Gathering Of Circles
Updated 08/1/2013

Logo by Mama Uma

Our theme this year is

Songs We Sing !! 
(Listen now!)


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19th Anniversary of The
Gathering of Circles
August 7th thru 11th, 2013
Cloudcroft, New Mexico


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Planning Meeting    Coordinators    Who's coming?    Order T-Shirt   Check your T-shirt Order  Add me to Mailing list  2013 RSVP   Raffle  Schedule of events  Directions  Cost  What to bring  Give-a-way  First timers tips  Sweat Lodge   Submit your workshop   Download brochure  Speaker  Children's Program  Workshops    Make a general Donation  


NEW  GOC Bargain Page
T-Shirt sales is one way that we create funds for GOC expenses like firewood, port-a-potties, printing costs for the brochures, web costs, speaker stipends, etc. So help make your donation dollars go farther and get something for you. These make great gifts and make great replacements for past years t-shirts that may be frayed by now. Remember, GOC T-Shirts are a super way to advertise the GOC experience! Click here. 

  Speaker for 2013 

We are blessed and honored to have Pat McCabe this year!

Woman Stands Shining
Pat McCabe is a Diné woman
poet, writer, artist, and singer...
educator and ambassador... 
ceremonialist and life coach...

Her paintings and poems are created as healing tools for individuals, for earth and for global healing. 

By releasing medicine visions into storytelling and paintings, accessible to all ages, races and backgrounds, she places medicine received in sacred, indigenous ceremony within reach of all nations. 

In this way she is a conduit of sacred knowledge, contributing to global health and the renaissance of Earth wisdom.


Woman Stands Shining, Pat McCabe, has the honor of being of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. A Life-Bringer, Life-Bearer Mother, writer, artist, activist, speaker and cultural liason, her work is driven by the study of the Science of Right Relations. Moving from the central knowledge that We, The Five-Fingered-Ones, are born into Beauty, as Beauty, for Joyful Life, she brings the understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing into discussion and inquiry on Sustainability. Born to a People who have deep understanding and methodology for Restoration, she carries the Beauty Way into places where it has formerly been kept out. She is an active participant in Indigenous Peoples gatherings worldwide most recently in Chile, Belgium, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Bali. She has worked with the International Center for Cultural Studies in India and with Sarvodaya with Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne in Sri Lanka, as well as with organizations and gatherings in the U.S. Her recent work includes being a cultural consultant to the Pachamama Alliance, Inner Circle Invitee to the Language of Spirit Dialogue - Dialogue between Quantum Physicists, Linguists, Scientists and Indigenous knowledge keepers. Upcoming work includes the AUM National gathering, Women's teachings In Chile, and work with Israeli and Palestinian women.

Pat's website: 


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Suggestions & Comments  What does a coordinator do?    A Prayer From Beth Hin 

2013 Vision Quest info: We will be doing a vision quest this year!!!
Bear Heart Vision Quest: August 28 through September 1, 2013!!
Register here!   Read first here!




Ken and Susan in Ecuador
The Bear Tribe Medicine Society 
Current Weather in Cloudcroft 
Lincoln National Forest Fire Conditions 
Bear Heart web site 
The Heart Of The Matter  (Our Speaker for 20??)

Children's Program - Jennifer Caviness 

Coordinators for 2013:

Please call or email Cliff Buchanan is you wish to volunteer for any of the following open Coordinator positions: or 432-550-3302.


Brett Messer (432) 254-5204 

Sweat Lodge 

Enrique Hynes
Shawna Mitchell
(210) 414-8268
(325) 668-2563  


Shawna Mitchell
Sarah Starkey
(325) 668-2563
(325) 660-3453


Cliff Buchanan 

(432) 550-3302 


Wanda Wade (254) 592-8774 

Welcome Table 

June Baldwin 
Wanda Wade
Donna Trammell
Jan Leenhouts-Martin

(432) 550-8747
(254) 592-8774
(254) 246-2930
(360) 464-7957

Children's Activities

Jennifer Caviness 
Hillary Freestone
(432) 266-0753 


Donna Trammell (254) 246-2930 

Environmental Focus   

 June Baldwin 

(432) 550-8747 

Sweet Medicine Dance 

Cathy Martin (325) 201-7880 


Mike Andrews  (575) 770-4321 

Drumming Team 

Bobby Ashworth

(915) 867-5847 


Shawna Mitchell (325) 668-2563 
Songs & Music Sarah Starkey
Cathy Martin
(325) 201-7880

Pancake Brunch 

June Baldwin 

(432) 550-8747 


Prayer From Beth Hin        1 August 2013


O Great One,  by so many names we seek You,  we remember You,   we hope for You,  we call out unto You,  we invoke You,  we thank You,  we are silent within You,  we rest in You.

Be with us at this beloved Gathering of Circles,  our nineteenth year together,  be with  those of us here,   be with those of us here in spirit yet physically afar,  be with those who have gone before us who shine from the stars beside us here,  and everywhere. 

Be with our fervent hearts,  our mysterious souls,  our paths,  our ways,  our weakest feathers and our strongest which gather within us to form wings of Your grace,  with our feet treading upon the earth,  humbly,  nobly,  in dignity,  and love,  with our eyes seeking You in sun and firelight,  with our ears listening for You in wind and rainfall,  with our nostrils seeking the scent of You in juniper and sage,  pine and wildflower,  with our lips tasting the blessing of You in clean water and the foods of Your Earth,  the fruits of Your womb and sky.

May we pray here in Beauty.

May we listen for You in Beauty.

May we look for You in Beauty.

May we reach for You in every breath,  in every gesture,  in Beauty. 

May we call forward You in all Creation to be that which is always Beauty.

May we pray,  practice and dwell beside and among  all beings in Beauty.

May the impeccability,  virtue and ceremony of our life quest in every moment from conception to death be ever of Your Beauty.

May that which we represent,  call forward,  and embody,  at this Gathering,  and always,  bring the circles of all relations into the harmony and holiness which is your Beauty and which is All Love, and only Love,  for Your Love is all is Love.



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 Introductions and Pipe ceremony start at 6:00 pm on Wednesday evening.

Click to enlarge Directions: Go to Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Take Hwy 130 South out of Cloudcroft for 1.2 miles. Turn left at Sleepy Grass Campground or 0.7 miles. Turn right on 5661 for 3.9 miles. Turn left at 5661 marker, look for forked tree on left before turn. Then turn left again immediately (about 40 feet) and follow road. Signs will be posted.



Registration: Please RSVP with Cliff Buchanan, 1404 Castle Road, Odessa TX 79762, 432-550-3302,  . We need to know if you are planning to come so we can order the proper number of Port-a-potties! Cliff will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the GOC. RSVP here: RSVP  If you have not registered on our mailing list, or if your info has changed, do it here: Register 

Cost: We depend on donations solicited from T-shirts, raffles, pancake breakfast, CD's and other donation producing activities to pay our out of pocket costs like postage and flyer costs, speaker stipends, port-o-potties, wood, workshop materials and other costs approved by the planning committee. No monies go to any individual in the form of payment for any activity.  We want to have anyone to be able to attend regardless of financial ability, therefore, there is no fee for attending the GOC. However, we encourage you to participate fully in our donations producing activities mentioned above and also invite you to make a donation according to you level of financial ability.

Honor and respect the land and natural life on it as part of our family. Treat it as you would like to be treated. Do not bring any alcohol or drugs.  You are responsible for your own meals and camping gear (this is a wilderness area, so bring tent, sleeping bag, etc.). You will need rain gear and rain fly. Port-a-potties are available. Bring a potluck dish to contribute to the Feast on Saturday. Bring noisemakers (drums, rattles, etc.). Rules: Radios will not be allowed except with earphones. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.


Welcome to the Gathering of Circles. This annual event is sponsored and supported by various individuals and circles of people in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Colorado, Virginia, and other states who wish to get together and share ideas, ceremonies, spirituality, talents, and friendship. These events include, but are not limited to, various workshops, face painting, world-class pancake breakfast, children's activities, sweat lodges, "Sweet Medicine Dance", Give-A-Way, and feast. We gather on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM for the opening pipe ceremony and introductions. Thursday morning is usually dedicated to introductions and our featured speaker. Afterwards, we provide an itinerary of the various activities for the weekend. Thursday afternoon and Friday morning are scheduled workshops. Separate Men and Women's sweat lodges will be held Thursday night, and a co-ed sweat will be available on Friday night after the "Sweet Medicine Dance". Saturday morning we will all gather again for the Give-A-Way ceremony and feast. Saturday night we will have a drum/song event and sweat lodge. Sunday morning we will have a short pipe closing ceremony and time to clean up, packup and head home, We should be ready to leave the area by 10:00 a.m.


Give-a-way   Bring a gift wrapped in a paper bag for the *give-a-way.* This should be something of significance (meaningful) to you, which you now want to relinquish your attachment to, and let pass on to a new keeper. The size or monetary value of this item is irrelevant but the more significant to you the better. It may be symbolic of something of yourself, which you have or wish to turn loose of so that your *hands* are freed up for your present pursuits. Listen to your heart in deciding what to *give-a-way* at this time. 

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