Who We Are

Kindness is the fulfillment of nonviolence. Nonviolence points to love, compassion, and kindness as the necessary arc of acting nonviolently. To be truly nonviolent, to refrain from harming another being, oneself, or the environment is to act with kindness. Kindness is the way we enter into our human family and where we discover belonging. This principal is based in the knowledge of our shared humanity – we cannot harm another without harming ourselves in the process.
Kindness is everybody’s business. It’s everybody’s life.

When the eyes of our heart are opened, we see our common humanity – our imperfection, our fallibility, and most importantly, the promise of our human family. We recognize the promise of our human potential and know we can live in the highest way.
- Ellen Grace O’Brian, Founder

Our Vision

Compassionate Communities in a Peaceful World

Our Mission

Carry the Vision restores lives and communities through nonviolence education creating a peaceful and compassionate world.

We live in a time of change and possibility with a call for peace and compassion echoing throughout our communities and world. The light of hope keeps rising as people from all walks of life seek peace, work for justice, and a vision of creating a culture where everyone thrives.

Carry the Vision offers training, workshops, retreats, and community wide events providing support and inspiration for those who are interested in the power of nonviolence to create positive change and a new way of living. To realize the vision of a nonviolent world, we begin with our own life by preparing ourselves for peace. We educate ourselves, discover the tools necessary for building compassionate communities, and make commitments that support a thriving world for every person.

Our Restore Life Skills Program provides practical and transferable tools for nonviolence education that is for everyone regardless of stage of life, age, place, time, or circumstance.

One of the first steps to restoring or enhancing our collective wellbeing is taking the time to get in touch with our vision and our values and what we care most deeply about. Sharing this with one another enriches the possibilities of meaningful insights, deeper connections, and healing potential. While our particular experiences, backgrounds, and beliefs may be unique, discovering the common bond of human compassion is, in and of itself, restoring.

Carry the Vision has identified four guiding principles, inspired by leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Cesar Chavez for realizing a nonviolent world.

Realize Peace

Peace begins with our own life.

If we want to create peace in the world we must begin with our children

- Mahatma Gandhi

Grow and Transform

Nonviolence is a way of living.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Create Compassionate Communities

Discover our connection with one another and all of life.

The fight is not about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.

- Cesar Chavez

Live in a Nonviolent World

Our life is our service.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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