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.


 Fall 2016 Workshops & Events

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Sunday, November 13 / Dojo, Nalanda Campus

Featuring co-facilitation by Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish & Ramon Parish

A Partnership with CU Boulder's Environmental Center & Some Kind of Paradise

$10 General Admission / $5 JMC Members (just subscribe to our list!) / FREE for students


From Standing Rock to Black Lives Matter to the alarming dimensions of this so-called election, these challenging times call us to find deeper ground—whether for our work to create to a more just world, or simply for the sake of our own sanity! Logic alone may not save us. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, numb, powerless, enraged; if you’re struggling with burnout, or feel the stirrings of a bigger calling: join us to commune and explore new ways of approaching our predicament while finding new sources of strength and resilience. We will gather in an inclusive, multi-racial, multi-gendered, multi-generational space to build with interactive tools paying special attention to:

  • understanding how the dynamics of privilege and oppression relate to ecological crises
  • honoring the pain of social and ecological injustice
  • growing our imaginative capacities for creating a more just and beautiful world

The Work That Reconnects (WTR) is a practical, open-source, ever-evolving toolkit developed by elder teacher Joanna Macy that anyone can use to center, build authentic community, and leverage the systems thinking needed to bring the change we wish to see in the world. 

WTR Community-of-Practice

In Development for Spring 2017

An opportunity to practice co-facilitating and experience the spiral of the WTR in a safe and inclusive environment. Participants are invited to volunteer to co-facilitate exercises in advance. FREE!

Prerequisite: Attendance at a minimum of at least two WTR events in the last year (through the JMC, Naropa curriculum, or other workshop), such that participants are familiar with the underlying philosophy of this work, structure of its process, and the experience of several exercises. 

Recommended Reading & Sourcebook: Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects, by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown.


Overview of Events Spring 2017

More details & registration coming soon!

WTR Community-of-Practice

January 22 // Dojo, Nalanda Campus

Front Range Eco-Social Solutions (Bioneers)

February 3–5 // CU Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex

WTR for Justice Workshop

February 12 // Virya, Paramita campus // A collaboration between the JMC & Naropa's Diversity & Inculsion Team

Joanna Macy: Communities of Practice (public events with Dr. Macy)

March 9–12 // Nalanda Events Center

WTR for Justice Workshop

April 8 // Dojo, Nalanda Campus // A collaboration between the JMC & Naropa's Diversity & Inculsion Team

WTR Community-of-Practice

May 27 or 28 // Dojo, Nalanda Campus 

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.

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 join our mailing list and attend our events. For any other questions please contact Program Manager, Karta Elise Hassler.