Deep Times Journal – Summer 2016

Welcome to the summer issue of Deep Times – A Journal of the Work That Reconnects, created by a volunteer editorial team headed by Molly Brown. We are thrilled to present it to our Work That Reconnects community.

We intend to publish this Journal three times a year—in March, July, and November. We welcome your contributions; please send submissions for the Fall (November) issue by September 25 to

Please post your comments and responses to various articles below; we’ll include as many as we can in a Letters section in the next issue. We also welcome suggestions about technology, design, and content.


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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 …



Growing the Work at Reconnects Network Together

by Constance Washburn

In Networks, everyone is a leader, encouraged to connect to others and initiate collaborative action; power is distributed, not concentrated.
~ June Holley – An Introduction to Network Weaving

big-dataAt the August/September Intensive at River’s Bend, everyone was asked to spend some time in nature to receive Gaia’s messages, images, and inspiration for taking the Work That Reconnects forward into the future. Beautiful teachings, images and insights came to many of us. The image I received was of a verdant and diverse forest with a very strong interconnected root system. The network of roots connected all the trees, providing physical support, a communication system that linked the whole forest, and a means to transport needed nutrients to trees that were not getting enough food or sunlight. As we know, we can learn so much from our living ancestors, the trees. Read More


Transgenerational Nuclear Guardianship – Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy talks about the impact of nuclear weapons and energy technologies on our psyches, civilization and DNA, and about our obligation to manage radioactive pollution and waste responsibly on behalf of all future generations. This video is an excerpt from the EON series highlighting the work of Maggie and Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education on a November, 2015 California speaking tour.  This is part of a program organized by Cynthia Papermaster at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, November 22, 2015.




Athabasca River Pilgrimage

A 2 week Pilgrimage along the River from the Columbia Icefields to the Heart of the Oil Sands

Tar-Sands-mine-300x225Maureen Wild, a long time colleague in the Work That Reconnects, is currently on a pilgrimage with Sister of Mercy, Mary Pendergast (from RI and Director of Mercy Ecology Ministries).  They are following the Athabasca River from its source in the Columbia Icefield and where it takes form in Jasper National Park, to where it flows through and is used by the bitumen extractive oil companies in northeastern Alberta (north of Fort McMurray).  They are also visiting Cree-Chipewyan elders and families in Fort McKay – a community of over 700 indigenous people who live near the Athabasca River and are surrounded by the industry on all sides.  To follow their posts:

“My heart is moved by all I cannot save, so much has been destroyed. I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.”  – Adrienne Rich