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A weekend of deep ecology with Joanna Macy

Joanna will be joining us on the 11th of August, for one day, to discuss the Dharma and the Great Turning – the transition from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining society, a revolution affecting every aspect of our lives. On the 12th there will be the opportunity to continue discussing the themes and issues raised, to meditate together, and to spend time in nature.

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. 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 Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985); Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 1991); Rilke’s Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality (2004) (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead); and Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 1998). Joanna has also written a memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000).

Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings. Her group methods 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.

Joanna travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband Francis Macy, near her children and grandchildren.

Cost (includes 3 vegetarian meals a day):

€100 indoors / €70 camping + Dana

For booking information, please visit our website.

The Dharmahouse is a non-profit ecological Buddhist retreat centre in southern France, welcoming visitors and offering courses in Meditation, Yoga, Permaculture, and Solar Energy. It is our aim to explore a way of life centred around ecological and sustainable ethics, placing an emphasis on integrating mindful awareness into daily activities. 

The Dharmahouse is based in the foothills of the Cévennes mountain range overlooking the Cèze River in the south of France, surrounded by national park and majestic views. The property is located on a hilltop in eight acres of farm land encompassing a variety of plants, herbs and trees. The centre is active in growing food in our gardens and structuring the land with permacultural ideas and designs.