Joanna Macy Center at Naropa
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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.


The JMC Proudly co-presents Bill McKibben

"The hottest fight in the hottest year" 

Saturday, June 18, 2016 @7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder CO 80304
Co-sponsored by Naropa's JMC & Summer Writing Program
$20 General Admission / $15 Students / Free - Summer Writing Program participants!

Seating is limited - tickets are going fast!


Naropa University's Joanna Macy Center & the Summer Writing Program are honored to present international environmental activist and accomplished writer Bill McKibben for a look at the current state of the climate change movement. In 2014, Naropa University accepted a nationwide challenge from to become one of a dozen colleges and universities nationally to fully divest from fossil fuels. 

Bill McKibben is one of the most influential environmentalists of our time. Bill is the recipient of the 2014 Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book, The End of Nature, is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. Bill is the co-founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.  

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

Stay tuned for a follow-up workshop In the Work That Reconnects - Sunday June 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

$15 General Admission, $5 Students / Details and Registration coming May 22, 2016! 

Upcoming 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
  • 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.