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Willow Hot Springs Vision Quest

Willow Hot Springs Vision Quest

March 6 through 11, 2019

Sponsor: Kathy Two Hawks

Corporate Sponsor: Tanja’s Natural Magick

This Vision Quest will be held in Arizona on privately-owned property.  There will be no public access to disturb the process of each questor.  There is room available for 8 to 10 questors and 8 to 10 supporters to participate.  It is traditional for the questor to bring their own supporter.  If a questor is unable to bring a supporter, I will open the registration to those who would like to be a supporter.  If you are interested, please email me at or call me at (602) 989-8468.  The cost of the Vision Quest is $200.00 for questors and $100.00 for supporters.  I am offering these prices as a special for the Willow Hot Springs Vision Quest 2019 only. ries.le


Access to the past GOC pages have not been lost, only hidden. You can now have access to those pages here. Plus, many of you have asked about the songs we sing. Did you know you can listen to those songs on demand? You can also download them or even download the words!!! Click here

2019 Planning Meeting March 30

We are thrilled and excited to be celebrating 25 continuous years of The Gathering of Circles. We are planning on a big year, with extra guest speakers, an earlier start, a welcome lodge for early arrivals among other exciting activities, new and old. But we need your help. Your GOC requires many volunteers, coordinators, and good-hearted people willing to step up or simply lend a hand. Experience the joy of service to yourself and others by helping out. There’s something for everyone’s ability or interests.

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2019 Keynote Speakers Announced

It IS epic!, and as part of the celebration, we have invited three past Speakers from the GOC back to speak again this year. All three Speakers are recognized internationally as Elders and deeply connected to Spirit. All three have long histories of walking their talk, and communicating their messages to audiences around the World.

They are:

  • Beth Hin 1999
  • Joyce Anastasia 2015
  • Flordemayo 2016

Go here for more detail: 2019 Keynote Speaker Page

Celebrating 25 Years In Spirit. It’s Epic!!

Greetings and blessings all.

  On August 6th through the 11th 2019 The Gathering of Circles will be celebrating 25 years of continuous gatherings. That indeed, is Epic!

  Come rejoin your Mountain Mother, the Spirits, the animals, the trees and rocks, and join in joyous celebration along with your GOC family old and new. Share stories, memories and make new ones. Whether you come every year or haven’t been in 20 years, we are calling you. The Mountain is calling you. Spirit guides are calling you! Calling you to Celebrate 25 years in Spirit. Yes, it’s going to be Epic! Steve Lake


The Gathering of Circles and other activities, such as Vision Quests and Healing Hearts, are held in the Lincoln National Forest outside Cloudcroft, NM at an elevation of about 9,200 feet. About 10-15% of the population may experience mountain or altitude sickness at this elevation, so we routinely have minor, and sometimes severe, cases of mountain sickness. In severe cases, the only alternative is to get the  person to a lower elevation. As in any of life’s activities, it is important that we understand the risks in what we do and become responsible for our own well-being. We are not physicians or pharmacists, so we cannot tell you what to do to prevent and deal with mountain sickness. However, we can point out to you the issue and pass on what an herbalist (Rob Hawley, owner of Taos Herb Company) has told us about the issue. 

Rob Hawley: 
Taos is at an elevation of about 7,100 feet and Taos Ski Valley ranges from about 9,000 feet to almost 11,000 feet, so we routinely have winter and summer visitors suffering from mountain sickness. Rob said that a 15-year-old might become acclimated to 9,000 feet in 10-14 days, while a 50-year-old might require 4-6 weeks to become acclimated. 

There may be two different problems associated with mountain sickness: 
(1) water retention and (2) the hemoglobin doesn’t carry enough oxygen until the person is acclimated to the higher elevations. A person experiencing water retention might have problems with the inner ear and experience dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. 

We are always telling visitors to NM to drink water, drink water, drink water because they may be sweating more than they think in the low humidity and they might become dehydrated. Drinking water also helps with the water retention associated with mountain sickness because it stimulates the kidneys into processing the accumulated water. However, those fasting on a Vision Quest will not be drinking water, so they might need another alternative and Rob recommended taking a natural diuretic, such as Natrol’s Water Pill (two pills twice per day), if there is a problem with mountain sickness. In the event of mountain sickness, you may have a small amount of water to take the pills. Likewise, if you are on medication now, you should continue to take it while Questing. 

If you live near sea level or at a lower elevation, you are not likely to become acclimated to an elevation of 9,000 feet during the Gathering of Circles or a Vision Quest. Rob suggested considering taking chlorophyll (available as powder, capsules, or elixirs–World Organic Chlorophyll is available in 60 mg capsules and we would take 2 capsules every 2 hours–the resulting green stool is not a problem), which will carry extra oxygen. Some have had success with Ginkgo Biloba helping to prevent mountain sickness, but it should be taken starting several weeks before going to the higher elevations. If you have had problems with mountain sickness in the past, you might consider consulting your physician before you get here. I have recently heard that Osha (Bear Medicine) also is good for Mountain Sickness, but I haven’t tried using it.

Mountain sickness can be a major issue and we frequently have people with medical training attending our activities. They have been able to help those suffering from it, but there is no guarantee that medically-trained people will be on hand at every event. Those that have experienced severe forms of mountain sickness don’t want to experience it again. If you live near sea level, we strongly suggest you consider getting some of the aforementioned herbals in the event that you have a problem at the higher elevation where we will be meeting. In addition, we plan to have a cylinder of oxygen available, which will provide short-term relief until you can get to a lower elevation. 

2018 GOC Brochure now available!!

Thank you Donna Pounds for creating the brochure for yet again another year. Please download the PDF file and print the tri-fold brochure. It makes a good handout to place in places where people gather. Or you can mail it to friends and family. You can simply click on the following link and save it or print it.

2018 GOC Brochure

Flash!! A revised Brochure is available as of 06/23/2018. If you are downloading and distributing please download again.