From the Directors: Acorns to Oaks

November 2018

Dear Black Mountain Circle Community,

Two weeks ago, in the midst of this politically charged time, Black Mountain Circle hosted a powerful antidote—our second Acorns to Oaks weekend retreat for young leaders and change-makers.

Nearly 20 young adults gathered at Clem Miller Education Center in Point Reyes National Seashore in a facilitated exploration of themselves, their communities, and the world. They were witnessed and heard in their uncertainty, vulnerability, deep knowing, and strength. At a morning “sit spot,” they observed the dawn activity (including birds, coyotes, the ocean breeze, and emerging sunlight), a profound teaching of nature as a touchstone.

On the second evening, six elders joined us for facilitated discussions and an intergenerational council around the fire. Our youngest participant was 3 months old and our oldest elder was 80. Being together in this ancient way, as a village gathering around the fire to speak our truths and ask sacred questions, was deeply nourishing for all.

Black Mountain Circle is committed to supporting our community in reclaiming wisdom through story, nature and spirit. From this mission, programs—such as our Acorns to Oaks retreats—have emerged to touch the lives of young people in need of inspiration and mentoring, elders looking for purpose and connection, and all of us who find inspiration in nature and spirit. In this upcoming season of giving, would you consider helping us reach even more people?

Kamala and Steve