In Her Words

A Retrospective Literary Study with Joanna Macy

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A Retrospective Literary Study with Joanna Macy

Jan 9-March 20 2021 : 10am-12 pm PDT/PST

Registration will stay open until February 6th, with recordings of all past sessions available immediately

presented by Music As Medicine Project

As a species, as nations, and as diverse communities committed to turning our legacies towards regeneration and justice, we are at a threshold. The prospects of the future are uncertain. Destruction and unraveling abound. And, we are called to act on behalf of life itself.

For the last four decades, Joanna Macy's work has offered inspiration and guidance for living courageously in uncertainty. It maps ways into our innate vitality and determination to take part in the self-healing of our world. It presents a form of group work that has grown steadily since the 1970s, helping hundreds of thousands of people around the globe find solidarity and courage to act, despite rapidly worsening social and ecological conditions.

And this January, we are returning to Joanna's writings alongside her. In this first-of-its-kind course, we will cover selections from Joanna's 5-decade long writing career, gathering at a well of timely teachings on seeing clearly, feeling deeply, and acting for life with great love.

Why now?

A living elder and wisdom keeper, a Buddhist philosopher, deep ecology and systems thinking scholar, and founder of the "Work that Reconnects," Joanna Macy is a treasure.

As the world around us reckons with racial injustice, rampant inequality, and blatant disregard for planetary well-being, we are called to defend and struggle for life. And each of us needs roots for the struggle — roots in the movement histories and legacies of resistance that precede us. We need our elders.

About Our Teacher

About Our Presenter

We are so grateful to have this time together, guided through a behind-the-scenes of Joanna’s visionary thinking.

Throughout our time together, participants will have the option of being organized into 10-person study groups to meet at their own pace and deepen their understanding of our studies. In addition, we will host a virtual forum on Google Classroom to support our learning community in study of the lessons of Joanna's years of experience.

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Dates for live sessions are every other Saturday from January 9-March 20 2021

January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20, March 6 & 20th.


At Music As Medicine Project (MAM) we know that financially our world has far to go in pursuit of equity. We have structured our registration system for this course accordingly, with tiered tickets that can be purchased according to self-assessed access to funds. In addition to this we are also offering a no-one-turned-away scholarship program. All funds go towards paying all teachers, guest speakers, teaching assistants, and tech support a fair, livable wage, as well as subsidizing our scholarship fund for this course.

For all scholarship inquiries, please fill out our simple application here: and someone from Music As Medicine Project will be responding to you with one week of your entry.

Please send all questions to [email protected]

Registration will afford lifetime access to webinar recordings!

Joanna Macy Ph.D, author and teacher, is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with learnings from six decades of activism.

Her wide-ranging work address 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.

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Course Curriculum

  Week 1 : January 9 2021 : 10am-12pm PST : Welcome!
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  Week 2 : January 23rd 2021 : 10-12pm PST
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  Week 3 : February 6th 2021 : 10-12pm PST
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  Week 4 : February 20th 2021 : 10-12pm PST
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  Week 5 : March 6th 2021 : 10-12pm PST
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  Week 6 : March 20th : 10-12pm PST
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The live portion of this course runs from January 9-March 20 2021, and you will have lifetime access to the readings and recordings!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When can I sign up until?
We will keep registration open until February 6th, with all past recordings available immediately.

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