Words from the Directors: Commitment

April 2018

Dear Black Mountain Circle Community,

Once again, we came together last month for our seventh Geography of Hope Conference. The weekend was filled with inspiration, intergenerational exchange, activism, and new understanding of what it means to be resilient—for ourselves, for the earth, and for the next generations. One of the most moving moments of the conference was when attendees came to the microphone to be witnessed in their commitment to the earth. Both young people and elders shared their intentions, dreams, and plans—weaving a tapestry of action that is already changing the world.

Many thanks to speakers Peter Forbes, Chief Caleen Sisk, Rue Mapp, Michael Preston and Peter Wollheben, and to the staff, volunteers, and sponsors who made the weekend possible. The amount of collective energy, goodwill, and generosity by all involved is immeasurable. We hope you’ll enjoy our photo album on Flickr with images from the weekend and a sneak peek of the conference videos soon to come, including Chief Caleen Sisk’s “Salmon Story” and Peter Forbes' wrap-up poem, bringing together the wisdom of the day.

This is just the start of our programming on the Geography of Hope theme of finding resilience in nature in perilous times. We have a number of events planned throughout the year including the April 22 Earth Day walk to Black Mountain and a Call to Creatives, calling on Bay Area artists to show us how to build emotional and spiritual resilience using nature as a touchstone. We hope to see you at an upcoming event soon!

Steve and Kamala