CSSA Events, Salons and Seminars

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


Peter Gabel Author Event in San Francisco at the Human Family Supper Salon Series

Tuesday December 18 2018 6-8 pm at Think Round Fine Arts Gallery

Tuesday December 18, 6-8 pm  join Peter Gabel and Think Round Fine Arts Human Family Supper Salon Series as Peter shares his newest book “The Desire for Mutual Recognition. Social Movements and the Dissolution of the False Self”


Author Peter Gabel examines the struggle between desire and alienation as it unfolds across our social world, calling for a new social-spiritual activism that can go beyond the limitations of existing progressive theory and action, intentionally foster and sustain our capacity to heal what separates us, and inspire a new kind of social movement that can transform the world.



Join us for Coffee Hour! Open House at the Center for Social Spiritual Activism Wednesday, January 16 2019 from 11 am – 2 pm.

Learn more about CSSA’s B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. academic programs,  meet our educational leaders, faculty and scholar-activists

Western Institute for Social Research (WISR)

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300

Berkeley CA 94705



CSSA 2018 Salons and Workshops

CSSA Thursday Evening weekly Cohort Study Open Group Series, Please join us! All are welcome

Resumes July 12 7 pm – 9 pm PST

with Sky Nelson-Issacs

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 resumes July 12 7-9 pm we will discuss Synchronicity, Flow and the Responsiveness Cycle in Communication.

Free, all are welcome

Hosted at WISR 2930 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA

 Contact: social.spiritual@activist.com

Spring 2018 CSSA Salons

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

  • 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.

  • FALL 2018 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


  • FALL 2018 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