We dreamed of creating Black Mountain Circle for many years. We’ve seen firsthand how Point Reyes, this place that is our home and community, draws people from all over the world. Our wild, coastal, open space is a source of renewal, inspiration, and spiritual sustenance. This realization ignited our dream to create a center to explore the convergence of story, spirit and nature, and its impact on how we live our lives.


Steve Costa

Steve Costa

Steve is a co-founder of Black Mountain Circle. He guides and creates new programs and events, and is the founder of the Geography of Hope and West Marin Review, two of BMC’s first programs. Steve has 45 years experience in community organizing including as a Vista volunteer, an aide to Congressman Pete Stark, a program director for the Trust for Public Land, and executive director of the City of Oakland’s strategic planning office. He was a co-owner of Point Reyes Books for 14 years. Steve is currently involved in many West Marin projects and serves on the board of the West Marin Fund.


Kate Levinson

Kate is a co-founder and board member of Black Mountain Circle. She produces events, retreats, and conferences, in addition to her own workshops and website on women and money.  Kate holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Point Reyes Station, CA. Her book,  Emotional Currency: A Women’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money, was published by Ten Speed Press/Random House. Kate was a co-owner of Point Reyes Books for 14 years. She is currently on the board of West Marin Community Services and the advisory board of Mesa Refuge.


Eleanore Despina

Eleanore is a board member of Black Mountain Circle. She practiced law for 35 years in the areas of retirement and estate planning, and nonprofits.  She’s investing her retirement years in studying and making functional ceramics, and in helping to build a resilient community in Point Reyes Station, CA, where she lives with her husband, Bing Gong.


Kamala Tully

Kamala is the project coordinator for Black Mountain Circle. She has over 20 years experience in marketing,  events and program development. She’s worked at the Institute for Health & Healing, Women.com, and Nolo Press. Kamala is on the board of Syzygy Dance Project, and Bolinas, CA, is her home away from home.