Contemplative Voices Award

Shalem's Contemplative Voices Award was created to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to contemplative understanding, living and leadership and whose witness helps others live from the divine wellspring of compassion, strength, and authentic vision.

Honoring Joanna Macy

Photo Credit: Adam Loften

Shalem is pleased to award our 2021 Contemplative Voices Award to Dr. Joanna Macy.

Please join us for a special fundraising event on Zoom to celebrate this award and to support Shalem’s work and ministry in the world.

    • Opening prayer
    • Tilden Edwards reflects on Joanna Macy’s contribution to the contemplative movement
    • Margaret Benefiel interviews Joanna Macy
    • Q&A
    • Closing Prayer
    • Registrants will receive a complimentary copy of “The Bestiary” by Joanna Macy

Sunday, September 19, 2021, 4-6 PM ET

If you’re unable to attend during this time, you can still register to receive access to a recording of the event for later viewing.

About Dr. Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy PhD, teacher and author, is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, Macy has created a ground-breaking framework for personal and social change that brings a new way of seeing the world as our larger body. Her many books include World as Lover, World as Self; Widening Circles, A Memoir; Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy; and Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects. Macy is retired from teaching and lives in Berkeley, California. To learn more, visit

Read an excerpt from Joanna Macy’s book World as Lover, World as Self.

Become a Supporter or Sponsor

Would you like to become a Supporter or Sponsor of the Contemplative Voices Award Event?

With gifts of $500-$999, Supporters will:

Receive four tickets
Supporters will be thanked and acknowledged during the event.

With gifts of $1,000 and above, Sponsors will:

Receive up to ten tickets, available upon request;
Sponsors will be thanked and acknowledged during the event and will also be listed on Shalem’s website.

To become a Supporter or a Sponsor, please contact Kerri Saucier at (301-897-7334) or simply note that when you make your gift.


Registration is now closed.


Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this year’s Contemplative Voices Award:

Tilden Edwards
Sallie Chatfield
Clair Ullmann