The GREAT TURNING at Standing Rock by Lynne Iser

water-is-lifeOur collective imagination has been captured by the Water Protectors of Standing Rock.  The Native people, joined by their non-Native allies, have come from across this country to camp on the banks of the Cannonball River with the intention of stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

It’s not an easy place to live.  The environment is harsh, with cold winds and dropping temperatures.  The tension is high as folks feel the urgency to prepare for the coming winter, as they are constantly monitored by drones, small planes and helicopters, and as they are work to discern the next best peaceful, ceremonial actions to stop the “black snake” – the oil pipeline.

But Standing Rock can also be seen as a place of great hope, energy, and passion.  It is what Joanna Macy might call evidence of The Great Turning – the shift from the industrial growth society to a life sustaining one.

It is almost inconceivable that a small band of Native elders could possibly stop a multi-billion dollar pipeline, an essential component of the fossil fuel industry.  Yet, somehow, up to this moment, they have managed to slow down the completion of this project.

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Deep Times: A Journal of the Work That Reconnects



Fall 2016 issue now available!



Ecovillage Launch in SF Bay Area

com_incubatorHow many times have you wished you could be living near those who have been transformed as you have by Joanna Macy’s teachings? Imagine waking up and walking into a community kitchen for your morning cup of tea and finding your peeps! This wish is gaining traction to become a reality in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more please visit .


Thanksgiving Day 2016

Dear People of the Work That Reconnects,

joanna-macyI know many of you hoped  to hear from me sooner, and I have been trying to write.  I labored over three letters and tossed each of them, because they did not begin to do justice to the situation we’re in. They sounded either hysterical or flat.

I’ve been asking myself: How can I be honest and not spread fear?  How do I say “game over” when we mustn’t give up?

Maybe the game that’s over is the pretense of normalcy. Maybe what’s over is the delusion that with millions of souls already in prison, with millions of undocumented already deported, with over half of America already in poverty, the rest of us can stay so preoccupied with our personal pursuits.  Perhaps what’s finished is the fantasy that we can find ourselves without taking our suffering seriously.
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Teaching at the Edge of Time with Joanna Macy


Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows: Rainer Maria Rilke and the Force of the Storm

rilke-portraitJoin us September 19, 2016—September 23, 2016 for a rare East Coast appearance by Joanna Macy, a deeply respected and beloved environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. This is Joanna’s first time teaching at the Garrison Institute.  For more information …