Since 2008, Point Reyes Station has been home to the Geography of Hope, one of northern California’s most exceptional literary festivals. Geography of Hope 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 and artists, and naturalist-led field trips in West Marin. The theme of the 2017 GOH conference, March 17-19th, is Ancestors & the Land: Our Past, Present & Future.
The emerging field of Spiritual Ecology is a primary focus of our work. BMC offers author events, retreats, and community projects rooted in the values of spiritual ecology including stewardship, inter-connectedness, reverence for nature, and service. In 2016, BMC organized a weekend gathering, Call of the Forest, with Diana Beresford-Kroeger and other climate activists (videos are available on Center for Humans and Nature Youtube channel). This program is inspired by the groundbreaking book Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth and the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship program, and we define spiritual ecology according to the principles and values they’ve developed: that ecological renewal, sustainability, and right action depend on our examining our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the earth, recognizing our responsibility for the planet, and cultivating spiritual awareness.
Co-founder of Black Mountain Circle and psychotherapist Kate Levinson focuses on our inner relationship with money—an essential element of having healthy relationships to self, others, and community/society. As the author of Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship to Money, Kate continues to break the taboo about talking about money through her writing, workshops, and talks. Kate is co-leading a webinar series called “Giver, Receiver & Gift” with San Francisco Zen Center Abiding Abbess Linda Ruth Cutts in February. On April 29th, Kate is leading the second Women Money Spirit Conference at CIIS in San Francisco, CA.
How we approach the inevitable—our loved one’s passing and our own—can instruct us on how to live our lives. BMC will encourage and foster conversations, reflection, mindfulness approaches, and healing for end-of-life care, death, and grief as well as inquiry into what it means to live consciously. In 2017, we’ll host our annual grieving ritual, “Making Friends with Death” workshops and end-of-life conversations.
This book group focuses on spiritual practice in everyday life, especially as we age. Explore how to age into wise elderhood by developing spiritual intimacy with ourselves, others and the world. Led by Reverend Elizabeth River, an interfaith minister, chaplain, and spiritual director. The next group begins in January 2017, and the book is Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte.
Founded in 2006, West Marin Review is an award-winning literary and arts journal. It attracts never-before-published submissions from around the world — from artists in many mediums and writers of all persuasions. West Marin Review is a collaborative effort by a dedicated team of volunteers. Local artists, writers, poets, and community members serve as reviewers for each issue. Published annually.
Founded in 2015, the Inverness Almanac is a semi-annual journal focused on the inner and outer landscapes of coastal Marin. The Almanac celebrates our intimate relationship with the place we inhabit: the complexity of the ecosystems; the exceptional creative gifts of its residents; and the depth and diversity of the interwoven plant, animal and human communities.