Joanna Macy Center at Naropa
Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy Center

The Joanna Macy Center at Naropa (JMC@N) seeks to advance the vision and legacy of Dr. Joanna Macy’s work in order to empower present and future generations in building a more resilient world that works for all.


Naropa's Joanna Macy Center & Authentic Leadership Center are proud to co-sponsor

Living Beyond Hope & Fear:

Social Confidence & Climate Change

Featuring Margaret Wheatley, Acharya Adam Lobel, and Reverand Fletcher Harper

August 12 - 14, 2016 @The Boulder Shambhala Center
1345 Spruce St. Boulder, CO 80302

Please join us at this groundbreaking climate change symposium - as much about how to promote sanity at a time of great change, as engaging with change itself. This forum provides an opportunity for activists, scientists, artists and others to explore how human fortitude, ingenuity and insight can create life-sustaining communities.

$95.00 Member Scholarship - all Naropa faculty, staff & alumni / $40.00 Students / $195.00 Sustainer / $245.00 Sponsor 

LIMITED TIME OFFER – Bring a friend for free! Register at the sustaining or sponsor level by Sunday, July 24 and you can bring a friend for free! To take advantage of this simply register using the "register now" button and add your friend's name to the "comments" field on the registration page by July 24th

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE to anyone in the community! Visit the website for more, or fill out this form directly. 

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Monthly Series Beginning Fall 2016 - Calendar Coming Soon!

Convene in community to celebrate our care for the world and capacity for personal and relational resilience. Joanna Macy’s root work, The Work That Reconnects is a practical, open-source, ever-evolving toolkit that anyone can use to build the stress-resilience, authentic community, and systems thinking needed in order to bring the change we wish to see in the world.

$10 General Admission / $5 JMC Members & Students

To become a member of the JMC for discounts, updates and volunteer opportunities, join our email list by contacting Program Manager, Karta Elise Hassler.


Community of Practice - the Work That Reconnects

Monthly Series Beginning Fall 2016 - Calendar Coming Soon!

An opportunity to practice facilitating and co-facilitating the Work That Reconnects in a safe and inclusive environment for people who would like to strengthen their facilitation skills, ability to share this work with other groups, and deepen their experience of this incredible toolkit. 

PREREQUISITE: Attendance at a minimum of two workshops in the Work That Reconnects in the last twelve months, such that participants are familiar with the underlying philosophy of this work, structure of its process, and the experience of several exercises. 

RECOMMENED READING & SOURCEBOOK: Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects, by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown.  

OTHER Community Events

Part of our mission at JMC@N is convening community and building a network. In that spirit, we want to let you know about some great events hosted by like-minded organizations. We hope you’ll check them out.

  • #LovingJustice Diversity & Inclusion programming at Naropa University - a robust calendar of offerings that build awareness of social justice issues and empower participants with tools to be the change needed.
  • Learn more about the history and ongoing opportunities to get involved with our community partners, the Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardians
  • COMING SOON: Watch for more JMC hosted events including
      • Regular Work That Reconnects workshops in Boulder and the Denver metro area
      • Nuclear Guardianship campaigns
      • Public events with Dr. Macy in March 2017
      • A special ten-day intensive with Dr. Macy in June 2017 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO
  • Stay up to date on upcoming events including early bird specials and other unique opportunities - join our mailing list by contacting Program Manager, Karta Elise Hassler. 

About the Joanna Macy Center @Naropa 

Mission: The Joanna Macy Center at Naropa (JMC@N) seeks to advance the vision and legacy of Dr. Joanna Macy’s work in order to empower present and future generations in building a more resilient world that works for all.

Building a more resilient world through Dr. Macy’s work, we focus on three specific areas: her root teachings known as The Work That Reconnects (WTR), Liberation Buddhist scholarship, and Nuclear Guardianship.

  • The Center is a platform for further advancement of and training in WTR within Naropa University, the local community and the world at large.
  • We will create opportunities for research on her theories of the confluence of the Buddhist teachings, general systems theory, and the resulting social impact.
  • The Center will foster her vision around Nuclear Guardianship by promoting education and training future Nuclear Guardians.

Learn more about the roots and philosophy of JMC@N through videos. 


Dr. Joanna Macy

Dr. Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology; she has been a visionary force in environmental activism for over five decades. Her groundbreaking work, The Work That Reconnects, draws from spiritual traditions, general systems theory, and deep ecology to inspire a transition to sustainable human culture.

Check out Dr. Macy’s announcement about the opening of JMC@N! 


The best way to find out more about the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa is to attend one of our events. For any other questions or to join our mailing list, please contact Program Manager, Karta Elise Hassler.