January 8, 2023 –
February 11, 2024
5-7pm EST, 2nd Sunday of the month (Excluding July and August 2023)
As with our other online programs, the live sessions will also be recorded, so you can participate live AND/OR by watching the recordings (we will share recordings as soon as possible; they will be available at the latest by 48 hours after the program ends).
The info to access the recordings will be shared after you register. Recordings will be available for 6 months.
About The Program
We are thrilled to offer this in-depth online course with Anita and Joanna exploring Rilke’s amazing relevance to the personal and planetary challenges now facing humanity.
“You are not surprised at the force of the storm / you have seen it growing,” wrote the great lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke before Europe erupted into war a century ago, intuitively sensing the disasters the coming century would bring. “Now you must go out into your heart as onto a vast plain. Now the immense loneliness begins…Through the empty branches the sky remains. It is what you have.”
Not surprisingly, Rilke’s influence can be found at the heart of Joanna’s pioneering Work That Reconnects, the dynamic, interactive process known worldwide for helping people bring their full humanity to today's social and ecological crises. Joanna and Anita — admired for their exquisite translations of Rilke's work — will share with you, in twelve monthly online sessions, the heightened sense of beauty and wonder that a poem can ignite. In this program, offered for the first time, you will discover your own creative response to the perils and promise of our time.
Participants will be asked to purchase the four volumes of Rilke that Joanna and Anita have translated. The passages from A Year with Rilke will be used as daily readings/meditations, and the poems/letters will be assigned for each class session to be read beforehand. The course will be interactive and include breakout rooms. Participants who choose to do so may share with the group their responses to the course.
Required texts (all translated by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows)
Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God (Riverhead, 2005)
In Praise of Mortality: Selections from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus (Echo Point Books & Media 2016)
A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke (Harper One 2009)
Letters to a Young Poet: A New Translation and Commentary (Shambhala 2021)
All sessions 5-7pm Eastern Time. The course will run in three sequential stages, as follows:
Book of Hours:
Jan 8, 2023: Rilke’s life: childhood, youth, relationships, travels to Russia. Theme: the development of Rilke’s spirituality and his vocation as a poet
Feb 12, 2023: Rilke’s View of Reciprocity between Humans, Nature, and the Sacred
March 12, 2023: The Consequent Erosion of Patriarchy and Linear Causation (Note: clocks switch forward one hour from EST to EDT)
April 9, 2023: Structural Oppression or patriarchy and capitalism
The Sonnets to Orpheus (from In Praise of Mortality):
May 14, 2023: Rilke and World War I
June 11, 2023: Rilke’s Grounding in Praise and Gratitude
Sept 10, 2023: Rilke and Technology, Change, and Loss
Oct 8, 2023: “What Batters You Becomes Your Strength”
The Duino Elegies (from In Praise of Mortality) and selected letters from Letters to a Young Poet:
Nov 12, 2023: Introduction to Letters to a Young Poet: Growing God (Note: clocks switch back one hour from EDT to EST)
Dec 10, 2023: Letters to a Young Poet: Love
Jan 14, 2024: Interbeing (Duino Elegy #8)
Feb 11, 2024: Transformation: Being Gaia (Duino Elegy #9)