From the Directors: Where Do You Find Hope?

Dear Friends,

Where do we find hope in our increasingly broken world? Our goal is for Black Mountain Circle to become one of the sources you turn to for hope and resilience.

This summer we embarked on a journey of exploration to determine the most effective direction for Black Mountain Circle. Our board and staff agreed that a major focus of our work and offerings in the coming years will be on the cultivation of hope and resilience. It is our belief that we each have our own part in re-balancing the world, whether we're an activist or a hermit. And, in our coming together, we can be nourished and inspired to continue to contribute in our own ways.

In fact, the theme of the next Black Mountain Circle's Geography of Hope conference will be finding resilience in the land during challenging times. Besides this gathering on March 17, 2018, we will offer a series of events throughout the year that will nourish activists and the rest of us who, at times, may find ourselves discouraged, afraid, and/or in despair.

Offerings coming this fall include:

  • Aleut Elder Ilarion Merculieff leading two workshops on October 8. A morning workshop for families will explore A Traditional Way of Learning for Young People. In the afternoon he will explore Indigenous Wisdom and Resilience in Challenging Times, spiritual and practical wisdom from indigenous traditions around the globe in light of the challenges facing our earth and world today.
  • Watch for a call for submissions in future newsletters for writers, poets, artists, videographers, photographers, and musicians to examine how artists of all kinds find resilience in land and nature during difficult times.

Those of you who heard Ilarion speak at the last Geography of Hope conference know what a wise and generous presenter he is. Ilarion offers the long-view, as a messenger for wisdom keepers from many traditions who follow what is known as the “Original Teachings.” These teachings were given to all people at a time when plants, animals, and humans communicated with each other, with no separation between people and all living things.

Our thanks to those of you who have attended our recent events. We are excited by the form Black Mountain Circle is taking and we hope that you will be, too.

Steve and Kate