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Mt. Shasta Farmers Market by Renee Casterline

The spiral begins with gratitude, because that quiets the frantic mind and brings us back to source, opening our hearts and reconnecting us with empathy and personal power. It helps us to be more fully present to one another and to our world.

March 2024

Reflections on the Gaian Gathering: Preparing for the Gaianthropocene

by Mary Oak
Mary shares her profound experience as a participant in the Gaian Gathering

Joanna Macy at the Gaian Gathering

by Linda Seeley
Linda recounts her experience with Joanna Macy during the Gaian Gathering.

An Early History of the Work That Reconnects

by Marc Decitre
A partial transcript of Marc's talk drawing on research for his master’s thesis on the history of the Work That Reconnects..

September 2023


poem by Susan Solinsky

Radical Gratitude in the Redwoods

by k. c. klein
k.c.'s reflections on grief and gratitude during a Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy retreat

What Beans Tell Us

by Katharine Burke
The author/gardener shares bean wisdom: At the end of the season come the seeds- carry your loss as desire.

The Progeny of Love

prose poem by April Tierney

March 2023

Tree of Knowledge

Poem by Kent Wittenburg

The Deep Times Editorial Board’s Emergent Strategy

by Rebecca Selove
Drawing on the work of adrienne maree brown and other authors, Rebecca describes how the editorial team of Deep Times uses "emergent strategy" in creating each issue of the journal.

Un jardín para una montaña mágica

Poem by Patricia Samper

September 2022


Poem by Margaret Huff

Maybe Earth Healing and Human Spiritual Healing are the Same Thing

by Talissa Monteiro
The Work That Reconnects supports both individual and social/ecological healing and transformation at Casa na Árvore yoga studio in Brazil.

Healing Nature, Healing Self

by Catharina Any Sulistyowati
A Labyrinth at Kebun KAIL in Indonesia offers transformation in many forms for all who come to it.

The Spiral

Poem by Colin Cafferty

March 2022

If You Knew

poem by Ellen Bass

Eyes Wide Open to the Injustices, Challenges and the Possibilities – The Passing of Three Greats

by Silvia Di Blasio
We have experienced three recent significant losses: social activist and author bell hooks, human rights activist Desmond Tutu, and master precursor of the concept of engaged spirituality Thich Nhat Hanh.


poem by Karina Lutz

September 2021

Where There Are Trees

Poem By Chelsea Frisbee

Approaching with Reverence

by Petra Bongartz
A gentle encounter with baboons evokes reflections on approaching life with reverence.

What is Not Sacred?

Poem by Simone Hanchet

R is for Reverence

by Rev Lauren Van Ham
Reflections on how Reverence can build resilience and connection in the midst of the Great Unraveling.


Poem by Khalilah Alwani

Gentlest of Ways

Song by Jen Ringbauer
Music video produced by Anastasia Freeman. Lyrics based on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy;

March 2021

In Praise Of

Poem by Susan Solinsky

Tales of an Immigrant

Poem by Philip Kienholz

September 2020

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March 2020

The Luminous Dark

Poem by Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland

Mandalas of the Spiral

by Diane Szymaszek After attending a Work That Reconnects event, Diane created a series of images, one for each stage of the spiral, as a gift of thanksgiving to Joanna Macy.

Writing Coming Back to Life with Joanna Macy

by Molly Brown
A reflective memoir on working together with Joanna on Coming Back to Life

August 2019

The Gift of Belonging: A Tribute to Joanna Macy

by Rebecca Hart
A passionate tribute to root teacher Joanna Macy and her teachings.


Poem by Looby Macnamara

February 2019

Deep Ecology: with our kids on our backs

by Felipe Medina
Where are we heading from here? I now ask. For those who are fathers or mothers, the depth of the question echoes in the lives and caring of our children, as they run, play and laugh.

Gratitude..isn’t always easy

by Rebecca Selove
A psychotherapist’s perspective on gratitude and its value for psychological and social resilience.

I am the water (for Gaia)

poem by John Salskov-Iversen

July 2018

Speak to the Child in Me

Poem by Dana Dajani

Timeless Engistiak

by Jill Pangman
A lyrical essay about an ancient, remote, and magical place in Yukon, Canada.

Earth Dream Body

Poem by Valerie Hope Cherrin

February 2018

Songs of Gratitude

by Jen Myzel
Songs of gratitude for your auditory enjoyment.

Letter from Joanna Macy

by Joanna Macy
Joanna shares good news and appreciation for WTR initiatives around the world.

Land of Uncertainty

Poem by Karine Gibouleau

May 2017

Bird of Paradise

Poem by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Coming Back to Reciprocity

by Aravinda Ananda
While reading Braiding Sweetgrass, I found myself newly in relationship with five backyard chickens. The chickens have been a powerful doorway into reciprocal relationship for me, a pathway back to starting the day with gratitude, a daily call to presence.

A World Full of Gifts

by Molly Brown
After checking out Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer from our local library, I bought my own copy to read for the second time. This time through, I found this passage on wild strawberries and wanted to riff on what Kimmerer says about them.

November 2016

Letter From Joanna

by Joanna Macy
My gratitude for the Work That Reconnects keeps growing. A feature that I especially love is how it lets people hear the voice they most need to hear: the voice within themselves.

Radical Gratitude

by Barbara Ford
Gratitude is one of the most venerated practices in virtually all spiritual traditions. In these times…gratitude is a form of resistance to dysfunctional culture and messages of disempowerment.

Five Fold Path

by Dennis Rivers
A morning mandala/meditation/affirmation/exploration/prayer/practice of gratitude.