From the Directors: Collaboration

June 2018

Dear Black Mountain Circle Community,

Steve and Kate recently traveled to the Southwest and while there visited Hovenweep, near Bluff, Utah, where ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indian tribes once thrived in many communities 700 years ago. Besides the round, square, and D-shaped towers and buildings grouped at canyon heads, one of the most powerful sites for us was a circular petroglyph on a wall where the sun directly shines twice a year, on the summer and winter solstices. On our trip we were reminded once again of the deep knowledge of native people as stewards of the land.

We are also inspired by new collaborations that are taking shape and the work Black Mountain Circle is striving to do related to our four compass points: story, spirit, nature, and community. We are thrilled to be working with a new partner, the Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine at Commonweal Garden, founded by our local doctor Dr. Anna O’Malley. Penny Livingston and Black Mountain Circle Board Member James Stark have been dedicated stewards of Commonweal Garden for the past 15 years, and are passing the torch to Anna and Natura Institute.

The first of a series of Natura and Black Mountain Circle events was with Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative on June 6th. Another ongoing co-offering will be Full Moon Fire Circles, held near the solstice and equinox, and other monthly fire circles for specific groups (including women, families, young adults, and elders). If you are interested in joining the fire circle listserv, please let us know.

Since our book store beginnings, Black Mountain Circle has worked with the West Marin and Bay Area communities to build connections, share resources, and bring wonderful people and events to the community. We value the many organizations we partner with locally, regionally, and nationally. Collaboration helps us understand each other, encourages diversity, and makes us all stronger.

Happy Summer Solstice!
Steve and Kamala