Resilience, Justice, and Joy in the Midst of Heartbreak: Introducing Joanna Macy’s teachings of the Work That Reconnects

Sherry Ellms and Jade Begay

June 26–28, 2020

Tuition + 2 nights
Sliding Scale Tuition

Note: This program has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.

Join us for a weekend in the foundational practices of Joanna Macy’s root teaching of the Work That Reconnects, both for our own restoration and to grow our capacity to share these Practices with our communities. We’ll learn how to cultivate “active hope” and live with renewed vitality amidst the Climate Crisis. The program will be experiential and interactive with times for contemplation and being in nature.

We’ll also explore some the deep questions that can help us navigate these turbulent times together:

  • How do we strengthen our inner resources to do the work of justice?
  • How do we stay awake to what is occurring in our world and be of service to the Earth and all its inhabitants?
  • How can we cultivate richer webs of social connectivity in communities striving to be regenerative?
  • How can we rise up with renewed vitality, imagination and joy?

Scholarships Available

A generous patron has allocated funds specifically for this retreat. Please don’t hesitate to ask for the support you may need to make a difference in your community. Click here to apply.

Sherry Ellms

Sherry Ellms is Associate Professor in the Resilient Leadership and Ecopsychology Programs at Naropa University. She has trained with Joanna Macy and is the Faculty Director of the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa and a facilitator in the Work That Reconnects. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She has offered programs and retreats in spiritual and secular settings, and to community non-profit organizations.  Trained at the School of Lost Borders, she leads nature based programs as a methodology for transforming our strong emotions into inspired engagement with our world and revitalize our inherent interconnection to all forms of life.

Jade Begay

Jade Begay is a multimedia artist, filmmaker, digital and communications strategist, and Indigenous rights and climate justice activist. Jade has partnered with organizations like Resource Media,, The Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Climate Action, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Allied Media Projects, as well as tribes from the Amazon to the Arctic, to develop strategies, digital storytelling campaigns, and short films to mobilize and create more awareness and engagement around these urgent issues. Jade is a facilitator in the Work That Reconnects, a methodology that supports people and especially activists in building resiliency as we work and move through these times of deep change, grief, and uncertainty. more…


Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.