Geography of Hope

Since 2008, Point Reyes Station has been home to Black Mountain Circle’s Geography of Hope conference, which takes its name from writer Wallace Stegner’s description of wild landscapes. Stegner says: “We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.” This conference features conversations with noted writers, poets, environmental leaders, and activists. The theme for the 2018 conference was Finding Resilience in Nature in Perilous Times.” Following the conference, is a year-long series of ongoing talks, retreats, and pilgrimages throughout the Bay Area continuing to explore the theme of resilience in nature.

2019 Geography of Hope: The Sacred in the Land

In 2019, our conference format is changing slightly. Instead of one weekend, our Geography of Hope offerings will extend throughout the year. Some offerings include:

  • A four-class series with Filmmaker Toby McLeod called Standing on Sacred Ground.
  • A Geography of Hope Storyteller Series with noted authors throughout the year. 
  • A "back-by-popular-demand" Sacred Storytelling weekend with Dr. Sharon Blackie, a Celtic author and storyteller whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology, and ecology.  
  • The Meaning of Pilgrimage conference and seasonal pilgrimages: a day-long exploration of the meaning of Pilgrimage within the religious, sacred, historical, political, cultural and racial contexts of our times and four pilgrimages through the four seasons.
  • Sacred in The Land Photo-Essays: an exhibition at Toby's Gallery in the fall that explores a Bay Area sacred place for each artist. The images will be exhibited at Toby’s Gallery in September.
  • Spiritual Ecology Educators and Student Conference in Oakland: a day-long gathering that includes teams made up of educators/students from Northern California high schools, colleges and faith communities.
  • Land, Farmer, Community: A Sacred Trust: A workshop with Wendy Johnson.

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