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2023 GOC T-Shirts

Get your shirt today!

The Gathering of Circles is self-supported by the continued generosity and involvement of its participants for the past 29 years.

Every penny donated goes to continue the beautiful gathering that is GOC, as overseen monthly by a council of 19 unpaid volunteers.

GOC accepts donations and encourages participation in our fundraising activities. However, no fee is required to attend or participate.

We fund raise through our on the mountain raffle and Pancake Brunch and with a yearly themed souvenir T-shirt.

This years beautiful design was submitted by the talented Azure Sky Ramos.

As with most everything our suppliers have raised their prices slightly. A short sleeve is a donation of $22 and long sleeve is $27

It’s a great way to support your GOC and have a beautiful souvenir as well.

Shirts are only available in black this year to keep the cost down and highlight the beautiful design. Shipping is available (fees apply), otherwise you can save the charge and pick it up on the Mountain!

ORDERS MUST BE IN BY JULY 9TH. At that time all orders will be processed.

T-shirts are available with donation here.

2023 GOC Keynote Speaker

We are happy to have Gautham Bodepudi as this year’s keynote speaker.

Photo Credit: Isaac Prado

Gautham is an entrepreneur, attorney, spiritual disciple, community facilitator, and film producer.  

From a young age, Gau has dedicated himself to the spiritual path.  In 2009 he was initiated as a disciple into a lineage of spiritual masters, where he learned ancient Vedic practices and knowledge.  Gau has dedicated his life to sharing this knowledge to help empower spiritual seekers and revitalize nature, to help create peace on earth and enable humanity to live sustainably with nature.  

Gau co-founded Awaken Inner Fire and sits on the board for Fivefold Path Mission USA, non-profit organizations that are dedicated to sharing knowledge of Agnihotra, a Vedic fire practice that was lost for several millennia, but now revealed to humanity.  Gau is a producer and director of Agnihotra Documentary, an investigative documentary on Agnihotra as a healing practice for the planet and our communities.    

Professionally, Gau is a co-founder of IP EDGE, a patent asset management advisory that manages thousands of patent assets for Fortune 500 companies, and works with universities to commercialize and develop new technologies.  Gau has written in the patent field for numerous publications, writing on patent policy and economics.  Gau is a graduate from the University of Chicago School of Law.

At his core, Gau believes that if you dedicate yourself to the spiritual path, you can be successful in all aspects of life, and lives a life to demonstrate that principle.

GOC 2023 Planning Meeting


It’s time for our GOC Planning Meeting. We are excited about several announcements and know that you will be as well.

First our 2023 Theme-Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions or even thought about it. There were so, so many excellent suggestions, that would have been good themes, it was difficult for the council to decide. So, we came up with a Spirit guided mix that seems to embody many of the suggestions and their intent.


It is very wide open to interpretation. What does it mean to you? What questions, answers or actions pop into your mind when you think about this? Let’s see how we can manifest it together on the Mountain August 2nd-6th

Second T-shirt design-As always GOC will have T-shirts for 2023. There are so many creative, beautiful minds connected with this group. Let’s see what you can come up with for a T-shirt design based on our theme (preferably). Please submit a conceptual representation HERE. Please send in your wonderful ideas no later than Saturday March 4th.Your GOC council will narrow it down to 3 or so contenders to be decided by the entire group at the GOC 2023 Planning Meeting!

Third and possibly biggest announcement GOC planning meeting!

As in pre-covid years, we will gather in person again and make the meeting available on ZOOM. Your attendance in person would be greatly welcomed and appreciated if possible. Ed and Irene Ramos have graciously offered to host this years planning meeting at their place in Poteet, Texas Location 20 miles south of San Antonio, Texas.

There is room for camping/campers on their property and several motel options nearby if you are traveling from afar. The meeting itself will be at 2pm Central Time, Saturday, March 25th.You may choose to arrive on Friday, March 24th and attend our traditional meal gathering the night before (details to follow). Please RSVP below if you plan on attending in person or by Zoom

The Planning Meeting is essential in preparation for GOC on the mountain. Important decisions are made and volunteer and coordinator positions are filled. These roles are indispensable to the Gathering that we all know and love. So please volunteer, even to assist and learn. It is imperative that functions and operations of GOC on the mountain are passed on, spread out and picked-up by as many as possible. Here you can view the various opportunities volunteer areas.
And as always feel free to reach out to me-, Or any other council member, with questions, comments and/or suggestions for


See you soon!Steve Lake and your GOC council RSVP WITH THIS LINK:

The GOC Book is still available!

Sacred Mountain, Sacred Home

The Gathering Of Circles is very excited to have published a book in 2020! It is called “Sacred Mountain – Sacred Home.” You can learn more below. You can click on the cover page below to view a sample of the book.

Taking the Mountain Home with Gratitude, Forgiveness and Love
The Transcendent Wisdom of the Gathering of Circles
Told Through the Stories of Many
Whose Lives It Transformed
Bob and Wanda Mama Uma Wade

Click here

GOC Website under construction!

After the passing of WinterFox, the website has been in a bit of disarray, and the GOC council is working to identify a new administrator.

We’ll do our best to get information updated on the site as soon as possible. Please bear with us.

That being said, GOC 2021 will be held on the mountain this year, August 4-8. Our theme this year is “Be the Bridge”.

My First Inipi – Sweat Lodge

by Elk Brother Dreaming

For a long time I prayed and meditated over my decision to enter the Inipi, the traditional sweatlodge.  My heart had to be right.  It’s not a choice to be taken lightly.  Not unless you are a fool and want to risk your physical and emotional wellbeing.  Not to mention the risk you are taking spiritually.

It is a physically challenging environment.  The heat is extreme.  Those volcanic rocks are heated to red hot.  The dwelling is very hot and cramped.  We were squeezed in there shoulder to shoulder.  To those with claustrophobia, like myself, it can be rather intimidating. Continue reading “My First Inipi – Sweat Lodge”

Songs We Sing


In the year 2000 four women got together and created a CD containing many of the songs sung at the Gathering of Circles. We have been singing them for years now. Instead of hearing them only at GOC events many hearts wanted to take them home, learn them and make them their own. A donation of $10.00 to the GOC will reserve your copy to pick up at the GOC event. If you wish, I can mail your copy to you.

The initial CD has been re-mastered for better sound quality and separated into individual tracks. In addition four new songs have been added. Two from Tim Robertson and two from Reecee Wilkinson. 



Order form for the Songs We Sing CD

I would like to order the “Songs We Sing” CD. I understand that I will donate $10.00 to the GOC in return for the CD unless I already have the original release in which case I will donate $5.00. 

Please fill in the following information 

Please make checks to:
Cliff Buchanan
1404 Castle Road
Odessa TX 79762

or pay online here:


Katy’s Gathering Essay by Vicky Vaughan

Essay by Vicky Vaughan

Katy’s Gathering


In Beauty, I Begin.

Katy here. Shall I tell you the story of the Gathering of Sweet Medicine Circles? (My brother, Matt, is helping me by drawing the pictures.)

A few years ago, men who are now Grandfathers of the Gathering came up with the idea of a yearly reunion of the Sweet Medicine Circles and individuals that were forming around Continue reading “Katy’s Gathering Essay by Vicky Vaughan”