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Joanna Macy and the Great Turning

Joanna Macy and the Great Turning is a short film about the societal shift now underway from an industrial growth society to a more sustainable civilization.

Based on an extensive interview with well-known writer, teacher, and activist Joanna Macy, the film lays out Macy’s understanding of “the Great Turning” as the third major revolution of human existence after the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth,” says Joanna Macy, “Is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we've actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.”

Macy considers how human beings have previously responded to the major challenges of our past and shows how we are doing so once again, in hundreds of ways both small and large.

Illustrated with beautiful footage shot around the world, the film is at once sobering, insightful, and inspiring. The Great Turning is ultimately a call to take part in this new “great adventure” in order to help create a more life-sustaining world.


Work That Reconnects Website

Please visit to find WTR facilitators and their events, to learn about what is happening in the WTR network and to read the Deep Times Journal.

"Active Hope" Comes Out 2012

ActiveHopeBookCover Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we're in without Going Crazy, co-authored with my long-time colleague Chris Johnstone of Bristol, England, aims to bring basic assumptions and ingredients of the Work That Reconnects to a mainstream readership. In the process some valuable new perspectives on the Work have emerged. A look at the Table of Contents can give you an idea of some.

In stores: New World Library or

Part One: The Great Turning
Chap 1: Three Stories of Our Time
Chap 2: Trusting the Spiral
Chap 3: Starting with Gratitude
Chap 4: Honoring Our Pain for the World

Part Two: Seeing with New Eyes
Chap 5: A Wider Sense of Self
Chap 6: A Different Kind of Power
Chap 7: A Richer Experience of Community
Chap 8: A Larger View of Time
Part Three: Going Forth
Active Hope Book Cover JapaneseChap 9: Catching an Inspiring Vision
Chap 10: Daring to Believe it is Possible
Chap 11: Building Support around You
Chap 12: Maintaining Energy and Enthusiasm
Chap 13: Strengthened by Uncertainty

Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World

5/6/2012 - Coming Back to Life now translated into Dutch by Helena ter Ellen (Brussels, Belgium This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Jeanneke van de Ven, (Transition Movement Flanders - Deep Ecology Movement Flanders (in French). Edited by Jan van Arkel
Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (NSP, 1998) Theory and methods of the group work my colleagues and I pioneered over the last quarter century. (see The Work That Reconnects) To order a copy, click here.


nuestravidacomogaia_cover2New Spanish language edition of Coming Back to Life translated by Mexican scholar-activist Adrián Villasenor-Galarza. Nuestra Vida como Gaia is now available online! (Dec. 2010)

(227 page pdf download)


Book CoverIn German, Die Reise ins lebendige Leben, Strategien zum Aufbau einer zukunftsfähignen Welt, translated by Norbert Gahbler, a leader in this work in Germany, who has interpreted for me for 20 years. This book includes practices newly developed since the U.S. edition. Published by Junfermann, and available through


Book CoverThe Russian translation is available online at Choose the Russian version.



Book CoverThe Portuguese translation: Nossa Vida Como Gaia, Práticas para a Reconexão de Nossas Vidas e de Nosso Mundo



Pass It On: Five Stories that Can Change the World

Joanna shares five stories from her more than 30 years of studying and practicing Buddhism and deep ecology. Gathered on her travels to India, Russia, Australia, and Tibet, these stories testify to Joanna Macy’s belief that either humankind awakens to a new and deeper understanding of our interconnectedness with its planet or risks losing it.

This is a revised edition in English of a lovely book that Norbert Gahbler and I originally brought out in German last year.

Parallax Press

Order it here

E-book Kindle Version also available

Also available in Taiwan.




Rilke's Book of Hours

Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God (Riverhead, 1996, 2006 with Anita Barrows)

My translation, with Anita Barrows, of Rainer Maria Rilke's Stundenbuch. These luminous verses, written a century ago when the poet was in his early twenties, have woven through my life, my thought. What a joy, at last, to render them in English. The newly-published Centenary Edition includes the original German text.

To order a copy, click here.

World as Lover, World as Self

World As Lover, World As Self - Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal, Parallax Press, 2007.

This collection includes new thinking that guides my work, along with favorite portions of the original book, all freshly rewritten.

Order it here

E-book Kindle Version also available


The Work that Reconnects training DVD

The Work That Reconnects training DVD

Here is a visual tool for educators, clergy, helping professionals, and activists who wish to understand this work. It is also a training guide for those currently facilitating the work and for those who may be inspired to do so. You will see Joanna teaching the conceptual foundations of the work, including the Great Turning, systems theory, deep ecology, and despair work, as well as many of her favorite exercises. To these she adds for the viewer guidelines on critical aspects and choice points of the experiential work.

The DVD can be downloaded for free at

Thank you Dennis Rivers!


Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards A Council of All Beings

Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards A Council of All Beings (with John Seed, Arne Naess, and Pat Fleming; New Catalyst Books, 2007)

With poems, artwork, meditations, and essays, this collection provides inspiration and instructions for leading deep ecology work.

To order a copy, click here.


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  • Most Windows computers come with already installed DVD-player software. But these progams may or may not play every DVD you insert into your computer. Listed below are links that will provide you with Media Player Classic, a free, open-source, full-featured media player that should be able to play most media disks and files. If you are having difficulties viewing or listening to a disk with your factory-installed player, you may find that Media Player Classic will do a better job.

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Hoffnung durch Handeln (Active Hope - German)

Active Hope (German)

Auf unserem Planeten herrscht ein exorbitanter Notstand: Klimawandel, die Erschöpfung von Ressourcen, ökonomische Umwälzungen und Ausrottung von immer mehr Arten. Hoffnung durch Handeln zeigt uns, wie wir dieser Krise begegnen und auf sie mit ungeahnter Widerstandskraft und Kreativität reagieren. Diese Hoffnung setzt nicht notwendigerweise Optimismus voraus; wir können diesen Prozess sogar dort einsetzen, wo wir keine Hoffnung mehr sehen. Der leitende Impetus ist unsere Absicht. Statt an erster Stelle Erfolgschancen abzuwägen und nur dann aktiv zu werden, wenn wir hoffnungsvoll sind, konzentrieren wir uns auf unsere Absicht und lassen uns von ihr leiten.
Joanna Macy und Chris Johnstone geleiten uns durch einen transformierenden Prozess, der Neues und Altes vereint: mystische Reisen sowie Erkenntnisse aus moderner Psychologie und ganzheitlicher Wissenschaft. In diesem Prozess erlangen wir die Fertigkeiten, die wir auf dem Weg in eine dem Leben dienende Gesellschaft benötigen.

Joanna Macy
Joanna Macy, Ph.D., weltweit geachtete Ökophilosophin. Als Lehrende für
Buddhismus, Systemwissenschaften und Tiefe Ökologie hat ihre Stimme Gewicht in der Bewegung für Frieden, soziale Gerechtigkeit und für den
Schutz der Umwelt. Mit ihrer Arbeit der "Tiefen Ökologie" schuf sie in den letzten 35 Jahren ein wegweisendes, unerschrockenes Werkzeug, um
Menschen durch die Wirren einer Krisenzeit zu engagiertem Handeln für das Leben zu leiten.

Chris Johnstone
Chris Johnstone, Arzt und Coach, leitet u.a. Kurse, die die psychologischen Dimensionen der Krise des Planeten erforschen.


You can read  Joanna Macy’s introduction for FREE, from Resurgence & Ecologist

For more information about the book and how to order, goto or


Stories of the Great Turning

Editors: Peter Reason & Melanie Newman with an Introduction by Joanna Macy

Here is a book of stories written by people who decided to act, in their own lives, in response to the challenges of our time, and found their own way to make a difference. They are not stories about celebrities or gurus of the environmental movement but honest accounts from people who share a concern for the world we live in and who, in the words of one of the contributors, “just got on with it”.

4663_SOTGT_Spine_Book_MockupIt is a book that takes the question, “What can I do?” and sets out to find some answers using one of our species’ most vital skills: the ability to tell stories in which to spread knowledge, ideas, inspiration and hope.

Read about the transformation of wasteland and the installation of water power, stories about reducing consumption and creating sustainable business, stories from people changing how they live their lives and the inner transformations this demands.

You can read  Joanna Macy’s introduction for FREE, from Resurgence & Ecologist

For more information about the book and how to order, goto or

Joanna has set up a direct online bookstore link with her friend and colleague Paul Cienfuegos, who owns ("Extraordinary Books for a Healthy Planet"). Joanna encourages you to buy your books from rather than from a large corporate bookstore. To do so, simply click on any one of Joanna's books listed here, and a new screen will open on the site, where you can find out more details about that title, as well as purchase it with your credit card.

A Year with Rilke

In 'A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke', Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, the translators of Rilke’s 'The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God' team up again to offer daily readings from the beloved poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the newest addition to HarperOne’s “Year with” series. It including selections from Rilke’s journals and letters as well as his luminous poetry.

Click here to order


In Praise of Mortality

In Praise of Mortality: Selections from Rilke's Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus, my 2004 translation with Anita Barrows (published by Riverhead). Note: includes the original German text.

To order a copy, click here.


Dharma and Development

Dharma and Development: Religion as Resource in the Sarvodaya Self-Help Movement (Kumarian Press, 1993, revised 1995, reprints available by contacting Kumarian)

Sarvodaya, a Buddhist-inspired Movement in Sri Lanka, provides lessons in alternative economics and spiritually based community organizing. This book is based on my years of fieldwork in Sri Lanka as a student of this movement.

To order a copy, click here.

Widening Circles

Widening Circles: A Memoir (New Catalyst Books, 2007)

This story of my life recounts how a devout Cartesian, schooled at a french lycee, falls in love with her world and ends up as a Buddhist teacher of deep ecology. Adventures along the way move between Himalayan hermitages and political action, impelled by a determination to wed spirituality with social change.

To order a copy, click here.


Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory: The Dharma of Living Systems

Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory: The Dharma of Living Systems (SUNY Press, 1991)

The two bodies of thought, that most shaped my life and work, are brought into dialogue, shedding light on each other and on our power to change. This book is based on my doctoral dissertation.

To order a copy, click here.


Translated into Korean in 2004--available only in Korea.