Coming Back to Life: The Work That Reconnects October 6th - 9th

University of Earth invites you to join us in an enchanting mountain landscape along the National Wild & Scenic Feather River to connect deeply by sharing our stories, our dreams, our love, and our grief for our world. Together we will explore ways we can participate in healing our planet. We will unearth our joy as well as our passions and gifts to engage more fully in "The Great Turning" toward a Life-Sustaining Society. Come be re-inspired, re-connected, an re-vitalized. 

"One of the most amazing spiritual, emotional and intellectual experiences of my lifetime. This retreat is a must for all those involved in the transformation of our world toward life affirmation."
~Ann Aurelia Lopez, Ph.D.

When:   Friday 6pm October 6th - Monday 1pm October 9th
Where:  University of Earth Campus - Graeagle CA
Workshop Cost:  $100
Lodging: $99  (three nights)
Meals: $66 (Lunch and Dinner Saturday & Sunday)

(Breakfasts on your own, full kitchens are available in each cabin)


The Work That Reconnects helps us to uncover and experience our innate connections with each other and the healing powers of the web of life, so we can discover our role in creating a world that works for all life.  Pioneered by Joanna Macy in the late 1970's, this highly experiential and interactive work draws from deep ecology, living systems theory, social justice and many spiritual traditions.  "The Spiral" of the work moves through Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing With New Eyes, and Going Forth.

If you are looking for inspiration and support or are feeling overwhelmed, helpless, burnt out, or lonely in your love and concern for our world, the Work That Reconnects is medicine for the soul as we explore how, working together, we can build a healthy world for future generations.

"Where our deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet, we hear the further call."
~Frederick Buecher


For more information contact Rich at 530 368-6325 or

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Register early to reserve one of the limited number of rooms on campus.
Rooms assigned on a first come first serve basis.
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Lodging limited to 33 people ~ Commuters welcome.
Free camping available on campus. Local lodging minutes away.


Retreat Leaders
Molly Young Brown, M.A., M. Div. co-authored Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy. She brings ecopsychology, psycosynthesis, and systems thinking to her work writing books and essays, teaching on-line courses, phone coaching, talks and workshops. She also authored Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning and Lighting a Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.
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Constance Washburn, M.A. is a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects and has been training with Joanna Macy since 1994. She has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1968. She has over 35 years of experience designing and directing education and outreach programs. She brings her nature connection, mindfulness training, theater and education backgrounds together to create opportunities for people to reawaken to their interconnectedness.
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"The depth of awareness of the needs of our world and the grace in which Molly and Constance share
The Work That Reconnects is a blessing for Earth."
~Rich Silver, Founder, University of Earth