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.


 Upcoming Workshops & Events

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The Work that reconnects WORKSHOP:

for Downwinders, Nuclear Guardians, those interested in rocky flats

Saturday, February 11 / 1 p.m.-5 p.m./ Living light of peace church, Arvada, co

Featuring facilitation by Kathleen Rude; Sponsored by the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa & Rocky Flats Downwinders

FREE : Register at: or 303-847-5865

 These are challenging times. Especially if you live or have lived downwind from Rocky Flats. Or worked at the plant. How do you deal with the stress, fear, overwhelm or loneliness? In this workshop, you will experience a safe space to share your stories, build community, find inspiration and support, and share ideas for moving forward with your personal healing and with healing for the community.

This engaging experience gives you tools for dealing with the challenges that Rocky Flats has brought into your life and into the lives of loved ones. This workshop is based on the work of anti-nuclear activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy.


Overview of Events Spring 2017

February 11: The Work that Reconnects Workshop for Downwinders, Nuclear Guardians, and anyone interested in Rocky Flats and the topic, facilitated by Kathleen Rude, 1p.m.- 5p.m., at Living Light of Peace Church, Arvada, CO.  Register by contacting:  or 303-847-5865.

March 9: Liberation Dharma in the Time of the Great Unraveling with Joanna Macy, Boulder Shambhala Center, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Register with the Boulder Shambhala Center (link below). General admission: $25, Students: $10.

As we face what is happening to our country, our world--from accelerating climate chaos to oppressive use of police and surveillance powers--we can also discern guidance to be found in the Buddha Dharma.  The ancient teachings serve not only to steady the mind, but also to reveal the power and promise of Sangha for both resistance and creative change.

March 10-12: **Three-day Weekend Intensive with Joanna Macy in the Work that Reconnects**

The Power of the Work that Reconnects in this Time of Challenge, Facilitated by Joanna Macy: Fri, Sat, Sun: 9am-5 p.m. at Nalanda Events Center.  General admission: $400; Naropa faculty, staff & Seniors: $350; Students: $200. 

Full commitment to all three days required for participation. This is not a residential retreat; lodging not included.  Register:

The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers in the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization. This is the aim of the Work That Reconnects: help us take part in the epochal shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. This Great Turning is happening now on many fronts. In order to do this, we pursue these contributing goals:
• to provide people the opportunity to experience and share with others their innermost responses to the present condition of our world
• to reframe their pain for the world as evidence of their interconnectedness in the web of life, and hence of their power to take part in its healing
• to provide people with concepts--from systems science, deep ecology, or spiritual traditions--which illumine this power, along with exercises which reveal its play in their own lives
• to provide methods by which people can experience their interdependence with, their responsibility
• to, and the inspiration they can draw from past and future generations, and other life-forms
• to enable people to embrace the Great Turning as a challenge which they are fully capable of meeting in a variety of ways, and as a privilege in which they can take joy
• to bring people into mutual support and collaboration in working for the world

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 the 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.

 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 join our mailing list and attend our events. For any other questions please contact Program Manager, LeAnn Woods.