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:


Sunday, January 22 / 10 a.m.-4 p.m./ Nalanda Events Center, Nalanda Campus
Featuring co-facilitation by Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish & Ramon Parish
$10 General Admission / 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


Overview of Events Spring 2017

January 17:  Rocky Flats Downwinders Support group, 6 p.m. at Arvada Library

January 22: The Work that Reconnects Workshop: Support & Renewal in Unjust Times facilitated by Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish and Ramon Parish; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Nalanda Events Center.

February 11: The Work that Reconnects Workshop for Downwinders, facilitated by Kathleen Rude, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at Living Light of Peace, Arvada, CO.  Register by contacting Shaunessy at:  or 303-847-5865.

March 7: Naropa University Practice Day, Joanna Macy, Nalanda Events Center, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  Open to Naropa students, faculty and staff.

March 9: Evening talk with Joanna Macy, Boulder Shambhala Center, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Register with the Boulder Shambhala Center.

March 10-12: Intensive/Retreat: Discovering the Power of the Work that Reconnects in this time of Challenge, Facilitated by Joanna Macy: Fri/Sat/Sun: 9-5 p.m. at Nalanda Events Center.  Registration opens in mid-January.

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.