The workshop meets on Friday, February 2nd, 7pm-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, February 3rd & 4th, 10am-5pm.
Drawing on Buddhism, systems theory, and deep ecology, Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.
Joanna offers teachings and interactive processes that enliven our understanding of the hidden promise in the planetary crisis, and of our own power and authority to act on behalf of life on Earth. Drawn from deep ecology, living systems theory, and spiritual traditions, this group work grows our courage, resilience, and solidarity for the healing of our world.
This experiential workshop is appropriate for all who wish to engage deeply with themselves and others, regardless of prior experience. The Work that Reconnects helps us to clarify the survival skills needed for navigating the challenging times ahead, as well as the unique and particular roles we each want to play.
Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with learning from five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books including Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects (with Molly Brown), Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy (with Chris Johnstone), and World as Lover, World as Self.
Based in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren, Joanna has been traveling widely in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna's workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.