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Join Black Mountain Circle staff, Orion Camero and Tara Milliken on a pilgrimage walk to the 1,280 foot summit of Black Mountain which offers one of the most spectacular views in the North Bay (of the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes, Drakes Bay and Estero, Tomales Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. St. Helena, and even the Sierra on a clear day!).
Our walk begins at Black Mountain Ranch, a 1200 acre privately owned ranch protected by a Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) easement. Access to the public is rare, only a few times each year. We are honored to walk this local landmark on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, as we celebrate the earth and resilience she offers us, while reflecting on the importance of moving into action through climate justice. Walking this landscape is particularly meaningful for us because Black Mountain Circle draws its name from this sky-high ridge that meets the sunrise with its shapely lone mountain characterized by its steep slopes. Please note, it’s a strenuous walk to the summit.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, with the theme of Climate Action as a guiding force for our future. Black Mountain Circle has expanded on this theme through dedicating our walk to encompass the importance of Climate Justice as a first step towards Climate Action. We have invited Orion Camero from SustainUS to be our lead contributor for the day alongside Tara Milliken, who is a Wilderness First Responder. Orion co-led SustainUS’s first-ever all Indigenous Youth delegation to the UN Climate Conference, the COP25, in Madrid, and returns with stories and lessons from this experience.
What’s Included in this Event:
- After the purchase of your ticket you will receive an email packet of information that includes:
- The logistics of our day together.
- Health questionnaire, liability and media waiver to be completed in advance.
- An article from Orion Camero on their time at last years UN Climate Conference.
- Because we want to honor time for walking in silence, we are requesting that each participant show up to our day having already read this article. Through this reading and how we open our day, you will be supported in crafting your own question(s) to carry with you throughout our day together, and after we break silence there will be time to share and talk about what this information has brought up.
- The logistics of our day together.
- An interactive surprise activity we will do before we start that walk, that will further drop us into the importance of honoring Earth Day.
Parking Info: We will park and meet at the West Marin School in Point Reyes Station (11550 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956) at 9:30am, so we can get to the base of Black Mountain by 10am. Questions, contact Kamala at 415.317.2924.
Transparency of Costs: We are grateful to be able to offer a sliding scale to make this day as affordable as possible. We are stepping into a new practice of offering a synopsis of the operating costs for each event. We are sharing this information because we feel it is important to be honest about how we allocate resources, so you may feel supported in contributing the most accurate amount of money when you choose to sign up.
Earth Day Event Costs:
- Land Use Fee: A $10/per person fee goes to Black Mountain Ranch.
- Parking Fee: A $20/per hour parking fee goes to West Marin School.
- Insurance: We are required to have insurance to take groups of people out on the land.
- Portable Toilet: We are required to provide a toilet at the start of the walk.
- Scholarships: For each event we sent aside a number of spaces at no cost for youth and other individuals who are unable to afford a ticket.
- Contributors: Our contributors are fairly compensated for their time and the intellectual property they generated for the educational packet, which will be sent out prior to the walk.
- Staff: Our staff members are compensated for the time it took to plan this event and for the in-person coordination on the day of.
Scholarships: Available on a first-come, first served basis for youth, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and single parents. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Cancellations: Due to coronavirus, we are flexible about cancellations. We feel comfortable offering this walk at this time, since it is outdoors and there can be ample space between bodies.
About Our Pilgrimage Walks: Over the past two years, Black Mountain Circle has offered a series of walks as a practice of contemplative living, nature-connection, and sacred activism. We are excited to offer our second Earth Day Walk to the summit of Black Mountain. Black Mountain Circle walks are not ordinary hikes but are instead guided by our staff and other guides who offer questions and inquiries to carry throughout the day. Each walk offers time for contemplation, self-reflection and connection.