From the Directors: Light in Dark Times

Dear Black Mountain Circle Community,

For us, the short days and long nights of December are a time for looking back at the blessings, accomplishments, and challenges of the year. In many ways Black Mountain Circle became a real organization in 2017: Steve became the executive director, Kamala increased her hours, we began offering more programs in West Marin and beyond, we expanded our Board of Directors, and we further refined our mission as an organization. We arrive at year-end strongly grounded and ready to embark on a focused and compelling set of initiatives in 2018. We are excited about what lies ahead for Black Mountain Circle this coming year:

Geography of Hope: Finding Resilience in Nature in Perilous Times
We host our eighth weekend conference March 17-18 (registration opens January 14). In addition to the conference, we’re planning a year-long series of events throughout the Bay Area on this timely theme. Lyla June Johnston, musician, spoken word poet, and Native rights activist, who was one of the most inspiring presenters at our last Geography of Hope conference, kicks off this initiative January 14th.

A Call to Bay Area Creatives
In April we will invite writers, artists, videographers, photographers and musicians in the region to share personal stories of finding resilience in nature through their particular creative medium. Curated submissions will be shared in various ways including online.

Spiritual Ecology for Youth and Millennials
In January we'll begin building a Northern California Spiritual Ecology Network of high school and university teachers, non-profit and faith leaders, and other nature/spirit activists. We're embarking on a research project documenting spiritual ecology best practices and offerings for young people in the region. Additionally, Black Mountain Circle will facilitate spiritual ecology experiences for young people by offering talks, retreats, site visits, and pilgrimages around the Bay Area. Our first spiritual ecology weekend retreat for millennials, Acorns to Oaks: Rooting in Connection and Sharing Our Gifts, is February 2-4.

If any of these projects interest you, we welcome your support. Please consider making a year-end contribution, offering ideas of funding sources, volunteering, or attending our 2018 offerings.

Warm best wishes for happy holidays and a wonderful new year,
Steve and Kamala