The work that reconnects


Eco-philosopher, teacher, writer, mother, and friend-of-all-life, Joanna Macy, has generously consented to share free of charge with all who may be interested, the heart of her current teaching and training work.

Table of Contents: Streaming Video Workshop Series

Chapter 1: Welcome (1:26)

Chapter 2: You Can Do This Work (2:45)

Chapter 3: The Spiral of the Work (7:25)

Chapter 4: Open Sentences (10:44)

Chapter 5: Gratitude as a Revolutionary Act (5:42)

Chapter 6: The Great Turning (35:58 in 3 linked segments)

Chapter 7: The Milling (22:38 in 2 linked segments)

Chapter 8: The Truth Mandala (24:56 in 2 linked segments)

Chapter 9: Breathing Through (10:28)

Chapter 10: The Ecological Self (27:08 in 3 linked segments)

Chapter 11: The Systems View of Life (47:48 in 4 linked segments)

Chapter 12: Widening Circles (9:53)

Chapter 13: Deep Time Work (3:49)

Chapter 14: The Gifts of the Ancestors (11:14)

Chapter 15: The Seventh Generation (24:07 in 2 linked segments)

Chapter 16: Goals and Resources for the Great Turning (11:57)

Chapter 17: Epilogue (2:34)

Joanna Macy and her work:

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. 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 Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985); Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/ New Catalyst, 2007); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); Rilke's Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality (2004) (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead); Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 1998); Joanna's memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000); and World as Lover, World as Self (LMNP).

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.

Joanna travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband Francis Macy, near her children and grandchildren. For more information about Joanna, including her workshop schedule, please visit her web site: