From the Directors: What Is Your Pilgrimage?

To seek out beauty in our work is to make a pilgrimage of our labors, to understand that the consummation of work lies not only in what we have done, but who we have become while accomplishing the task.    —David Whyte


Dear Fellow Pilgrims,

Looking back, we see that we’ve been on a pilgrimage this past year to bring a life-giving purpose to both Black Mountain Circle and ourselves. Intuition, imagination, and collaboration have brought four compass points into focus: story, nature, spirit, and community.

With this renewed focus, Black Mountain Circle is benefiting immensely from younger guides. Kamala Tully appeared two years ago when we decided to grow Black Mountain Circle and needed support to imagine and coordinate our efforts. Kamala has become central to our work and program development. And now there are many other younger people in our midst.

Kyra Epstein curates our newsletters and provides insight and inspiration. Katia Sol and Christopher Kuntzsch are co-leading our first spiritual ecology weekend for millennials in February. Lyla June Johnston, a presenter at the last Geography of Hope, returns in January for more conversation and spoken word. Isis Hockenos is the curator for the 2018 Geography of Hope art programs.

Last weekend we kicked off our first spiritual ecology outing led by millennials Morgan Curtis and Brontë Velez at Canticle Farm in Oakland. It was wonderful to witness an inner-city healing of soil and community. Our next millennial outing is in December: a history and poetry-inspired walk in Muir Woods with ranger Laura Booth.

We feel blessed to be collaborating with such a dynamic group of younger people and to be inspired by the many wisdomkeepers and elders that also guide and accompany us. During our recent event with Stephen Jenkinson, he spoke about the vitality that comes from connecting younger people with elders. We can feel that vitality growing and we hope you can, too. We are grateful to be on this great pilgrimage together with you.

Warm best,
Steve, Kamala, and Kate