Naropa Oakland M.A. course

March 1 and 2, 2003

With Joanna Macy, Ph.D.


Title: "Deep Time: Reconnecting with Past & Future Generations"


Description: Our industrial growth society conditions us to a peculiar and inherently destructive experience of time. It perpetually accelerates, while removing us ever farther from past and future generations. The transition to a life-sustaining society requires that we attune to longer, ecological rhythms and nourish a strong, felt connection with both the ancestors and those who come after us. To reinhabit time and its deeper rhythms is our birthright; it informs our minds, refreshes our spirits, and becomes a source of resilience and vision for the healing of our world. In this one-credit course we will learn theory and practices for incorporating deep time into our lives.




Saturday Mar 1. 9-12 The creation of hurry. The broken connection with past and future beings. Other ways of experiencing time. Experiential work.

            1-3 pm Opening to the living past. Experiential work.

            3:30 to 6:30pm. Art as meditation.


Sunday 9-1 pm Conferring with the coming generations. Theory and experiential work. Practices for today and every day.




            J. Macy, World as Lover, World as Self, Part I (Chapters 1-4); Chapters 20, 21, and 22.

            J. Macy, Coming Back to Life, Chapters 3, 4, & 9.