuck Avenue Suite 300 Berkeley CA and Online via Zoom Web Conferencing or phone conference (see below):


Lunch Provided Onsite, or Join us via web conference

Free, all are welcome

Join us Wednesday May 9 from 11 am – 1 pm for our next CSSA Salon Series Presentation.

Contemplative Pedagogy: Race, Law and Mindfulness with Law Professor Rhonda Magee and CSSA Founders Peter Gabel and Michael McAvoy

Contemplative Pedagogy: De-Biasing Educational Environments
Understanding Race & Law Through Mindfulness

Wednesday May 30th with Rhonda Magee JD, Peter Gabel and Michael McAvoy

Free, open to the public and lunch is provided
11 am – 1 pm PST

or online
Log on:https://zoom.us/j/576505422
Or call 408-740-3766, 646-876-9923
or 669-900-6833; Meeting ID: 576 505 422

The Way of ColorInsight: Understanding Race and Law Effectively
Through Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices

(Georgetown Law Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Spring 2016)
By Rhonda V. Magee

Despite much good effort to the contrary, reports from a wide variety of fields and locations serve daily to remind us that race still matters in America. To many legal scholars,these reports are not only not news but they suggest work that must be done within the legal academy to minimize racial bias within contemporary law. For example, in his groundbreaking Article, Trojan Horses of Race, Jerry Kang highlighted the research identifying and confirming implicit bias as a pervasive cognitive, interpersonal dynamic, and placed on the research agenda that should follow this revelation scholarship by law professors examining “teaching strategies,”
as well as “debiasing programs, and [educational] environments.”


 Contact: social.spiritual@activist.com

Spring 2018 CSSA Salons

Wednesdays 11 am – 1 pm, Refreshments Provided 2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300

(speaker topics subject to change please visit website for up to date information )

  • April 11 CSSA Introduction with Peter Gabel JD, PhD & Michael McAvoy MA

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  • May 9

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Peter Gabel J.D. Ph.D. discusses A Social-Spiritual approach to Science, Evolution, and embracing a Calling vs. a Profession in Science. Wednesday’s discussion will evolve around three of Peter’s Tikkun articles on Science and Spirit

A Call for Sacred Biologists | Tikkun Magazine 2010

Creationism and The Spirit of Nature | Tikkun Magazine 2012 

The Presence of  Living Organisms | Tikkun Magazine 2010

Due to family emergency, Jennifer Listug Berit will be postponed until further notice


  • May 30 Contemplative Pedagogy: Understanding Race & Law Through Mindfulness Rhonda Magee JD


  • June 13 Fractals: Collective Trauma, Entanglement and Social Theory with Geraldine Orozco


Geraldine is the founder of Bay Area Meditation in San Francisco. She is also an international conference speaker, radio host, Pranic Healer, Intuitive, Meditation Expert, Spiritual Teacher, Activist, Collective Trauma Researcher and Archetypal Social Theorist.

Geraldine will discuss Collective Trauma, Fractals and the power of Human Connection in healing the individual, within various social systems and in relation to our planet and universal eco-cosm.

  • June 20 The Ricochet of Mutual Recognition, the Eros Effect and the ‘Spontaneous Combustion’  that generates and spreads Social Movements with Jason del Gandio Phd and Peter Gabel JD, Phd


  • June 27 Order of the Sacred Earth: Moral Dimensions of Ecological Challenges Jennifer Listug 

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RSVP:  social.spiritual@activist.com

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Seminar – Introduction to Social-Spiritual Activism with Peter Gabel JD, PhD and Michael McAvoy

Using Education as its means, the CSSA will seek to help create a more Just, Sacred and
Sustainable world by developing and teaching a theory and practice of Social-Spiritual
activism rooted in healing alienation from and fear of ‘the other’ through ‘mutual recognition’ of our common eco-social being, of integrating a ‘politics of affection’ with a ‘politics of solidarity’ and by practicing an activism that addresses ‘making an option for the poor’ whether of means or spirit.

Location: Western Institute for Social Research



Wednesday March 14 2018, 7 pm – Author Event with Peter Gabel, Folio Bookstore Noe Valley San Francisco

Author Event & Release of Peter Gabel’s Highly Anticipated Book “The Desire for Mutual Recognition: Social Movements and the Dissolution of the False Self ”

Wednesday March 21, 2018 Harvard Law Forum 12 pm – 12:45 pm, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND THE LAW, Peter Gabel and Fania Davis   Harvard Law School WCC 2004 Classroom Cambridge, Massachusetts


April 25, 2018

The Universe: Our Connection to One Another, Social Ecology,  Energy Equity and Social Justice with Astronomer Joe Jordan, Director Sky Power Institute, and CSSA Founders Peter Gabel and Michael McAvoy