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.


Bill McKibben "The hottest fight in the hottest year"

Naropa University and Bill McKibben regret to announce that Bill’s public talk on June 18 has been postponed due to his recent appointment as a delegate to the Democratic Party’s Platform Committee. Naropa University and the organizers of this program, the Summer Writing Program and the Joanna Macy Center, look forward to rescheduling Bill at Naropa in the near future.

All ticket sales will be refunded. Please do consider attending another event in Boulder that evening:

  • Attend the Summer Writing Program’s famed Faculty Readings. More details are here.
  • Check out another option for the sustainability-minded, with our community partners at E-Town Hall titled Yes In My Backyard, part of a full weekend of pioneering YIMBY events in Boulder.


Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Dojo (room 9180), Nalanda Campus, Naropa University
6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder CO 80304

Convene in community celebrating 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.

Facilitated by Kathleen Sullivan, PhD. 

Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, is a long time student of Joanna Macy and Work That Reconnects facilitator. She has been engaged in the nuclear issue for nearly 30 years and has worked internationally as an educator for disarmament focusing primarily on two distinct audiences: young people and atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha). Currently, she is the Program Director for Hibakusha Stories, an arts-based initiative that has brought atomic bomb survivors into the lives of some 30,000 New York City High Schools students. As an education consultant to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, she developed the disarmament education web portal for the UN's Cyberschoolbus website and co-wrote with Peter Lucas Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do! (2014), recently translated into Japanese and Korean. 

$10 General Admission / $5 JMC Members / FREE to Students & Summer Writing Program participants

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



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.