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…and the T-shirt Design Winner is…!

Greetings Community!

The winner of the 2017 GOC T-shirt design contest is Design #11 from Irene Ramos of San Antonio, Texas! Thank you Irene for the beautiful design.

Thanks, too, to everyone who submitted a design and to all of you who voted.

We’ll keep you updated as to when you may start ordering T-shirts.

Next phase in the T-shirt project is the design work at Custom Ink. Woohoo!

Last Call for GOC 2017 T-shirt designs!

Greetings Community!

Many thanks to all who have submitted their wonderful designs. (To see the current selection of designs go here:

Today is the last day to submit a design. 

If you have a design in mind, don’t be shy! Even a rough sketch is perfectly fine. Send design entries to Brett Messer at or to Natalie Messer at

Voting on the design will open tomorrow. I will post a link to the voting poll here, in the GOC Facebook, and on the GOC Mailing list as well.

Our best to you!

Calling All GOC T-shirt Designers!

Greetings Community!

The design contest for this year’s GOC event T-shirt is off and running. We have 2 submissions so far. Let’s get many more!

Please submit your designs to Brett Messer at or to Natalie Messer at Pictures from SmartPhones or Tablets may be texted to Natalie @ 512.931.9890.

Check this webpage often for pictures of design submissions:

GOC 2017 T-shirts Design & Ordering Schedule:

  • New Call for Designs: Tuesday, March 28
  • Final Submission Accepted: Monday, April 17
  • Vote for 2017 Design: April 18 – April 28
  • Design Finalist Announced: April 28 – End of Day
  • Custom Ink Design work: May 1 – 5
  • Actively Sell T-shirts Online and by Phone: May 8 – June 30
  • Order T-shirts from Custom Ink: June 30
  • T-shirts received in Abilene, Tx: July 7
  • Bag and Label T-shirts for GOC event attendees: July 10-21
  • Mail T-shirts for non-attendees: July 21
  • Transport T-shirts to GOC for Attendees: July 31

Call for GOC 2017 Workshop Proposals

Greetings GOC Community!

Have you ever considered leading a workshop or activity at the GOC?

We invite you to submit a proposal for a workshop. Any presentation or activity focused on wellness, Native American spirituality/knowledge, teachings, healing, nature’s medicine, etc, within the mission and vision statement of GOC are welcome.

Please submit your proposal–including a short bio, description of your presentation or activity, and Photo through the GOC web site at:

Under the Registrations tab you will find the submission template link:
Call for Workshop Proposals 2017

Deadline for submission is May 05th, 2017. 

This year the Gathering of Circles will be on August 2-6, 2017, in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

This year’s theme: Pray Centered in Spirit

For any questions about the workshops email: Cesar Rossatto at

GOC 2017 Planning Meeting

Time for the GOC Planning Meeting

Greetings Community!

This year’s GOC Planning Meeting will be Saturday, March 18 at 1 PM – 5 PM

Location: 7388 West Rancho Aranco Dr Glendale, AZ 85303

This is the yearly planning meeting for the Gathering of Circles Event that will occur in Cloudcroft, NM the first week of August.

The theme for this year is: Pray Centered in Spirit
Our guest speaker is: Shawna Mitchell Hayhurst

We will discuss:

  • All the logistics for the Event
  • The various Coordinator roles and responsibilities
  • Sign up for those Coordinator roles and set up planning schedules with the Coordinators
  • T-shirts and other fund raising activities before and during the event.

All who are interested in participating are welcome! RSVP’s are needed for food and seating planning, please.

We will post possible accommodations soon on the GOC Facebook page (@gocorg or Gatheringofcircles) in case people would like to arrive the night before.

Many thanks to Kathy TwoHawks and Ann Blacketer for so graciously opening their home for this planning meeting!

Post questions comments on the GOC Facebook Page as well!



GOC 2017 Theme & Call for T-shirt Designs

Greetings GOC Community!

The theme for this year’s event has been chosen: Pray Centered in Spirit.

Please begin thinking about T-shirt Designs based on the theme. We would like to have as many designs as possible from the community to choose from so we’ve started early.

No deadline defined yet, but that too will come along in the coming weeks. We want to select a design early so that we can sell many t-shirts for the GOC fundraiser!

I will create an actual page on this website to submit your designs very soon, but in the meantime, please feel free to submit t-shirt designs to Brett – or to Natalie –


Love Offerings for Tony Hayhurst’s Journey of Prayer and Healing

Greetings Dear GOC Family,

As you all know, our dear Brother, Tony Hayhurst, was severely injured on October 31st.

Tony’s healing journey is told by his wife, Shawna Mitchell-Hayhurst, on their Facebook page of the same name. Tony has been discharged from University Hospital in San Antonio and will make weekly trips there to see his surgeon and other members of her team. Read Shawna’s latest updates here:

Many of you have inquired how to make additional love offerings to Tony and Shawna to support their ongoing expenses in a way that goes directly to them. (Expenses including wound care supplies and for gas for the weekly trips to San Antonio for Dr. visits).

With this in mind, please use the PayPal link below to make donations. You may enter any amount you choose . Use your PayPal account or use a Credit Card via this link.

Your love offerings will go directly to Shawna’s PayPal account.

Enormous gratitude going out to Bobby Ashworth for hearing the desire for this outpouring of Love to Shawna and Tony and bringing it to the GOC Council!

GOC 2016 Photos – Keep them coming

Greetings GOC community!

Recently Brett put out the call for any photos you are willing to share from the 2016 GOC event. You can submit directly to Brett via email ( or post to the Gathering of Circles FB page (

Many many thanks to all who have shared their precious photos with us thus far! It’s such a joy to re-experience these sacred GOC moments through your eyes. Blessings…

A new GOC Photos page will be up on the website soon. Stay tuned…

~Natalie Messer