Join Earth Elder and Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy for her first book club offering by video conference. We’ll be reading, studying, dialoguing and engaging with her book Active Hope. Joanna is a revered teacher whom author David Abram describes as, “...a woman of uncanny courage and ferocious compassion - a bodhisattva ablaze.”
Join a community of spiritually alive individuals who long to live a life of embodied purpose as an act of service to life.
3-session special event:
SESSION #1 - PREVIEW CALL - LIVE May 31st. (1 hour)
- Access the full 60-minute tee-up call to the book club recorded on Thursday, May 31st, 2018. Watch LIVE or watch the recording any time before June 7th.
- Hear the story of the moment when Joanna saw the image of her destiny.
- Get introduced to Joanna, the book Active Hope, and the book club community.
SESSION #2 - Active Hope - LIVE June 7th (2 hours)
- We’ll all arrive at this meeting having read Parts 1 & 2 of Active Hope.
- Discover why it’s important to come from gratitude.
- Understand the importance of honoring our pain for the world.
- Explore what it means to see with new eyes and discover a wider sense of self through discovering your soul-level purpose.
SESSION #3 - Active Hope - LIVE June 14th (2 hours)
- We’ll gather for our book club meeting having read Part 3 of Active Hope.
- Discover how going forth with other purpose-infused individuals can transform work into a social occasion for sacred activism.
- Discover methods for Catching an Inspiring Vision.
- Learn how to build support around yourself and maintain energy and enthusiasm.
What you will receive:
- Two LIVE events with Joanna Macy (Three including the Preview Call)
- Three video recordings of all three sessions.
- Three audio recordings of all three sessions.
- Interactive exercises and questions for each meeting.
- Online community.
- Full length interview with Joanna Macy reflecting upon her soul-level purpose.
- Two small group meetings with host of the Book Club, Jonathan Gustin.
The Book: Active Hope
The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as The Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we’re in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.
Praise for the Book
“To the future beings of the twenty-second century, Active Hope might turn out to be the most important book written in the twenty-first.”
— Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft and Nature and the Human Soul
“Active Hope is a brilliant guide to sanity and love.”
— Roshi Joan Halifax, abbot of the Upaya Zen Center
“Active Hope is not just a book but a gateway to transformation.”
— Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable
Praise for Joanna Macy
“Joanna Macy is a woman of uncanny courage and ferocious compassion - a bodhisattva ablaze.”
— David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous
“Joanna Macy is one of the most inspiring voices calling us to our power and healing.”
— John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America
“There are few guides in our world that are as trustworthy and brilliant as Joanna Macy!”
— Fr. Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward and The Naked Now
About Joanna Macy
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
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 contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books including: Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age; Dharma and Development; Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory; Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown; and Joanna’s memoir entitled Widening Circles.
Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.
* ”Mythopoetic identity” is a phrase coined by Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen to refer to the way a human comes to consciously understand their soul, namely through metaphor.”