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Pandemic as Practice, with Joanna Macy

Aug 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT


with special co-host Joanna Macy
Pandemic as Practice: Transforming Fear Into Empowerment

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020
Time: 11am-1pm PST (“doors” open at 10:30)
Place: LIVE Zoom video conference
Cost: FREE

Can’t make it? No worries…sign up and we’ll send you the video recording.


The staff of Purpose Guides Institute invites you to participate in a LIVE Zoom webinar council – transforming anxiety into empowerment. Meeting our anxiety, fear and desperation is vital if we are to be at full strength in meeting this crisis. Merely remaining in either denial or survival mode, attempting to either brush it off or tough it out, keeps the heart stuck in a frozen condition. Having a safe place, a council, allows the tender heart to thaw and express its pent up emotions. This process is key for moving from desperation to empowerment.

You are invited to this special Zoom video gathering where we’ll meet this pandemic moment:
first our understandable despair and fear,
and then we’ll transition to “empowerment,” connecting with our soul’s deep purpose..


Tentative schedule – All times PST

  • 10:30 – 11:00 Gather & Connect
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Talk Part 1- Pandemic as Practice
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Council – Meeting our Covid-19 Anxiety Together
  • 12:00 – 12:10 Talk Part 2 – From Despair to Empowerment
  • 12:10 – 12:40 Personal Action Exploration – Soul inquiry guided meditation, “What do I do?”
  • 12:40 – 1:00 Collective Action Debrief – Share what you were called to be and called to do.


Working together, we can awaken the human soul to meet this pandemic. Working together, we can use our “dark-adjusted eyes” to see the coronavirus crisis as a spiritual call from Soul. Pandemic as practice…this moment is asking something of us.

Your Hosts:

Jonathan Gustin, is the founder of Purpose Guides Institute and its new projects: Climate Change & Purpose, and Pandemic as practice. He is a licensed psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and purpose guide.

In addition to founding PGI 18 years ago, he also founded Green Sangha 20 years ago, a spiritual based environmental activist organization. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Consciousness and Transformation Studies department at JFK University.

Joanna Macy, PhD, Author & Teacher, is a scholar of Buddhism, Systems thinking and Deep Ecology. A respected voice in movement for peace, justice and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with learning from six decades of activism.

Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and postmodern science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her thirteen books, which include three volumes of poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke with translation and commentary.

As the root teacher of The Work That Reconnects, Joanna has created a ground-breaking framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.


Aug 16, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
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