From the Directors: The Great Turning

The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth Is not that we are on the way to destroying the world—we've actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other. Future generations will look back at us, living in these early years of the third millennium, and say, "Oh, those ancestors. They were taking part in the Great Turning. —Joanna Macy


Dear Black Mountain Circle Community,

Storytelling is a big part of nature connection. Whether telling stories with the written word, the spoken word, or the arts, stories nurture and sustain us.

But what kind of stories connect us to a bigger future? What stories do we choose to give our attention to—to unearth in our own ancestry—that can heal, ignite imagination, and lead us to the future we want for our children and grandchildren? In a time of profound change, such as the one that Joanna Macy talks about as “The Great Turning,” that we are in now, the stories we choose to embrace or reject are critical to our individual and collective paths.

We created Black Mountain Circle to be a place where we can explore our stories, heal through the telling of them, and find inspiration and pathways to change. As our organization evolves and grows, we continue to choose our events and workshops carefully, offering a variety of stories from various traditions, as well as opportunities for us to share our own stories in community.

Joanna Macy, and eco-philosophers like her, tell a powerful story that we hope inspires you and brings perspective to our planetary changes as the new year begins. We hope to see you at one of our events soon, to see your thoughts about our question of the month, and to hear you share the stories that bring you hope and harmony.

Steve and Kamala