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Upcoming Events and classes

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



Past Events

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


Date: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th, 12-1:20pm

Location: Performing Arts Center

Cost: Free

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: cmueller@naropa.edu

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


An Evening with Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Alfalfa's Community Room, Arapaho & Broadway, Boulder
Cost: This event is free and open to the general public.
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( www.rmpjc.org), the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa (www.naropa.edu/academics/jmc/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 judithmohling76@gmail.com

2nd Summer Symposium: Living Beyond Hope And Fear:
Warrior Principle, Climate Action

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 & 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


Truth Mandala Ritual for Naropa Students, Faculty and Staff



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, Carla Mueller .

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