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Systems Thinking and the Work That Reconnects

September 3 @ 5:30 pm - September 8 @ 1:30 pm

$475 - $735
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Please apply here by July 1, 2017.

With Joanna Macy, Molly Young Brown and Victor Lee Lewis

San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville CA

From the time it began, some forty years ago, the Work That Reconnects has been informed and enlivened by systems thinking.   Whether known as general systems theory, living systems theory, or systems cybernetics, this way of seeing reveals the world as woven of relationships in patterns of mutuality and reciprocity, be they biological, psychological or social.  While understanding systems is not essential to the effectiveness of the Work That Reconnects, it enhances our enjoyment of this work as well as our confidence and authority in facilitating it.

Joanna and Molly, in both editions of  Coming Back to Life, took pains to summarize key insights  foundational to our work, but those pages serve better as appetizers than the main course.  So we are delighted to offer this 5-day seminar devoted to systems thinking, with emphasis on its generative relation to the Work That Reconnects.  We will also look at how Deep Ecology, the Buddha’s teachings, and Ubuntu as well as other indigenous traditions converge with systems thinking and dramatize its relevance to this global moment.

To our joy,  our teaching team will include Victor Lewis, an activist-scholar and vibrant teacher who has worked with each of us for years.

This seminar is designed for facilitators of the Work That Reconnects and teachers familiar with the Work That Reconnects who incorporate its insights into courses they offer.

Admission by application by July 1, 2017; we will begin notifying people by June 1.  Please apply here.

Upon registration, participants will receive recommendations for advance readings, and can expect more material during the seminar.

Begins with dinner on Sunday, September 3rd, and ends with lunch on Friday, September 8.

There are two costs:

  1. Room, board, registration fee (covers various expenses) depending on accommodations (see below)
  2. Dana for the teachers (Joanna will receive half of what is collected; Victor and Molly will split the other half)

Room, board and registration fee as follows:

Single occupancy: $735; Double occupancy (2 per room): $660; Commuter (15 meals): $475

*Limited, partial scholarships are available. Please apply here.



September 3 @ 5:30 pm
September 8 @ 1:30 pm
$475 - $735
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San Damiano Retreat Center
710 Highland Dr
Danville, CA 94526 United States
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