What Does the Great Turning Mean to You?

“This time we are in is to me an opportunity. I believe we are faced with an incredible challenge to take part in the Great Turning or the Great Unraveling. There is no guarantee either way but as Joanna Macy once said, it is in uncertainty that we are our truest selves. I think that we have to take action in every way we can to shift our consciousness and sense of community. It is critical that we take charge right now, and open our eyes to the true need of the Earth and the state we have put it in. I think that it is schools like Manzanita and communities like the one we have, that will thread the importance of earth connection and social connection back into our society, which I believe will eventually result in the Great Turning.”

– Puma B., age 14, Manzanita School, 1/30/15


Our Spiritual Return to Nature with Joanna Macy

Soulstream-600x200Rev. Kristin Powell of Soulstream interviews Joanna Macy. In this interview, Joanna speaks heart-to-heart about this era of The Great Turning. With humor she implores us to act our age and stand on the authority of our 15 billion years. She guides us through the four stages of the spiritual activist’s journey, including opening to gratitude and owning our pain, as we turn the tide and choose Life—together. Follow this link http://www.unity.fm/episode/Soulstream_022515 to listen.


Interview with Joanna Macy by Ayana Young

spiral2Ayana Young  of Unlearn & Rewild, a weekly radio program, brings you conversations with the philosophers, scientists, activists, healers, artists and others who are leading the movements to restore our beleaguered planet to its natural balance. Listen to an engaging interview with Joanna that was recorded on January 30, 2015.

You download many of Ayana’s other interviews here.


Faith and Spiritual Leaders Urged to Sign “Call to Action” to Build Psychosocial Resilience for Climate Change. Sign by 3/13/15.

ITRClogoThe International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) believes it is essential to make it a national and international priority to build widespread levels of psychosocial resilience for climate change.

To do so, the ITRC is seeking the endorsement on the “Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Psychological and Social Impacts of Climate Disruption” from faith and spiritual leaders. We ask you to consider signing the “Call to Action.” Read More


WTR Continues to Grow

As we move further into 2015, new workshops and intensives continue to be offered around the globe. Here is an email excerpt from facilitator Helena ter Ellen who lives in Belgium.

“We have two 4-day workshops WTR coming up this spring in Belgium with Terr’Eveille, both almost filled up already, and I’m preparing 2 in Colombia with Felipe, for july, and in one of them we’ll be working with rural indigenous, afro leaders of rural communities in “resistance”… financial resources already found thanks to very good contacts in Colombia.”

1422226895786We appreciate all the work our facilitators create to hold the space for gratitude and grief as we face the challenges of climate change, resource depletion, endless war, and species extinction. As we guide folks through deep time and discovering new and old ways of being present in the world, may this give us courage and presence to create a framework  for what the future might hold.

May we continue to explore and offer our gifts to the world,

in gratitude,

Werner Brandt