…to the Spiral of “The Work That Reconnects” as developed by Joanna Macy
Songs of Gratitude
Songs for Honoring
Our Pain for the World
Songs for Seeing With
New and Ancient Eyes
Originals by Gretchen Sleicher
The Great Turning is a global change of heart and ways of living, a more nurturing, appreciative and sustainable relationship with the Web of Life, a shift toward a life-enhancing human presence on Planet Earth.
Songs, especially when sung together and in harmony, are a vital tool in the Great Turning and a great enhancement to the interactive group processes developed by Joanna Macy known as the Work That Reconnects. They help us experience in the body our connection to each other and the planet, summon our collective courage, enliven us and inspire us to play our part in creating a life-sustaining society.
We present here a collection of songs that are easy to learn and sing in groups, at Work That Reconnects gatherings, in our work in the world, in our daily lives. They are grouped thematically around the four points of the Spiral, a conceptual guide used in Joanna Macy’s practices.
Click on a song category in the spiral above to see a list of songs exploring that theme, or use the pull-down menus above to go directly to a specific song. The individual song pages feature lyrics and recordings of the songs and each of their parts, so that you can learn them, teach them and pass them on. Soon this website will enable you to recommend songs to add to the collection and help grow this site into a worldwide resource to sing in the Great Turning!