Profile: Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. The author of more than twelve books, she is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects. 

Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science.

-From The Work That Reconnects Network website


  • Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985)
  • Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/ New Catalyst, 2007)
  • Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991)
  • Rilke’s Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality (2004, 2017) (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead); Joanna’s memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000)
  • World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 2007)
  • A Year With Rilke, (with Anita Barrows, Harper One, 2009)
  • Pass It On: Five Stories That Can Change the World (with Norbert Gahbler, Parallax Press, 2010)
  • Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy (with Chris Johnstone, 2011)
  • Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 2014).

Read more about Joanna Macy on The Work That Reconnects Network website

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