A drawing of dandelions with the words "seeing with new eyes," one of the four steps of the program.


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Saturday, Nov 09, 2019


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Active Hope: Introduction to The Work that Reconnects

We live in an extraordinary moment on Earth. As we witness unprecedented destruction of ecological, biological, and social systems, we can feel overwhelmed by anger, fear and other difficult emotions. How can we remain resilient, creative, and empowered to act for the healing of our irreplaceable world?

The Work That Reconnects, developed by teacher/activist Joanna Macy and others, draws on deep ecology, systems theory, and engaged Buddhism.  Practices include group meditations, ritual, conversation in pairs, dance, and song.  We will explore spiritual, emotional and intellectual aspects of envisioning and creating a life-sustaining society.

This experiential workshop will be facilitated by members of the Boston-area Work That Reconnects community

WHAT to expect from the workshop?

  • Practices in love and gratitude
  • Acknowledgement of our pain for the world
  • Sources of hope and insight
  • Tools for resilience and action to take into your life

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Advance registration is required for this event. Registration is on a sliding scale from $10 to $20; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To request a scholarship, please email John MacDougall at john_macdougall@uml.edu. Registration will close on November 2. Some walk-in spaces may be available: contact John MacDougall at john_macdougall@uml.edu if you did not pre-register by the deadline.

About the facilitators

John MacDougall is a retired sociology & peace studies professor at UMass Lowell and a member of Fresh Pond Friends Meeting, a Quaker congregation in Cambridge.

Anne Goodwin works with Mothers Out Front as a climate activist, and has been a folk singer in the Boston area for decades. She has been facilitating the WTR for 3 years, and serves on the board of Interhelp, which supports the Work That Reconnects in the Northeast.

Amy Tighe: [bio forthcoming]