Why we do this

Held on Thu, Nov 9, 2023 in New York City

This forum is in honor of the Garrison Institute’s 20th anniversary. We are excited to invite you to celebrate the remarkable growth of the fields of contemplative-based change and systems thinking.
As we launch our third decade with this daylong public forum in New York City, you will have the opportunity to co-create with an extended community of leaders and practitioners the conditions enabling a more rapid advancement of the social and environmental solutions the world needs today.


The Great Turning

It’s apparent that society and the natural world are in crisis on multiple fronts, and that we need a course correction from self-destructive to life-sustaining. Our colleague Joanna Macy calls this “the Great Turning,” which is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. We now need metamorphosis, where an emergent process of deep transformational change unfolds and reveals itself in fundamentally new ways.

Accelerating Networks and Community

Our intention for the Metamorphosis Forum is to create a community of leaders, thinkers, and doers who can collectively reflect, reorganize, and emerge stronger. We will be able to pollinate and cultivate a rich new world of deep social and environmental change which is already underway.

Acting Now

That’s our invitation to you. Your work is crucial, and it’s crucial you don’t do it alone. Please join us on November 9th for a chance to connect, reflect, and prepare for the next level of contemplative-based changemaking.

“We need a new ‘ethics of belonging,’ encouraging awareness, intention, and relational well-being, so that our actions will contribute toward planetary flourishing. This ethos orients us toward an ever-expansive unfolding of a path of meaning and participation rooted in honoring Life.”

— Yuria Celidwen

“Amid all the doom-laden exhortations to change our ways, let us remember that we are striving to create a more beautiful world, and not sustain, with growing sacrifice, the current one. We are not just seeking to survive. We are not just facing doom; we are facing a glorious possibility.”

— Charles Eisenstein

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