EDUCATION ON BEHALF OF LIFE

TOOLS, MEDITATIONS, & CONCEPTS YOU CAN REST INTO

 

EDUCATION ON BEHALF OF LIFE

TOOLS, MEDITATIONS, & CONCEPTS YOU CAN REST INTO

 

Reconnecting Communities, People, & the Planet

School for The Great Turning offers online and in-person education that fosters personal empowerment and planetary care. Our courses encourage personal transformation towards becoming mutually beneficial members of the Earth Community. We support learning at both individual and community levels, committed to soul work, ecological literacy, and social justice. We believe each of us has a role to play in human awakening at this perilous time, urging us to claim our role in The Great Turning. A term coined by revolutionary thinker and resident elder, Joanna Macy, she describes The Great Turning as one name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from an Industrial Growth Society to a life-sustaining civilization. We honor the gifts of our ancestors, both lessons and blessings, as we collaborate with Gaia to uplift and contribute to a robust community of organizers, healers, artists, and Earthkeepers.

JOIN US AT ANY OF OUR MONTHLY EVENTS TO NOURISH MIND, BODY, HEART, SOUL & COMMUNITY

We are a community of study and action, beauty-making and connection, and you’re warmly invited to join us. 

You’re welcome to attend any single event, or join regularly!

Every month, we gather for:

a “Music as Medicine” Community Song Circle, led by a rotating crew of incredible songleaders like KJ Song, Maggie Wheeler, Kele Nitoto, Shireen Amini, and more!

– a Work that Reconnects Practice Group, where you can experience Joanna Macy’s pivotal group work, which includes exercises, deep listening, guided meditations, and experiential activities. This work helps us rediscover our interconnectedness with all beings and the Earth. And, cultivate a sense of gratitude, compassion, and responsibility towards all life forms.

a live session with a guest speaker, including inspiring activists, artists, writers, elders, and teachers like John Seed, brontë velez, Osprey Orielle Lake, Rev. Vahisha Hasan, Dekila Chungyalpa, and more!

a Somatic Resourcing and Support Circle, led by a rotating group of experienced practitioners, where we practice a range of somatic (body-based) practices for soothing, release, and a sense of safety, grounding, and empowerment. These include guided meditations, breathing exercises, gentle movement, body awareness explorations, and heartfelt group sharing.

Every month, our founder Lydia Violet also offers open office hours for one-on-one sessions! You can bring questions about the Work that Reconnects, a project you’re working on, or anything that it feels relevant to seek thought partnership from Lydia about.

 ENJOY THE GREAT TURNING SUMMIT RECORDINGS!

 

Step Into the Movement!

We are alive in an unprecedented moment, with a convergence of social, political, and climate crises that disorients our own hearts and our clear vision of a livable future for all beings. But we are also alive during the largest, non-local, planet-wide movement to fight for life on this planet.

Both are happening. Both are alive. And for many of us, some central questions are, “What do I pledge myself to while I am here? How do I stay engaged, inspired, and connected to others when the stakes are so high? And what do I do when I feel hopeless?”

30 years ago, Joanna Macy energized a term for this global movement on behalf of life: The Great Turning.

The Great Turning Summit is a doorway into this movement, this pivot toward a livable future, a collaboration between millions of people and the more-than-human world. This summit will offer up a healthy dose of honoring and inspiration, highlighting the good works of communities from all over the world.

Featuring Joanna Macy, Lyla June, Pat McCabe, brontë velez, Lydia Violet, John Seed, Vahisha Hasan, MaMuse, Leilani Navar, and more!

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Explore Our Pre-Recorded Courses

Cultivating Wisdom for These Times with Joanna Macy

12 pre-record webinar sessions course led by Joanna Macy, supported by Lydia Violet, reviewing 45 years of her literary legacy and central teachings.

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Emergent Healing

A 3-part Pre-recorded webinar exploring adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy + Teachings of Joanna Macy.

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Music As Medicine's Learn To Sing Series

A complete set of exercises and songs for empowering your voice and encouraging community healing.

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Action isn’t a burden to be hoisted up and lugged around on our shoulders. It is something we are. The work we have to do can be seen as a kind of coming alive. More than some moral imperative, it’s an awakening to our true nature, a releasing of our gifts.”

JOANNA MACY

What Folks are Saying About

School for the Great Turning

“…thank you, for your work, your music, the songs (my voice is slowly coming back after years of silence and I’m writing one-line songs of gratitude thanks to you)!!”

TRACEY

“Thank you so much for this class and all of your sharing. Yesterday was an accumulation of so many emotions, but I am so happy to have shared my story. I truly believe in the Music As Medicine project and excited to see it grow.”

JENNY

“I am lingering in the joy of our time together…I loved being in community with everyone y’all gathered. Thank you! With tears and solidarity in everything we are doing…”

PEYTON

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