Film: Joanna Macy and the Great Turning

We wanted to let you know that Joanna Macy and the Great Turning will be seen on many PBS stations across the U.S. at the end of February. The film will be aired by the series Natural Heroes beginning on February 23. You can check your local listings to see if and when your local PBS station is carrying the series.


If it’s showing in your area, please let your friends know via Facebook or other means, and considering organizing a viewing party. If it’s not yet scheduled in your area, you might want to ask your station to carry the series.


Thanks, and I hope you have a great year.
Christopher Landry



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


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