The Joanna Macy Center Invites You to a Community Gathering at Naropa University:


The Great Turning: An Introduction to the Work of Joanna Macy and the Work that Reconnects


When: October 24th 2018, 12-1:20pm,

Where: Naropa University, Nalanda Campus Room 9235

The Great Turning - How can we move from an industrial growth society to a life sustaining society? We need a new story - of our interconnectedness. This event will be an Introduction to the work of Joanna Macy, the Work That Reconnects, and the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa. Facilitated and supported by the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa. 

Naropa welcomes participants with diverse abilities.  Please contact Carla Mueller at to request accessibility accommodations needed.



There Is No Refuge from Nuclear War or Nuclear Waste: Rocky Flats in Context


Seventy three years ago the US dropped atomic bombs on Japan. Twenty nine years ago the FBI raided the nuclear weapons plant at Rocky Flats for environmental crimes. Last year the UN formally adopted a treaty banning the manufacture, possession and use of nuclear weapons. Now the US Fish and Wildlife Service wants to open the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge to the public for recreation and our President is tweeting out threats of using nuclear weapons.  How do you make sense of all this? The Joanna Macy Center at Naropa University is hosting a nuclear guardianship event where you can learn about the deeper perspective of nuclear guardianship and how Rocky Flats is only one instance of the high price we are paying for our nuclear arsenal. Come hear experts talk about Rocky Flats in the larger context of a new nuclear arms race, the nuclear ban treaty, and global contamination from the manufacture and testing of nuclear weapons.

When: Saturday, September 15th 2018//Performing Arts Center Naropa University//7pm

To Register:


Judith Mohling, MA, LPC, is on the staff and Spokes Council of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, is on the board of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, and is co-chair of the Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War. She writes a column every three weeks for the Colorado Daily. She previously taught third grade at Columbine School in Boulder and worked many years for the Boulder County Mental Health Center in a program for adults with major mental illness.

Rick Wayman is Deputy Director of the California-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and is a member of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s Board of Directors. Rick is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and has a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and Political Advocacy from the School for International Training.

Jon Lipsky was raised at Anaheim, California and following high school was hired as a professional support employee with the FBI at the Los Angeles Field Office. In 1984 he was appointed to the Special Agent position with the FBI initially assigned at Denver, Colorado and retired as a FBI Supervisory Special Agent in 2004. In 2012 he received his Master’s Degree in Criminology, Law and Society from UCI.

Elizabeth Panzer graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Russian language and Central and Eastern European Studies. In 2017 she researched the controversy surrounding the land of Rocky Flats near her house and since then donates time to help publicize the safety concerns over Rocky Flats in her immediate community. She actively participates in several outreach initiatives to increase community support within the Jefferson County school district.

Michael E. Ketterer hails from the Buffalo – Niagara Falls, New York area, and his interest in chemistry and the environmental sciences was cultivated in part by his home’s proximity to the Love Canal and similar sites.  Michael received a BS in Chemistry from Notre Dame and a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Colorado – Boulder. Dr. Ketterer has authored or co-authored more than 75 publications in his scientific career, and continues to collaborate prolifically with scientists in Europe, Asia and Australia. 




The Joanna Macy Center at Naropa and Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Present a New and Timely Documentary:


The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs


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Nuclear disarmament activists challenge the security and legality of America’s nuclear weapons when they break into two top secret facilities: the “Fort Knox” of uranium in Tennessee and a U.S. Navy Trident nuclear submarine base near Seattle.

Are they criminals or prophets sending a wake-up call to the world?

Recent screenings: United Nations, Trusteeship Chamber; Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C.; George Washington University; Notre Dame University; The Rowe Center; The Stuart Center; Catholic Worker houses across the country; and many other venues. Upcoming screenings are scheduled at high schools, colleges, peace, community, and faith centers throughout the United States and the world.  

Please join us:  Thursday, September 27th 2018 from 7-9pm

Naropa University 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Sycamore Hall room 8140

 Facilitated Discussion to follow screening!

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Carla Mueller at least 2 weeks prior to the event. 




With Renowned Ecophilosopher & Buddhist Scholar Joanna Macy 

Access the jewels of hope, purpose and action to create a life worth living and a life-sustaining society.

Thursday May 31st, 2018

5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern/ 6:30pm MST

Register to tune in or recieve the video, or to recieve more info please click here.  


The Joanna Macy Center/Sustainability Committee at Naropa University Presents:



Dates: Last Thursday's of Febraury, March and April, 2018 7:00 PM

Where: Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave Thalacker Conference Room

Cost: Free 

Thursday, February 22, “The Day After.” “The countdown has begun! Against the real-life backdrop of the US deployments of WMDs in Europe during the escalating cold war, this 'dramatically involving and agonizingly graphic film' about nuclear holocaust detonated a direct hit into the heartland of America. Stattin Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steven Guttenberg, John Cullum and John Lithgow, this controversial, potent drama is one of the most talked about programs in history. When cold-war tensions reach the ultimate boiling point, the inhabitants of a small town in Kansas learn—along with the rest of America—that they have less than 30 minutes before 300 Soviet warheads begin to appear overhead! Can anyone survive this ultimate nightmare. . .or the nuclear winter that is sure to follow?”

Thursday, March 22, “Dark Circle.” “Winner of the grand prize at the Sundance Film Festival and recipient of a national Emmy Award, “Dark Circle follows the trail of plutonium from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons facility in Colorado to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.” “you owe it to yourself to see this chilling documentary. A much needed warning sign on a very dangerous road.” -People Magazine. Produced and directed by Judy Irving Chris Beaver and Ruth Landy 

Thursday, April 26, “Dr. Strangelove.” “Stanley Kubrick's black comedy classic about an 'accidental' nuclear attack. Created during a time when the paranoia of the Cold War was at its peak, the film still seems surprisingly relevant today. Convinced the 'Commies' are polluting America's 'precious bodily fluids,' a crazed General (Sterling Hayden) orders a surprise nuclear air strike on the USSR. His aide Captain Mandrake (Peter Sellers) furiously attempts to figure out a recall code to stop the bombing. Meanwhile, the U.S. president (Sellers again) gets on the hot line to figure how to convince the drunken Soviet premier that the impending attack is a silly mistake, while the president's advisor (and ex Nazi scientist) Dr. Strangelove (Sellers once more) confirms the existence of the dreaded Doomsday Machine—a new secret Soviet retaliatory device guaranteed to end the human race once and for all!”

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Carla Mueller at  prior to the event. 



Rocky Flats Truth Force Reuinion Weekend

April 2018


























KGNU and the Rocky Mountain Paece and Justice Center Present: 

A Skype Talk with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg


Where: Unity Church of Boulder, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder CO 80304

When: April 28, 2018. Doors at 6:30 PM; talk at 7:00 PM

Dr. Daniel Ellsberg is known as the whistleblower who published the Pentagon Papers. While working as a high-level defense analyst at the military think-tank the Rand Corporation, he furnished top-secret documents to the New York Times and Washington Post and exposed decades of US government deception of the American people about the extent of US involvement in Vietnam. The recent Oscar-nominated drama The Post centers on Daniel Ellsberg’s 1971 actions. Ellsberg is also fondly remembered by local residents for his activism in the late 1970s during the protests that took place at the Rocky Flats facility northwest of Denver. On April 28, 1979, Dr. Ellsberg joined about 15,000 people protesting the plants transport and mishandling of the radioactive materials used in nuclear weapon manufacturing.

Dr. Ellsberg will speak to an audience at the Unity Church of Boulder on the 39th anniversary of the blockade He will videoconference remotely (via Skype). He had planned to speak in person but is unable to travel to Colorado at this time. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions for Dr. Ellsberg to answer after his talk. Proceeds to benefit KGNU and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Talk at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available for a $20 donation at 

Questions? Email or call 303-515-4522.

Dan Ellsberg is the author of three books: The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner(2017,), Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002,) Risk, Ambiguity and Decision(2001,) and Papers on the War (1971). In December 2006 he was awarded the 2006 Right Livelihood Award, in Stockholm, Sweden, for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example. Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing. He is a Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.


The Joanna Macy Center and Sustainability Committee at Naropa University is pleased to invite you to a Naropa Community Gathering:

“The Story of the Poison Fire: Mobilizing for Nuclear Guardianship,” a never before heard story told through the words and voice of Joanna Macy recorded especially for the Naropa Community. 


When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 / 12-1:20

Where: Nalanda Events Center (6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80301)

Even if nuclear bomb and energy production were to end tomorrow, the Nuclear Age leaves a toxic legacy that will endure till the end of time. We can let this reality paralyze our will to engage, or we can use our moral imagination to unlock our caring and creative potential.  This gathering will include the words and voice of Joanna Macy transmitting the story of the “poison fire” as told to her by Buddhist monks.

In addition the co-founder of Downwinders, Tiffany Hansen, the director of the Nuclear Guardianship Project, Judith Mohling and Alesya Casse from Candlelas Glows will offer their own stories and insights about the contamination that still persists at Rocky Flats and in surrounding areas. There will be up to the minute information about the efforts to stop the opening of the Rocky Flats as a Wildlife Refuge to the public and how you can get involved. There will be room to process the impacts of these stories with the recognition that simply by showing up you are engaging and becoming part of the story that continues. 

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Carla Mueller at least two weeks prior to the event


The Work that Reconnects Course at Naropa University in Boulder, CO  Spring 2018 

(click on the title for more information)


 "Nuclear Winter" a Discussion with Professor Michael Mills 

When: Thursday, January 25th, 2018 7pm
Where: Naropa University, Thalacker Conference Room  

Nuclear Guardianship is one of the main branches of the work of Joanna Macy and we are happy to have the opportunity to share in understanding the impacts of our current nuclear era. Please gather with us in community for this free and unique opportunity to expand our awareness.

Michael Mills’ research has focused on modeling the chemistry and microphysics of the middle atmosphere, which affect the ozone layer and our climate. His recent published work has shown how firestorms resulting from a limited, regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan could produce global ozone losses of 20%-50% over populated areas, levels unprecedented in human history, accompanied by the coldest average surface temperatures in the last 1000 years, persisting for decades. His previous work showed how black carbon emissions from planned suborbital rocket launches for space tourism and scientific research could alter the radiative balance of the Earth, change stratospheric circulation, redistribute stratospheric ozone, and alter surface temperatures.

Other work suggested that high-energy cosmic rays from dense interstellar clouds caused catastrophic ozone depletion and mass extinctions in the past, during periods of magnetic reversal on Earth. As a graduate student, he helped develop a semi-empirical method for evaluating ozone depletion potentials, which helped insure that the dramatic depletions in ozone at the Earth's poles are correctly accounted for in evaluating substances controlled by the Montreal Protocol protecting the ozone layer. His work has taken him below the Antarctic Circle and above the Arctic Circle.


The Joanna Macy Center at Naropa University invites you to a Community Gathering:

Finding Joy, Resilience and Justice in the Midst of Heartbreak: Is Love All You Need?A Truth Telling Cabaret

 Facilitated by:  Sherry Ellms, Associate Professor, BA Environmental Studies, MA Environmental/Resilient Leadership, Faculty Lead, Joanna Macy Center & Miki Fire, Miki Fire, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor and Chair, Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy

Where: The Naropa Performing Arts Center

When: Wednesday, November8th, 2017 12-1:20pm

In the words of Joanna Macy, “Walk boldly through your life with an open broken heart. If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.”

We invite the Naropa Community to engage in the spirit of truth telling practices.

Let’s come together and both witness and participate in creative expression as a way to showcase what is real and vivid for us now, whether through music, movement, dance, spoken -word, performance art, sharing stories, rap or comedy.

This is an opportunity to bring your offering forward, whether prepared or spontaneous to share in community or simply come to offer your support through your presence. Creative expression is how we can BE out of the box, not just think out of the box!

If you know that you will be presenting a piece in advance please let us know so that we can accommodate to your needs- contact:

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Carla Mueller at


An Evening with Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert 

Where: Alfalfa's Community Room, Arapaho & Broadway, Boulder
When: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017  7-9pm
Sisters Platte and Gilbert will talk about their work as anti-nuclear activists with the Ploughshares organization, about the time they served in prison for acting on their belief that nuclear weapons should be abolished, and the their take on the promise of the Nuclear Weapons Ban.
Light refreshments, request to park across Arapaho in the library parking lot, if possible. The Community Room is at the far end of the Alfalfa's building. You don't access it from the grocery area; it has its own entrance door.


Sponsored by: The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa, and the Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Also: Please join us for a trip on Saturday, October 7, to Silo N8, where the sisters were arrested; to vigil, to pray, and to experience the vast paradox between the beauty of the Colorado prairie and a grim silo housing a Minuteman Missile. If you would like to carpool from Boulder, please email Judith Mohling

2nd Summer Symposium: Living Beyond Hope And Fear: 

Warrior Principle, Climate Action September 15-17, 2017

Boulder, CO 

To learn more about this exciting event, to register and to take action in aligning with Joanna Macy's teachings as we venture forth with compassion, clarity and vigilance, view the event website

Co-sponsored with The Joanna Macy Center at Naropa & The Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa


Liberation Dharma in the Time of the Great Unraveling with Joanna Macy, Boulder Shambhala Center

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.


Three-day Weekend Intensive with Joanna Macy in the Work that Reconnects:
The Power of the Work that Reconnects in this Time of Challenge

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.


Beyond Rocky Flats: Free Workshop for Downwinders and Others Impacted by Rocky Flats

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.


The Work that Reconnects Workshop: Support and Renewal in Unjust Times 
by Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish & Ramon Parish

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