In Her Words: The Recordings

A Retrospective Literary Study with Joanna Macy

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A Retrospective Literary Study with Joanna Macy

Assisted by Lydia Violet Farshid-Harutoonian

presented by School for The Great Turning

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.

From January through March 2021, Joanna Macy taught her final full-length course, entitled "In Her Words." In this first-of-its-kind course, Joanna covered selections from her 5-decade long writing career, and we gathered with her at this well of timely teachings on seeing clearly, feeling deeply, and acting for life with great love. We are so grateful to be able to make the recordings of this rich and timely series available for self-paced study, along with the anthology of selected writings from Joanna's literary works.

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.

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We are so grateful to have this material to offer, guiding you through a behind-the-scenes of Joanna’s visionary thinking.

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At School for The Great Turning, our live programming has supported education and healing for hundreds of activists, community organizers, educators, and community members. All funds received from this course will go towards supporting our SGT Program Scholarship Fund, a critical tool for enabling our no-one-turned-away-for-lack-of-funds live programming, while paying all teachers, guest speakers, artists, and tech support a fair, livable wage. We appreciate your contribution in continuing to make our programming robust and accessible!

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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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This course is self-paced, with all readings and recordings accessible upon registration.
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